Home & Garden

8 Dec 20170 By Katy Wise Contributing Writer One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is all of the little things that go with it. The baking, the Christmas music, the decorating, making seasonal decorations and crafts… I think that everyone who loves Christmas can attest to the fact that it isn’t just that one specific day that they love, it’s everything, and the entire season surrounding it. It’s especially easy to enjoy making Christmas crafts when you have little ones to make them with you. Our three love crafts. The majority of the time nowadays, you can find at least one of them sitting at the kitchen counter...

1 Dec 20170   I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for quick and easy recipes. When I say ‘always looking,’ I don’t mean that I spend a ton of time researching this, but rather that I am always open and ready to new recipe suggestions that don’t take up much of my time. Cooking has always been something that I’ve enjoyed, but it isn’t something that I always have time for. With three small children, there are nights where all of a sudden it’s dinner time, and I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m going to feed everyone. Some people might say, ‘well go grocery shopping then.’ See, that isn’t the...

13 Oct 20170 By Katy Wise Contributing Writer Read Part 1 here. As some of you may have noticed, the new Star Wars trailer was just released this week. If I have never gone down this road within my writing here before, let it be made clear that our house is a Star Wars house. I may as well just say that this is a nerd house. One conversation with our boys and you would quickly learn that this family has a deep appreciation for The Flash, Superman and Darth Vader. Not limiting our appreciation to those three, either. Those just seem to be the top three that everyone agrees on around here. Before anyone gets concerned, no, our boys do...

3 Oct 20170 The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017. You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools. In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring. Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens...

11 Aug 20170 When we first moved into our current home just short of two years ago, I knew right away what color I wanted to paint our doors. There were three exterior doors and a shed to be painted, and I was beyond positive that I wanted them to match. I picked a beautiful light blue, that some would say is aqua, some might think is teal, and even mint green would be considered an okay guess. The color was perfect, it was basically my favorite color on a door, (or three) and it coordinated well with the house. It went well with any holiday decor, but it also never really 'popped.' I'm sure at least some reading can fully understand what...

5 Jul 20170 Are you fascinated by bonsai, the ornamental tree or shrub grown as a miniature in a container to be a piece of art? On Sunday afternoon, July 23, you can learn to create miniature trees in the Japanese bonsai tradition at “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” at the Audubon Community Nature Center. From 2 to 4 p.m. Trenton Lutes will teach the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, the most common styles, and general bonsai care -- all while you create your own bonsai tree. He will share information gathered from years of experience to instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery...

30 Jun 20170 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center You can learn the basics of weeding, mulching, and organic pest control at a gardening class at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson. This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop, the third in a series presented by Audubon Community Nature Center, is 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, Driving directions to the Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, location will be emailed to registrants on the Thursday before the workshop. At this point one’s entire garden is fully planted and hopefully growing well. But there’s no time for sitting on your laurels. Getting great harvests in the fall...

27 Jun 20170 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has added raised beds to its kitchen garden and will be offering three free gardening workshops, all thanks to a grant from Jamestown Cummins Engine Plant Reg Boutwell, an avid gardener with years of experience, designed and built the raised beds. He is also instructing the 6-7 p.m. Raised Bed Gardening workshop on Thursday, July 6. Rain date is the same time on July 13. Raised beds require some thought when it comes to design, and filling the beds requires a bit of know-how to get the best results. They also have some advantages over in-ground...

21 Mar 20170 The vendor list and workshop schedule for the GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show is now available. Presented by Mike’s Nursery, the event will take place on Saturday April 1st at the Northwest Arena from 10 am to 4 pm. This year more than 50 vendors and 12 workshops have been lined up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “This event not only excites the community that spring is underway but it offers education and resources to get your flower and produce gardens up and running with ease,” says Christina Breen, Event and Project Associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “This year we have a total of 56...
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