Home & Gardens

Home & Gardens

07/01/2015 - 10:42am
The art of the possible is embodied in the 3 x 5 foot wooden raised garden bed William Penn House volunteers have just built and planted for a Northeast DC woman who has spent the last 60 years in this row house. This is her first vegetable garden.... >>more
07/01/2015 - 10:11am
Many Hill residents have a love/hate relationship with streetlights. We love the safety they provide by illuminating our lushly treed streets while disliking the harsh light that penetrates our bedrooms and disturbs our sleep. More than one Hill... >>more
07/01/2015 - 9:42am
What is the difference between Siberian Iris and Japanese Iris and which should I plant?  Both have attractive tall, thin leaves. Both are easy to grow. Siberian irises tolerate part shade, are stunningly beautiful in a thousand cultivars, and... >>more
06/03/2015 - 11:49am
Why does the chemical lime, which I am guessing is powdered limestone, have the same name as the green fruit, lime? The Problem Lady does not know. The name of the green fruit comes from an Arabic word, “limah”. The kind of lime used in... >>more
06/03/2015 - 11:12am
Plant selection is a lot like socially responsible investing: the more you know about it, the harder it is to do the right thing. Are native plants good or bad? That depends. Is pollen good or bad? That depends. Are plant-eating bugs in your garden... >>more
06/03/2015 - 10:42am
Abraham Lincoln commissioned Washington, DC’s first Naval hospital in 1864, and the horse-drawn ambulances serving the Civil War-era hospital were housed in an adjacent carriage house. Hill Center, transformed from a hospital to a community-... >>more
05/06/2015 - 12:11pm
To be a gardener you must have fortitude. We drop a plant or seed into the ground, mulch it over, drench it with water and a bit of granular food, and then expect it to survive the elements. Happily, most plants perform with very little fuss. But... >>more
05/06/2015 - 11:42am
There’s much to appreciate about Hill Center – the rich array of concerts, classes, and exhibits it brings to our Capitol Hill neighborhood and the DC area. But did you know that it also touts one of the few geothermal heating and... >>more
05/06/2015 - 11:11am
First we grew heirloom tomatoes. Then we joined a CSA. Some of us got chickens or started indoor winter gardens under lights. What’s next? Eating weeds for dinner, that’s what.  Urban foraging is so hot that every workshop within 25... >>more
05/06/2015 - 10:35am
What is the best way to move a healthy two-foot-high boxwood? Don’t do it now. Wait until at least September. Boxwoods are shallow-rooted and suffer extreme transplant shock during warm weather. It will form new roots better in autumn and over... >>more
05/05/2015 - 12:42pm
The key to understanding Capitol Hill is that folks here take pride in their homes. In a major way.  It is as if we were all born under the sign of Taurus and Mother’s Day weekend was the high holy day of house worship.  The denizens... >>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