Home & Garden

Bungalow in paradise in northeast Iowa

Drive to the outskirts of Fayette in northeast Iowa, meander around a bend, and you'll see the small house Wayne Barness, 72, and Sharon Danielson, 73 ...

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The Iowa Gardener: How to mulch cheaper and better

Mulch does so many things. It saves work because it conserves moisture in the soil and blocks weeds. It prevents disease by preventing soil-borne path ...

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How to reuse your old flower pots, bring new life to old favorites

When pushing my cart through the nursery aisles, I find myself filling it with a variety of sizes and colors of plants that need a new home. Then, at ...

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Protecting Iowa’s natural heritage: Iowa Master Naturalists program trains volunteers in conservation

Though Maya Ogren died in 2016 at the age of 60, her legacy lives on in the students and volunteers who have taken up her cause of caring for Iowa's n ...

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Fire up your grills for recipes from the season’s best barbecue books

Nearly all barbecue and grilling cookbooks are pretty much the same.They tell you the differences between cookers, from kettle and ceramic kamado gril ...

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Why you need to know about mice, ticks, warm temperatures and Lyme disease

Twice in the same week, Lois Wood woke to find ticks crawling over her bare leg in her New Hampshire home. A few nights later, she spotted a mouse run ...

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Project GREEN garden tour highlights Lucas Farms neighborhood

Every winter, when she starts getting anxious for spring, Iowa City resident Linda Lockridge fends off her cabin fever by dreaming of her garden.Surro ...

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Iowa craftsmen, artisans help Dunns realize their dream

CEDAR RAPIDS - Greg Dunn was ready to see the sun after spending his life living in the woods shading Cedar Rapids neighborhoods. So when the kids we ...

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With artist-designed wallpapers, your walls will floor guests

A designer friend once told me that she typically hangs her client's best artwork in the powder room. Not only is the art guaranteed a captive audienc ...

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Iowa City buys, sells homes to ‘stabilize’ downtown neighborhoods: UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership

IOWA CITY - A seven-year-old program has put Iowa City in the middle of the downtown real estate business. The UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership al ...

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Why the shade garden is so underrated — and how to create your own

Shade gathers from year to year in the garden like the wrinkles on your face, growing more pronounced with time. Small bushes develop into large shru ...

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Growing your home to grow old with it

Looking at R'becca and Wayne Groff's home you'd have no idea that just about two years ago it was a major construction zone.The Groff's have lived in ...

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Decorating apps let you virtually arrange new furniture

If you were a fan of #x201c;The Sims#x201d; video game in 2000, you'll be happy to know that a former developer of the game works for Houzz, a platfor ...

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The Iowa Gardener: A June to do list in the garden

It's June and work begins in earnest. Here's a June to-do list to keep you busy this month.l Weed, weed, weed! Try to time your weeding for the day or ...

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From The Ground Up: Geraniums are a hardy summer classi

Geraniums are a summer classic in Iowa.Beautiful geraniums are the perfect choice for both potted containers and ground beds. These common, yet gorgeo ...

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