Home & Garden

From The Ground Up: Is it a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter cactus?

The holiday season is upon us and that means not only decorations, but holiday plants. This is the time of year when there is an abundance of nice hol ...

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Nature Notes: Discovering traces of Iowa’s glaciers

Most people would expect to trek to Alaska or the northern Rockies to experience glaciation. However, they can stay close to home and enjoy glacial ha ...

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Ruedy family decorates every room for Christmas

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's Christmastime at the Ruedys!Wreaths and ribbons and holly galore. Ornaments and garlands and Father Christmases make more. Indeed, ...

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Setting the scene

Whether you have Christmas china or Chinet, it just takes a little forethought to turn your dining table into a dining experience. #x201c;You really n ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to grow an indoor herb garden

Now that most outside chores are done for the year, and nature is going into hibernation, many of us look for something to grow inside. We love to bri ...

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Solon home has custom-built charm

SOLON - Atop a hill on 23 acres in Solon sits Mike and Angie Bails' custom home - a 7000 square foot beauty built by Advantage Custom Builders. The Ba ...

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From The Ground Up: Random acts of winter garden kindness benefit critters

#x201c;One kind word can warm three winter months.#x201d; - Japanese ProverbWithout adequate means to bestow kind words on our garden critter friends, ...

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Cedar Rapids family home grows with generations

Dan and Lisa Breitbach's home on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids has long been a hub of family activity.But unlike many homeowners, Lisa Breitbach ...

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Grand gardens: Interior designer Charlotte Moss will speak in Cedar Rapids on gardens, travels

When interior designer Charlotte Moss looks at a room, she sees a blank slate she can paint and design and accessorize into a piece of art - a functio ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to start putting roses to bed for winter

November is a good time to start preparing your roses for winter. Carefully tie up roses with twine to prevent the canes from becoming damaged due to ...

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From The Ground Up: Dig up and store tender bulbs over the winter

As you look at the beautiful plants that have grown from bulbs you planted last spring, it's hard to let the cold weather destroy them. I actually enj ...

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Nature’s Notes: versatility, usefulness of sand is staggering

The recent flood brought thousands of Iowans into contact with one of nature's most common and useful items - sand. Sand kept the river at bay, and i ...

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From The Ground Up: Tips for planting fall bulbs for colorful spring blooms

Once fall temperatures cool it's time to plant spring bulbs. If you've never planted bulbs before some common varieties that perform well in the home ...

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From The Ground Up: Know what to do to protect plants in frosts, freezes

It's officially fall and our temperatures will go up and down for a little bit before real cold sets in. Protecting plants from colder temperatures to ...

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Nature’s Notes: Wildlife can flee floods; trees can’t

Like many people, deer, cottontails, brown snakes and other wild animals evacuated as flood water rose. As the water descended they returned home. Tr ...

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