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Updated at 12:07 PM

“There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920 Every greenhouse gardener who attempts to grow healthy plants in the wintertime knows the importance of adequate light for seedlings. Young sprouts will quickly become weak and spindly if they [...]

Posted Nov 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

“The seed-starter works, always, at the edge of a mystery. Though we may take it for granted, we are part of that mystery, along with the fragility, resilience, the dependability of the green world.” –...

Posted Nov 26, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Sitting atop the historic Lowell hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a three-bedroom suite recently came onto the market for a whopping $300,000 a month.

Posted Nov 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” — Wendell Berry, American novelist, poet and gardener A couple of Saturdays ago, I led a class...

Updated Nov 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” –John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, 1962 Last week, I wrote about readying my greenhouse for winter gardening (mostly starting perennial...

Posted Nov 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

"We go, in winter's biting wind, On many a short-lived winter day, With aching back but willing mind To dig and double dig the clay." — Ruth Pitter, "The Diehards,"...

Updated Nov 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

“Breathe in. The air is rich-humid, fragrant, and full of life, warm on your face. It’s comfortable. What is it about a greenhouse or sunspace that feels good to almost everyone? It’s more than just a stimulation of the senses. It goes deeper,...

Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 10:16 AM

With her husband having passed away and her children gone from the home, Mary Anne Perez no longer needs her four-bedroom house in New Albany.

Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and restained can be expensive and messy.

Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Moving from a 2,300-square-foot house to a one-bedroom rental required Shannon Claire Smith and Nicholas Herman to rethink everything. Here are some tricks they used to think outside the "rental box" and make the most of their smaller...

Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Decorating is about two things: style and comfort. Nowhere in your house are these two considerations more important than in the bedroom. Comfort in the bedroom means getting a good night's sleep, which is why having the right pillow is...

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