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  • 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,...

  • Year-round gardening: Help native bees with plant selection, habitats

    By Fredricka Bogardus Colorado Master Gardener -by Fredricka Bogardus Colorado Master Gardener -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Honeybees, a European import to the Americas in the 17th century, are suffering a well-publicized decline due to colony collapse disorder. Less publicized but as important are the challenges facing native bees, including bumblebees and solitary bees. Native bees are critical...

  • Around the house: Look to 'Scare Eyes' as way to spook woodpeckers

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Dear readers: I'm indebted to a loyal reader from Colorado Springs. She noted our quest for the perfect - or, at least, most effective - woodpecker deterrent. And she recommended a product generically called "Scare Eyes." It's a brightly colored balloon festooned with caricatures of...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 11, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape - 9-10 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Perennial Gardening - 9-10 a.m., Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd., free; 596-5712, hardingnursery.com....

  • Colorado Springs gardening expert teaches how to make most of growing own vegetables

    By Teresa J. Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A sure sign that summer can't be far off is the sight of the first bulbs cracking through the barren soil. Another is the announcement that Larry Stebbins, founder of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, is holding his last class for the spring. "Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers,...

  • New community garden takes shape outside Colorado Springs Fire Department

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The sweet smell of freshly tilled soil wafted near a Colorado Springs fire station Saturday morning, as the sound of hammers and electric screwdrivers filled the air. About 90 people from area schools, community organizations and the Colorado Springs Fire Department combined efforts...

  • Year-round gardening: Take simple steps now to ensure lusher lawn come summer

    By FredRicka Bogardus Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Taking a few simple steps early in the season can get your lawn off to a good start. A healthier lawn in spring can mean a lawn that thrives in summer. Work done now also can make your lawn more resistant to disease, insect and weed problems. - Core aeration: This might be the most...

  • Colorado Springs deck designer featured on new DIY Network series

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Imagine this: After a long day on the job, you return home to build a fire, cook a meal and dine on the deck. In the middle of winter. Sound impossible? Not if your deck designer is Garth Hystad, the founder and president of Colorado Custom Decks and Mosaic Outdoor Living and...

  • Around the house: Humidifiers face challenge countering Colorado's climate

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Dear Ken: I put in a humidifier and it doesn't seem to be doing any good. Am I expecting too much? - Dan Answer: Maybe. Humidifiers in this climate have to work hard to get the humidity level to much more than about 35 percent. The ambient, wintertime humidity is so low that simply...

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