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  • Around the house: Leave mitigation of radon to the experts

    Dear Ken: I have a 40-year-old, ranch-style home. The radon level in the basement bedroom is 7.8. How can I mitigate this? - Ed Answer: Mitigation can get complicated, so you need to leave it up to the experts. It depends a great deal on your foundation's configuration and how much of your basement is finished. Sometimes they will access the...

  • Spring fever means it's time to scratch that gardening itch

    Mary Jane Ray's hands were quivering, and her nose twitched like a rabbit's. She almost could feel and smell the damp, fertile earth awakening from its winter nap. When spring fever hits, look out. Although Ray is longing to reconnect with the loam that's calling, it's too early to plant flowers and vegetables. But she and hundreds of other...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting March 28, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Kids Class: Egg Heads - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: 574-8058. Plant Start Swap - During the Colorado Farm and Art Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; farmandartmarket.com. Sustainability Series: Soil - The Foundation of a Successful...

  • Year-round gardening: Spring is here and there's work to be done

    It's spring, and there's lots to do in the garden. Here's a primer for next month: Early April Vegetables outdoors - Plant asparagus crowns (roots) in trenches 6 inches deep. Then, as plants grow, gradually fill with soil. In established asparagus beds, work nitrogen fertilizer around plants before spears emerge. - Soak parsley seeds 24...

  • From pastels to 'Noir,' the colors of 2015 decor

    For 2015, the hot colors in home decor range from yummy ice cream pastels to a few deep, saturated hues. The pastels include blush, sky blue, vanilla, lilac and pale peach, hues traditionally associated with tropical or desert climes. Mint and shell pink might seem lightweight or juvenile at first glance, but the way they're being used gives...

  • The Country Life: How does your garden grow? With horse manure? Cow pies?

    When you have as many animals as I do, you deal with a lot of, well, crap. On a recent Saturday morning, I cleaned up mounds of horse poo in the corral, then cleaned out the rabbit house (where the rabbits insist on doing their business instead of out in their pen) and, finally, armed with my shiny new pooper scooper, cleared the side yard of...

  • Chihuly show pushes Denver gardens to nation's No. 1 spot

    DENVER - Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any other public garden in North America, edging out the Washington, D.C., attraction that usually tops the list. Denver gardens CEO Brian Vogt credited a popular show by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly and the opening of a science exhibit. He also has seen increasing...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting March 21, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Backyard Beekeeping - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: 574-8058. Growing Great Cool-Season Veggies - 10-11:30 a.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St., $10. Registration: 651-3416. March 28 Kids Class - Egg Heads - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens,...

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