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Ward off deer with homemade methods

As the population of our white-tailed neighbors continues to rise, some homeowners may have noticed damage to their gardens and bite-sized chomps taken out of their flowers and tomatoes. comments
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Get soil tested before buying ground cover

Fans of ground cover tout it as an attractive, environmentally friendly alternative to the quest for a perfect lawn and assaults on air and water quality that come from fertilizer chemicals and gas-powered mowers. comments
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Early spring prompts early pruning

The time for early spring pruning is waning fast, so those with an unfinished to-do list will want to cut back perennials, roses, ornamental grasses and boxwoods as soon as possible. comments
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Extension offices giving water clinics

Cooperative extension offices are hosting drinking water clinics this spring and summer as part of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. comments
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Plants can draw bees, birds, butterflies

Area nursery owners often know a lot about the birds and the bees -- and what plants attract them. comments
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Get creative with your container garden

While container gardening's name sounds just like what it is, the practice leaves plenty of room for creativity. comments
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Home tour spotlights design elements, raises funds for hospice

The kitchen in the home of Stephanie and Brice Duvall WINCHESTER - When Stephanie and Brice Duvall designed their home on Handley Avenue more than five years ago, there were two things Mrs. Duvall says she had to have in it -- a kitchen area that was open to the family room and a large island in the kitchen's center. comments
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Family ties: Man restores home shared by nine generations of relatives

Danny Sheetz stands in his house WOODSTOCK -- Despite battles with everything from Indians to time itself, nine consecutive generations of the Sheetz family at some point have called a single house along Narrow Passage Creek home. comments
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Blast from the past: Memorabilia collector enters 'Mad Men' contest

Paul E. Delmerico turns on a 1958 Philco TV WINCHESTER -- Paul E. Delmerico would fit right in with the AMC TV show "Mad Men," and that's exactly what he hopes will happen. comments
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Compost-haste: Recycling food as fertilizer improves upon land

Steve Carroll works on a compost pile Any backyard gardener can help the environment by composting. In fact, it's simple enough that anyone who wants to save money and make a difference can do it. comments

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