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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 ...


A couple of red flower options to grow here

By Dennis Hill

I have an 8-foot wide by 3-foot deep rectangular-shaped indentation on the north side of my house, with two evenly spaced bubblers. There are two windows approximately 4 feet above ground level on the back wall of the indentation. This space ...


It’s important to water trees in winter, too

By Erin McIntyre

I don’t have a crystal ball. The only thing I have that comes close is the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which seems to be a pretty reliable oracle when it comes to the weather (it did predict a mild winter for our area, with above-average ...


Weeds likely to grow if you don’t remove the old mulch

By Dennis Hill

The cedar mulch in my yard, which is over weed barrier fabric, has been “fluffed” and added to over the past 15 years. I would like to replace it with rock or rubber mulch. Must I remove all of the mulch and residue before ...


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