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A good cart helps make a good garden

A good cart helps make a good garden

Let us now praise an unsung hero of the garden: the humble garden cart.

December 08, 2012 12:00 am
More home apple growers are thinking organic

More home apple growers are thinking organic

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but maybe less so if you use chemical pesticides, fungicides or fertilizer.

April 12, 2012 9:00 am
The old-fashioned light bulb's phaseout: a primer

The old-fashioned light bulb's phaseout: a primer

These are confusing days to be shopping for a light bulb.

December 24, 2011 12:00 am
A good cart helps make a good garden

A good cart helps make a good garden

Let us now praise an unsung hero of the garden: the humble garden cart.

December 03, 2011 12:00 am

Modular homes can be a cheaper, greener alternative to traditional custom builds

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — When Jack and Gina Sheehan wanted to demolish and replace their 1952-built waterfront home in Yorktown, Va., they didn't choose the custom-built route.

December 03, 2011 12:00 am

Washington homeowner transforms backyard into mosaic of stories

TACOMA, Wash. — Stare out of Ingrid Walker's back windows in the rain and you won't see a dull, dripping yard with leafless trees. What you will see is pattern and color — royal blue granite shapes, yellow tin mushrooms, warm red brick paths and shiny glass stepping stones in a modernist mos…

November 12, 2011 12:00 am
Do Your Part: Proper disposal for five outdated items

Do Your Part: Proper disposal for five outdated items

All of us are guilty of stashing away outdated items that we just don't know what to do with. It could be VHS tapes or expired medicines or outdated phone books. Here are five of the most common outdated items' we have stockpiled away and solutions to help you get rid of them the right way. …

September 03, 2011 12:00 am
Turning a back yard into a fruit farm

Turning a back yard into a fruit farm

 

August 14, 2011 12:00 am
Don't let weeds take control of your garden

Don't let weeds take control of your garden

If you garden, they will come — weeds, that is.

August 04, 2011 12:00 am
Joys of a portable herb garden

Joys of a portable herb garden

A portable herb garden that you harvest year round is a cook's best friend. Herb gardening in containers helps achieve that convenience, whether you grow them on a windowsill, patio or balcony.

June 09, 2011 12:00 am
What's your dirty eco-secret?

What's your dirty eco-secret?

Lots of us so-called "greenies" have a few skeletons in the closet. I'm not talking about things that would have the police racing to our door, I'm talking about things that would make a few environmentalists shake their heads with disappointment. I'm exposing a few of these secrets (and sha…

May 26, 2011 12:00 am
Farm-to-table is fine, but what comes next?

Farm-to-table is fine, but what comes next?

Much has been made of the farm-to-table restaurant movement. But what happens to all the food that ends up uneaten at the table?

May 05, 2011 12:00 am
Homegrown food is safer, cheaper, and pretty easy

Homegrown food is safer, cheaper, and pretty easy

There are several smart reasons to grow the produce that your household eats, even if you do it on a small scale. It's fresh, inexpensive, safe and enhances a healthier diet and lifestyle. Read on for ideas on how to start growing your own food.

April 08, 2011 12:00 am
Growing vegetables can be easy; how to get started

Growing vegetables can be easy; how to get started

Some things bear repeating: Plant vegetables.

March 31, 2011 12:00 am

New home for old materials: Renovators find discards are in demand

Renovating? You could just rip up the old room and sweep everything into the trash bin.

March 31, 2011 12:00 am
Chefs have some grape ideas for recycling wine

Chefs have some grape ideas for recycling wine

You've heard of turning water into wine. But what can you turn wine into once the bottle is past its prime? Plenty, say a trio of thrifty chefs who've been turning dregs into delicious vinegars, marinades, even sorbets.

March 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Chefs have some grape ideas for recycling wine

Chefs have some grape ideas for recycling wine

You've heard of turning water into wine. But what can you turn wine into once the bottle is past its prime? Plenty, say a trio of thrifty chefs who've been turning dregs into delicious vinegars, marinades, even sorbets.

March 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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EarthTalk: How long does it take for a plastic bag to decompose?

Dear EarthTalk: I've heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight?

October 02, 2010 12:00 am
Starting to compost is as simple as raking leaves into a pile

Starting to compost is as simple as raking leaves into a pile

Joan Taylor had a low spot in her yard and started raking leaves into it. Before she knew it, she had started composting.

October 02, 2010 12:00 am

Ill. rebate program shorter than planned

CHICAGO | It took only 2½ hours for Illinois' latest Energy Star appliance rebate program to run out of cash.

September 25, 2010 12:00 am
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