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  • Blog: Colorado ranks 8th in the nation for $1 million homes

    Zillow, the Seattle-based online real estate service, recently assembled a list of states with the highest percentage of $1 million-and-up homes. Hawaii topped the list with more than 11 percent of its single-family homes, condos and the like valued at $1 million or more. Colorado came in 8th on the list, with 2.5 percent of its homes valued at...

  • Retreats should reflect a casual glamour, says Dallas decorator

    From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. "You love that place; that's why you're there. That's the place you want to go to relax," says Dallas interior designer Jan Showers, author most recently of "Glamorous Retreats" (Harry N. Abrams, 240 pages,...

  • YEAR-ROUND GARDENING: Annoying fungus gnats are easy to defeat

    Shoo! Swap! Smash! Fungus gnats! I received a good luck charm in the form of a shamrock plant around St. Patrick's Day in March. When I repotted it in a slightly larger pot, to encourage longevity and prosperity, the fungus gnats appeared. These very small flies congregate around houseplants and adjacent windows. They are harmless to...

  • KEN MOON: Running a humidifier and the A/C a formula for a moist house

    Dear readers: A listener was complaining to me that the humidity in her house was high, even though she has central air. It didn't take long to figure out that she was running her furnace humidifier and the A/C at the same time. This is a big no-no. Air conditioning condenses water vapor out of the air as it cools. Meantime, the humidifier is...

  • Colorado Springs gardeners can dig into food sale, harvest festival

    
Thursdays and 
Saturdays Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick 'n Pay - Spinach, lettuce, argula, kale, herbs and more available, 9 a.m.-noon, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Road; ppugardens.org. Sept. 6 Family Fun Cornhole Tournament - To benefit Abundant Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable farming and community...

  • Boost nutrition by adding weeds to your diet

    Not everyone can say they enjoy being knee-deep in weeds. But meet Tamara Geene, who with her son, Drew, makes a business of growing weeds - the edible kind. Turns out that some of the ones you're pulling out of your veggie garden are more nutritious than the very stuff you're trying to grow. "The nutrition content of wild plants is so...

  • Blog: The future of farming?

    Have I seen the future of farming? Over the weekend, I visited Heritage Belle Farms, a Calhan-area farm run by 29-year-old Katie Belle Miller. She raises Longhorn cattle, pigs and a variety of poultry, plus she’s just started a talapia-growing operation. She thinks agriculture is moving in the direction of such small-scale agriculture and...

  • The wrong tool for the job

    When the right-now tool is wrong wrong wrong

  • KEN MOON: Spider egg sacs on the eaves are harmless and easy to remove

    Dear Ken: Do you have any anecdotal information about large clusters of gray spider egg sacs appearing under roof eaves? - Janice Answer: These are harmless. They usually accumulate around exterior light fixtures. The spiders set up housekeeping to capture the small insects that are attracted to that bright bulb. The nests can be scratched...

  • New book designed to nurture Colorado's beginning gardeners

    Diana Maranhao grew up the daughter of gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, eating fruits and vegetables fresh from the picking. As for the picking itself, she was never a fan - not until she was grown and raising two young children in rural Southern California. Lucky for her, her community plot was a heritage site, full of rich dirt that had...

  • Japanese architects return to their roots

    TOKYO - A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, innovatively blending with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light, all trademarks of...

  • Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

    While the rest of the neighborhood was digging out, Alex Geier had little problem leaving his Hinsdale, Ill., house around 7:30 each morning last winter, no matter how much snow had piled up during the night. No, Geier didn't pay some kid to shovel at the crack of dawn and he didn't hire a private plow service. He and his family were able...

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