The day I decided to learn home repair

The guy came, cut the copper tubing, dragged the offending appliance out of the house, and came back in with a small propane torch and a few fittings. What happened next changed my life.

The #1 Grass Mistake and How to Fix It

Growing pretty turf grass is hard, especially in warmer climates. Everything hates it – bugs, fungus, weather. However, in all my years of property maintenance and landscaping, I found that the most common enemy to a lush, healthy lawn is…the average home owner. You probably didn’t even know you were doing it, but it is…

3 Common Chicken Myths Debunked

Have you been thinking about building a little backyard coop and getting a few chickens but your neighbors or friends say they’re too loud, they stink, or will generally ruin the neighborhood for some reason? Well fear not, because here are the top three chicken myths I’ve heard in my 15 years as a chicken…

A Neighborhood of Trees

If I had a better math ego I’d probably have been a forester. When we moved onto our one-acre property, there was one tree in the front yard – a stately, if messy, slash pine. In the first year alone I planted over two dozen more. I love trees. It’s the scale, I think. The…

What is a HomeDabbler?

Have you ever met someone who did all of his/her own home repairs and wished you had that kind of know-how? Do you have a friend or relative with an amazing green thumb for gardening and secretly envy her? Have you heard the buzz about beekeeping but it sounds intimidating? In short, would you do…

When to buy plants at your local nursery and when to go big box

There is a romance to a small local nursery. The snug, homey feel, the secret corners, the folks who light up when you come in and actually know what pH is and what variety of fig grows best in your part of the county. And then there are big box nurseries. Not terribly romantic, but…

What is pH and why does it matter to my garden?

Have you ever prepared a little garden plot, chosen just the right plants for your area, fed and watered them diligently, then had them turn yellow and pathetic? Frustrating, I know. But don’t give up. It may be a pH thing. Gardening is chemistry. You don’t need to be a chemist to get it right,…

4 solid reasons to buy chicks instead of hatching them

Yes, it’s fun to hatch your own chicks. And yes, it’s neat to watch that mother hen fuss over her babies. But here’s why you should just buy day-old chicks from the Farm and Garden anyway. 1. Store-bought chicks are vaccinated. Chickens, like all animals, are prone to certain diseases. Vaccinations are proven to help….