Leaf miners on tomato plant leaves

What Causes White Lines on Tomato Plants?

Bill asks,“My tomato leaves have white lines. What causes this, and what should I do about it?”

Those white squiggly lines are caused by leaf miners. They munch their way between the upper and lower surface of plant leaves, leaving a telltale white trail.

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Adjusting a pneumatic closer on a storm door.

How to Adjust a Pneumatic Door Closer on a Storm Door

Wanda asks, “We recently installed a storm door. When we open the door and let go, it flies shut but then doesn’t close all of the way?”

To adjust a pneumatic door closer, either move the bracket that attaches the closer to the door, or turn the screw on the end of the closer. Read more for details.

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Fresh vegetables at farmer's market.

Opening Day at the Farmer’s Market

This past weekend was the opening day of my hometown farmer’s market! It’s one of the highlights of the growing season – local organic honey and jams, fresh flowers, herbs and potted plants, bluegrass pickers under a shady tree, and the produce-laden tables offer a feast for the senses with the best of small-town flavor.

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Lettuce plants

Vegetable Garden: Growing Cool-Season Vegetables

Though we tend to regard summer as the heyday for growing vegetables, cool-season crops in the spring and fall can be just as rewarding. The cool daytime temperatures and occasional light frost yield the sweetest, crispest, most flavorful vegetables around. Read on to find out how to grow 10 cool-season vegetables in your yard.

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Painting kitchen cabinets.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Courtney asks, “I want to repaint my kitchen cabinets. Do I need to sand and prime them before painting? Also, what kind of paint should I use?”

Painting your cabinets is a great way to freshen up your kitchen and give it a whole new look. Here’s how to go about it.

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Dog in yard.

How to Keep Dogs from Damaging Your Lawn

Carrie asks, “Are there any recommendations to neutralize dog urine so that it doesn’t kill my grass?”

This is one of those topics that abounds with home remedies and old wives’ tales, with mixed results at best. Read more for solutions.

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Lady Banks rose with yellow blooms.

Growing a Lady Banks Rose

Last summer, I planted a yellow Lady Banks Rose to grow up the column of my side porch. Lady Banks is a thornless climbing rose that explodes in clusters of miniature white or yellow blossoms in the spring, and it’s what we gardeners call a “vigorous climber.” That means it’s on the fast track to taking over my porch and possibly my entire house. Read on to find out more.

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Frost on green leaves

How to Protect Your Garden from Frost and Freeze

One of the biggest worries of gardeners is the threat of freezing weather and frosts that can harm or kill plants and damage crops. Read on to find out what you need to know to protect tender plants when the mercury drops below freezing in your part of the country.

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