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Home & Garden

This fall, paint's deep, rich hues are bolder

Deeper, richer hues are often part of decor's autumnal palette, but this year they're bigger and bolder than usual.

August 13, 2017 1:00 am


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Japanese beetles are back

Question: I am seeing damage on my cannas, roses and other plants this summer. There are many metallic-black/brown beetles on...

August 12, 2017 1:00 am


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Old stuff, new uses

Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my focus outside to my garden and porch. But I do use these months...

August 12, 2017 1:00 am


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Bought or built, cook with solar

Dear Jim: I want a solar cooker to help keep my kitchen cooler and save energy. It would also help in case of a power outage or...

August 5, 2017 1:00 am


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For couples living together, organization can mean peace

Opposites attract, or so they say, and in many ways this phenomenon can work out well for a couple – they complement each other's...

July 31, 2017 1:00 am


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Tablescaping helps you turn dinner into an occasion

Tablescaping is an art form that brings nature into the dining room, providing a feast for the eyes.

July 29, 2017 1:00 am


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Gardens, trees hurt by floods

Q. I am concerned about all the flooding that has occurred and how that affects my garden and landscape plants – all which...

July 22, 2017 1:00 am


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Getting that perfect shot

So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you'd love to...

July 22, 2017 1:00 am


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Making toughest household chores a snap

When it comes to household chores, we're all guilty of playing favorites. Even Becky Rapinchuk, who has made a career of sharing...

July 15, 2017 1:00 am


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Fresh Paint can help your home sell

When it comes time to sell your home, it can pay to touch up the painting.

July 15, 2017 1:00 am


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Curled leaves a sign of aphids

Question: The leaves on many perennials and landscape plants are curling. What's going...

July 8, 2017 1:00 am


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Portable air conditioner can be more efficient than using home's central air

Dear Jim: We have central air-condtioning. It seems wasteful to cool the entire house when just we two are home. Is using a...

July 1, 2017 1:00 am


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Giving in to the dark side

Shade gathers from year to year in the garden like the wrinkles on your face, growing more pronounced with time.

July 1, 2017 1:00 am


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Being a good guest

The arrival of summer marks the beginning of house guest season.

June 26, 2017 1:00 am


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Painting porch ceilings blue a Southern custom

In Richmond, Virginia, people debate their favorite sky blue paint color for porch ceilings as they do their favorite biscuit...

June 25, 2017 1:00 am