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Great gourds on show at fair — but who took the hot peppers?

Treasure Valley gardeners show off some of their best produce at the fair each year. It’s a good place to get ideas for what to grow next season and creative ways to display dried flowers and live plants.

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Growing a meadow isn’t a lark - it’s hard work

The meadow garden has long captured the imagination of gardeners resisting the cultural hegemony of the lawn. The meadow stands as an appealing hybrid between the gaiety of the cottage garden and the primal power of the prairie. In an age of ecological gardening, its allure grows even stronger, and echoes of the meadow are found in plants now common in our gardens, whether their minders know it or not.

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Home Fix: How important are yearly termite inspections?

Q: We have lived in our older (80-year-old) home for over 30 years. We've had yearly termite inspections with only clean reports. How important is it to keep up with yearly inspections? The cost now tops $300 annually and includes basically a 15-minute flashlight check of crawl space and basement. How likely are we to develop termite problems at this point in the life of this house?

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How to keep your home from looking dated

Trends happen to the best of us, as they should. Everyone should relish the style of their current era, live in the moment and make memories in their own heyday. Unfortunately style isn't eternal, and sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home (or how few trends you fall for), your interior decor becomes dated, and the look you once loved doesn't work as well.

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Plumber: High hopes for low-height toilet

Q: Dear Ed: I am a loyal reader and remember an article from the past about toilet tank height. I have a very old low-profile toilet and above the tank is a built-in cabinet with drawers and storage. I cannot remove the cabinet without going into a remodel of my bathroom. Do they still make toilets with very low tanks? Please help, the old toilet is leaking on the floor!

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Fountains make a splash

Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the smallest villages. Modest, centrally located and fed by gravity, public fountains were the focus of a simple communal existence.

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Style at Home: 3 looks we love for fall mantels

As a chill enters the air, the days grow a bit shorter and the fall colors begin to appear everywhere you turn, it's time to layer up your fireplace mantel with a drop-dead gorgeous fall display. Here are three of our favorite looks to inspire you as you decorate your home for fall.

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A home with whimsy to spare

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A giant neon bowling-alley sign is the shining North Star of Rod's Enatai neighborhood. (As in, "Hang a left after the giant neon bowling-alley sign.") You can see how that might happen: The thing is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, nice and high in the living-room window and - repeated for emphasis - neon.

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Design Recipes: The art of downsizing

These days, for many homeowners, bigger isn't always better. Many Americans are opting for minimalism and smaller homes over mega mansions and extravagance. Whether you prefer a small, cozy home over a larger, more cavernous one, are an empty nester or just prefer to live a more minimal lifestyle, downsizing is a current trend not only in real estate, but also in home decor.

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With a childlike whimsy

LOS ANGELES - Married eight years, the couple work together as the creative agency NONdesigns and live in the Dorland house, a two-bedroom, one-bath house designed by Lloyd Wright that they purchased in 2013.

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Take a walk through Boise’s Warm Springs Castle home

Boise mathematician and scientist Tim Barber built what’s come to be known as the “Boise Castle” on Warm Springs Avenue in 2010. Its construction on Boise’s historic Warm Springs Avenue initially fomented comments and controversy, but now is part of the neighborhood’s fabric. It’s now up for sale for $3.4 million.
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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

Dig In: Plant spuds without breaking Idaho law 2:20

Dig In: Plant spuds without breaking Idaho law