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  • Year-round gardening: For healthy plants, you'll need healthy soil

    By Barbara Bates Colorado Master Gardener -by Barbara bates Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    How can you tell soil from dirt? Soil is alive, dirt is not. Healthy soil contains millions of organisms that process the mineral components of soil, making them available to plants as nutrients. As with other living organisms, these need air, water and nutrients to survive. As a...

  • Around the house: Stale water, stinky fridge can result in yucky ice cubes

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Dear Ken: My ice maker is producing cubes that taste funny. What might be happening? - Nancy Answer: There are usually two causes for yucky ice cubes. If you don't use an ice maker much, odors in either the refrigerator or freezer can contaminate the supply. Deodorize the...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 18, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes - 9-10 a.m., Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd., free; 596-5712, hardingnursery.com. Drip Irrigation DIY - 9-10:30 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232....

  • Curve appeal: Round is new trend in home design

    By KIM COOK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and decor too. "They're sensuous and inviting," designer Barry Goralnick said. "Curved sofas that bring people closer together; rounded dining tables that are easier for conversation;...

  • Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in midair, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for fertilizer. All of these methods can be done indoors and year-round. Hydroponics might be the most...

  • Let the sun shine in: cleaning windows, window treatments

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    If you're like some who put up window treatments and never give them a second thought, even as dust accumulates, this might be the season to pay them a little respect. No need to stress about adding another task to your spring-cleaning to-do list: You don't have to clean curtains,...

  • Neutrals with an edge can give room added dimension

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral - whites, beiges, tans - don't clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. There's only one problem. "Beiges and neutrals," says designer Brian Patrick...

  • Find advice on remodeling, landscaping and more at Colorado Springs home show

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Know how you look (and feel) when you first wake up in the morning? That's your yard right now. When properties emerge from a long winter's nap, it's rarely a pretty sight. "It's the time of year when people are getting outside and looking at their yards and saying, 'I need help,'"...

  • Bill would allow Coloradans to roll out the rain barrel

    By Lance Benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Rain harvesters, rejoice: It might soon be legal to collect and store the water that falls onto your property. A bill introduced this year would ease Colorado's longstanding prohibition on collecting rainwater, allowing up to two 50-gallon rain barrels per household. The water would...

  • Decorating with spring pastels

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing. Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens and blues can brighten a room. Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it. "Pastels get a bad rap for being super-girly,...

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