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HomeStyle: Top 10 annual plants for quick summer color

posted: 04/18/2014 11:07 a.m. Discuss

Who isn’t anxious to get new color into the garden after the abysmal winter we had, asks Janet Carson in HomeStyle.

Workout in the garden

posted: 04/14/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Gardens, as Rudyard Kipling said, “are not made by singing, ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” All those neat rows of flowers and vegetables require, well — gardening, and gardening is work. But does gardening count as exercise ?

Yard chores vary in vigor, ability to burn off calories

posted: 04/14/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Gardening burns calories. How many? It depends on the gardener and the job at hand — or hand in muddy glove.

No apple, orange comparison done here

posted: 04/14/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Metabolic Equivalent of Task — or MET — is a way of measuring how one activity compares to another in terms of how much energy it takes.

Ask the expert

posted: 04/12/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

After a long winter, I am ready to begin in earnest to clear out the clutter in my home so I can more easily do some spring cleaning. How and where should I begin? And what’s a good way to stay motivated?

Personal space

posted: 04/12/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Karen Fetzer Where I live: I live in the Oaks neighborhood of Chenal in west Little Rock with my husband, Jerry, and Dausy, our 8-year-old chocolate Lab.

In the garden

posted: 04/12/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Q The daffodil bulbs were planted after we bought them at a daffodil event last spring and planted at that time, as we were instructed. This year they came up but they look like strings and did not bloom. We have fertilized and have good drainage. Any suggestions?

Tools & toys

posted: 04/12/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

FreshCab What’s to love: A rodent repellent that uses scent to keep mice at bay.


posted: 04/12/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — If there is an expert on runaway bamboo, it has to be Dorothy Geyer, a natural resource specialist with the Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia’s Yorktown and Jamestown.


posted: 04/12/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn’t He? — M.J.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: State’s last family Velcro farmer turned out OK

posted: 04/12/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, I am your biggest fan. Seriously. We named our son Otus (Otey) and our daughter Kalaka (Kallie).


posted: 04/12/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You are important in the lives of friends, and they’ll demonstrate this over the next seven weeks.


posted: 04/12/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

DEAR TOM AND RAY: Since buying a Prius, I have become overly interested in gas mileage. The dashboard tells me I am regularly getting more than 50 mpg. But when I try to measure mileage the old-fashioned way (actually recording the amount of gas I put in the car and dividing by the number of miles I’ve driven), I come up with a figure about 3-4 mpg lower than what the dashboard claims.

Strawberries, by the yard or box

posted: 04/12/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Spring and summer taste even sweeter with homegrown strawberries fresh for the picking.


posted: 04/12/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: “Heartbroken in Texas” broke my heart with her request that her older pets be euthanized after her death. While I don’t want to see her pets placed in a shelter to live out their lives, arranging for their comfort and care with family members or friends is preferable to ending what could be many more quality, happy years for those pets.


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