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Bamboo: Why you need it in your kitchen, and six ways to get it there

April 9th, 2014

Bamboo, that renewable, quick-growing wood that’s really a grass, has been expanding across product lines, turning up on floors, in furniture, and towels. But let’s get back to where we started: Bamboo works great in the kitchen. Remember those bamboo salad bowls? They’re still around, but there are many more ways attractive, durable bamboo is being tapped for kitchen ware.

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Funky Chicken Tour coming April 19

March 21st, 2014

Raising chickens just gets bigger and better, and so too, does the Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour. The 6th Annual event takes place April 19.

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Heirloom vegetables and herbs: Why you’ll grow to love them

January 8th, 2014

How do gardeners get through the deep, snooze-inducing winter? They salivate over seed catalogs and plat their future plots. Increasingly, that involves seeking out the rare heirloom seeds that can produce all many of vegetables, fruits and herbs that have vanished from modern supermarkets.

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Give homeowners a way to finance solar and they will jump on it

January 6th, 2014

Give people a way to finance solar power for their homes and they’re likely to grab it, according to a new report. One chart shows a surge of solar installations in states that allow solar leasing, in which homeowners do not have to bear the brunt of upfront PV panel costs.

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Why you can feel a little less guilty about your big screen TV

October 11th, 2013

At home football fans can feel a little less guilty about their big screen TVs. A new report says they’re surprisingly energy efficient. Now about those chicken wings…

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Hurry! It’s time to build a hoop garden

October 1st, 2013

A hoop garden is one of the easiest ways to extend the planting season. If you’re hooked on homegrown lettuce and kale, you may want to make the effort. It won’t cost much. Here are a few tricks.

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Can you name 30 ways to save water? These people did

September 27th, 2013

Here are 30 ways to save water courtesy of some extension agents who cooked up a program called “The 40 Gallon Challenge.” Take a look. There are several things on this list that you could do right now. Then email us your ideas and we’ll make this list a bit longer.

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Green DIY: Refinish your concrete patio without harming the environment

July 30th, 2013

Our tired plain concrete patio becomes a testing ground for an eco-friendly make-over using soy- and water-based stains, sealers and etchers that we found at Tree House in Austin. See how the project came out!

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Save bees by skipping these pesticides

July 10th, 2013

You may not think you can do much to save the honey bees, which continue to die in alarming numbers worldwide. But you can take a stand in your home landscape by banning a class of pesticides that are especially harmful to bees.

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What you need to know about seeds

June 14th, 2013

Eventually every gardener realizes they may want to save some seeds, or experiment with growing red carrots or purple tomatoes. Here are some resources for picky seed consumers.

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Let Lady Bird help you pick natives for your garden this spring

March 25th, 2013

Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy lives on, with a state full of wildflowers and a center that can help you pick the right native plants for your home landscape. Want to help bees and butterflies? The LBJ Wildflower Center makes it easy.

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Five safer ways to evict rodents — without poisoning them, your kids, pets or environment

March 19th, 2013

Stop the inhumane poisonings! Here are five ways to safely shoo and deter rodents, all of which are more eco-friendly than spreading poisons that endanger children, and kill pets and wildlife.

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