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  • Finding bargains in people's garages

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jacki McHale looked at the fabric lying at the end of a Joliet driveway and thought, "Gold mine." McHale, a Channahon resident who has been going to garage sales since she was a kid, has learned to find value in the things people want to get rid of. Like fabric, she said. "Fabric is super high-priced in stores right...

  • That strip of land between the street and the sidewalk can be beautiful and low maintenance

    They go by many names - parkways, medians, berms - but probably the term that best describes the isolated strip of garden space sandwiched between sidewalk and street? Hellstrip. "It's very hot, there's a lot of foot traffic and there's usually no irrigation," said Pat Sullivan, a Colorado Springs horticulturist and landscape designer who...

  • PLANT OF THE WEEK: Winecups

    Common Name: Winecups, poppy mallow Scientific name: Callirhoe involucrata Type: Perennial Height: 5-8 inches Width: 20-30 inches Blooms: Summer to frost Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate to dry, Drought tolerant once established Preparing the soil: Average soils, sandy, clay Hardy: Zone 3...

  • YEAR ROUND GARDENING: Maybe these are lazy days of summer, but there's still work to be done in the garden

    "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." - Sam Keen August in the garden can be more relaxed than other times in the growing season. We have the opportunity to step back and really look at what the garden is . and enjoy it. However, there's always something to be done. It's a garden, after all. What follows are the basics....

  • KEN MOON: Eradicate those foul summer orders

    Dear Ken: My dishwasher smells pretty bad. Is this normal? Or do I need a plumber? - Shirley Answer: This can be a smelly time of year around the house. Warm temperatures accelerate the growth of bacteria in hidden spaces inside not only the dishwasher, but the disposal and clothes washer, too. There is a hidden reservoir of water in the...

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