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Your home is your castle and it needs to be protected. Although your dachshund barks at anything that comes within 10 feet of the front door, more can be done — both inside and outside your castle.

Some plants affected by cool temperatures

This cool weather has caused some unusual plant problems we normally do not see in the hot desert. One reader contacted me to let me know that his tomatoes were not quite the size of a tennis ball, still green and didn’t seem to be growing anymore.

Make the most of small living spaces

Tiny houses are a recent phenomenon and have spurred many businesses — from builders to decorating experts — looking to connect with consumers who want to go small. The small-house movement advocates for living simply in small homes, some of which can be as small as 100 square feet or less.