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Let image lead when framing art

How you frame art, whether it be posters, photographs or a rare oil painting, can enhance the look of your home. Details matter. Just ask Mark Leithauser, senior curator and director of design at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

There’s still time to plant pumpkins, tomatoes

This is the tipping point in the summer, when you can still plant tomatoes by the Fourth of July — while wondering if anyone’s spring-planted Fourth of July tomatoes will be ready for harvest by their namesake holiday.

The evolving outdoor kitchen is taking backyard cooking to the next level

For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.

The Grapevine (June 28)

Here’s a way to save water: When washing produce, fill a pan with water and rinse the fruit and vegetables in the pan instead of under a running faucet. Then, use the rinse water to give houseplants (or outdoor plants) a drink.

How to deal with poison ivy

If you’ve had one allergic reaction from poison ivy, more will likely follow with each new exposure. For those of you yet to experience this misery, don’t gloat … your time may still be coming. My mother-in-law experienced her first allergic reaction to poison ivy this past week.

Nine ideas for making your hallway more interesting

Hallways don’t need to be wasted space. Use these ideas to fill them with interest.

Gardener’s almanac (June 28, 2014)

Plant — Tomatoes, pumpkins.

Creativity in bloom on Hesston garden tour

You know you’re going to love someone’s yard when the first thing you see, under a tree in the front yard, are the pots you have in your own garden.

Gardener’s almanac (June 21)

Happy summer! — Saturday is the first day of summer. The longest day of the year: bliss. The beginning of shorter days Sunday: Let’s not think about it.

The Grapevine (June 21)

Q: I see lots of outdoor rooms with artwork, candle sconces, etc., hung on the exterior walls of houses pictured in magazines. However, those walls are all flat. What about walls that are vinyl siding? Would you still recommend hanging things on them?

Male president adds color to Prairie Quilt Guild

You won’t see many quilts adorning the walls or the backs of couches in the house of the president of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita.

This week in the garden: harvesting onions, making collard-green wraps

“This is the time of year that onions grow and develop rapidly,” Ward Upham of K-State writes in the Horticulture 2014 newsletter. Light fertilization along with watering as needed help to maximize growth.

Koi, waterfalls and plants star in next weekend’s pond tour

Koi, waterfalls and plants star in next weekend’s pond tour.

College Hill historical tour to hit North Roosevelt houses

The 200 and 300 blocks of North Roosevelt will be the destination for this year’s College Hill Garden/Architectural/Historical Tour on June 21.

This week in the garden: a tomato support system

As tomatoes grow higher along his livestock-panel trellis, master gardener Everett Price of Haysville removes the small cages around the plants and starts attaching the tomato vines loosely to the trellis with bungee cords.

The Grapevine (June 14)

Once you’ve showered under a ceiling-mounted rain shower, it can be hard to go back. But installing an overhead shower can be a major project that many aren’t up for. There’s a simpler solution. Moen’s Arris shower arm installs into the shower’s existing plumbing. It then attaches to the Arris Rainshower shower head. Prices vary at moen.com.

Gardener’s almanac (June 14, 2014)

Plant – Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, winter squash, pumpkins (wait until closer to July 4 for a Halloween harvest).

Consumer reviews are a two-way street

Online sites that allow consumers to describe or rate their experiences with contractors and other service providers are a fact of modern life.

Accurate rain measurement crucial to gardening

Earlier this spring, as rain showers skipped around Wichita, hitting some areas and leaving others high and dry, the need for rain gauges was more apparent than usual.

A retro home on the road

There’s camping and there’s art, but it takes special people to blend the two.

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