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A different bulb: try alliums

Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to a garden.

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Extension Cord: Expect the best; plan for the worst

September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the nation, various agencies like the American Red Cross, Extension Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local fire departments and emergency medical services staff, churches and utility companies are partnering to sponsor “Get Ready” events.

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Extension Cord: Plant bulbs now for a colorful spring display

Spring flowering daffodil, tulip or crocus bulbs planted in the next few weeks will bloom next spring, bringing a welcome early splash of color to the home landscape.

Soundproofing Tips turn your home into a Quiet Sanctuary

All around us, life is getting louder. But home should be a place to relax and unwind. Between televisions, cell phones, computers and video games, it’s sometimes hard to find peace and quiet within the walls of your home.

Let’s face it; working on a roof is no fun

It is hard to get paint, tools and hardware up the ladder, once on the roof there is no level place to set things down.

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Following the Qult Block Trail

It starts in Cascade Locks, but creators hope it will expand east to Goldendale, The Dalles

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Busy households demand more of space

Multi-tasking rooms are vital

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and magazine spreads.

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Benefit questioned of mobile apps for toddlers

WASHINGTON — Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter.

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Extension Cord: Take the pressure out of pressure canning

The start of the food preservation season can bring mixed emotions for me. On the one hand, I am thrilled by the plethora of fresh, local fruits and vegetables and the opportunities we have here in the gorge to put up just about any kind of fruit, vegetable, or protein through canning, drying, freezing, or fermenting.

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Creativity by the yard: thinking beyond grass

Grass isn’t always the best groundcovers for a yard: It’s thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.

Conservation Corner: The darker side of weeds

It is said that a weed is any plant growing someplace you don’t want it. For the most part this is true — for your average everyday plants like dandelions and runaway spearmint. As you will learn there are weeds and then there are WEEDS.

Hood River Garden Tour set for June 29

Bees, Blossoms and Scarecrows is the theme of this year’s garden tour Saturday, June 29, in Hood River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Protect rhododendrons, azaleas from scale

Every year in the late spring or early summer, the leaves and stems of many ornamental shrubs are attacked by small insects called scales.

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Nurture beneficial insects with pollinator-friendly landscape

The first step in solving a problem is awareness that there is a problem. In the case of declining pollinator species the awareness phase is not only upon us but has moved into the 'definitely a problem' phase.

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Create indoor style in outdoor spaces

The smallest yard or porch can be unique Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds.

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