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New fruits, vegetables are All-Americans

Gardeners always want to know what’s new. Well here are the All-American Selections for 2014 and a short description about them as reported by the National Garden Bureau.

Recycled Christmas trees become valuable resource

Christmas trees are one of the most recognized traditions of the holiday season. They make homes smell lovely, and they provide a beautiful focal point for gifts.

Renovation creates healing retreat

Rebecca and her three kids had a challenging year. The recent loss of Darcy, her husband and their father, hit them all hard. Rebecca wanted to start down the road to recovery by designing a fabulous new family room where they could all have fun and spend some quality time together.

Décor can be glamorous all year long

The oversized Christmas card arrived wrapped jewel-like in brilliant gold foil paper and stood out so easily from all the others. I instantly knew who it was from and saw it as a sign that the holiday season was off to an auspicious start.

Columnist takes a look back at 2013

Green Living covers a lot of territory. Let’s take a look back with a recap of the topics we covered in 2013.

Damage to covered oleanders may be minimal

Reports from the weather station at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension orchard in North Las Vegas put the low temperatures Dec. 6 and 10 at 20 F with daytime highs around the same as the inside of a refrigerator. I am sure this caused some damage to plants. I posted the weather report on my blog for those interested.

Mirrors should be hung to reflect nice view

Dear Gail: I love mirrors and have recently purchased a couple of new ones. I’d love some ideas on different ways to use them. — Gina A.

Light bulb market heats up

The government mandated phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs began in 2012. That year, the old 100-watt incandescent bulb got the boot, and in 2013, the 75-watt bulb was nixed. 2014 will see the slow end to 40- and 60-watt traditional incandescent bulbs.

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