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WSU Extension Q&A: Not too late to plant sweet corn

This is a weekly Q&A for the Mid-Columbia that talks about everything from gardening to food to animals and 4-H

Best way to preserve fresh fruit like strawberries is to freeze it

Plant flowers that bloom for a long time to help attract insects to your garden

There are other activities other than animals for 4-H participants

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Spring weather brings fire blight to area roses

In our region, it seems like abnormal weather has been the norm in recent years. This is so frustrating for gardeners like me and you. My tomatoes are just sitting in the garden and hardly growing. At the beginning of the month, it seemed like the weather was turning hot, so I removed the protective water-wall cylinders that were providing extra heat to the plants. A week later, the weather has turned cooler and unsettled.

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Praying mantids eat bad — and good — insects

Not long ago, a local gentleman called me because he had rescued several mantid egg cases that were laying in tires that were being hauled away. He had heard that mantids were beneficial and wanted to protect the egg cases until they hatched. I am not an entomologist, so my knowledge of mantids is not vast, but I have learned a little about them because they are frequently encountered in gardens.

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Home Fix: Dark streaks on roof shingles

Q: Lately I've noticed dark streaks on my roof shingles as well as other roofs in the neighborhood. The roof is about 12 years old and is in good condition. Can you tell me what the streaks are and if they will damage the roof?

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Yardsmart: Datura gives arid elegance

As the last hint of spring cool vanishes, white trumpets begin to stud the roads and dry washes of the West. They are large and amazingly fragile upon a dark-mounded plant quite common in this brutal climate. A nightshade of world renowned, wild datura is popping up in drought-stricken gardens of the West, flowering like a gift from nature. Formerly maligned as weeds, the great white trumpets are welcome elegance in a rugged dry garden.

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Plumber: Dramatic colors for new kitchen

Q: Hi Ed, thanks for having a plumbing advice column since it's always helpful to have a second opinion. We are remodeling our kitchen and our designer has suggested that we install a cast-iron kitchen sink with a very deep/dark color. While I have been excited to see some color samples, I am a little cautious. Can you please give me some Ed info on installing kitchen sinks with very dark colors?

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Style at Home: Light it up! Brilliant lighting makes a room

I get pretty wired when I talk about lighting, because lamps and light fixtures are key statement makers in a room, critical components of a well-designed interior space. Today's designers are pushing the boundaries, tapping into their reservoirs of 100-watt creativity to fashion lighting that truly makes a space brilliant.

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The daily routines every organized person follows for a tidy house

If you lead a busy lifestyle, you know the drill. You start off the week with a mostly clean and tidy house (depending on how many chores you achieved over the weekend). By midweek, though, you realize you haven't put away your dry cleaning and haven't folded your laundry. There's a growing stack of mail in the hallway, a used gym bag by the door, a pile of fresh laundry on the bed, dirty dishes in the sink (and clean ones in the dishwasher that didn't just finish its cycle). To top it off, your vanity looks as if a bomb went off in the beauty aisle at Saks. By Friday, the house is a full-blown disaster zone - that is, until you rest from your week, and tackle the massive (and much-needed) tidying up job. Then, the cycle starts all over again. Do yourself a favor, and adopt these clever daily cleaning tricks so you never have to spend precious weekend hours tidying up. We promise it's quicker than you think!

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Hooked on cactuses, succulents as drought busters

SUN CITY ROSEVILLE, Calif. - For two decades, a small strip of property sat vacant between two homes in Sun City Roseville. Weedy and needy, the parcel had been dubbed "green space" with a patch of unused turf and lanky shrubs. But during the prolonged drought, it turned into an unloved water-hogging eyesore.

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An ultimate bachelor pad

LOS ANGELES - Matty Pipes had a goal when he moved into his new home in Hollywood: Create a bachelor pad with a well-traveled look that did not look "decorator done."

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On Gardening: Dazzling daylilies showing out at a garden near you

Our American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful there are those certain varieties that just keep me fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids. So instead of being diploid with each cell having two sets of chromosomes these varieties have four sets.

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