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In the Garden | Needle cast is not usually a cause for concern

The average person sheds 100 hairs a day. Shedding for cats and dogs is stimulated by the light changes occurring around the equinoxes. Trees also shed. We understand deciduous leaves turning color as the light wanes and falling from the tree with the first frost. What is less understood is evergreen needle cast, or shedding of the two- or three-year-old needles from the branches.
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Mixed-material tables show trend done right

Mixing materials, particularly in unlikely combinations, is an appropriate interior-design trend for the Internet age. After all, many of the online tools favored by design-obsessed people — Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram — are inherently collagelike, allowing users to pull together a range of images, ideas and inspiration from various corners of the web and organize them in one place. Why not, then, boldly combine disparate elements when decorating the rooms of your home? Or, for a lesser commitment, go for a single, statement-making piece of furniture that does just that?

In the Garden | When good veggies go bad

You plant a seed full of promise; you nurture it full of hope. You plant it in the garden envisioning the crisp radish snap, the sweet milky corn, the crunchy cucumber, the delectable cabbage. Ah yes, life is good.
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Making home decor a decade-long project

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita wife and mother Jenifer Sauer, 37, is a sponge for beautiful design that she incorporates into her house in east Wichita.
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Design ideas from nature

Look up more often when hiking in the foothills and “try to find something that awakens your creative juices,” landscape designer Susan Cusick told a group of hikers in June.

In the Garden | Ready. Set. Grow Conference

Calling all gardeners! We have a unique local opportunity for delving into a baker’s dozen of fact-packed garden subjects on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 at Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth. Although it seems a long ways off, registration is limited and seems to be filling up fast.
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Designing the deck of your dreams

CARY, N.C. — It may be tucked away in the back of the house, invisible from the street and unknown to anyone but family and guests, but the back porch is the most important room in many homes.

In the Garden | It’s time for markets, plant clinic

We’re well into the farmers market season in the valley, so I’m writing to remind you that many of our local markets have a hidden treasure full of untapped knowledge for your home garden.