In the heat of summer, think of fall

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall - vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it's time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden, too. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall crops, to be transplanted later. Sow seeds for head lettuce, parsnips, rutabaga, beets and turnips directly in the ground. The warm soil will get them off to a fast start.

Gardener: Savoring the day: A chance to play in my own garden

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

With summer in full swing, I think everyone I know is making the most of their vacation time. Although I manage to get away with my family a little too, the nature of my work allows very little down time during these peak gardening months. I don't mind though. I love my "work." Many times I have to remind myself that traveling to beautiful gardens is technically a big part of how I earn my living.

Bee conscious of what you plant

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

As Nathan Reid wandered around his Canton neighborhood in Baltimore, he saw threats everywhere.

Interiors: How to light your kitchen

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Lighting your kitchen properly has many rewards. Reason No. 1 being so you don't cut your finger when chopping things, but also for the overall look and feel of your kitchen, proper lighting is important. Even interior designers are seeking the help of lighting designers to help them provide functional and beautiful lighting for their clients' kitchens.

Style at Home: The art of downsizing

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

My life changed the day I visited a friend who had downsized into a charming home perched on the perimeter of a little lake on the outskirts of Kansas City, Mo. I fell in love with the quiet community of small, unassuming homes built decades ago around a sleepy lake. After commuting a few hours a day between our Atchison, Kansas, home and my store, Nell Hill's Briarcliff in Kansas City, Mo., I was ready for a close-in location where we could stay when in Kansas City. Within days, my husband Dan had found a little fixer-upper on the lake and, ready or not, we began our downsizing adventure.

Plumber: Three top tips for a 'professional' looking kitchen

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Q: Dear Ed, we recently purchased a home that was perfect, except for the kitchen. We plan a complete remodel and since I love to cook, I want my new kitchen to be more professional. Can you please give me a few tips to so my kitchen looks like a pro chef can cook in it?

Spreading the green around with American plants

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Mark Eberle and Dan Caprioli are friends and fellow biologists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Home Fix: Bath fan vents causing mold problem

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Q: I read with interest your article on venting a bathroom fan. I live in Austin, Texas, and my daughter lives in Illinois. The builder told her there are no codes concerning the venting of the bath fans and he is unwilling to make the repairs under the home's warranty. Her fairly new home has mold buildup on the ceiling and outside wall where the bath fan is located and I'm worried about the health of my granddaughter. The builder simply placed the fan's hose in the roof's overhang and I know it is not venting properly. I am an engineer and I can't find any information to help me in my battle with the builder. Can you help?

Treasures: Floor lamp has charm, but when was it made?

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Yardsmart: Guilt-free grasses

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

My client and I stood before a massive old pampas grass in her backyard. This giant grass from the Argentine blooms with big, white feather dusters above the nearly 10-foot tall mass. "I want to get rid of it," she said. "That's not going to be easy," I replied.

For Your Home: How to make white decor easy to live with

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

It must be summer because I'm seeing white everywhere. But, just like with fashion, white isn't just for summer anymore. White is for furniture.

Ask Angie: How much does it cost to rewire a house?

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Dear Angie: How much will it cost to rewire my home?

Hot Property: Akon produces a dazzling flip in Woodland Hills

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Akon, the R&B and hip-hop singer and producer, has put his ultra-modern home in Los Angeles' Woodland Hills neighborhood up for sale at $3.5 million.

Hot Property, Athletes Edition: Domain of Dodgers player is for rent

| |Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

As Southern California's summer rental market continues to heat up, at least one member of the Los Angeles Dodgers is looking to get in on the action. Newly listed for rent in San Diego-area community of La Jolla is the home of All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is asking $20,000 a month to lease his sprawling estate.

Living Smart: How landscaping can deter intruders, pests

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural.

On Gardening: Stunning blue bog sage lures birds and bees

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A great purple hairstreak, one of the most beautiful butterflies in the United States, created quite a stir as he feasted on the nectar-rich sky-blue flowers of the bog sage. This sage, the tallest plant in our new pollinator gardens, at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, is doing their part in bringing in visitors, those that fly and those that drive.

Your Place: Finally, an answer to sooty marks on wall

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A tip of the Heavens hat to Medford, Pa., architect Charles J. Collins Jr., ably assisted by Joe Ponessa, for helping to solve a riddle from a few weeks back: sooty marks on walls above electric baseboard radiators.

Diggin' In: 'Designer' products that spruce up your yard

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

When heat, humidity and dry days take a toll on your flowers in July and August, given your yard a fresh look with pots of tropical hibiscus and mandevilla. Although they are not cold hardy in much of the country, these plants add tropical touches to any summer decor. Costa Farms, a major hibiscus and mandevilla grower, features these stunning, sun-loving bloomers at garden centers, including Home Depot, Lowe's and Wal-mart nationwide, $19.99-$35.99, depending on size and plant:

HOT PROPERTY: Are the Obamas buying a home in Rancho Mirage?

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in the Southern California desert community of Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out.

Garden to-do: Be an early bird in the garden

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

Beat the heat - with an early start. Make the most of cool mornings. Do yardwork early in the day. Keep yourself hydrated; drink water.