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Iowa Gardener: How to control purslane in your garden

By Veronica Lorson Fowler, guest columnistThis year seems to be a banner year for one of the most difficult garden weeds to control: Purslane. This he ...

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Gardener’s August to-do list - A tough month

August is a tough month on gardens. They start to get ratty looking, and fewer things are in flower. But even 15 or 20 minutes of weeding, cutting bac ...

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The Iowa gardener: How to harvest fruits and vegetables

Vegetable gardens will kick into high gear now through September, producing some of our favorite edibles. Here's how to pick most effectively for bett ...

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News Track: Plan to preserve house in Flats advances

CEDAR RAPIDS - The effort to preserve the last residential property in a historic neighborhood is on track, project leaders said.#x201c;We're very clo ...

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Nature’s notes: Pineapple weed thrives in poor soil

A delightful summer fragrance comes from a common but rarely appreciated wild plant. Pineapple weed thrives in the compacted nutrient poor soil of ...

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From the ground up: A little something different for the garden

My favorite plant? This is a question I get a lot. I used to laugh and say it is like choosing my favorite child, but I think I have stumbled upon a f ...

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Sleek, modern stylings of Cedar Rapids home reminiscent of home where Mary Weems grew up

CEDAR RAPIDS - As a young boy delivering newspapers, Mark Weems had been curious about the unusual modern-style house tucked off East Post Road SE, bu ...

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Industrial housing: Shipping container home taking shape in southeast Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - The home you live in is likely made of wood, brick, stone, even plastic or glass. You probably can't trace its roots to coastal shipya ...

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Neighborhood rallies to save house drenched in cat urine

When Linda McGuire and her wife, Anne Burnside, decided to take on renovating a small house on Ronalds Street in Iowa City, they weren't sure they wou ...

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Waiting too long to weed can turn a relaxing task into a trial

It's important to savor the little sensual pleasures of everyday life, even when doing chores. For instance, I hang sheets and clothes on a clotheslin ...

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Fairfield farmhouse goes all natural with hyperlocal materials, earths energy

After years spent building homes for others on the side, John Freeberg, 67, and Susan Walch, 61, decided they wanted to build a home of their own. But ...

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The Gardens at the Gazebo on the Green have hosted weddings for 28 years

Mary Ellen Hill cares for 14 unique gardens at The Gardens at Gazebo on the Green, and each of them comes with a story.#x201c;I call these gardens a l ...

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Watering 101: Save money, keep plants healthy by heeding this watering guidelines

Watering your garden wisely not only will result in healthier plants, but also you'll save money and time to boot.Here in Iowa we're lucky. Lawns and ...

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Green consultant renovates ranch, turns it into LEED-certified home in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Martha Norbeck doesn't believe in waste.As founder and president of C-Wise, a #x201c;green#x201d; construction consulting group, she helps ...

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Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens highlights old and new plants alike

Larry and Wilma Rettig don't agree on how to spell all the features in their garden - she is from South Amana and he is from Middle Amana, and the #x2 ...

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