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THE FUTURE OF FARMING
WHAT TO PLANT AND WHEN
HOME AND GARDEN EXPERTS
THE VALENTINE ROSE
By Michelle Rauch Being the procrastinator that I am, coupled with the earlier arrival of winter which caught..
GIFTS FOR GARDENERS
By Michelle Rauch What’s a gardener to do in December? Bleak, blustery days highlighted not with visions of sugar..
GARDENING FOR HEART HEALTH
By Michelle Rauch As we focus on heart disease in this month’s issue it is a reminder of..
By Michelle Rauch For the second summer in a row my humble backyard garden has yielded less than..
HOME GARDENING: SENSATIONAL SUCCULENTS
I am starting to fancy succulents. You may know them best as cacti and aloe vera plants,..
CUCUMBERS, WHO KNEW?
By Michelle Rauch The consensus seems to be it’s so hard to lose weight in the summer. I..
LEARNING THROUGH GARDENING
By Michelle Rauch To dig in the dirt and plant the seeds that will grow into beautiful flowers..
By: Michelle Rauch They can put on quite a show fluttering upside down, forward, and backwards at..
ENHANCING PATIO AMBIANCE
By Michelle Rauch From the curb appeal of the front door to the interior of the home and..
Rain, rain, go away or at least drain the right of way. We need rain in our..
GARDENING: ADDING CURB APPEAL
By Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast First impressions aren’t limited to people. If you have ever been house hunting you..
SPRING AT LAST
By Michelle Rauch Punxsutawney Phil got it right this year when he saw his shadow back in February,..
ATTRACTING BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES
There are three basic needs birds and butterflies have that are not unlike our own. They need..
HOME & GARDEN: INTERIORS
By Amanda Harper Photos by Shaun Ring, unless otherwise noted ..
HOME GARDENING: BEGINNER'S MISTAKES
This Spring will be my third year into what I still consider a very new hobby for..
WINTER HERB GARDENING
The winter months can leave gardeners longing for warmer weather and the opportunity to dig in the..
HEALTHY, MONEY-SMART, SUSTAINABLE LIVING
(NAPSI)—Small decisions can make a big difference over time on your carbon footprint, and some of the..
DECIDING ON THE RIGHT DISHWASHER
(NAPSI)—If you're done with doing dishes, you're not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by Harris..
FIVE PRUNING TIPS
(NAPSI)—Pruning shrubs helps produce new and healthier growth plus keeps them at a manageable size. Here are..
PRESERVE TAPES, MOVIE FILM, SLIDES AND PHOTOS: FIVE TIPS FOR TREASURING MEMORIES
(NAPSI)—Produce isn’t the only perishable in your home—memories are at risk, as well. With the introduction of..
BRIGHTEN YOUR BATHROOM IN A WEEKEND
(NAPSI)—If you’re looking for a fun makeover project, the easiest room to redecorate may be your bathroom...
CONSUMERS WANT BIGGER AND BETTER TVS
(NAPSI)—Consumers are proving that bigger is better—at least when it comes to home entertainment systems. According to..
HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH
(NAPSI)—Don’t let potentially damaging and expensive leaks throughout your home take your wallet by surprise. Instead, protect..
EASY HOME HEATING PROJECTS THAT SAVE MONEY
(NAPSI)—Make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat this winter. The average family spends $1,400..
TURNING CHAOS INTO CALM WITH ORGANIZATION
(NAPSI)—Every home has a central gathering space where people spend most of their time. This area could..
HOT TIPS ON SAFE MICROWAVE USE
(NAPSI)—You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of foodborne, illness-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella,..
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE COVERED
(NAPSI)—Sometimes it seems like the news just keeps repeating itself: Another natural disaster is right around the..
AFTER THE STORM: TIPS FOR DEALING WITH EXTERIOR MOLD AND MILDEW
(NAPSI)—After the winds have subsided, the rain has stopped and floodwaters have receded, many homeowners find themselves..
RECLAIM YOUR GARAGE IN A WEEKEND
(NAPSI)—Is your garage dingy, cluttered and in need of a facelift? Transforming it into a “showroom” for..
