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Passamaquoddy Life Preserved in Birch Bark

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It has been said that art is the signature of a civilization. Like all signatures, it is unique... Read More »

Pet Products | New England’s Finest

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When these entrepreneurs applied Yankee ingenuity to their canine dilemmas, the pet products they came up with created... Read More »

Pick-Me-Up

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There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa on a cold day. Beth Mueller’s hand-crafted,... Read More »

Planting Buddies for Your Crops

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Companion planting is a time-honored, if not always scientifically proven, technique for combining certain plants with others to... Read More »

Plants That Attract Birds

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Just off the beaten path in tiny Princeton, Massachusetts, resides a natural attraction that all the birds and... Read More »

Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

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Poison ivy and oak are members of a plant family that includes poison wood (an itch-causing plant found... Read More »

Power of the Press | New England’s Finest

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1. Deb Bastien and Kate Saliba have  a particular fondness for letterpress. Their staff includes a talented violinist,... Read More »

Preserve Hydrangeas | Garden Advice

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Q. My blue hydrangea has produced spectacular flowers this summer, and I want to use them in fall... Read More »

Prevent Tiled Showers from Leaking

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A tiled shower can significantly upgrade the look of a bathroom, but hairline cracks in the tile grout... Read More »

Prevent Wood Rot, Keep Cats out of Gardens | Real Solutions

Prevent Wood Rot, Keep Cats out of Gardens | Real Solutions

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We recently painted our house and found wood rot, which necessitated a lot of repair and replacement work... Read More »

Project Native: Growing Native Plants

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“Nobody is a better landscaper than nature,” states Raina Weber, dirt-streaked and beaming, from her Housatonic, Massachusetts, native-plant... Read More »

Pruning Lilacs and Rhododendrons | Real Solutions for the Garden

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Every spring I remove the faded blossoms on our lilacs and rhododendrons after they’ve finished flowering, to help... Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Tips | How to Carve a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Tips | How to Carve a Pumpkin

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While carving pumpkin is a time-honored tradition that spans generations, many modern-day carvers eschew traditional Jack-o-Lantern faces in... Read More »

Quick Fixes for Wood Furniture Stains

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For a return on your investment, there’s no substitute for wood furniture. Cherry, maple and oak are the... Read More »

Raccoon Deterrent | 4 Ways to Keep Raccoons out of Garbage Cans

Raccoon Deterrent | 4 Ways to Keep Raccoons out of Garbage Cans

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A reader wrote to tell me that raccoons had raided his garbage cans three nights in a row.... Read More »

Randall Levere | Artisan Profile

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Some people walk the walk. Randall Levere? He rides the ride. The founder of Boston-based Erba Cycles builds... Read More »

Real Solutions: leaf damage and grass under trees

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The leaves on my blueberry bushes and crab apple trees are tattered. I notice lots of inch-long green... Read More »

Real Solutions: Pruning, Wood Ash Uses

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Is winter the right time to prune my apple trees and blueberry bushes? — R.R., Jackson, NJ Most... Read More »

Real Solutions: Spring Cleaning

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It’s time for spring cleaning, and I’ve learned that some of my favorite cleaning products can be toxic.... Read More »

Red Dye

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Roughly chop 2 beets, and combine with the base. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20... Read More »

Remove Candle Wax from Fabric

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It happens. You’re having a dinner party and fail to notice the wax from your taper candles dripping... Read More »

Remove Dents, Stains and White Rings from Furniture

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Remove White Rings from Furniture It’s inevitable. Someone carelessly set a glass on a table in your living... Read More »

Remove Weeds from Walkways

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A walkway can add a lot of punch to the curb appeal of a house, unless its been... Read More »

Resources

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Kitchen Mugs: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362. osv.org Kitchen dining area Chairs: Barn House Lighting, Alton,... Read More »

Resources

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Builder: Art Carlucci Construction, Inc., Shaftsbury, VT. 802-442-2307; accbuilders.net Architect: David Shaughnessy, North Bennington, VT. 802-447-0970. Heating systems:... Read More »

Resources

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Architect: John Battle, Battle Associates, Inc., Boston, MA. 617-367-5975. battlearchitects.com Contractor: David Wright, Wright Associates Builders, Keene, NH.... Read More »

Resources

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Rental information: $8,400 per week, available through Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake. 207-655-4524; migis.com Builder: Tom Smith, Bear... Read More »



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