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How is it that one of the most-used rooms in many homes is also one of the most neglected? This spring-cleaning season, take some time out to set up your laundry room so that washing and drying aren’t such a chore. Paint, decorate and organize, and it will become a room you’ll want to spend some time in. (And if you have a laundry room, you will spend time there: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans wash 400 loads of laundry a year.)
On a ridge above the Puyallup River Valley, the world seems to have flipped upside down. Or maybe it’s just returned to normal. Fifteen minutes from the big-box stores of Meridian Avenue, the Chase Garden offers up scenic vistas, colorful alpine plants and shady forests that provide an alternative to the asphalt oceans of nearby South Hill.
Now that we’re halfway through May, it’s time for color, time for planting most annuals and bedding plants, time to fertilize roses, perennials and young vegetable starts, and time to buy a new pair of gardening gloves. This is the month for planting, weeding, feeding, seeding and pleading with the weather.
Build a pond, add some berries, create a creative shelter: Those are all ways to get wildlife visitors. Here’s how to make your backyard a more wildlife-friendly landscape:
Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings.
At the intersection of Plum Street and Fourth Avenue in Olympia sits a collection of small restaurants and food trucks. They offer coffee, sandwiches, cupcakes, tacos and Assyrian food.
When Thursday’s farmers market opens on Broadway in downtown Tacoma it will mark another season of selling fresh, organic and locally grown produce for Terry and Dick Carkner. The couple own Terry’s Berries, a 25-acre organic farm in the Puyallup Valley. On Thursday they will be selling greens and rhubarb. But no berries. “We can only take what we grow,” Terry said last week at her farm on the edge of Tacoma. And what’s in season.
Gardeners, your lawn needs your attention right now. This is the week you should get into your garden and fertilize grass with a slow release plant food.
Historic home tour It’s unusual to be just the third owner of a house built 112 years ago — but Deborah Sandidge has taken the job seriously. In the 20 years she’s lived in the Metzger House on Tacoma’s historic North Slope, she’s restored the foursquare house to its former stately glory — and the fruits of her efforts are on show this weekend during the Tacoma Historic Society’s annual Historic Homes Tour, along with five other North Tacoma homes, a school and a church.
Spring’s here — finally — and things are growing.
There’s a small building boom going on in the South Sound.
Head to the nursery this week because new plants are arriving daily and the best plants go first. Last week, I gushed over unbeatable plants for the sun, and to be fair to gardeners on the dark side, here is a partial list of the best-looking, well-behaved plants for the shaded areas of the garden.
Question: I live in a condo and recently had my carpet pulled up, plywood put down, and then tile on top in my master bath dressing room. After six months, the grout in the upper area began to crumble and came out. The tile man came back and re-grouted the area. He does not know why it is happening; there was no water leakage. Now it is happening again in the same area. The tile man has 25 years’ experience and came highly recommended.
Huddled like sheep in a pen, dozens of lawn mowers crowd the back alley of Jeffrey Lundberg’s mower shop in Vienna, Va.
HOME style Home-decorating television shows and shelter magazines have many Americans dreaming about inviting an expert interior designer into their homes.
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