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Lessons from Swiss in reduced-waste lifestyle

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the last official week of the 2015 Zero Waste Challenge. I call it the last “official” week because we’ll continue some of the habits we’ve learned over the past seven weeks, but I doubt we’ll continue ...


Fixing that roller coaster lawn takes a little work

By Dennis Hill

My old lawn is rough and uneven. Its undulating surface coincides with tree roots, sprinkler lines and poor patch jobs from removed trees. The unevenness creates a tripping hazard within the yard, and, when I mow, it’s more like a roller ...


Coddling moth could ruin fruit; take action soon

By Dennis Hill

My beautiful Bartlett pear tree is in full bloom, and I don’t want to deal with worms in my fruit. When can I begin spraying for coddling moth? — Myra I am so glad you’re anticipating this little monster. Coddling moth is ...


Traps all around me in trash challenge

By Erin McIntyre

I’m embarrassed to admit I fell off the zero-waste challenge wagon last week. See, what it really comes down to is planning and convenience. And I made the mistake of getting caught in a compromising position. It was 3:30 p.m.. I ...


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Knowing GMOs

By Erin McIntyre

Whenever planting season comes around, I can predict people asking me two questions every year. The first question is whether I believe that old wives’ tale that we should consider it safe to plant when the “swan’s ...


Ways to sterilize mulberry tree, and stop that fruit from falling

By Dennis Hill

There is a mulberry tree growing over our patio. Last year, the fruit of the tree was overwhelming. Stains and fruit everywhere! Is there a way to sterilize the tree without damaging it in the process? Any help would be appreciated. — ...


Counting the ways we — and you — can reduce trash

By Erin McIntyre

There’s a certain satisfaction in watching the trash guy pick up our trash can and nearly fling it across the street, because it’s so light and it caught him off-guard. I peered through our front curtains, cackling at his surprise. ...


Xeriscaping principles emphasize designing your landscape first

By Dennis Hill

We’re putting in a new yard and are thinking about adding something that would save water. It seems like I’m hearing different recommendations from everyone, and I’m getting confused and a bit frustrated. I hear about ...


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It’s not weird to take own mug to coffee shop

By Erin McIntyre

I’m simultaneously proud, surprised and horrified by this Zero Waste Challenge. Let me explain. Our two-person household embarked on the challenge on 
March 1 to reduce our contribution to the landfill. We planned to use ...


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Under clutter

By Erin McIntyre

Deniece Schofield wasn’t born organized. She had to work at it for decades and she’s still working on it. Before professional organizing was an industry, before magazines had sections with tips on organizing or the invention of ...


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