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More free gardening classes in the Treasure Valley: edibles, design, containers and more

A number of local organizations and gardening shops are offering free gardening classes on a range of topics. Here’s your list.

Margaret Lauterbach

Frost damage in the Treasure Valley this week likely to be minimal

We hit a cold bump early morning April 9 on our way to spring, but our weather bureau said the low temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Fruit trees in the Valley were in bud, some in full bloom, but that temperature drop should not have damaged our fruit crop. A frost table developed by Utah State University indicates that 28 degrees will cause some damage to apple, peach, pear, and cherry crops.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Designer beds: 6 looks to wow you

I love being a part of a small, locally owned store, with all the freedom and opportunities that provides for us to let our creativity run wild. At the big chain home interiors stores, the look is dictated by the corporate office, but our designers are always experimenting, keeping our store fresh and new. To fuel their fires, I issued a Designers Challenge, asking each designer to create her dream bed for spring. Not surprisingly, their work blew me away and illustrated how to bring your personality and interests to life through bedding. Take a look ...

Home & Garden

How to be a better flower photographer

When photographing flowers, go for the close-up. Lean in to allow the flower to fill the frame, watching that your camera (or, more likely, smartphone) doesn't cast a shadow over your subject. If possible, stand above the flower and shoot down into its petals, focusing on the bloom's center.

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Want to clean your home without hurting the planet? Here's where to start

Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Although it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

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Yardsmart: How to restore raised beds without using dry fertilizers

Are your raised beds in jeopardy? Is the potting soil worn out after last summer's intensive vegetable gardening? Did you plan to rejuvenate that microbial world before you replant? Maybe the fertility was gobbled up by last year's crops. Maybe you need some rocket fuel to kick-start the nutrient levels so your plants explode into growth.

Videos

Here's how to kill your lawn — and replace it with drought-friendly plants

The Idaho Statesman's Joe Jaszewski was losing the battle with a large piece of lawn at his East Boise home —  so he decided to kill it and put in a garden and drought-tolerant plants to save time and money. Here's how he did it.
Joe Jaszewski jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com
Here's how to kill your lawn — and replace it with drought-friendly plants 0:59

Here's how to kill your lawn — and replace it with drought-friendly plants

Growing a monochrome garden 2:11

Growing a monochrome garden

Transforming a covered patio to an all-season sunroom 1:22

Transforming a covered patio to an all-season sunroom

Edwards Greenhouse pops a little color into winter: Check out the indoor park before it closes Monday. 1:30

Edwards Greenhouse pops a little color into winter: Check out the indoor park before it closes Monday.