Realism, Not Perfectionism
Gardening
Gardening

Realism, Not Perfectionism

A lot of people are dissuaded from trying to make home improvements like building a deck, shed, room addition, or garage because of some fear that their work won't be perfect enough. Dreading imperfection, they never try at all. But the Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

When people first hear of straw bale gardening, one question they always have is, "Where do you get the bales?" And that is indeed a reasonable question. Finding straw is relatively easy here in Minnesota, where small grains are grown Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

THE PREMISE: I have straw bale gardening fever. In fact, around the office I've become known, variously, as enthusiastic, evangelical, and even fanatical about the subject. That's all right with me. It has been my pleasure over the past Read More

How to Fix Bald Spots in Your Lawn
Gardening
Gardening

How to Fix Bald Spots in Your Lawn

© Elena Elisseeva / Shutterstock.com Have you ever wondered how to fix a bald spot? (And no, I'm not talking about your Uncle Frank's.) I know I've had a few in my yard, but if you want to be the envy of the neighborhood, or if you just Read More

3 Tips for Building Your First Shed
Gardening
Gardening

3 Tips for Building Your First Shed

© Crisferra / Shutterstock.com When I moved in to my house, one of my very first projects was to build a shed. Sheds are fun to design and fun to build, and because mine is located right next to our alley at the back of the property, it Read More

Eric Sloane  An Age of Barns
Farming + Rural Living
Farming + Rural Living

“An Age of Barns”

Artist Eric Sloane at work. Eric Sloane, the author of numerous books on Americana, is himself an American classic. Voyageur Press is the proud publisher of Sloane's An Age of Barns. The book was originally released in 1975 and was Read More

Gardening Math The Edible Landscape by Emily Tepe
Gardening
Gardening

Gardening Math

© Paul Markert / The Edible Landscape by Emily Tepe This is why you want to grow food in your garden: 1.) It looks beautiful. 2.) You pick it. 3.) You eat it. If I could time-travel back to the gardener I was eight years ago, I'd knock Read More

My Top 5 Lawn & Garden Tools
Gardening
Gardening

My Top 5 Lawn & Garden Tools

© thieury / Shutterstock.com I consider myself more of a landscaper than a gardener; ultimately, I love puttering around my yard and getting creative—changing beds, trying new plants, messing with various ground covers, etc. I've realized Read More

Welcome to Whole Home News
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Welcome to Whole Home News

This blog comes to you courtesy of two publishing imprints of the Quayside Publishing Group: Voyageur Press and Cool Springs Press, both of which specialize in practical books on a variety of hands-on subjects. Our mission is to offer a Read More

The Poor Man's Perennials
Gardening
Gardening

The Poor Man’s Perennials

© V. J. Matthew / Shutterstock.com Whenever I go to a garden center in the spring, I marvel at the audacity retailers have in setting prices for some perennial plants. It is somewhat understandable that perennial flowers that are harder to Read More

4 of the Best Heirloom Tomatoes Heirloom Flavor Yesterday's Best-Tasting Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs for Today's Cook by Doreen G. Howard
Gardening
Gardening

4 of the Best Heirloom Tomatoes

There are many reasons to grow tomatoes—the locavore movement, food safety, economic considerations—but the most important is that homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than anything you can buy in a grocery store. Tomatoes are the Read More

The House-Painting Personality Profile
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

The House-Painting Personality Profile

© Sebastian Duda / Shutterstock.com The way you approach painting says volumes about what kind of DIYer you are. There are those for whom painting the house is a painstaking, anaerobic endurance race that can take years. I'm always Read More