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Vegetable gardening goes vertical

In “Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects That Deliver More Yield in Less Space” (Quarto Publishing Group), the first-time book author Amy Andrychowicz demonstrates how to produce bigger and better fruits and veggies by growing them upward instead of outward in traditional planting beds.

Removing dead fronds doesn’t affect health of sago

Q: The top ring of sago palmfronds died after I transplanted it but remain on the plant. I left this brown ring of fronds around the crown of the plant and it looks like new growth coming from the center is OK. Should I trim off the dead fronds without disturbing the crown or just let them fall off?

Too much matching can lead to boring room

“Match sets of anything are doubtless the work of those who have but little taste. Tis better to have dissimilarity.” — Yoshida Kenko (1284–1350), Japanese author and Buddhist monk

Galleries showcase local artists

Deciding what and how to arrange art on the walls can be a daunting endeavor. Picking up a few pieces to pop onto an empty expanse of a wall can quickly solve the problem, but the effect can be as bland as the blank wall. However, handmade pieces add to your collection of worthy art compared to the smattering of impulse buys that prove less interesting as times passes.

Yellow leaves not necessarily caused by fertilizer

Q: I see many times where you’ve said fruit trees only need feeding in the spring. However, without periodic applications of nitrogen, my 3-year-old peach tree leaves become yellow. Could there something going on I should investigate?

Nontraditional appliance sizes tackle unique kitchen projects

Through Las Vegas’ building boom, homeowners could count on traditional appliance sizes for ovens, cooktops, microwaves and refrigerators. But there are those situations that call for unconventionally small appliances. The good news is that there are plenty of options out there, and you won’t have to sacrifice aesthetics or much functionality either.

Courtyards act as transitions between indoors, outdoors

Dear Gail: We live in an older neighborhood on a nice quiet street. We have a very large front yard and were thinking about adding a courtyard. We entertain a lot and want to have additional places for our guests to mingle. What are your thoughts on a front courtyard? As well as any decorating suggestions? — Dustin

Waxleaf privet should have more than one drip emitter

Q: I purchased a few waxleaf privet plants in February. They were planted in my yard using drip irrigation with one drip emitter per plant for about one month now. I am starting to see some black markings and yellowing on the leaves. I also think there may be some root rot, but I am unsure.

Renovation means preservation

Midcentury modern homes are enjoying a renaissance of late. Just what does it take to modernize a midcentury modern home, and how do you keep the original integrity of that house?

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