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  • Understanding and controlling apple scab disease

    Understanding and controlling apple scab disease

    This has been a terrible season for ornamental crab apple diseases. I wrote about fire blight a few weeks ago, but I could have easily written about apple scab fungus disease. Although apple scab does make the fruit unsightly, owners of crab apple trees and occasionally apple trees complain about . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Inner peace at the beach

    Inner peace at the beach

    Ron Suzuki combines his love of yoga with his passion for building and renovating homes that will last for at least 40 years before they require upgrading. "Nowadays we think that 10 years is a long time for a house to go maintenance-free, " said Suzuki. "But if it is built . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Fresh paint takes away the winter blahs

    Fresh paint takes away the winter blahs

    All it takes is one gust of crisp air to get Canadians into an autumn state of mind, especially when it comes to updating the home for the cooler weather. It doesn't take much to transform your home for the season, and one of the easiest ways to do so . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Return air improves heating system's circulation

    Question: My son lives in a 100-year-old house. The main floor is 769 square feet and the second floor is 348 square feet. The second floor is not used or heated. At some time a 10-foot square basement was dug under the centre of the house to accommodate a furnace. . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Fight the munchers

    Minimize damage caused by ravenous voles, deer

    Cooler temperatures can invoke a certain amount of inertia among homeowners. Fall is no time for procrastination, however, when it comes to essential outdoor chores in preparation for the challenges that nature can present to the landscape. Animals, like humans, like to eat throughout the winter. It is foolish to rely . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Store fresh apples properly; they'll last longer

    QUESTION: I just filled my second fridge crisper with fresh-picked apples. I always sprinkle baking soda and put a layer of paper towels under the apples. Do I set the crisper tray on high or low humidity? I also filled an old roaster pan with apples to hopefully keep them . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Nailing the art of building with pallets

    Be safe — and ready for back-breaking work — tackling old-wood creations
    Nailing the art of building with pallets

    Hefting a crowbar and a hammer, I felt like the John Henry of folklore as I checked out a jumble of pallets turned into shelves that were clustered in the local Canadian Tire parking lot. How I went from respected photographer to carpenter started with the website Pinterest where a . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Giving up a third bedroom for a closet need not be risky

    Giving up a third bedroom for a closet need not be risky

    QUESTION: My boyfriend and I recently purchased a house. Not only is it our first house together, it's the first house either of us has ever owned. Against the advice of family and friends we bought a bit of a fixer-upper. We are currently working on the main floor so . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • Counter arguments

    Marble is a classic choice that can't be beat — or can it?
    Counter arguments

    Question: I have my heart set on white-and-grey marble counters, but everyone tells me marble is a bad idea. I know you use marble all the time, but I've heard it stains and chips. Why then are the majority of designer kitchens on Pinterest marble? Alternatives? Thoughts? Thanks.   Answer: Marble is . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • The art of design and architecture

    The art of design and architecture

    The Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting its 8th annual Home Tour tomorrow. The event is organized by the Volunteer Associates of the WAG and shines the spotlight on some of Winnipeg's most fabulous homes. All proceeds support the WAG and its mission to help people see and experience more through . . .

    September 13, 2014