‘Plant This Instead!’
Troy B. Marden believes that when it comes to gardening, a lot of us could do better. We could grow plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases, plants that are less aggressive, plants that require less effort or are just more attractive than the common varieties we’re used to seeing. Marden, a garden designer, recommends dozens of those alternatives in “Plant This Instead!” published by Cool Springs Press and sells for $24.99 in softcover.
Get your lawn in shape
Is your lawn a wreck? Getting your soil in good shape is the first step toward growing a healthy lawn. A soil test will tell you which nutrients your soil is lacking, so you can feed it accordingly.
Add Marfa Contemporary Gallery to the Marfa Lights, the Fort Davis Mountains, high desert climes and Marfa’s already substantial arts community to the list of reasons to visit the Way Far Out There West Texas town of Marfa.
DEAR BARRY: Our condo was built in 1971, and the electrical system is wired with aluminum. Fortunately, all of the wire ends were retrofitted with copper “pigtails” about five years ago. But the homeowners association routinely issues the following warning to all of the condo owners:
“Electric dryers will draw a large amount of electricity through our aluminum wiring, putting the entire building at risk. 'Hot spots' in aluminum branch wires and main cables have been a source of concern for years. In addition, having a number of dryers running concurrently could overload the main electric line to our building, causing a fire or necessitating a costly rewiring project.”
There are 23 condos in our building.
Admit it: If you’re living in a house you really like, one you decided to buy after looking for awhile, you know it was love at first ... something. Lots of us really do fall for houses the way we fall for our life partners.
A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the trend of residential designers offering up a new old house: “a sanely proportioned residence that’s historically accurate on the outside, but conceived for the needs of modern Americans on the inside.”