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Wichita gardener’s almanac for May 28, 2016

Straw-bale gardening? — The Extension Service is getting a lot of questions about planting in straw bales, extension agent Rebecca McMahon said. They require lots of water, which can be hard to get done in the hot months, she said, and all the watering causes nutrients to leach out, so you have to be sure the plants are fertilized appropriately. One watering tip that Ward Upham of K-State gives in the Horticulture 2016 newsletter is to use soda bottles or milk jugs. Poke drip holes in the lid, fill the bottle with water, then recap and turn the bottle upside-down next to a plant.

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Home Fix: Dark streaks on roof shingles

Q: Lately I've noticed dark streaks on my roof shingles as well as other roofs in the neighborhood. The roof is about 12 years old and is in good condition. Can you tell me what the streaks are and if they will damage the roof?

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Yardsmart: Datura gives arid elegance

As the last hint of spring cool vanishes, white trumpets begin to stud the roads and dry washes of the West. They are large and amazingly fragile upon a dark-mounded plant quite common in this brutal climate. A nightshade of world renowned, wild datura is popping up in drought-stricken gardens of the West, flowering like a gift from nature. Formerly maligned as weeds, the great white trumpets are welcome elegance in a rugged dry garden.

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Plumber: Dramatic colors for new kitchen

Q: Hi Ed, thanks for having a plumbing advice column since it's always helpful to have a second opinion. We are remodeling our kitchen and our designer has suggested that we install a cast-iron kitchen sink with a very deep/dark color. While I have been excited to see some color samples, I am a little cautious. Can you please give me some Ed info on installing kitchen sinks with very dark colors?

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Style at Home: Light it up! Brilliant lighting makes a room

I get pretty wired when I talk about lighting, because lamps and light fixtures are key statement makers in a room, critical components of a well-designed interior space. Today's designers are pushing the boundaries, tapping into their reservoirs of 100-watt creativity to fashion lighting that truly makes a space brilliant.

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The daily routines every organized person follows for a tidy house

If you lead a busy lifestyle, you know the drill. You start off the week with a mostly clean and tidy house (depending on how many chores you achieved over the weekend). By midweek, though, you realize you haven't put away your dry cleaning and haven't folded your laundry. There's a growing stack of mail in the hallway, a used gym bag by the door, a pile of fresh laundry on the bed, dirty dishes in the sink (and clean ones in the dishwasher that didn't just finish its cycle). To top it off, your vanity looks as if a bomb went off in the beauty aisle at Saks. By Friday, the house is a full-blown disaster zone - that is, until you rest from your week, and tackle the massive (and much-needed) tidying up job. Then, the cycle starts all over again. Do yourself a favor, and adopt these clever daily cleaning tricks so you never have to spend precious weekend hours tidying up. We promise it's quicker than you think!

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Hooked on cactuses, succulents as drought busters

SUN CITY ROSEVILLE, Calif. - For two decades, a small strip of property sat vacant between two homes in Sun City Roseville. Weedy and needy, the parcel had been dubbed "green space" with a patch of unused turf and lanky shrubs. But during the prolonged drought, it turned into an unloved water-hogging eyesore.

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An ultimate bachelor pad

LOS ANGELES - Matty Pipes had a goal when he moved into his new home in Hollywood: Create a bachelor pad with a well-traveled look that did not look "decorator done."

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On Gardening: Dazzling daylilies showing out at a garden near you

Our American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful there are those certain varieties that just keep me fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids. So instead of being diploid with each cell having two sets of chromosomes these varieties have four sets.

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