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Updated Aug 30, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Years ago, on a day in early February, I visited a French garden that was empty, aside from one astonishing crop. It was the first time I'd ever seen purple Brussels sprouts, and they were a very deep wine color, on tall, gangly stalks.

Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Brewing hard cider at home can feel daunting — there are lots of ingredients, and the process can be hard to get just right. A new app-connected appliance, called the Alchema, makes it easy. All you need to do is fill it with fruit, yeast,...

Updated Aug 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM

In the wild, plants find their niches as best as they can. The landscape may shift in time, not only in the course of a year, but also more slowly, as pioneering species are pre-empted, in stages, by increasingly long-lived ones. In the seasonal...

Updated Aug 25, 2016 at 2:43 PM

When it comes to August temperatures we as gardeners need some tough tropicals to help the landscape dazzle until cool season planting time arrives. When you think hot and the dog days of summer the copper plant is one that comes to mind and calling...

Updated Aug 24, 2016 at 2:36 PM

According to Niri's research, common house plants are effective at removing VOCs from the air. In 12 hours, an unassuming bromeliad (a tropical plant with long, swordlike leaves and spiky red flowers) removed at least 80 percent of six different...

Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 5:06 PM

With a little elbow grease and a set of proper tools, it's easy to make over an inexpensive piece of furniture into a beautiful, customized one. Here's how you can dramatically change a simple IKEA dresser into one that looks high-end.

Updated Aug 22, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Tomatoes with rotten ends, squash that never produced, plant leaves covered with white powder _ even the most accomplished gardener might face these troubles each year.

Updated Aug 19, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Imagine a 60-pound bumblebee, a seven-foot-tall rose or a butterfly with a five-foot wingspan. You can actually see these and 24 more incredible Lego sculptures at the "Nature Connects" exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia.

Updated Aug 18, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Design trends come and go, but is mid-century modern forever? The minimalist movement that first swept through U.S. suburbs in the 1940s and '50s has gone through so many streaks of popularity over the years that it's beginning to feel like a design...

Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Whatever your preference, a hallway is a great way to put your personality on display. Family portraits are perfect here, as is a collection of postcards or Polaroids. Those with long and wide halls can think about built-in bookcases or a spot to...

Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM

I like to think of our farm and home garden as our own experiment station. We're always trying new varieties to see whether a certain spinach is slower to bolt, or whether one paste tomato makes a richer sauce than another we've been growing.

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