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Creating a kid’s garden can be great fun for all

Creating a kid’s garden can be great fun for all

Courtesy photo During this past holiday season, an article was released showing the top five toys that no kids should live without — toys that fit any budget and work for a variety of ages. One of these toys was DIRT! Yes, you read that right … DIRT! It’s great for parents because dirt is free and can be found... 

10 ways to jazz up an outdoor summer dinner party

10 ways to jazz up an outdoor summer dinner party

By AMY LORENTZEN For The Associated Press Keeping guests comfortable and entertained while dining al fresco can seem daunting.  But a few fun items can help you create a cozy space, serve summer foods with flair, and send guests on their way with a reminder of a special backyard barbecue or patio party.  These 10 outdoor dinner... 

New ideas for old family doodads, mementoes

New ideas for old family doodads, mementoes

By JENNIFER FORKER For The Associated Press AP This undated photo courtesy of Giuseppina “Josie” Joan Therese Seivert’s necklace— a large heart shape covered in tiny pieces of sparkly jewelry attached to a bolo tie — looks homemade, and it is. It comes with a heartfelt story.  Her sister made it for her before Seivert... 

Make your garden

Make your garden

In the Garden Nebraska Statewide Arboretum  The word pollinator conjures up images of bees and butterflies, but there are others. They include moths, beetles, flies, birds, bats and even reptiles. They are insects and animals that move pollen from one plant to another; more specifically, from the anthers of a male flower to... 

Right at Home: gifts for the garden-loving mom

Right at Home: gifts for the garden-loving mom

For a lot of moms, the urge to nurture extends to plants and flowers, outdoors and in. So for Mother’s Day, instead of getting her a traditional floral arrangement that lasts just a few days, consider other options for or from the garden. If mom spends some of her happiest hours in her backyard garden, you might sign her up... 

Help for modern families: inexpensive bathroom additions

Help for modern families: inexpensive bathroom additions

(ARA) – As older adults age in place and more households make room for multiple generations, how will Americans respond to the home-improvement challenge? Two important housing trends are both emerging and merging today: Older adults increasingly want to “age in place,” while a record number of households have... 

Luxury bathroom upgrades that are worth the investment

Luxury bathroom upgrades that are worth the investment

(ARA) – Few room renovations return as much on your investment – in terms of resale value and enhanced enjoyment – as refurbishing a bathroom. Maybe that’s why many Americans, who have tightened their belts when it comes to other areas of home improvement, still seem to be willing to spend more for luxury... 

Nine tips for the perfect kitchen remodel

Nine tips for the perfect kitchen remodel

(ARA) – For many Americans, remodeling their kitchens tops the list of home improvement projects – and for several good reasons. Not only is the kitchen the heart of many homes – the center of family activity and home entertaining – but remodeling your kitchen is typically one of the smartest investments,... 

Go beyond de-cluttering with sophisticated bathroom storage

Go beyond de-cluttering with sophisticated bathroom storage

With advanced storage solutions, you may be surprised how chic and efficient your bathroom can become. (ARA) – Look through any interior design magazine and you’ll notice one common theme across all the featured homes: a lack of clutter. No matter whether the style is minimalist or maximalist, in the most beautifully... 

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Don’t plant flowers too early in season

    By ROGER HOLSINGER Star-Herald Assistant Editor  According to the calendar spring has arrived. But in western Nebraska there is always a chance for a spring...

Add value and appeal with four simple home maintenance projects

(ARA) - Regardless of whether you're staying or thinking of selling, you want your home to look its best and be an asset to the neighborhood. Attractive homes accrue in value and...

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(ARA) - It's the time of year to finish all the projects around the house that you put off all summer to go to the lake. Regardless if it is finishing a new deck, renovating the...

How to make your outdoor living space as cool and comfortable as indoors

How to make your outdoor living space as cool and comfortable as indoors (ARA) - It is easy to enjoy your deck or patio when the weather is warm and pleasant, and memories of...

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A Prairie Garden Journal 2003 The worst drought in local memory appears to not yet be over.  The state’s climatologist, when asked at the recent drought conference at the...
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Corporations boost ag research funding

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities...

Creating a kid’s garden can be great fun for all

Courtesy photoDuring this past holiday season, an article was released showing the top five toys that...

Preserve your produce

A new generation is finding that canning saves money and the taste can’t be beat By Jane Palmer World-Herald...

Metal leafing can give old furniture new glamour

By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Love the shiny glamour of mirrored or silver-leaf furniture, but...

10 ways to jazz up an outdoor summer dinner party

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