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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 03:30 pm

Things to know if you’re a gardener who believes in self-sufficiency By Jennifer Fishburn

Until the end of World War II, most gardeners saved their own vegetable and flower seeds because high-quality seeds were not always readily available. Today, affordable high-quality seeds are availabl...
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 05:06 am

Planting bulbs this fall will pay off in the spring

You don’t have to sink a lot of time and effort to create a sea of color in your garden next spring and summer. Flowering bulbs will do the hard work for you over the winter, gardening experts s...
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 06:09 pm
What tastes better on a cool fall day than an apple plucked right off the tree? Well, maybe a fresh apple pie, homemade applesauce, or apple butter. This month the fruit is ripening in backyards and c...
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 02:19 pm
For a sea of spring color invest now Planting bulbs this fall will pay off in the springBy Vicky Katz WhitakerIt’s apple-picking time! By Jennifer FishburnWhen to save your seedsThings to k...
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 09:54 am

Try before you buy for a great night’s sleep

Do you toss and turn? Do you wake up stiff and sore? Have you slept better elsewhere? It may be time for a new mattress – and finding the perfect fit requires a test drive.    We ...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 06:15 pm

It’s the difference between your dream home and a nightmare

The best $300 my fiancée and I spent in the process of buying our first home did not contribute in the slightest to the actual purchase price. Rather, it kept us from purchasing a home that wou...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 01:49 pm

Bright ideas for spending your tax rebate: on your new home

 So, you’ve closed on a home and that federal first-time homebuyer’s tax credit should be coming your way soon. Now what?First of all, realize it might take several weeks for the tax-...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:58 pm

Popular incentives for first time and ‘move up’ homebuyers end April 30, 2010

The warm prospect of more affordable home prices, attractive mortgage rates and a stable economy will likely draw more real estate shoppers to the market this spring. But it’s the opportunity fo...


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