Home & Gardens

Home & Gardens

04/23/2015 - 2:35pm
Volunteers are needed to staff the houses as docents the two days of the Tour. Docents help check people in to each house, keep the traffic flowing, and add a layer of protection for the homeowners. Let them  know if you’re able to serve... >>more
04/15/2015 - 12:40pm
Kingman Park Rosedale Community Garden representatives happily paid the DC government $1 at a March 19 signing ceremony and received title to a quarter-acre vegetable garden that has become the heart and soul of the unusually large interior block... >>more
04/09/2015 - 10:42am
With Earth Day coming on April 22 it’s the perfect time to sign up for competitively priced green energy for your home or apartment. In April and May, Groundswell, a DC-based nonprofit, is signing up homeowners and renters to participate in a... >>more
04/09/2015 - 10:12am
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is on a mission to increase the tree canopy, and Eliot-Hine Middle School is one of the most recent beneficiaries. With funding from DDOE, Casey Trees orchestrated the planting of 50 trees on the... >>more
04/09/2015 - 9:42am
Every spring like clockwork it begins; the days get a bit longer, the suns glow gets a bit brighter and warmer, and the first daffodils and crocuses push us into spring. These harbingers of spring are noticeably late this year. Were the invites not... >>more
04/08/2015 - 11:14am
Why has my azalea turned yellow? If it’s a bad thing, what can I do to green it up? The cause could be too much rain or imperfect drainage. Azalea leaves should be a healthy dark green all winter. Generally, yellowing means iron deficiency... >>more
03/02/2015 - 1:12pm
There’s no such thing as a blank slate with gardens, especially on Capitol Hill. The first time I see a new space, I feel like Sherlock Holmes looking deeply at a yard full of clues. Knowing how a space got to be the way it is helps us know... >>more
03/02/2015 - 12:46pm
Hill residents are known for making use of every nook and cranny of their homes. Some residents are now taking this effort to a new level by using their roofs to produce solar energy, thereby reducing their energy bill and carbon footprint. In 2012... >>more
03/02/2015 - 12:12pm
The tragic Annapolis house fire in January 2015 which killed six people, including four children, had a profound effect on many people throughout our area. “The Annapolis fire underscores the critical need for regular, electrical maintenance... >>more
03/02/2015 - 11:43am
  It is one for the record books with the lowest temperatures in 20 years. Everywhere you look there is wind and cold damage to our trees and shrubs that will take us years to recover from. High winds caused trees to lose their limbs and weaker... >>more
03/02/2015 - 11:11am
A brick rowhouse in Southwest, Washington, DC, which was part of a 1960s urban revitalization, was in need of updates, beginning with the galley kitchen hidden behind walls. When Wentworth, Inc. was hired to renovate the spaces, the team worked... >>more
03/02/2015 - 10:42am
The African violet I received for Christmas has begun to wilt. What might I be doing wrong? Our biggest mistake as amateurs is to water an African violet too much. When waterlogged, its fine roots die for lack of oxygen. So water only if the top of... >>more
03/02/2015 - 10:11am
Ah, the good old days. Sitting on your front porch on a warm spring day, reading the Sunday paper or taking a nap in your comfy hammock. The porch provided a respite and protection from the sun or rain. Well, maybe your porch has seen too much of... >>more
02/04/2015 - 12:12pm
My healthy, robust indoor Clivias have not bloomed ever since we moved to the house across the street.  I swear I have put them in identical light and temperature conditions as before, but they just won’t bloom and it has been four years... >>more
02/04/2015 - 11:47am
Perhaps it's our fascination with the tropics or it could be the fact that we gardeners love something new and unexpected in the landscape. Whatever the reasons, tropical plants have taken off in the past several years and now a palm or a croton... >>more