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Colorado may end its unique ban on rain barrels

Mar 20, 2015

DENVER — Colorado's only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is...

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    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...

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    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

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    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...

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