WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Some of the most striking gardens aren't a riot of multiple colors but a carefully curated assemblage of hues. Using foliage and flowers, gardeners can create drama and artistry. A lake of blue salvia, perhaps. A swath of feathery green grass. … more
WASHINGTON — Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no. Problem was, the Johnsons' … more
Now that bat pup season is underway, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission encourages homeowners to not conduct any bat eviction or exclusion until the end of July. May through July marks the time frame when female bats are raising their young … more
Many a kid (and grown-up) has dreamed of having a magical playhouse. If you've got more cash than carpentry skills, there are creative entepreneurs who specialize in bringing those storybook flights of fancy alive with Hobbit holes, treehouses, … more
LOS ANGELES — Global luxury home sales cooled off in 2016 for the second consecutive year, even with a record number of homes selling for more than $100 million. A report released Wednesday by Christie's International Real Estate shows that … more
Flavorful teas can be brewed from a great variety of herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and roots taken fresh from the garden. These generally are stronger and more refreshing than the dried packages of leaves stored for long periods on grocer's … more
From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects. Plants are “the one little piece that people always forget will finish a room,” says … more
It was opening day Wednesday for the 2017 Wilson Farmers Market. The downtown market was in business bright and early with a variety of products including strawberries, cabbage, boiled peanuts and lots of bedding plants. Vendor Paula Reges of … more
When Greg Verlander's father came home from rehab after having a stroke, he was upset to find a hospital bed in his room. The bed's institutional appearance made him feel unhappy and unhealthy, his son said. Verlander never forgot that, and when … more
Finding places for beekeeping can be a challenge for city dwellers. But apiaries modeled after community gardens have become a popular option. Community beekeeping operations are usually comprised of shared sites on public or private properties, … more
Just as virtual technology has become a common tool for anyone planning to repaint or redecorate a home, a growing array of apps can make landscaping easier too. But know when to use them, and when it would be easier to pull out an old-fashioned … more
Move over, tempeh, tofu, miso, soy sauce, soy milk and other processed soy foods. Make way for edamame. This is the soybean in its most primitive state — picked young and green, steamed or boiled for five minutes, then popped out of the pod … more
CONCORD, N.H. — When it comes to Easter eggs, dipping them in dye is fine, but for a more decorative and longer-lasting result, try decoupage. I tried three DIY techniques for adding colors and patterns to eggs using decoupage glue — … more
Volleyball courts. Sand pits. Splash pools. Giant movie screens. You don't have to be a kid to design and enjoy an outdoor play space. Al fresco kitchens, all-weather lighting, and improvements in the comfort and durability of patio furniture … more
There are those who prefer perfectly matched furniture and a monochromatic color scheme in decor. But for those who like to shake things up, it's time to take it outside. There's a free-spirited attitude now in outdoor decor, with mix-and-match … more
PORTLAND, Ore. — Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box. A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing … more
Clear the way for acrylics. Furniture makers are using the see-through material for everything from couch legs and bed posts to tables and footstools. It's a way to add drama to a room without overloading it, said Sheila Schmitz, an editor … more
Weed seeds are among the most patient organisms in nature. Many weeds can produce thousands of seeds per plant per year, and those seeds might lie dormant for decades, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout. If you want to control weeds, … more
Spaces where creativity happens are utterly unlike other rooms, artists and designers say. Whether at home or elsewhere, these deeply personal spaces often feel like they're in flux, with interiors more curated than decorated. They often feature … more
In some gardening circles, a gardener's skill is measured by how soon he or she gets the first bowl of shelling peas on the table. Peas are a good choice for such competition, because raising a good crop demands the best soil you can muster as … more
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