Morning – Features

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Math Spins In Your Garden

What do math, nature and gardening have in common?

  What do math, nature and gardening have in common? The Fibonacci Spiral. In math the Fibonacci sequence of numbers goes 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13 and continues indefinitely. This sequence is derived by adding the two previous numbers. If you square each number, align the squares into a rectangle and connect them with a dissecting arc you get the Fibonacci spiral which appears…

Thinking Green: Organic Cotton

You don't have to wear green clothes. (Just make sure their production process is green.)

It can be hard to cotton on to good advice. But when it comes to buying clothes for your family, you want them to be as safe as possible. And keeping the planet safe is a pretty big deal, too. Danny Lipford lays out the pros and cons of organic cotton in today’s Thinking Green. Categories: Morning – Features

Ask Danny: Finding a Contractor

You may need to do a little work before you finally find the one who works for you.

Finding a contractor is easy. Finding a good contractor is a little more work. But if you do it right, the work you want done on your home is going to work out just fine. Danny Lipford works his magic on this tricky problem in today’s Ask Danny. Categories: Morning – Features

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Privacy Plants

Create an intimate space in your garden for relaxing or entertaining with strategically placed plants and furnishings

  Create an intimate space in your garden for relaxing or entertaining with strategically placed plants and furnishings. These narrow Temple’s Upright sugar maples (Acer saccharum ‘Temple’s Upright’) create a private seating area and block the view of an adjacent public right of way. The North American native can grow 6 to 12 feet wide and 50 feet tall. A…

Thinking Green: Water Heater

Hot tips on hot water heaters.

We’ve had a nice long break not thinking about how hot the water in our homes can get, but that break is about to be over. Winter is approaching fast and you don’t want to start your day with a cold shower or icy hands while you wash the breakfast dishes. Find out Danny Lipford’s recommendations on a home water…

Ask Danny: Cracks in Asphalt Driveway

We're not cracking jokes here: winter's on its way.

It’s not freezing out there yet, but in this part of the country it’s inevitable. And our homes and driveways take a beating in winter weather. Find out what to do about severe winter weather driveway damage before you crack under the strain. It’s in today’s Ask Danny. Categories: Morning – Features

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Pretty & Poisonous

Pretty to look at but beware of the poisonous nature of these two tropical beauties

  Pretty to look at but beware of the poisonous nature of these two tropical beauties. Castor beans (Ricinus communis) grow 6 to 10 feet tall and produce large star shaped leaves up to 2 ½ feet across. The spiny red seedpods add to their beauty but the seeds within are very toxic. Remove these or plant them where they…

Thinking Green: Insulation

Insulate yourself from spending too much to heat your home.

Insulation. It’s about to be a major issue if you don’t have it where you live. Find out how to keep your home warm when the weather turns cold in this morning’s Thinking Green. Categories: Morning – Features

Ask Danny: Stuck Garbage Disposal

Don't get stuck with this problem over Thanksgiving.

The last time you want to deal with a stuck garbage disposal is right now, when we’re all gearing up for the holidays and all the cooking you have to do. Fortunately, a stuck disposal doesn’t have to mean you dispose of your plans for a delicious feast — and easy cleanup. Let Danny Lipford show you how to deal…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Divide & Revive Plants

Revive a declining dieffenbachia with a bit of pruning and start a few new plants from cane cuttings

  Gardeners never like to give up on a plant, whether it’s your own or one you purchased on sale in need of some major TLC. Revive a declining dieffenbachia with a bit of pruning and start a few new plants from cane cuttings. Dieffenbachias often lose their lower leaves, resulting in long leafless stems topped with just a few…