Home & Garden

The Grapevine (Jan. 19)

Sheet shopping

1. Decide what kind of fabric and softness level you want and how much you are willing to pay. According to Carolyn Forte, director of textiles for the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, thread counts between 400 and 600 make for a nice-quality sheet at a reasonable price. Consider cotton fabrics such as Egyptian, Sea Island, Supima or pima. Percale sheets are closely woven and are known for crispness; sateen is shinier and might be a touch softer.

2. Measure the width of your mattress so your fitted sheets do not tug.

3. Consider having three sets of sheets for the master bedroom: one on the bed, one in the wash and one in storage.

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Top selling colors of sheets

1. White

2. Light blue

3. Light green

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Paperwhite potting

To prevent paperwhite narcissus from toppling, cover the bulbs with a generous layer of potting soil in a deep bowl and keep them by a bright window. Use river stones as a mulch. Turn the pot every few days to prevent leaning. A little rubbing alcohol in their water will make them grow shorter.

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Armadillos and porcupines – in Kansas?

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will begin its 2013 Winter Lecture Series with a look at the increased sighting of armadillos and porcupines along Kansas roadways. Stan Roth, a Kansas Biological Survey educator and naturalist, will examine the phenomenon at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the arboretum’s Visitors Center. The lecture costs $2; supper and lecture is $7. Call 620-327-8127 by noon on Monday before the Tuesday lecture for supper reservations.