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Floral recycling makes the most of blooms

West Palm Beach, Fla. — This charity recycles happiness. Petals With Purpose takes flower arrangements from wedding, anniversary and bar and bat mitzvah celebrations and delivers them to people who are sick, alone or troubled. “We go to the places most in need of joy, maybe some that are off the radar and not getting much attention,” said Brittany Agro, the nonprofit organization’s founder. Agro’s frustration with try …

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Pink bathsrooms: Hot or not?

When Stacey Lopis’ friends see the bathroom in her 1960-vintage Hawthorne ranch, they all say the same thing: “You have to get rid of the pink tile.” Pink bathrooms. They were built by the millions in 1950s and 1960s ranches, Capes and split-levels, but they get no love from today’s homebuyers — even the young buyers who are drawn to other midcentury styles in architecture and design. “As much as the midcentury modern …

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In the garden: Grow a tower of potatoes in little space

Americans have rediscovered fresh, locally grown food, they love it, and, increasingly, they want to grow it themselves. Last year, 35 percent of all American households, 42 million of them, grew food at home or in a community garden. That’s more vegetable gardens than we’ve seen in a decade, according to “Garden to Table: A 5-Year Look at Food Gardening in America,” a special report of the National Gardening Associat …

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WSU Extension: Rev up for new gardening season at workshop series

Save the dates — the annual Master Gardener Spring Workshop series is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday in March. All presentations will be held at Pacific Northwest University’s Butler-Haney Hall, 200 University Parkway, Yakima. The cost of the seminars is $10 each or $30 for the complete series. You can attend any or all of these presentations. Check-in is at 6:30 p.m. and seminars start promptly at 7 p.m. …

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In the Garden: Proper pruning pays off with indoor bouquets

The ease of bringing flowers into the house for bouquets is what drew me to gardening in the first place. I discovered the beauty of foliage and grasses along the way, but I still crave home-grown flowers, especially in these gloomy days of late winter. Wish you could speed up spring’s arrival? Now’s the perfect time to gather branches from an array of trees and shrubs for early forcing to bloom indoors. The flower bu …

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10 minutes a day can clear home of clutter, author says



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Home life gets easier with high-tech devices

From compact appliances to touchless toilets, today’s home devices are designed for streamlined operations. And with homeowners spending more time than ever on their smartphones, designers are responding with apps that allow you to control such devices as lighting and your washing machine with a swipe of a finger. Here, we offer a selection of new designs for 2015 that promise to make home life a little easier. ■ Wi- …

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Master Gardeners: Yakima volunteers still setting state standard

We would like to take this opportunity to share some information about what our Master Gardeners accomplished in 2014. For the third year in a row, Yakima Master Gardeners were No. 1 in the state in terms of the number of hours donated per volunteer. We volunteered a total of 13,364 hours in 2014, with 120 active volunteers donating an average of 111 hours per volunteer. This time included 1,565 hours in our Master Ga …

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Carol Barany:

Isn’t it wonderful that, at least in gardening, sometimes there are second chances to make a first impression? At least 10 years ago, I impulsively picked up two six-packs of annual Angel’s Choir poppies at Cowiche Creek Nursery and squeezed them into my cutting garden. Their first year was completely unremarkable: spindly, straggly foliage topped by wishy-washy flowers, and I forgot about them. But poppy seeds happen …

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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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