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  • Around the House: Smelly fireplace could require a chimney sweep's services

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Dear Ken: My wood fireplace always seems to let odor into the house, even when we haven't used it in a while. The place smells like smoke downstairs. Any way to help on this? - Larry Answer: How long since it's been checked and cleaned by a chimney sweep company? If there is...

  • Year-round gardening: Cover crops come with many benefits

    By Eileen Tully Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Plant a cover crop this fall and your vegetable garden will be more productive and healthier next season. You may be wondering: What is a cover crop? It's a source of organic matter planted solely to benefit the soil; it is not harvestable. Cover crops give big benefits for minimal...

  • Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Some tips

    By DEAN FOSDICK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    n simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals: Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next. Shifts toward food production and mixed container plantings have changed all that. Who wants to see all those months of...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Oct. 25, 2014

    By carlotta olson -
    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Nov. 1 Homebuying - 10 a.m.-noon, Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive, free. Registration: 574-1100, ext. 6670, ent.com/seminars. Nov. 8 Veggie Garden Class - A to Z in Gardening - 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Aspen Valley Ranch, 1152 County Road 231, Woodland Park, $60. Registration:...

  • Quoth the raven, 'Happy Halloween'

    By KIM COOK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost. In classics such as "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Masque of the Red Death" and more, the master of horror fiction gave us imagery - sinister masquerade balls, mysterious...

  • Easy Halloween decorations can last into late fall

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Halloween isn't just for kids anymore - it's become a real treat for grown-ups, too. The holiday has become one of America's favorites, and folks are ready and willing to spend money on it. "It's changed a lot," said Laurie Baker, customer experience manager at Michaels. "It seems...

  • Year-Round Gardening: Ornamental grasses add interest to yard

    By Brook E. Mark Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    In the Pikes Peak region, autumn brings striking displays of large ornamental grasses, which "flower" late in the growing season. Such grasses are a useful tool for xeriscape gardens - their slender leaves offer a pleasing complement to perennial flowers. Local gardeners tend to use...

  • Around the House: Rely on chemicals when softening water

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Dear Ken: Do you know anything about a water softener that works with sound waves? My husband noticed it at a recent home show. They say they can hook it up outside and that it's harmless to plants and pets. - Mary Answer: I'm sure it is, because I can't imagine this system having...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden calendar for Oct. 18, 2014

    By carlotta olson -
    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR friday Pikes Peak Environmental Forum - Topic will be "Permaculture - The Evolution of Amazing Space," with Tim and Laura Spear, noon- 2 p.m., The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road. Free admission, pay for lunch....

  • After losing 'life story,' Colorado Springs woman helps others explore sense of home

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    After Susan McConnell's home burned to the ground during the Waldo Canyon fire, she did not want to rebuild. So she opted to move away from Mountain Shadows to a bungalow near downtown. The new place was emotionally disorienting. The home and old neighborhood had been where her kids...

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