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  • Tips: In Colorado, 'anxious' gardening spells doom for novices

    t happens like clockwork - beautiful spring weather blows into Colorado Springs, and aspiring gardeners go on a shopping spree. Too often, the crops they acquire and lovingly plant are doomed for an early death, victims of the next day's frost or hailstorm or some other quirk in Colorado's unpredictable springtime. "People get a little...

  • Year-round gardening: Add some chocolate to your garden

    Having a theme in mind when selecting plants for a garden provides unity and expresses individuality. Themed gardening is not new. I have read many articles that offer specifics on various themes. For instance, a butterfly garden would have scented, brightly colored flowers, and a white garden would be planted in shade with very few colors,...

  • Around the house: Eliminating smoke smell takes some work

    Dear Ken: One of my kids is buying a manufactured home that was smoked in. I need some tips about how to get the smell out. - Forest Answer: Start with the ceiling and work down. Smoke particles have electrostatic properties, so they like to cling to flat surfaces in a home. If the ceiling is textured, spray on a couple of coats of acrylic...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting May 2, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Pikes Peak Herb Fest - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., AspenPointe Cafe, El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, $3, $1 for seniors and students, free for children 11 and younger. Saturday and Sunday Pine Forest Antiques, Home Decor and Garden Show and Sale - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10...

  • Spring decor trends: a modern mix with a dash of Marsala

    Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying, and then there's the prospect of perhaps replacing some old, shabby furnishings with new pieces. Spring's also when we start to see the decor trends that will find their way home both figuratively...

  • Americans most motivated to clean house for company

    The world might hold fewer neatniks than observation alone would have us believe. A recent survey commissioned by the CLR cleaning product company revealed what professional house cleaners long have known: A majority of Americans (64 percent) are most motivated to clean when company's coming to visit. "Some people don't care. For them it's...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 25, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Landscape Installation Workshop - 9-11 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Beans, Squash and More - 10-11:30 a.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St., $10. Registration: tinyurl.com/pt4kdrx....

  • Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

    If you've lived with your kitchen for a while, chances are you've got drawers of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you hate. Wouldn't it be nice to have a well-organized spot that makes food preparation a breeze? Some of the latest ideas and products for whipping a kitchen into shape: Divide and conquer: Kitchens function best when divided...


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