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Q: I appear to have a massive infestation of white, cottony cochineal scale on my prickly pear cactus. I can usually get most of it off by hosing, but much of it is hard to reach. Beyond hosing, what insecticide or other kind of solutions do you recommend? Permanent, if possible!
Recycling is definitely a green activity that feels good. But is recycling enough? And does it address the core challenge of our consumption and waste habits?
A recent newspaper headline that read “Less lavish, more modern, art deco is returning” caught my attention and had me thinking back to a time growing up in New York City and the wonder and pride I felt (and still do) about the great art deco buildings such as the Chrysler, the Empire State and, of course, the fabulous Radio City Music Hall. The thrill I felt about visiting these world-class architectural wonders remains with me to this day. Such is the power of the art deco style.
They might be small in size and weight, but their dreams are huge, so be sure to have a creative place to foster that imagination and watch them — the kids and their aspirations — grow.
Q: My oleanders need trimming. They are still blooming and the weather is hot. Is it safe to trim them now or did I miss my opportunity?
Q: A while ago you wrote about how to install a recessed can light. I already have this type of light, but I am having a problem with it. After it has been on for a while, it will sometimes just automatically turn off. Is this a problem with the electricity, the fixture or what?
Dear Gail: We’re in the process of getting quotes to remodel our bath and want to do a frameless shower door. It seems like there is a bit of the range and honestly I’m not sure what some of the differences. Each company has a preference of what they like, so I’m needing some guidance? — Leona
Q: When do you cut back summer tomato plants to get a second crop in the early fall? I need to know this and any special treatment needed, such as fertilizing, to promote new growth.