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Bar, office, mom cave: Homeowners discover the versatility of the backyard shed

Subscriber onlyWhen Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. Continue reading...

When should I have my trees inspected, trimmed?

Subscriber onlyThe recent storms have me wondering about the trees around my home. I have a large pine in my front yard, an oak in the back and my neighbor has a massive oak tree with branches directly over my home. Continue reading...

Tools and Toys

Subscriber onlyDreft Cleaners: A new line of cleaning products from the same company that makes the baby-fresh-smelling Dreft laundry detergent that, according to the company, keep baby's skin safe and protected from harmful and irritating chemicals. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyWe live in Hot Springs Village, and year after year the plants in the photo I have enclosed are always a pleasure to see in early summer in the same area. Not sure what they are but they have a beautiful orange flower and we look forward to them every year. Is it a weed or a wildflower? Continue reading...

Personal Space

Subscriber onlyJim Maase, from the Oak Forest neighborhood of Little Rock. Continue reading...

Tactics can help tame time-sapping garden

Subscriber onlyToo many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools. Continue reading...

NWA Personal Space

Subscriber onlyTracy Byrd, from east Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Fairyland-scaping

Small plants, houses, accessories transform into a magical miniature garden

Subscriber onlyFascination with fairies isn't new. It dates from early Greek mythology, and who didn't love Tinkerbell? But only recently have so many Arkansans begun building fairy gardens. Continue reading...

Personal Space

Subscriber onlyValerie Wingert Where I live: An appendix of Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood for 28 years with my husband of 29 years, Steve Evans. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ I feed the birds year round, have seven hummingbird feeders out and love watching them. I see pictures of hummers lined up around the feeder, but these guys fight and only one at a time will feed. Is there a secret to getting more than one hummer on the feeder at a time? Continue reading...

Ask the Experts -- Questions to ask before buying a historic house

Subscriber onlyI am considering buying an older house in a historic neighborhood. What are some things I should do before making an offer? Continue reading...

Tools & Toys

Subscriber onlytheBox What's to love: It's an all-in-one starter box for grilling -- a burnable charcoal chimney with no lighter fluid needed. Continue reading...

State again tries manly catch/release deer program

Subscriber onlyDear Otus, I read with great interest historian/archivist Tom Dillard's [June 14] column on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He noted this was the commission's centennial year and lauded many of its accomplishments. Continue reading...

Window still open for nurturing basil

Subscriber onlyBasil has hit the big time. It's now America's favorite herb. Gardeners shopping for seeds and plants can find a wide variety, from the small-leaved lemon to luxuriant Italian ones such as Genovese. Continue reading...

CAR TALK

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAR TALK: My Italian water buffaloes, African pygmy goats, rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are requesting your masterful insight, please, for what might be the perfect car for their transportation needs. I have been pondering a replacement for my beloved 1998 Toyota RAV4 (206,000-plus miles) for several years now, but believe it or not, manufacturer brochures don't include animal-friendly ratings. My Toyota RAV4 runs wonderfully, with virtually no repairs needed during its 17-year tour of duty. The only problem is that my human friends refuse to ride with me anymore, given the fur and hay that are imbedded in every interior inch, the dog-claw scratches on windows and chewed seat belts. And I think I now get about 12 miles to the gallon, even when it's not loaded with goats. Naturally, I want to get a new RAV4 -- and I will keep my original RAV4 as a shuttle for the dogs when we go to the beach. My dream is a hybrid for the best mileage, but lordy, it looks like those are $50,000-plus. I need to save my money for buffalo chow. Can you please offer your recommendation for the perfect vehicle? Something that fills my emotional bond with the RAV4, has its car-handling feel and is not a truck or big SUV, but can fit at least three bales of hay in the back area. Having towing power for a two-horse or one-water-buffalo trailer is a huge bonus (about 2,500 pounds). Thank you so much! Continue reading...

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