“There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.” — Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. The Spectator (1711)
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While asking new clients about their likes and dislikes, a husband and wife recently volunteered that their apartment back home was “eclectic,” or in their own words, “nothing goes with anything; they’re just pieces that we’ve accumulated over the years because we liked them.”
Many questions sent to me right now are about bugs appearing on fruit trees and vegetables. Remember, never apply sprays of any sort while fruit trees are blooming.
Take out the noise from the passing cars, add an oasis for local wildlife and put the worries of the day behind. Installing a garden pond, either large or small, can add depth to your backyard, in many different ways.
D ear Gail: I’ve been following your articles on redesigning my room and I have to confess that I have no lamps in my family room. I guess I’m one of the many who just have ceiling cans and the light on my fan. So, before I go out and buy lighting, I’d like to know a little more about what I should be looking for. — Marjorie
Thin out peach and nectarines to produce larger fruit during the next two to three weeks. Thinning, or the removal of fruit by hand, is an important step in growing larger and higher-quality peaches and nectarines. Enough fruit is removed from the tree so that the remaining fruit gets larger. We typically target this fruit to reach the size of 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
Q : I was browsing through the home center and I noticed a project that would be ideal for a walkway I want. It is a form that you fill with concrete. It would give my weed-strewn yard a little elegance. How difficult is this project?
“Transformers” was one of the most popular movies of 2007. The plot had two alien robots, the heroic Autobots vs. the villainous Decepticons, disguising themselves as small objects, primarily vehicles, and later transforming themselves into giant robots.
Q : I have two 7-foot-tall oleander bushes about 8 feet apart. Can I turn them into trees by cutting all the branches to the ground except for the largest, fattest branch in the middle? I know the suckers will be a problem for a while. Also, is it safe to grow a small vegetable or herb garden between them? Is the oleander flower and leaf mulch safe around the edible garden?
“The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything … or nothing.” — Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Lady Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879 -1964) was the first female member of parliament to take her seat.
The many shapes, forms and, most importantly, purposes of lighting can often leave DIY designers in the dark. There are the cost-efficient LEDs, recycled and repurposed chandeliers and, of course, the constant go-to pendant light that so many fall back on when trying to illuminate a specific area.
Gas, food and electricity are three sources of energy that fuel our lives. Without them, we cannot move, connect or nourish our bodies. Are we stuck with this dependency model?
Historically, the last frost date is March 15 in the Las Vegas Valley. Planting warm-season vegetables before this date, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, can be a bit risky because of a chance for frost.
If your garden has a pest problem, 9-year-old Julia Olguin may be able to tell you whether the insects are good or bad for your plants.
Fresh food and gardening events around town
When can we cut back star Jasmine and plant lantana?
After holiday recovery — putting away the decorations and cleaning up the house — we're ready to do something else.
The big game is best seen on a large tv; here are 25 tips for buying your big screen.
I was reading about your use of pheromone traps for insect control in fruit trees. Which traps do you use, and when do you put them out?
Many in the furnishings industry are looking to Millennialsas their target market.
The plight of the liberal arts major is one the recessionary years highlighted well. But Leslie Rankin has known about it for nearly three decades. When she graduated from college in the early '80s with a fine arts degree, she was eager to find a career that actually used her artistic skills.