Home & Garden

The Grapevine (Aug. 2)

Outdoor fabrics move in

Many designers have turned to high-performance outdoor fabrics for indoor use. The fabrics can withstand the diverse demands of kids, pets and entertaining.

Before you order yardage, check the fabric content; more-affordable designs tend to be 100 percent polyester, which will have a very different feel from solution-dyed acrylics. Polyester fabrics range between $20 and $30 a yard, while solution-dyed fabrics will run $30 to $60 a yard (or more at high-end retailers).

When caring for your outdoor fabric indoors, use natural soap and lukewarm water, sponge spots briskly, rinse with clean water to remove dirt, then air-dry. Formula 409 and Mrs. Meyer’s All-Purpose Cleaner, for example, can be used with great success. Don’t overspray the spot and rinse fully with clean water.

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Plant a Row for the Hungry

The Kansas Food Bank picked up 1,115 pounds of produce from the farmers market and 200 pounds from three garden centers on the way back to the warehouse last Saturday. Donations so far this summer total 32,414 pounds. You can donate vegetables and fruit from the garden to the needy at these locations during business hours:

Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh, Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson’s Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.

Master gardener openings

An informational meeting for people who are interested in applying to be an Extension master gardener will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Those who are accepted must be available for training during the day on Thursdays and, after training, for volunteering in the community. The cost is $100 for materials; scholarships are available. Applications are due by Friday. For more information, call 316-660-0140.

In bloom at Botanica

Hardy hibiscus, including this Robert Fleming variety, in front of the Butterfly House.

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