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  • Around the house: Leave mitigation of radon to the experts

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    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...

  • Spring fever means it's time to scratch that gardening itch

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    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...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting March 28, 2015

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Kids Class: Egg Heads - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: 574-8058. Plant Start Swap - During the Colorado Farm and Art Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; farmandartmarket.com....

  • Year-round gardening: Spring is here and there's work to be done

    By Eileen Tully Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    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...

  • From pastels to 'Noir,' the colors of 2015 decor

    By Kim Cook The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    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...

  • The Country Life: How does your garden grow? With horse manure? Cow pies?

    By Bill RADFORD bill.radford@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    When you have as many animals as I do, you deal with a lot of, well, crap. On a recent Saturday morning, I cleaned up mounds of horse poo in the corral, then cleaned out the rabbit house (where the rabbits insist on doing their business instead of out in their pen) and, finally,...

  • Chihuly show pushes Denver gardens to nation's No. 1 spot

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    DENVER - Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any other public garden in North America, edging out the Washington, D.C., attraction that usually tops the list. Denver gardens CEO Brian Vogt credited a popular show by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly and the...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting March 21, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Backyard Beekeeping - 10 a.m., Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free. Registration: 574-8058. Growing Great Cool-Season Veggies - 10-11:30 a.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St., $10. Registration: 651-3416....

  • Year-round gardening: Shrubs for Colorado landscapes

    By Barbara Bates Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Natural landscapes comprise layers of plants: low ground covers and herbaceous plants; a middle layer of shrubs and small trees; and a canopy of taller trees. The middle layer of shrubs ranges from about 5 feet to 15 feet. It is the layer most in scale with the human form and the one...

  • Around the house: Adding enzymes can damage septic system

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Dear Ken: You mentioned on the radio not to add anything to a septic system. We've done it monthly for years. Why not continue? - Charles Answer: I assume you're talking about adding bacterial enzymes. I wouldn't do it because you're risking damage to the leach field. If you shock...

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