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Learn How to Grow a Sustainable Garden

Provided by Prince William County Experts from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, or VCE, will be at Central Regional Library on March 18 and 25 to teach people how to make organic vegetable gardens grow. Nancy Berlin, the Prince William County Natural Resources Specialist with VCE, said the two classes in the Sustainable Garden series will walk people through the organic …

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Clutter Is Not a 2017 Interior Design Trend

By Douglas Martz Every year designers weigh in on the new interior design trends for fashion and home décor, including “colors of the year” and the most trending styles in furniture and home accessories. Admittedly, there can be some conflict over what’s hot and what’s not, but there is total agreement that clutter is not an interior design trend for …

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Home Entertaining with IKEA: Three Products, Three Ways

Provided by IKEA IKEA understands that the home is the place where you enjoy your most special moments with friends and family – and the first few weeks of the year offer several opportunities to gather together in the living room to watch TV and enjoy time together. Whether you’re having a party for the big game, preparing a Valentine’s …

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IKEA Introduces Two New Collections

Provided by IKEA As people in today’s world live more fluid, transient lifestyles, IKEA, the leader in life at home, understands the need is greater than ever for flexibility in the home and everyday life. IKEA U.S. announces the launch of two collections – IKEA PS 2017 and SPRIDD* – designed to provide today’s modern nomads more choices and better …

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Winterize Your Closets and Make De-cluttering a Family Affair

By Douglas Martz Cool weather is here. Temperatures drop, and we switch from summer wardrobes to winter ones. But are your family’s closets ready? You may have adjusted your own closet, but are your kids still pulling out shorts and tank tops instead of coldweather gear for school? If so, maybe it’s time to winterize all the closets in your …

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How Much Energy Do Christmas Lights Use?

By Amanda Causey Baity Do the electricity savings of LED lights versus incandescent lights make up for the added cost? Or is it purely a “warm and fuzzy feeling” to go green? Traditional Incandescent Christmas Lights The amount of energy used for Christmas lights is usually written on the box. A 100-bulb strand of mini Christmas lights that are 40 …

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Keep Safety in Mind as You Heat Your Home This Winter

Provided by Prince William County With the weather getting frosty and the promise of colder weather to come, folks may be breaking out the kerosene and space heaters and firing up the woodstoves and fireplaces to keep a little bit warmer. Some of those supplemental heating sources can be dangerous if not used properly, and the Prince William Department of …

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Don’t Let FOG Ruin the Holidays

Provided by Prince William County Service Authority Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can damage your plumbing and the sanitary sewer system if you pour it down the drain? After your holiday dinner this year, please be sure to properly dispose of the leftover FOG by canning it and tossing it in the trash. More than 80 …

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Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms

By John Toepfer One thing I have found out about gardening is that good planning and a lot of patience often leads to benefits down the road. This is particularly true when you want to have beautiful spring flowering bulbs in bloom during the winter; when these bulbs are not really supposed to be in bloom. Believe it or not …

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Growing Plants On Your Windowsill

By John Toepfer Don’t give up the joy of gardening just because it’s getting cold outside. You can still garden in places that maybe you’ve never even considered before. Practically every home, office or apartment unit has a window and that window usually has a sill. Even that small space can provide enough room for a pot or other container …

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