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Home & Gardens

08/31/2015 - 12:10pm
My oriental lilies are now hidden and need to be planted closer to the house. Can you advise about when and how to transplant them? Best do this in the fall. First, water them well several hours before, to moisten the soil to the depth of the bulbs... >>more
08/31/2015 - 11:12am
Many a Capitol Hill resident has wondered about the previous inhabitants of their home, and what their house looked like in years past. Earlier this year, Michelle Pilliod Carroll and Nina Tristani set out to do what they had long planned to do... >>more
08/31/2015 - 10:42am
This summer, the California drought and the resulting water conservation efforts are peppering newspapers and airwaves. This ongoing and alarming story has some DC residents thinking about our local water supply and water conservation efforts. Byron... >>more
08/31/2015 - 10:11am
Just like many of the homes on Capitol Hill, this 1920s, this Northwest Tudor-style home has good bones and distinct character. The owners wanted to build on the home’s charm while adding space they needed for their growing family. When they... >>more
08/31/2015 - 9:42am
The gardens in this year’s Best Gardens of Capitol Hill roundup are both a nod to the past, to give us a chance reflect on what garden grandeur is, and a look to the future, when garden plants are becoming chosen for water conservation and the... >>more
08/31/2015 - 9:12am
Do you have small dusty bottles of dried herbs in your kitchen dating from the Bush Administration? While our culinary abilities have grown, some of us still use herbs as our parents or grandparents did. Not only are we missing out on flavor, but on... >>more
07/31/2015 - 3:00pm
My neighbor uses mirrors in her garden. They reflect her charming rose arbor. But when I plan where to put a mirror, I realize that it is going to reflect our dogleg with garbage cans or the back of the house which needs painting. Any ideas? The... >>more
07/31/2015 - 2:00pm
Staying cool is a top priority during these humid dog days of summer. If the heat is getting to you, and you’re contemplating replacing or retrofitting your home with a cooling and/or heating system or considering it as a part of your home... >>more
07/31/2015 - 1:00pm
First-time gardener (and Hill Rag managing editor) Andrew Lightman spends about half an hour a day tending potted herbs and vegetables on his eighth-floor balcony. “I cook constantly and love the idea of making something,” he says.... >>more
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