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  • Year-round gardening: For healthy plants, you'll need healthy soil

    How can you tell soil from dirt? Soil is alive, dirt is not. Healthy soil contains millions of organisms that process the mineral components of soil, making them available to plants as nutrients. As with other living organisms, these need air, water and nutrients to survive. As a gardener, you should tend to them as you tend to your plants....

  • Around the house: Stale water, stinky fridge can result in yucky ice cubes

    Dear Ken: My ice maker is producing cubes that taste funny. What might be happening? - Nancy Answer: There are usually two causes for yucky ice cubes. If you don't use an ice maker much, odors in either the refrigerator or freezer can contaminate the supply. Deodorize the refrigerator with baking soda, charcoal briquettes or a deodorizer...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 18, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes - 9-10 a.m., Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd., free; 596-5712, hardingnursery.com. Drip Irrigation DIY - 9-10:30 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Wednesday Creative Container Gardening - 6:30-7:30 p.m.,...

  • Curve appeal: Round is new trend in home design

    Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and decor too. "They're sensuous and inviting," designer Barry Goralnick said. "Curved sofas that bring people closer together; rounded dining tables that are easier for conversation; round cocktail tables that are cozy and forgiving to shins....

  • Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

    Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in midair, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for fertilizer. All of these methods can be done indoors and year-round. Hydroponics might be the most familiar soil-less gardening technology. It involves growing...

  • Let the sun shine in: cleaning windows, window treatments

    If you're like some who put up window treatments and never give them a second thought, even as dust accumulates, this might be the season to pay them a little respect. No need to stress about adding another task to your spring-cleaning to-do list: You don't have to clean curtains, shades and the windows themselves THAT often. And many times,...

  • Neutrals with an edge can give room added dimension

    There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral - whites, beiges, tans - don't clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. There's only one problem. "Beiges and neutrals," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, "can be super boring." To solve that dilemma,...

  • Find advice on remodeling, landscaping and more at Colorado Springs home show

    Know how you look (and feel) when you first wake up in the morning? That's your yard right now. When properties emerge from a long winter's nap, it's rarely a pretty sight. "It's the time of year when people are getting outside and looking at their yards and saying, 'I need help,'" said Shirley Rouse, director of member services at the...

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