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  • 5 tips for conserving water at home

    By SOLVEJ SCHOU The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    For those wondering how to conserve water and lower water bills, here are five simple ways to slash home water use: - Understand the water meter: Madeline Ward, acting water conservation coordinator in Santa Barbara, Calif., suggests becoming familiar with your water meter, which...

  • Father Hugo: This sunny, early rose has a tough disposition

    By LEE REICH The Associated Press -
    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    After showing his sunny face, Father Hugo has left for the season again. Father Hugo the rose, that is. Distinctive foliage, however, earns the plant its keep throughout the summer. Father Hugo is among the earlier roses to bloom, a floral hors d'oeuvre to the full-blown show that...

  • Everyone's Handyman: Listeners, readers depend on Ken Moon's 'Around the House' advice

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs resident Ken Moon met Rush Limbaugh on a cruise years ago, and the conservative political commentator gave Moon some advice. "I had just started my talk radio show, and he said to me, the main thing in talk radio is to be yourself because the audience can tell if...

  • Year-round gardening: Consider buffalograss for lush, green lawn

    By Janet Fitzgerald Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Imagine a green, lush lawn that can slake its thirst on the measly 14 inches of average annual rainfall Colorado Springs receives from Mother Nature. And that same turf can be mowed whenever, and fertilized and sprayed almost never. Such is life with buffalograss, a sod-forming,...

  • Around the House: Record Colorado rainfall highlights homes' vulnerabilities

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Dear readers: Many of you have had a tough time coping with extra rain and subsequent water issues. Houses that never had water troubles suddenly have started sprouting leaks through basement floors or around window wells. Now you know why I'm always wheedling you to take a stroll...

  • Citizens invited to provide input on edible landscaping program

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton will host a community discussion to gather input and gauge volunteer interest in an edible landscaping program being developed with El Paso County Parks. County residents and groups interested in the idea of edible landscaping, and those...

  • Coming up with a furniture plan that works

    By MELISSA RAYWORTH The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Sometimes the way to improve a room isn't to buy furniture: It's to rearrange pieces you already own. Interior designers can spend hours creating the best furniture plan for a room, balancing practical considerations and creative risk-taking. "Changing up the placement of your...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting June 20, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening - 9-10 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Inspired Landscaping - 10 a.m.-noon, Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. Colorado Highway 83, Franktown. Day parks...

  • Stakeout: Helping plants grow up by staking them properly

    By LEE REICH The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    "Grow up." That's what I tell some of my plants. Upright plants, bathed in air, are less apt to get fungal diseases, and those bearing fruits - tomatoes, for example - are less likely to have their fruits attacked by slugs and turtles. Some plants cry out to be staked while others...

  • Undercover ops: Poly tunnels an alternative to greenhouses

    By DEAN FOSDICK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Greenhouses aren't the only great cover-ups for gardeners determined to extend their growing seasons. High tunnels, low tunnels and caterpillar tunnels work well, too. Also known as hoop houses or row covers, the tunnels consist of U-shaped metal or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) ribs...

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