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Get your soil in shape

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 28, 2014
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Is your soil ready for gardening season?

Soil is the most important factor in a successful garden, so it’s important to get yours into the best shape you can.

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Ohio company to produce furniture for Ikea

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 25, 2014

When you buy from Ikea, you could be buying Ohio.

The Swedish retailer announced today that it has awarded Ohio’s Sauder Woodworking Co. a five-year contract. As a result, the Archbold company will make more products for Ikea’s U.S. stores.

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Home kit tests for meth

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 25, 2014

I've seen kits that test your home for radon and asbestos, but I've never seen one that tests your home for methamphetamine.

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Find your decorating style

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 21, 2014

What’s your decorating personality?

A fun quiz from Real Simple is designed to help you figure that out.

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Campaign warns of dangers of laundry detergent packets

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 20, 2014

Liquid laundry detergent packets are convenient. They’re also brightly colored, and to a child they can look like candy or toys.

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Garden shed is inexpensive, easy to build

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 17, 2014

I lust after garden sheds.

I’d love to have a quaint structure in my yard to hold my tools and gardening supplies, someplace other than the crammed shelves in my garage. And I like to think if I had a pretty place to putter, well, I’d putter a lot more.

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New refrigerator technology will make compressors and refrigerants obsolete, boost energy efficiency

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 13, 2014
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Your next refrigerator might not even have a compressor.

GE Appliances is developing magnetic refrigeration for residential use, a technology that needs no refrigerants or compressors and promises to increase the energy efficiency of refrigerators by 20 percent.

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Cree drops prices on LED bulbs, introduces 100-watt replacement

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 12, 2014
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If you’ve been thinking of making the plunge into LED lighting, Cree Inc. has some good news.

The lighting manufacturer just announced another drop in the prices of its LED light bulbs, available at Home Depot. It also introduced a bulb that’s as bright as a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

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Think green plastics are best? Think again

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 11, 2014

“Green” plastics apparently aren’t as green as you’d think.

It turns out most commercially available bio-plastics – plastics made from crops such as corn and coconut fiber – biodegrade poorly, researchers at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster Township have found.

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Treehouse tasting room featured in new book

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 10, 2014
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I wrote about Treehouse Brewing Co.’s treehouse tasting room last summer, and I’m still getting calls about it.

So I suspect a number of you will be interested to know the treehouse is featured in the new book Be in a Treehouse by noted treehouse builder and TV personality Pete Nelson.

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Contest to award $25,000 transformation to a green space in need

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 7, 2014

You can help spruce up a park, community garden or other green space in your neighborhood by nominating it for a $25,000 transformation in Bridgestone Americas’ Fuel the Cause Contest.

The contest is intended to promote sustainability and recognize the importance of green spaces to our well-being.

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Wood flooring claims to freshen indoor air

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 6, 2014
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A floor that makes your air cleaner?

A Canadian company claims it’s so.

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