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Playboy Mansion sold to Hugh Hefner's neighbor for $100 million

The infamous Playboy Mansion has been sold, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. >> PHOTOS: Playboy Mansion sold for $100 million According to the AP, Hugh Hefner sold the 5-acre Los Angeles estate, which has hosted countless racy parties since the Playboy founder purchased it for $1.05 million in 1971, to his next-door ...

Water is essential for plant survival

It seems that every time I write about how dry it is or about the fact that you need to water your plants, it’s rained before my column is published.So go ahead Mother Nature, rain rain rain. I don’t care if this column is worthless or redundant or not necessary. ...

Cucamelon: 5 things to know about the cute fruit

A little-known fruit is making headlines this summer for its big flavor. Here's what you need to know about cucamelons: 1. What is a cucamelon? According to the Huffington Post, the cucamelon is a fruit that looks like a tiny watermelon but tastes more like a lime-dipped cucumber. It's also known ...

Pruning Clematis can get a little complicated since there are several different varieties, each with different bloom times. CONTRIBUTED

Why pruning these gorgeous flowers is a little complicated

There are few plants that rival the bloom display of Clematis. These glorious blooms are usually big, bold, and if the plant is healthy, they cover the entire plant.Each year I get several questions regarding pruning Clematis. Unfortunately it gets a little complicated since there are several different varieties of ...

Be on the lookout for grasshoppers

Are you seeing tiny grasshoppers? I am and might be a little concerned about the damage yet to come.We haven’t had big populations of grasshoppers for several years but I am seeing pretty large numbers right now in my gardens.At this time they are nymphs or early in the stage ...

Damage to cucumbers by cucumber beetles. CONTRIBUTED

Beware: These beetles can cause major damage to your garden

I knew the day would come this summer when my cucumbers would be visited by the striped cucumber beetle.Both striped and spotted cucumber beetles can cause serious damage on plants such as cucumbers and melons. In addition, I have seen considerable damage to perennial flowers when beetle populations are high. ...

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HGTV's 'Love It or List It' under fire again

A recent Reddit post brought reality shows into question, asking internet users, "People who have been on reality TV shows, what's rigged and whats not?" Some commenters got heated about what goes on behind the scenes on HGTV’s home renovation show "Love It or List It." According to the commenters, the show is ...

Keep vegetables evenly moist to avoid blossom end rot. CONTRIBUTED

Your vegetable garden needs more water than you think

Depending on where you are in the Miami Valley, your plants could still be suffering from dry soils.Parts of our area had sufficient rain to soak the soils somewhat and others, like where I live in northern Clark County, got very little.This is a critical time for your vegetable gardens ...

Dorothy Emrick’s garden will be part of the tour. CONTRIBUTED

Arts Center to highlight 11th garden tour

Garden enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience a variety of scenic displays as Middletown Art Center’s annual Garden Tour returns on June 25-26..“Guests will have a chance to visit five featured gardens, and the Middletown Art Center’s courtyard. Our weekend event has become an anticipated tradition,” said Middletown Arts ...

Bourbon bar? Dog wash station? Homearama homes pull out all the stops

Homearama 2016 kicks off Saturday at Oaks of West Chester. PHOTO GALLERY: Over 100 photos to take you through elaborate Homearama homes Here are some of the more unique features we saw during our tour: Bourbon-themed basement  Homes by Gerbus Inc.’s The Gables of Woodford boasts a bourbon-themed basement, complete ...

Choose your pollinator garden

Pollinator gardens have been rising in popularity, and well they should. Pollination is essential to a robust, healthy garden. Want to attract helpful bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your own landscape? We asked local experts for tips on what to do.BeesYou might be thinking that all flowers attract bees, and ...

More weather woes for plants

Last week I wrote about a few problems the weather has caused for annuals. This week, the unfortunate happened — frost and freezing temperatures.In the Springfield area we dropped down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday morning and the skies were clear and there was no wind. These are perfect ...

Botrytis on petunia. CONTRIBUTED

Weather conditions lead to plant problems

This weather is killing me. It’s not fair to have a few warm weeks that get us all in a tizzy about gardening and planting and all of that stuff only to have the bottom drop out for awhile.This is the worst-case scenario for those of you who have planted ...

Another blast of chilly air could threaten new plants

We are watching another blast of chilly air, which will arrive in the region this weekend. The concern is Saturday night — if skies can clear, temperatures may dip into the 30s, which could lead to some patchy areas of frost by early Sunday morning. Right now, it appears any ...

After planting flower bulbs, be patient, take notes, and accept that it might not work.

Success can happen when you don’t garden by the book

For years I’ve been gardening by the book with high expectations and more successes than failures.With those experiences has come the confidence to get creative and try some things that weren’t read on a label or seen in an online video, and I have to say … It’s been so ...

Billions of cicadas to ascend in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania

Next month, parts of the U.S. can expect to see and hear lots of 17-year-old cicadas, which will rise from the ground to mate. >> Read more trending stories   The insects, which have spent the rest of their lives underground, only live above ground for about six weeks. The adults, the ones that ...

Freeze watch: How to protect your plants

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the region over the weekend.Unseasonably cold air will spread across the area Saturday night with temperatures expected to be below freezing. The watch is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday.Unprotected outdoor plants will likely be damaged ...

Home allegedly stalked by eerie 'Watcher' back on market for $1.25M

Six bedrooms. Four bathrooms. One stalker. A colonial-style Westfield, New Jersey, home that made headlines after the current owners claimed someone who identified himself as "The Watcher" sent them creepy, anonymous letters is back on the market for $1.25 million, NJ.com reports. According to USA Today, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the ...

Recluse spider or Brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa), Sicariidae. Artwork by Rebecca Hardy. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Spring cleaners, beware: Brown recluse spiders could be lurking in the shadows

As if you needed another excuse not to clean your house. According to KFVS, brown recluse spiders become more active as the weather warms up – just in time for spring cleaning. Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids: >> Read more ...

Bamboo invasions prompt bans, crackdowns

Bamboo, a popular ornamental grass widely available at local nurseries, is also an invasive plant that can turn neighbor against neighbor and is prompting local governments from Lebanon to Long Island to enact bans to prevent its spread. Infestations of invasive plants and can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, ...

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