3 BIGGEST LIGHTING MISTAKES
(NAPSI)—Homeowners don’t have to be in the dark when it comes to avoiding common lighting mistakes. Here..
BRING THE BEACH INTO YOUR HOME YEAR-ROUND
(NAPSI)—There's nothing better than digging your toes in the warm sand, breathing crisp, salty air or hearing..
LAUNDRY 101—MAKING SENSE OF SENSORS
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who feel they waste too much time on laundry day, waiting for..
GROW WITH ME: FROM TOT TO TEEN
(NAPSI)—Designing a functional and clutter-free room that grows with your child can be a tall order. The..
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SPA SENSATIONAL
(NAPSI)—When the weather cools, few things can beat a nice warm spa. A bubbling spa soaks away..
PLAY DRESS UP WITH YOUR BATHROOM
(NAPSI)—When it comes to the bathroom, there are simple, stylish and budget-friendly ways to creatively dress it..
It's a flashback to my 70's childhood. Terrariums are back! Terrarium simply put is a garden in..
GARDENING: REMEMBER TO CARE FOR YOUR FEATHERED FRIENDS THIS WINTER
Salads, fresh fruits, and vegetables tempt my taste buds during the Spring and Summer. I savor soups,..
GROW YOUR OWN SUPER FOODS
You are what you eat. Consuming super foods can make a super body. But if you’ve ever..
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREE
Cedar, spruce and fir, oh my! Variety may indeed be the spice of life and that philosophy..
The crunch of fallen leaves, crisp autumn air, and a palette of picture perfect colors. Fall is..
EARTH DAY 2013
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. ..
GARDENING: FEAST OR FAMINE, REFLECTIONS ON MY 2012 GARDEN
A cherry tomato explosion. A zucchini bonanza. Mint, enough said. That’s the feast. Now to the famine:..
HOME GARDENING: FALL CROPS
My tomato, squash, and cucumber plants are just now producing a hearty harvest, so it just doesn’t..
They are known as vertical gardens or living walls. Whatever you choose to call them, they make..
FIREPLACE INSERTS SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
(NAPSI)—Here’s an idea many homeowners may greet warmly: keeping hot air inside when it’s cold out. In many..
NEW CABLE BOXES HELP SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY
(NAPSI)—A growing number of consumers are getting the picture when it comes to energy and their cable..
GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS GENERATE SAVINGS
(NAPSI)—Here's hot news: Homeowners who invest in a geothermal heating and cooling system receive savings not only..
NEW WAYS TO WASH
(NAPSI)—Here’s a money-saving idea you may warm to: Use a cold-water wash cycle to keep winter wear..
SET THE TABLE FOR “THEN” OR “NOW”
(NAPSI)—Whether it’s inherited china from Grandma or place settings straight off the wedding registry, the choice of..
WHY GREEN MATTERS: THE VALUE OF GRASS IN YOUR YARD
(NAPSI)—When the grass is greener on your side of the fence, you and your family can benefit..
A BATHROOM “MINI-MAKEOVER” SAVES WATER AND MONEY
(NAPSI)—Did you know that bathrooms are the biggest water users in your home, accounting for more than..
WINDOW GRILLES ARE AN EASY WAY TO ADD STYLE TO YOUR HOME
(NAPSI)—When it comes to creating curb appeal, it’s usually all in the details—exterior details that a home..
It’s the time of year you will be seeing red. Lots of red, plus shades of pink..
GROWING YOUR OWN GOURDS
When I started my venture into gardening a couple years ago I thought the one downside of..
NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S GARDEN
You’ve probably seen that cute wooden cut-out of the little gardener bending over with her bloomers showing...
If the idea of gardening is appealing to you, but visions of lugging bags of soil around,..
You don’t have to have a knack for design to create your own beautiful container garden. All you..
HOME GARDENING: ROSES, SO MANY CHOICES
I Have been waiting for the day I could develop my green thumb. After I bought my..
RAISED BED GARDENING
If bad soil, or no soil for that matter, and a less than ideal place for adequate..
IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL PLANTS
I have always wanted to garden, even as a child. As I’ve written before, I always thought..