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10/31/2014 - 12:00am
Leaf collection runs from Nov. 3, through Jan. 10. Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties. Leaves will be removed from neighborhood treeboxes at... >>more
10/29/2014 - 10:48am
Friends of Kim Brenegar will host its annual community meeting to report on “Kim’s Garden,” a park restoration project located at the intersection of 8th St., North Carolina Ave. and Independence Ave. SE. Capitol Hill residents and... >>more
10/08/2014 - 12:20pm
Our Nandina plant has no berries. What’s wrong? Nandinas thrive and produce berries in shady as well as sunny spots. They do not need another plant to fertilize them. If your plant’s flowering stems were cut off this past spring, by... >>more
10/08/2014 - 11:42am
First, a confession: I kill houseplants. More than one visitor has suggested I put a suffering plant out of its misery, saying, “You’re a landscape architect – it’s bad advertising.” When my indoor plants have a purpose... >>more
10/08/2014 - 11:12am
Eight-hundred forty square feet? What was I thinking?  But it was a well-sited, two-level row house, built nearly 100 years ago for Navy Yard employees, with a fireplace and a 76-foot-long garden. It became mine.     Loving a Small... >>more
10/08/2014 - 10:43am
Fall is a bittersweet time of year for gardeners. The tomatoes are dwindling on the vines, and the fresh vegetables enjoyed in salads, tarts, and soups are gone. Visits to the garden that became such a big part of our summer routine are now less... >>more
10/08/2014 - 10:11am
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos--if you’re like me; you’re not a fan of any of them. They bite, irritate, cause itching and spread disease. As pet owners, we tend to hate fleas the most because they can invade your home and become a chronic... >>more
09/12/2014 - 9:31am
Residents have speculated, and circulated many a rumor about the building since the eviction of the methadone clinic at 910 Bladensburg Road NE five years ago.  For a while there were whispers that the space might become a sports bar, or... >>more
09/02/2014 - 1:35pm
Our beloved gardens of Capitol Hill are often gardens in miniature. We fi nd smaller varieties of favorite plants due largely to the space limitations our properties present. Many Hill gardeners can be seen pruning unruly plants in an attempt to... >>more
09/02/2014 - 12:09pm
I have two beautiful grandiflora rose plants that seem to bloom less and less each year. They get good morning sun. Each is about 10 years old. How can I encourage more blooms? Your roses are signaling their constitutional need for full sun. At... >>more
09/02/2014 - 11:41am
The Editor said to write about the value of historic preservation -- quality of life, walkability, etc. A reasonable assignment although my eyes did start to glaze over just a bit. Afterwards, as I noodled the question, I began to think about dates... >>more
09/02/2014 - 11:14am
If you live on Capitol Hill your home probably has the original windows. You know it, because as winter approaches each year you put up sheets of plastic, frame the sash edges with clay insulation, or do whatever else it takes to keep the cold air... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:47am
A stone’s throw from Lincoln Park, Eastern Market near Mott’s, one of Capitol Hill’s oldest operating corner stores, and Walker Street, which is arguably the best place to spend Halloween on the Hill, the area around 12th and C... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:24am
No summer in recent memory has been so mild. By mid-August, Washington was running 40 percent below normal in 90-degree days. This means we gardeners have energy, so let’s put it to good use and get a jump on fall planning and planting. ... >>more
09/02/2014 - 9:42am
The wooden windows in our 110-year-old Capitol Hill home were a mess: air leakage, improper closing, broken and frayed sash cords, poor or non-existent weather stripping, loose paint and glazing, damaged glass and sashes, rotting sills and jambs,... >>more