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The steps in making a terrarium are fairly simple (see the steps at right): choose a glass container, fill it with an inch of gravel/glass for drainage, an inch of charcoal to prevent mold and an inch of clean potting soil (gravel/sand for cacti). Choose plants with the same light and water needs, and start putting them in, adding rocks and other sculptural materials and filling in with more soil to anchor tall things. Spray with water and place in good, but not direct sunlight (or they’ll fry).
In a small store window on South Ninth Street in downtown Tacoma, there’s an unusual landscape. Strewn across hot white sand like abandoned objects on a “Star Wars” planet sit a Bulbosa airplant, lime-green moss and a large quartz crystal. Nearby is a tiny forest, with lush ferns, lichen, lemon-y Scotch moss and, arching over everything, a curly ram’s horn. As in, from a sheep.
Liz and Mark Ostoich were staying at the Willows, a boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs, Calif., when they had the idea to buy a home in the desert resort town. They looked up at the hillside where they now reside and told themselves that if they were to live anywhere in Palm Springs, it would be there.
If there’s one packet of seeds you don’t want to show up with at a seed exchange in Olympia, it’s the dreaded calendula.
Into each yard some rain must fall. And there it needs to stay. At least that’s the goal of local environmental stewards who want to keep runoff out of stormwater systems and local waterways and put it into rain gardens where it can slowly seep back into the earth.
It’s barely 5 p.m. on a week night and the buzzy Rock Creek restaurant, in Seattle’s artsy Fremont neighborhood, is already filling up. But Michael Marian is in no rush to claim a spot.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a reader who contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet.
On a gentle slope halfway between Shelton and Allyn, puddles of color light up the ground like a gigantic painters palette. The demonstration garden of specialty nursery Heaths and Heathers is made up almost entirely of its two namesake plants. Though a few are in bloom, most of the color is coming from a rainbow of foliage: red, pink, orange, yellow, green, silver, bronze and even black. Now is the time of year when those colors are most vibrant.
It’s cool-season crop time. The beginning of March is a good time to plant peas, sweet peas and lettuce.
Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache.
The end of February is the time to add heavenly hellebores and other early bloomers to the landscape. Local nurseries are bursting with new and exotic hellebore varieties, thanks to a local wholesale grower in the Skagit Valley who has made these perennials the stars of the winter garden in Western Washington.
The transformation started simply enough, with a molded ceramic tile of a flower framed by Celtic tracery.
Consider the chicken. Or at least consider raising one or two. Backyard poultry is just one of the topics at Saturday’s South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
Pamela Andrella and Arica Neill’s business is about more than giving old furniture new life.
Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period.
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