Category archives: Home & Garden

How to Make a Terrarium With P. Allen Smith

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As temperatures cool, I turn my attention to the many ways I can enjoy the garden indoors. Houseplants are a popular option, but if you are like me, my woeful neglect of the plants often leads to their quick demise. I suppose that is why I am so excited about terrariums. These houseplant arrangements are simple to assemble and the best news is that they will[...]

DIY Decorated Terra Cotta Pots from P. Allen Smith

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When it comes to container plantings, I like to get creative with the plants and play with colors and textures. I’m a huge fan of terra cotta pots and have them all over the farm and house. But, I love the idea of re-imagining them into something fun and whimsical. Here are the step-by-step instructions to recreate these looks. DIY Decorated Terra Cotta Pot[...]

Landers Cabin

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Down a scenic, twisty highway, across a cattle grate and at the end of a gravel driveway in rural Saline County is a barn. Its metal roof extends gracefully over the front porch. But this isn’t the kind of place you store hay. Inside, Sandy and Steve Landers have made a warm, welcoming family retreat, combining the past, present and future in a home away fr[...]

The Art of Reimagining

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By Misti Hollenbaugh | Photos by Makenzie Evans When Donna Benton decided to start a furniture business almost nine years ago, she had $25 that wasn’t allocated to anything else – which she used to start WaterHouse Market. While her business began primarily as painting furniture, it has evolved over the years. Many of her projects now encompass a de[...]

How to Care for Christmas Greenery

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By P. Allen Smith | Photography by Mark Fonville Starting out in the retail nursery business, I looked forward to the scent of fresh evergreens in the greenhouses when the cut trees were delivered. The sharp, familiar aroma always filled me with holiday spirit. That spirit predates me by centuries. That’s right. If you’ve never stopped to ponder the histor[...]

P. Allen Smith: Passion with a Purpose

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n this particular fall day at Moss Mountain Farm, over 50 guests are touring the vegetable garden. They admire the fern-like asparagus foliage that serves as a border. They walk in wonder through an archway dripping with dipper gourds. Baby green tomatoes and bright red peppers are still aplenty. A bevy of butterflies, attracted to the flowers that grow in t[...]

7 Plants for Your Low-Light Office

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Studies show that those of us with plants in our offices are more productive and have lower levels of stress. We all know that having certain plants indoors helps remove air pollutants. How can we not get on board with greening our office spaces, especially with some low-maintenance plants? Now, we’re not all lucky enough to have windows or natural light [...]

Gearing Up for Winter in the Garden

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by P. Allen Smith | Photography by Mark Fonville t’s hard to believe that the end of daylight saving time is already here. It seems like just yesterday we were springing forward. Now it’s dark by the time I get home from work, so my time in the garden is really limited. Fortunately, there isn’t much on my to-do list other than a few final tasks before win[...]

Make a Pumpkin Planter with P. Allen Smith

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If you love the fall tradition of decorating with pumpkins, you’ll enjoy this great way to get maximum usage out of harvest time’s favorite gourd. Why not use a pumpkin as a vessel for veggies, herbs and flowers to get your money’s worth? Creating a Pumpkin Planter This pumpkin planter is perfect for composting after it has lost its luster. I have found[...]

The Right Tools for Successful Gardening

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ou wouldn’t use a hammer to install a screw, would you? Just like tools in the garage, garden tools have specialized uses. Using the wrong tools or low quality tools can make a simple garden task last hours, and not produce the end results you were looking for. Good, sturdy tools can last a lifetime and make your time in the garden that much more enjoyable. [...]