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Coral bells get ringing endorsements

When the late great plantsman Christopher Lloyd wrote a book a generation ago devoted entirely to foliage plants, he made no reference to a perennial named heuchera, or coral bells. Today, that would be an unthinkable omission; heucheras have become as ubiquitous as hostas, and for similar reasons. They are conspicuously handsome foliage plants that brighten the gloomiest garden bed. With their lush clumps of ruffled …

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Appliances need maintenance, too

Most people depend on their kitchen appliances for daily use and occasionally for a cooking marathon before a holiday feast. They’re staples of the kitchen, and expected to work. But as soon as the refrigerator stops cooling or the oven won’t warm, panic sets in. Appliance repair pros say regular, routine maintenance and care can prolong the life of kitchen appliances and prevent untimely repairs. Check out these ti …

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Will wallpaper trend stick?

Denise Jordan has seen wallpaper come and seen it go. She and her husband, owners of Jordan Wallcoverings based in Gastonia, N.C. and highly rated on Angie’s List, have made a living covering walls in the Charlotte area and beyond for more than 30 years. For decades, the wall-coverings business was dominated by wallpaper, adding accents and personality to rooms, and making cleanup in bathrooms and kitchens an easier ta …

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Master Gardeners: Preventing disease takes care, attention to detail

Have you been frustrated by insect and disease problems in your yard and garden? Many of these problems can be prevented by following good gardening practices. Select disease-resistant varieties: The best way to prevent disease problems is by planting varieties that have been bred to be resistant to specific diseases. Examples of disease-resistant varieties are those roses resistant to powdery mildew. Many tomato vari …

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Let your garden get a little wild to harvest your own seeds

January marks the slow but unmistakable start of a fresh growing season. This beginning takes the form of the arriving seed catalogs, still fun to hold in one’s hands, to leaf through, in this digital age. Even if your browsing is now entirely online, the catalogs and the seed merchants behind them provide a timeless and dual service. The first is to equip the gardener with the very germ of the enterprise. The second …

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Turn trash into treasure and learn to compost in 2015

As I was driving around the neighborhood recently it became quite apparent to me that a literal gold mine of soil amendments was being placed at the road side. I suppose it has always happened but with the advent of paper lawn refuse bags it is now much more apparent. The scene is surreal. On the positive side our Chatham County, Ga., Public Works composts this waste and gives it back to the public; does your county? T …

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Carol Barany: Reclaim your lawn for more garden this year

After spending countless hours (and dollars) studying why and how Americans garden, the Garden Media Group, a marketing firm for the home and garden industry, has identified nine gardening trends we’ll see in 2015 in their report, “Unearthing the Best Life.” In last Sunday’s Yakima Herald-Republic, syndicated columnist Kathy Van Mullekom summarized their findings which predict that Americans will garden in a more sus …

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New trends are kind to the planet

There is no wrong or right way to garden — only your way. Your garden should reflect your personality, your style and your needs — and 2015’s gardening trends reflect that same philosophy. “Now, more than ever, the garden is an extension of self,” says Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of Garden Media Group, a gardening communications company. “What you cultivate and grow, either inside or out, reflects your per …

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Resolve to fix your home issues this year

The holidays are done — you survived, congratulations. Now it’s time to focus on you. Some may call it a “resolution,” but that term can be intimidating. Instead, let’s call it a to-do list of tweaks that can help improve our lives — whether it’s today, tomorrow, or twenty-two Tuesdays from now. So feel free to pick a few items and knock ’em out of the park, or go gung-ho and take on the entire list. Either way, we’ve …

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Master Gardeners: Grow a garden of microgreens through winter

Although winter starts today, gardeners can still reap the benefits of an indoor garden, growing a tasty crop of microgreens. Microgreens are just what their name implies: A mix of lettuces, salad greens and herbs that are harvested while young and tender — generally about 1 inch tall. Microgreens are smaller and younger than baby greens, which tend to be harvested later when the plants have grown to a whopping 3 inch …

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WSU Master Gardners: Winter research can build beautiful spring garden

January is a great time to plan your garden, browse through the many seed catalogs that are starting to appear in our mailboxes and dream of bountiful harvests of vegetables and an abundance of beautiful blooms. There are many new vegetables bred specifically for containers and small spaces. Several new tomato, carrot, bean, pepper eggplant varieties are available this year and there is even a grafted plant that has t …

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Carol Barany: 2014 gardening recap: Tomatoes a loss, roses a win

The gardening season officially ends Dec. 31. By revisiting what worked and what fizzled in 2014, a plan for next year begins to take shape. Some of you’ve asked me about the tomato challenge I issued to my husband, and if my tomatoes trumped his, as I dreamed they would. I’m sorry to say that he won, but it’s a long story. The tomato cages I built from sturdy wire fencing supported my plants as they grew lush and ful …

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A to Zzzz guide for mattress shoppers

There is no better time than year’s end to evaluate certain areas or items in your home, and one of the most important is your mattress. It directly affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep, which is tied to your health and wellness. If you need a new mattress (see telltale signs in the box at right), here are some important things to know before you shop. • Comfort is subjective What is comfortable for one p …

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Holiday arrangements star in historic districts

Holiday open houses are inspirational in many ways. They get you in the spirit of the season and feature decorating ideas you can use at home. And, you get to know a little more about the histories behind the homes. In southeastern Virginia, December open houses in historic Colonial Williamsburg and Gloucester provide the backdrop for many fresh ideas for holiday arrangements. Pieces are made by the hosting garden clu …

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