Category Archives: Home and Garden

Lessons in certifiable seed available across Wyo.

Recently, I took my summer horticulture class on a field trip to Powell to visit the University of Wyoming Seed Lab, Seed Certification Service and Powell’s Research and Extension Field Station. After a gorgeous drive over the Bighorns on Alt-HWY 14, we reached the summit and could see down into the vistas of the Bighorn… Continue Reading

How to frame a fire

I’ve been doing a little reading up on mantels and fireplaces. We have two gas fireplaces, one in the master bedroom and one in the living room. They are very efficient and it doesn’t take long until you either shut them off or you are driven from the room. But they are great to have… Continue Reading

Garage sale

One of the new trends in home decor I find appealing is the use of garage doors to open up living or dining spaces to the outdoors creating flexible multi-use rooms. Designers and architects have moved the typical garage door into the home to use as retractable room dividers, separating kitchens from patios and living… Continue Reading

Column: Feeling dated?

Many of us have inherited or been left antique or dated furniture and other household objects from parents or siblings. The question is how do you use the best of these pieces without feeling stuck in a rut? One of the best things you can do for yourself is to see if someone else in… Continue Reading

What to do for August

Inside: Make pesto! Use all your fragrant basil to make pesto. Put out some new colorful place mats for the table. Wash windows inside and out; inspect windows for damage, re-caulk and paint if necessary. Don’t let the fresh corn go to waste. There is plenty now but the season winds down soon. Slice kernels… Continue Reading

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

 Our semi-contemporary house has cathedral ceilings on most of the roof. The original roof was replaced in 2005. It was a clean re-roofing job. The decking was found to be in good condition, except for some loose nails. Owens Corning 50-year architectural shingles were selected, with added attic ridge vents. Ice and water shield was… Continue Reading

Not your average veranda

Decorating outdoor spaces has become an important part of summer. With the advancement in great indoor/outdoor rugs and more synthetic fabric, furniture and all weather decor, design seems to come out of nowhere. Even more important is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get good, easy-to-care-for designs. I think outdoor spaces should… Continue Reading

A concrete design

A concrete design

Homeowners thinking outside of the traditional wood-framed residential box are pouring on the creativity when building houses with precast concrete walls. Not only used in below-grade applications, concrete shows its durability and energy efficiency from the ground up in new home construction, says James Baty, executive director of the Concrete Foundations Association, based in Mount… Continue Reading

Column: Native fruiting shrubs of the Bighorns

Wyoming has a wealth of diversity in native plants, many of which provided nutrition and medicine to Native Americans before ranchers and farmers settled here. Native food sources include a wide variety of fruiting shrubs found throughout the Bighorns. Native shrubs flower in the spring and slowly set fruit that are usually ready to harvest… Continue Reading

Column: How to save tomato seeds

If you find a tomato plant you really enjoy or have found an heirloom variety that you want to continue to use, this easy way to save seeds will come in handy. A master gardener friend once gave me tomato seeds from seeds her grandmother had brought over when immigrating from Europe in the late… Continue Reading

Get certified: The garden signs of the times

Get certified: The garden signs of the times

Deep in the concrete jungle of New York City, in an exuberant community garden surrounded by tall buildings and enclosed by a chain-link fence, a sign proclaims that this block-long space is a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Step inside. The birds are singing. Certifications such as the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat program are raising… Continue Reading

Column: An end to laundry?

Science fiction or science fact? Will science put an end to the job of doing laundry? Scientists in Australia — one of the sunniest places on earth — have discovered a way to rid clothes of stains by exposing them to sunlight. The researchers embedded minute flecks of silver and copper, invisible to the naked… Continue Reading

Column: What to do for July

Inside: Too hot outside? Spend the morning cleaning the basement. Give some thought to having curtains or drapes laundered. Take drapes to the dry cleaners one week then launder kitchen and bathroom curtains the next. Don’t forget to give your windows a wash too. Dust blinds weekly. Once or twice a year clean wooden blinds… Continue Reading

A BARN ABODE: Large open space, classic farmhouse architecture

A BARN ABODE: Large open space, classic farmhouse architecture

Rustic charms roost in timber-framed homes that resemble barns. Rooted in American agrarian architecture, barn home designs have an expansive “cathedral” quality, says Kevin Durkin, president and founder of Heritage Restorations, based in Waco, Texas. “Barn-style homes are popular for their large, open areas and classic farmhouse architectural style,” Durkin says. “The beauty of the… Continue Reading

Making a miniature pond

Having a pond or large water feature is great but if you don’t quite have the acreage, try a smaller more manageable feature by making a miniature pond from a large watertight container. You won’t have to deal with a pump or a bubbler. Supplies: watertight container water plants garden soil (heavy clay or aquatic… Continue Reading

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