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  • KEN MOON: Spider egg sacs on the eaves are harmless and easy to remove

    By KEN MOON aroundthehouse.com -
    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Dear Ken: Do you have any anecdotal information about large clusters of gray spider egg sacs appearing under roof eaves? - Janice Answer: These are harmless. They usually accumulate around exterior light fixtures. The spiders set up housekeeping to capture the small insects that are...

  • New book designed to nurture Colorado's beginning gardeners

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Diana Maranhao grew up the daughter of gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, eating fruits and vegetables fresh from the picking. As for the picking itself, she was never a fan - not until she was grown and raising two young children in rural Southern California. Lucky for her, her...

  • Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

    By DIANA MARSZALEK The Associated Press -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    While the rest of the neighborhood was digging out, Alex Geier had little problem leaving his Hinsdale, Ill., house around 7:30 each morning last winter, no matter how much snow had piled up during the night. No, Geier didn't pay some kid to shovel at the crack of dawn and he didn't...

  • Japanese architects return to their roots

    By YURI KAGEYAMA The Associated Press -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    TOKYO - A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, innovatively blending with nature, taking advantage of earthy...

  • YEAR ROUND GARDENING: Russian sage is hardy, low maintenance, lovely

    By KITTY WEST Colorado Master Gardener -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    What is it: Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is just now beginning to bloom and I am reminded that summer is coming to an end and it is time to start planning for fall-related home and garden activities. Imported from central Asia, Russian sage can be seen in combination with...

  • Small is sometimes better in the vegetable world

    By lee reich Associated Press -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Truman Capote famously told friends that the very wealthy eat better vegetables - tiny ones. So there's another plus for gardening: It's easier to eat the way the super rich do. Not that smaller is always better in the world of vegetables. A cucumber picked undersize does not taste...

  • Colorado Springs home buyers and builders want a little bling, some splash with all that flex space

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The annual Parade of Homes is a perfect time to pick up innovative ideas for a new home or to incorporate into your own. The 60th anniversary edition of the tour, put on by local builders and interior designers, is entering its final week. This year added handy, free seminars,...

  • KEN MOON: Tankless water heaters great for new builds, not so much for everyone else

    By name newspaper -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Dear Ken: I am having a new home built, and I'm thinking of installing one of those tankless water heaters. Is that a good idea? - Chad 
Answer: A new home is one of the few situations where I think the tankless models make sense. You can install the bigger gas line feed pipe...

  • Waiting time can be long for those seeking wheelchair-accessible housing rentals

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    People living in nursing homes across Colorado Springs can expect to wait two years before a wheelchair-accessible public housing unit is available, the leader of a local nonprofit said Wednesday. The issue was among several voiced Wednesday night at a hearing to gauge the housing...

  • An ecosystem (and food) can be created 
with the right mix of water, plants and fish

    By debbie kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    new wave of gardening is rippling across the United States, and it's setting a new record for the farm-to-table trend. In about 20 minutes, freshwater fish and produce can go from swimming around and hanging on the vine to being a delicious meal on a plate. "You can't get any...

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