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WSU Extension Q&A: Natural tomato plant chemicals can cause rash

The Washington State University Q&A is a weekly column for the Mid-Columbia that talks about everything from gardening to food to animals and 4-H. This week, the WSU Extension Q&A talks about how natural chemicals on tomatoes and plants can cause a rash, and tips on monitoring 4-H fair animals at the Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo.

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Style at Home: Nostalgia is hot for fall centerpieces

There is something so nostalgic about fall for me. Maybe it comes from growing up in a small, Midwestern river town, where the trees turned spectacular shades of scarlet, amber and orange. Where apple orchards were bursting with juicy fruit ready for a snack or pie. Or maybe it was the excitement of football game days in our small college town. Fall just feels like home, familiar and friendly.

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8 great contemporary toiles

Toile de Jouy is named after the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, where it got its start in the 18th century. That explains all those pastoral scenes peopled by farmers in Colonial-era garb. Yet these toile designs also telegraphed the news of the world, whether it be balloon voyages, the American victory in a revolutionary war or the toppling of a king. You can still buy those designs as wallpaper or fabric.

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Rooftop gardens grow fierce

WICHITA, Kan. - More than a decade after people first moved into the lofts at Grant Telegraph in Old Town, their rooftop gardens are starting to draw eyes upward to leafy lushness.

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Moving? Don't start packing without these 8 painless tips

You've been perusing real estate apps for months, have gone to countless house inspections and finally found the home of your dreams. But before you start building your decor Pinterest board and investing in new wares, it's time to tackle one of the most frustrating parts of the process: moving.

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Home Fix: Help with a washer drain

Q: My washing machine is located in the basement in a room directly beneath the kitchen. When water drains from the washer, it's going into a hole in the basement floor. The sump pump kicks on, but the water comes back up into the kitchen sink. The water recedes, but I'm not exactly sure to where. Anytime any water enters the sump hole, the pump kicks on and water comes back up into the sink - this could be water draining from doing dishes in the sink or even just accumulated condensation from the A/C or from the high efficiency furnace. Could this be caused by the vent pipe on the roof being clogged?

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Now is a good time to consider planting cover crops

Garden Tips columnist Marianne Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension. Marianne Ophardt in her garden tips column talks about cover crops, and that they are planted and then tilled back into the soil, primarily for the purpose of adding organic matter. Cover crops also reduce soil erosion from wind and water, and the the relief of soil compaction by crop roots.

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Communing with nature

LOS ANGELES - Avid runners and hikers who love being outdoors, the couple took full advantage of everything the park had to offer and in 2010 helped create the Friends of Griffith Park, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to preserving the park's open landscapes.

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On Gardening: Lime Sizzler, dazzling new firebush

You can spot Lime Sizzler a mile away! Well, that may be a slight exaggeration but the new Lime Sizzler firebush is definitely an attention grabber. Ever since firebush was declared a Texas Super Star Winner, 20 years ago, it has captured the fancy of gardeners, hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Now with the addition of Lime Sizzler, everyone has gone gaga.


How to set up a straw bale garden

Cindy Hoedel demonstrates how to set up and condition straw bales so you can grow food in them.
Cindy Hoedel The Kansas City Star
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How to set up a straw bale garden

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How to clean a messy landscaping bed

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How to harvest rain for your yard