Spring Home and Garden

2018

Goldsboro News-Argus - Spring Home and Garden

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From staff reports It's time once again when people get out in their gardens to work. Before you start dig- ging, planting or doing anything in your gar- den, you should be sure you have — and are using — the right tools. Here are the basic gardening tools: • Trowel and trans- planting trowel for dig- ging and planting. • Hand pruner for cutting branches and large flowers. • Scissors to cut herbs, twine and roots, sued for deadheading. • Shears to cut and trim ornamental grass- es and perennials. • Cultivator to break up soil, mix soil and amendments before using and weeding. • Digging shovel. • Loppers for small branches. • Pruning saw. • Lightweight trim- mer. • Rakes, both garden and leaf. • Wheelbarrow. There are some addi- tional tools that will help you with special planting, cutting and weeding: • Bulb planter, which lifts plugs of soil from prepared beds for bulb planting. • Dibber to poke holes in prepared beds for seed planting. • Hand hoe for breaking up soil and making trenches. • Hori-Hori, a Japan- ese knife that scores roots and divides perennials. • Weeder for scrap- ing weeds from between rocks, pavers and cracks. And still other tools are: • Utility bucket. • Watering can. • Watering wand. • Hat or visor. • Kneeling bench or cushion. • Sunscreen. • Gloves. Cotton gloves are useful for light yard work. Leather gloves are good for tough jobs like working with roses or other thorny plants, handling firewood and clearing branches and brush. Synthetic gloves are thin, flexible and puncture resistant, which make them good for spreading compost, planting seeds and keeping hands dry and clean. 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After you use one of the towels, just hang it up and almost immedi- ately it dries. And it won't leave lint on anything you dry with it. Other gadgets and utensils for the kitchen include recipe card boxes with pretty birds on them, a steamer basket that folds and is nonscratch and a white measuring cup with a picture of an old-fash- ioned sifter on the out- side. "We have a scoop with a colander that's really handy," Whisen- hunt said. "It's for when you don't really need as much as a regular colander." If you go through a lot of placemats, there are cork-backed ones that will last forever. They are stain resist- ant, you just wipe them clean with a damp cloth. And they have pretty garden scenes and bird houses on them. For a change from the normal salad bowl, there is a white one with colorful fruit on the inside. It comes with a a matching salad fork. "I have found that people are concentrat- ing on something that's pretty, but they also want it to be useful," Whisenhunt said. "They want that com- bination. They used to get the pretty things to sit around, but more people are leaning toward that pretty and useful item." Continued from 2 Silicone lids come in various sizes and colors, with different designs on them. You can use them on surfaces such as steel, glass, plastic or ceram- ic. You can use the lids in the freezer and also in the oven. Kitchen gadgets Old-fashioned flour sack towels are popular today. They are very absorbent and don't leave lint on anything you've just dried. And when you're done with them, just hang them up to quickly dry. They have various designs on them, too. One handy items for the cook is this scoop with a colander on the end of it, perfect for picking up and draining small portions when you don't need to drain an entire pot of whatever you're cooking. For more unique kitchen utensils and fancy gadgets for either yourself or a family member or friend, visit the Inside Shop or one of Goldsboro's other kitchen shops or department stores. By BECKY BARCLAY bbarclay@newsargus.com What better place to get ideas on all kinds of home and gar- den projects than at a home and garden show? Two big ones will be coming up soon — one in Raleigh and the other in Greens- boro. Both offer tips and advice from experts and ideas — some you may not have thought of — for your home and outdoor space. Ideal Home Show The Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show will be held April 6 through 8 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The fresh ideas design stage will feature presentations from home improvement and design experts, including celebrities from hit design shows, the hottest DIY blogs and local home and garden pros. Experts will also be on hand to help visitors design the perfect place to relax, entertain and enjoy being at home and outside. There will also be free hands-on workshops where visitors can learn directly from the experts, test new products and take home their very own creation. TheHomeMag will have professionals on hand to help visitors with every aspect of their home improvement project. They will also have information on garage doors and storage, window cleaning, deck restoration, solar energy, clean water, butters and more. Some of the exhibitors at the show will be Affordable Closets, Atlantic Forestry Mulching, Backyard Etc., Budget Blinds, Car- olina Comfort Air Inc., Carolina Yard Barns, Concrete Craft, Flooring by Design, Green Mountain Maple, Home Paramount Pest Control, Oreck Vacuums, Skyview Retractables, Softub and West Hill Window Fashions. April 6 will be Hero Day, where active duty and retired mili- tary, first responders and teachers can attend the show for free with a valid ID. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older with ID and free for children 12 and younger. For tickets and more information, call 919-334-0051 or log onto idealspringhomeshowraleigh. Greensboro Ideal Home Show This event will be held March 23 through 25 at the Greens- boro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro. Visitors can get a taste of spring with gardens that feature luscious greenery, colorful florals and exceptional landscapes. Local greenskeepers from Ayers Landscaping, Case Outdoor Liv- ing, Greenvalley Landscaping and Williamson Landscaping will be on hand to answer questions. Designer rooms will get visitors to thinking outside the box when decorating their home. There will be six rooms to give visi- tors a glimpse of what's available for every room in their home. Interior design specialists will be selling high-end new and gently used home accents at budget-friendly prices during the show. The fresh ideas stage will feature presentations from home improvement and design experts, including celebrities from hit design shows, the latest technology and automation pros and gardening mavens. Visitors who have an outdoor project in mind but don't know where to start, can ask a landscaper at the show. They can get the best advice, tips and tricks to make their outdoor space big- ger and brighter. Some of the exhibitors include CPI Security, Cutting Board Concepts, Divine Kitchen and Bath, Elite Water Systems, Every- thing Billiards and Spas, Go Green Plumbing, Infinity Massage Chairs, Natures Breeze Mattress, Phantom Screens, Rhineland Cutlery and Your Roofing Co. Inc. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. March 23 is Hero Day, with free admission for military, police, fire and EMT with a valid ID. It's also Senior Day for those 55 and older, with admission $8. Basic tools will help the gardener in you prepare yard before digging 2018 home shows

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