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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 ...


Right now is great time to separate overgrown lilies

By Dennis Hill

When is a good time to divide lilies? How far apart do I want them? I think mine were planted too close together as they have gotten crowded quickly! — Phyllis The answer to your question kind of depends on what kind of lily ...


Early bloomers should be fine, but watch freeze

By Dennis Hill

My daffodils are up, and I’m worried about snow. Will this hurt my flowers? What should I do for them? — Donna The early spring bloomers such as your daffodils are surprisingly tough. I’ve seen them lots of times frosted ...


Zero Waste Challenge a battle of plastic

By Erin McIntyre

A stupid plastic bottle in the trash caused the first squabble in the Zero Waste Challenge of 2015. I suppose I’m not surprised. I’d spent most of the week digging things out of the garbage, announcing, “This goes in the ...


Talking trash this month: Let’s eliminate it

By Erin McIntyre

Behold, the 2015 challenge is upon us. If you’re a longtime reader, you’ll recall that the first challenge I shared with you was the Armageddon Pantry Challenge. In March 2013, Hubby and I decided to see how long we would last on ...


Tulip bulbs require adequate light, care

By Dennis Hill

We received forced tulip bulbs for Christmas. How do I care for the bulbs after they are through blooming? — Irene Most people end up throwing them away once they’re done blooming. If you’d like to keep yours, there are ...


Here’s a guide to help you plan this year’s garden

By Erin McIntyre

The tulips by our driveway are already pushing their spear-like leaves out of the soil, reminding me it is time to get serious about planning the garden. Although we’re a month away from the first day of spring, technically, you could ...


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