This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
DEAR HELOISE: I’ve read a few hints in our paper about knowing the difference between the pull chains on ceiling fans. I have ceiling fans in my house, and remembering which chain turns on the fan and which one turns on the light often escaped me. So here’s my hint:
Celebrating 40 years in business, pioneering Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply keeps growing along with interest in organic gardening and farming. The Grass Valley nursery and mail order house continues to be an industry leader, thanks to its robust catalog and website.
It's not just day and night temperature that makes the difference, it's ground temperature. Most folks get all excited on the first really warm spring days, then run out and plant a garden. Inevitably this event is followed by rain, hail and frost, which decimate the seedlings and prevent some seeds from sprouting at all.
When the weather is warm, nothing can revitalize and rejuvenate a space quite like florals. And the beauty is they don't necessarily have to be fresh. One longtime secret of decorators is to use floral arrangements as accessories. Similar to decorative elements such as sculptural pieces, vases or toss pillows, the right floral arrangement can add an elevated aesthetic and help set a mood, as well as add a much-needed punch of color.
I still remember it like yesterday: the winter day I strapped my mom into the car and drove like a bat out of hell to make it to the antique store before the dishes I was obsessed with were snatched up by someone else. These were not just any dishes, mind you. But a set of hand painted, porcelain Limoges depicting fish, one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Dish nirvana for this disciple of all things pretty and porcelain.
Q: I live in a 26-year-old ranch home over a crawl space. Over the past year I have noticed a sound occurring in the crawl space when I use the washer (located in the garage at the far end of the house). The sound reminds me of a metal that is exposed to extreme cold. To eliminate the cold temps within the crawl space, I had it completely insulated with a vapor barrier replaced, yet I am still experiencing a noise during the wash cycle. It does not last long - just a few seconds or so - but I am concerned this issue may cause damage to the water pipes which could cause substantial water damage to crawl space. Do you have any ideas on where the problem lies and what I can do to resolve this matter?
With the average new home price in the U.S. coming in at more than $350,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, some people are scaling down. They're building tiny homes, complete with most of the modern conveniences of normal-sized homes, such as working kitchens and bathrooms. These homes are usually only a few hundred square feet and cost an average of $23,000, according to tiny house resource site TheTinyLife.com.