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In the Garden: Creating spring’s swath of color begins in fall

Is there anything more beautiful than a field of spring flowers? Probably not, but most of us do not have the space to create such a vista. We can, however, naturalize small bulbs in our lawn and dormant flowerbeds to create a miniaturized vision of a meadow.
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Modern quilters are putting a fresh spin on an old tradition

LOS ANGELES — When Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir organized the first Modern Quilt Guild meeting in Los Angeles in October 2009, they hoped they would find a few other like-minded quilters who wanted to get together. They weren’t alone: The modern-quilting group today has more than 100 chapters and 5,000-plus members nationwide.

In the Garden: Fall lawn care will pay off next spring

I wrote this spring about lawns and their care and mentioned that I love lawns, green lawns — make that a beautiful expanse of a uniform emerald carpet. Hopefully, something I wrote found application in your lawn practices this summer.
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No time to waste on wild four o’clock

Earlier this summer, the Chelan County Noxious Weed Department received funding from the state Noxious Weed Control Board to help land owners eradicate wild four o’clock.
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Brush up on paint choices: Make the most of every gallon with these tips

Painting a home seems like a simple task: You select a color and start the job. But beyond color, you’ll need to think about chemicals, environmental factors and sheen. We talked to paint experts for tips on how to do a better job of figuring it all out so you can have the best paint job possible.

Tomatoes on the vine, mind

Ready, set, go — to tomato tasting, big time. This Saturday morning, you can try lots of varieties, including heirlooms, hybrids, small cherry types and paste tomatoes. Compare different varieties and pick your personal favorites.
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In the Garden: Aug. 16 garden gala is ripe pickings for tomato lovers

Although the Chinese calendar doesn’t have a Year of the Tomato, perhaps Wenatchee should — this year. At least it seems appropriate, with our warm spring and then plenty of hot days this summer to bring on lots of those mouth-watering, fresh-picked fruits.
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In the Garden: Find answers to garden problems Saturday

I’ll wager every gardener reading this column is confronted with a few (or several) problems that I’m mentioning today. For instance, how about cutworms, aphids, droopy plants, leaves with dry edges — maybe all and very likely some of these are causing you consternation.
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Summer fruit freezing: An interview with Margaret Viebrock

I recently sat down with Margaret Viebrock, food safety and preservation specialist with the Washington State University Extension, to chat about how to best use our freezers for preserving the usually abundant harvest.
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Oriental rugs: Art you can walk all over

Persian carpets and other “rugs of the East” are firmly established as elegant design elements — subtle and often-unheralded — that loudly whisper refinement and good taste. Historically, many of us think of them in terms of the imagery of medieval Europe: They were considered great status symbols in the 1500s and, some 200 years beyond, were too precious to put on floors; instead, they adorned tables, chests and walls.