Home & Gardens

Home & Gardens

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
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