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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...

  • 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...

  • 60th annual Colorado Springs-area Parade of Homes starts Aug. 1

    Colorado Springs' Parade of Homes will mark its 60th year next week - a period over which homebuilding has changed almost as much as the community. Sixty years ago, smaller, ranch-style homes of roughly 1,000 square feet dominated many post-World War II neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, with traditional floor plans offering homeowners a...

  • Hidden in cracks and crevices, Miller moths once again invade Colorado homes

    For my middle-of-the-night visits to our home's smallest room, I'm usually alone. But not lately. Nocturnal moths have invaded our home. Sometimes hidden in a hung towel or closet crack, these inch-long moths are everywhere. Yesterday one burst upward at my son from beneath a closed toilet seat lid. Yikes! Well, at least he was lifting the...

  • Plant of the week: Blue false indigo

    Common name: Blue false indigo Scientific name: Baptisia australis Type: Herbaceous perennial Height: 3-4 feet Width: 3-4 feet Blooms: May to June Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate, drought-tolerant once established Preparing the soil: Average soil, prefers well-drained areas Hardy: Zone 3...

  • Grow from cuttings, but do research first

    Take your gardening efforts to the next level and propagate plants from stem cuttings. Stem cuttings can be taken any time the plant is healthy and actively growing. If you have a favorite plant, one of the advantages of growing from stem cuttings is you will have a new plant that's identical to the parent. Also, the stem cutting plant may...

  • Floral aromas a lure for insects

    Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with...

  • Cooking up a color-happy kitchen

    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, said Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. "Pastel greens, blues, creams and peaches reigned until the early 1930s, when...

  • Ken Moon: Don't bother to replace 21-year-old furnace; it's still a youngster

    Dear Ken: I have a 21-year-old furnace. We are getting new central air, and I want to know if I should replace the furnace at the same time? - Dave Answer: I would not. A furnace of that age was built under guidelines - promulgated in the early '90's - that require at least 80 percent efficiency. So a new one wouldn't gain you anything in...

  • Pikes Peak Permaculture endorse designs by nature

    Permaculture is all about channeling Mother Nature. The practice is more than 40 years old, said Becky Elder, owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes and co-director of the Pikes Peak Permaculture guild, and was developed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison from Tasmania and David Holmgren from Australia. Its name comes from the idea of permanent...

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