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Sterling Compost in a Tiny Backyard

DEAR HAMMER: I have a very small backyard, not big enough to plant a garden, but I’d like to try container gardening. I’m also interested in making my own compost, but again, there’s a space issue. Do you have any suggestions? — Carla in Burlington, Vt. DEAR CARLA: It’s possible Continue reading →

Fall Lawn Care

The weather’s beginning to cool, and that means it’s time to start preparing the yard for winter. Even if you live in warmer climes, the change of season brings changes to your lawn, such as slower growth. Anticipating and preparing for this change will keep your yard healthy year-round. If Continue reading →

Cheap Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Question: I know home prices are dropping like a rock, but I’m still considering putting my cottage in Maine on the market. Is there anything I can do to keep its value up? Sign me — Ogonquit Snowbird, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Answer: The housing market has gotten pretty interesting in Continue reading →