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Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map is like building a house without drawings.” – Mark Jenkins, Off the Map: Bicycling across Siberia, 1992 Gardening is certainly a journey, so it makes sense to create a map of our gardens that we can use as a reference along the way. Here’s a sample [...]

Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:46 AM

The paperbark maple was introduced to the West more than a century ago by the intrepid plant collector E.H. Wilson, but it has remained a fairly uncommon garden plant, in part because Wilson started with only about 100 seedlings.

Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

They're similar to the boardwalks used in nature preserves that let you walk through, say, a peat bog and see the wild orchids up close without damaging the plants or sinking into the muck.

Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Are you about to install or replace a ceramic tile floor? You’re choosing a flooring material with a long list of virtues: It’s long-lasting, hardwearing, and great-looking, as well. Tile can be a bit tricky to work with, though, so...

Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 1:23 PM

If you have a wet basement, get on it. Hot and most summer weather can mean thunderstorms and derechos on the horizon, bringing more water to your woes. Here are five tips for dealing with water in your basement.

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 12:53 PM

When the blooming does finally happen, the flower will reach up to 8 feet in height as it displays its unique bright red interior. It will also, of course, start producing its distinct stench.

Updated at 10:38 AM

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness…” ~ Gertrude Jekyll-Hyde My garden has, indeed, taught me to be a careful observer. I’ve also learned that I can’t keep track of everything all...

Posted Jul 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.” —...

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Dealing with the animal kingdom can be stressful and tiring. I have to keep reminding myself that, first, this is the lot of the gardener and, second, don't sit down on the straw bale. As vexing as gardening with pests might be, it beats watching...

Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 11:33 AM

But finding and purchasing artwork via a monitor can prove daunting, especially if you don't know where to look. So we scoured the Web and found a wide range of retailers that offer affordable art pieces in a variety of styles and media.

Updated Jul 20, 2016 at 3:02 PM

If you haven't heard of a mechanic's lien or don't understand the implications of a mechanic's lien, you may want to continue reading.

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