Vegetable gardening is an exercise in patience. Sweet potatoes can take more than 100 days to ripen; some tomato and watermelon varieties require five months. But there are ways to shorten the wait.
Floral fads may ebb and flow, but the rose's appeal remains constant, well beyond a Valentine's Day vaseful.
Sebastian F. I live in a townhome in a community burdened with repairs that have lead to several special assessments. Although we have a lot going on in our community, neither our management company nor our board of directors share important community information with the homeowners. It seems that the community newsletter or the association website would be great places to share information such as the number of property violations and assessment delinquencies so that ...
Gardens can be great training grounds for fitness buffs. Add trails for jogging. Build benches for workouts. Use trees and fence posts for stretching. Lose even more calories by squatting or lifting while weeding, planting, hauling and digging. You can personalize your garden to fit your energy level. Equipment such as exercise beams and conditioning ladders are inexpensive and simple to make, while portable gear like weighted rollers, jump ropes, dumbbells and Swiss balls can ...
Despite its negative reputation, the number 13 doesn't always have to be unlucky. Take these top 10 decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They're fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home.
Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a quick few winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you're counting sheep or counting Zzzs.
Q: We're buying a new house in a couple of months, and one of my friends mentioned that once the purchase is final and before we move in, I should replace all the doorknobs and locks on the exterior doors for security purposes. Is this really something we should do? What's the best way to replace them? - Clark in Syracuse, N.Y.
A New Year's bash is one of the easier parties to throw. Everyone's already in the merry-making mood, so it's a simple matter of setting the stage.
It's that time of year when texture, character and warmth define the most successful decor. The perfect time for felt.
Q: Your reply to the homeowner with storm damage to his roof a couple weeks ago was good, but I have a much smaller problem. Cleaning leaves out of my gutters this weekend, I saw leaks underneath the gutters. Leaves also piled up at bends and drains and were hard to clean out. Any suggestions on how to fix the leaks and prevent buildup? - Rick in Pittsburgh
(BPT) - Talk to any contemporary architect, remodeler, interior designer or homeowner, and you'll find one of the hot topics these days is "flow." Gone are the days of floor plans burdened by closed-off, claustrophobic rooms, each designed around specific functions.
Forget Bing Crosby's classic "White Christmas." For me, Christmastime will forever be evoked by David Cassidy crooning "My Christmas Card to You," and I still have the 1972 Partridge Family holiday record album to prove it.
By The Associated Press The joy of home entertaining at the holidays often comes with a challenge: How do you provide enough seating for a roomful of holiday revelers with just a sofa and a few chairs? Are there creative options besides resorting to folding chairs? Los Angeles-based interior designer Betsy Burnham frequently hears from clients who want help solving this puzzle. "People are doing more home entertaining than ever," Burnham says, so they want ...
By The Associated Press Some artificial Christmas trees glow cheerily even without lights: The branches themselves softly glow, fading on and off in different colors at the tips. That got me wondering: Could you get the same effect from a real tree? If plain old green evergreens are too ho-hum for you, there's a world of "self-igniting" evergreens awaiting. For example, consider growing a variety of yellow-leafed conifer, many of which make good cut trees. ...
It's that time of year again, when you've got to think of gifts for friends and family that will be appreciated. Luckily, it's easy to pick out gifts for the do-it-yourselfers. Most DIYers will outright tell you what they need, or you can casually survey their workspace to see what is not there.
When a home smells good, it makes a favorable impression on visitors. This is exactly what home sellers want when they put their house on the market.
Key indicators point to conditions for a seller's real estate market this spring.
Spring home improvement season is on the way, and if you're like most homeowners you have a list of jobs you want to accomplish.
It's time to think spring, which means fresh home updates. Spring home improvement projects will help you update your home, add comfort and save more of your hard-earned paycheck.
It's cold out there. In much of the country, now's the time when home serves as a cozy refuge from the ice and snow. We light our fireplaces and wish for springtime.
People new to gardening ask the darndest questions: about how seeds work, about growing the perfect tomato, about waging war with insects (many of them beneficial).
Q: I need to replace some cracked and chipped tile in the bathroom. Some of it was shaped to fit around the base of the toilet. Is it difficult to shape replacement tiles in the same way? - Sarah S., Fort Worth, Texas
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