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Once barely surviving, the grass on the National Mall gets a serious makeover

The National Mall is in the final stages of a $40 million reconstruction of the iconic central grassy spine of the Mall in Washington, D.C. Consisting of eight grass panels totaling 18 acres, the first three, on the Capitol side, were completed in 2012. The fences are coming off the other five in the coming weeks, although barriers will continue to keep people away from the grass to allow its root system to grow over the next few months.

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Yardsmart: Wild tulips for a drought garden

If you're gardening in drought, wild tulips may become your new best friend this year. These are wildflowers that bloom in spring throughout the mountain ranges and hill country of the Mediterranean and points east. They were first collected by the Persians and later used by the Dutch in early breeding of modern show tulips. They are the hardy pioneers called "botanical tulips" left behind in the wake of our obsession with fancy horticultural varieties.

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Style at Home: Let's hear it for the boys: Menswear fabric adds class

It all started with a fashion intervention. When I was a little girl, for Easter mass, all the other little girls' mothers dressed their princesses in frilly pink and blue frocks. My mom put me in a well-cut, no-nonsense khaki and cream dress. When I protested, wanting to look like the other girls, she gave me a knowing look and said, "Honey, you're just more of a tailored-dress kind of girl." In my heart, I knew she was right. And I've had a deep and abiding love for classic styling and menswear fabric ever since.

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Plumber: Preparing to save water in the kitchen

Q: Hi Ed, I am an avid home chef with a very large kitchen. I plan to install a prep sink in my island for rinsing and washing foods. Since I'm not filling large pots in this sink, I would like to install a water-saving kitchen faucet. Can you please give me the quick rundown on a couple water-saving choices for kitchen faucets?

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How to get the lived-in look without the clutter

While we're told time and time again to keep our homes clean and clutter-free, our busy lives often get in the way. But we're here to tell you, there is a happy medium. A home that embraces both comfort and chic. This new trend has been dominating our feeds lately, and we're calling it the lived-in look. It's the interior equivalent of French-girl style: cool and completely carefree. It's impeccably styled yet appears like you never lifted a finger.

Videos

Tips for drying hot peppers, basil and lavender

Enjoy peppers and herbs year-round by drying some of what you harvest. University of Idaho Advanced Master Gardener Debbie Courson Smith shares some tips in this 21st episode of the Statesman's Dig In garden video series.
Katy Moeller kmoeller@idahostatesman.com
Tips for drying hot peppers, basil and lavender 5:34

Tips for drying hot peppers, basil and lavender

Take a walk through Boise’s Warm Springs Castle home 2:50

Take a walk through Boise’s Warm Springs Castle home

Dig In: Wake up and smell the compost 3:11

Dig In: Wake up and smell the compost

Dig In: Petting young plants preps them for life outdoors 2:38

Dig In: Petting young plants preps them for life outdoors