If antiques are your game, then your field this weekend should be the Fresno Fairgrounds. The latest installment of the Serendipity! Antiques and Collectibles Show, held three times a year, features dozens of dealers offering one-of-a-kind items.
By mid-August, nighttime temperatures should cool into the sixties. Longer nights and cooler if not cool nighttime temperatures will allow plants to begin to recover from heat stress that slows or stops growth and flowering during the summer.
In the 17th- and 18th-century garden, herbs were an important part of the vegetable plot, growing side-by-side with peas, carrots and lettuces, and then harvested and used in cooking, dye and soap making and herbal medicine.
If you are into bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, then by all means put the monarda or beebalm species at the top of your must-plant list. I find it amusing that in more than 20 years of garden writing, I've never touted a beebalm. I've always loved the scarlet beebalm, Monarda didyma, especially when hummingbirds come into feed. When examined close-up, the scarlet beebalm looks like nature's version of spectacular fireworks. The last few years however have been like a life lesson as other species have caught my attention with their ability to attract pollinators.
Doormats aren't the most inspirational of household purchases. Whereas the quest for a great interior rug involves carefully considering several details - size, material, design, durability and so on - shopping for a doormat essentially means asking yourself two questions: Is it not totally hideous? Can I wipe my feet on it?
Autumn approaches, and whether you're a serious gardener or the putz-around-the-yard-on-weekends variety, it's nice to be able to extend the growing season into fall and beyond through new products. And for those who simply want to get this summer behind them and move on, there are tools to facilitate the process.
"There, that's what I wanted," says Stephanie, punching her finger at a childlike drawing of a house. "I wanted a pitched roof and smoke coming out of the chimney; a room with shelves for books with the piano in it that we could close off, and a big kitchen. And that's what we got."
Q: I'm having a hard time with a few doors in my home that are sticky and will not close. I'm able to do some woodwork myself but I'm afraid to plane the doors because the latch does not fit and planing would not help that problem. Can you give some advice?