Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Home & Garden

Cultivating a new business

David Cree’s career in horticulture and landscaping began at the tender young age of three, when he planted toothpicks in the backyard to grow toothpick trees. David continued his work with plants in grammar school, growing a vegetable garden in the vacant lot next to his home in Dallas, Tex.

Energy-wise lighting tips

California’s recent energy crisis has made conserving electricity a hot topic nationwide. No wonder. The energy emergency is not just a California phenomenon. The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) predicts New England, New York City and Texas could experience electricity shortages as well.

Classes at Andy’s through March

The Feb. 7 session of Andy’s Garden Club, at 9:30 a.m., is a “Native Plants and Wildlife” program presented by Kathryn Gable, Past President of the Georgia Native Plant Society. A special slide presentation is also prepared for your enjoyment. Come and enjoy sharing the gardening experience with others. The program is open to everyone.

Pieces of the Caribbean

Your Mastercard melted somewhere around the 18th Christmas-gift purchase, and your wallet’s thinner than Calista Flockhart. Looks like that midwinter trip to the Caribbean is out.

Pines in the yard?

The ordinary pine cone. It can be a simple symbol of winter, in a plain basket dressed with a bow.

Show up your home’s elements

In a well-designed house, the drama is in the details.

How to connect a new foundation to an old one

Q. I am building an addition on my home and realize I must connect the new foundation with the existing one. What is the best way to do this? Is there a way to waterproof the connection? Will this connection become a hinge point in the future, causing cracks in the walls? I am very concerned about how to make a connection between the structures that will stand the test of time. — P.M., Orono, Minn.

White powder on new masonry can make you nuts

Q. I feel our new home has some serious problems, but our builder disagrees. The house is less than 6 months old, but we have ugly white deposits that are leaching out of our chimney, a wing wall that juts from a corner of our home and a retaining wall. I feel there must be something wrong for this to happen. The more I scrub, the worse the problem gets. What is wrong, and what can be done to fix the problem? — Andrew M., Loveland, Ohio.

Tackling winter dryness in your home

It’s winter, which means dry air.

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