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Tips make cleaning easier -- well, a little, anyway

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 30, 2012

It's spring, when a homeowner's thoughts turn to ... cleaning.

Ugh.

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Looking for a community garden? Check it out

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 28, 2012

Information on community gardens is trickling in.

A few weeks ago, we put out a call to gardens in our area to share details with Beacon Journal readers. Our intention was to help gardens publicize the availability of plots and help would-be gardeners find a place to grow food.

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Freeze tonight could damage some blooms

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 26, 2012

Just when it seemed summer had made an early entrance, nature is sending a freeze tonight to remind us it's still spring.

That could put an end to some of the seasonal color we've been enjoying. Plants in flower may see their blossoms ruined, particularly more tender plants such as magnolias.

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YouthBuild changes house, lives

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 12, 2012

Young participants in YouthBuild are changing their lives as they improve a house:

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/breckenridge/youthbuild-program-improves-house-lives-1.269535

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Knitting as empowerment

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 9, 2012

In honor of Women's History Month, an interesting (and short) video on how knitting has empowered women.

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A tasty twist on a hanging basket

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 7, 2012

This hanging basket is good enough to eat.

Contributor  Debbie Teashon tells how to make a hanging salad garden on the website Rainy Side Gardeners. What an attractive, space-saving way to grow your own salad greens.

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Community gardens invited to publicize

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 5, 2012

Are you involved in running a community garden? Looking for a plot in a community garden where you can grow your own food this summer?

The Beacon Journal is trying to put gardens and gardeners together.

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What signs of spring are you seeing?

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 1, 2012

Jim Chatfield writes this weekend that his crocuses are blooming already. My daffodils have been partway up for weeks. What signs of spring are you seeing in your yard?

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