School has started, and the fall season is here. That means less sunny weather, cooler temperatures and more rainy days.

The crunch of pads followed by a tweet of a whistle, the thump of a basketball with a staccato of footfalls to accompany it, and even the thwack of a hockey puck against Plexiglass means one thing:

Fall has arrived, and you know what that means. The temperature will begin to drop for real, and the thermostat will wake up your heating system.

Many delectable fruits and vegetables are associated with fall and winter feasts. Among them – squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apples, chestnuts and, of course, cranberries.

Are you preparing to close your cellar hatchway for the last time this season? Will you have to open it for the furnace service crew to get down there?

Just a few more outdoor tasks remain before we can turn our attention later this season to more urgent matters, like holiday shopping!

It’s hard to imagine right now, but it won’t be long before the ground is frozen solid, and your heating system is churning away.

This year’s gardening season is just about over. Time to make some hot mulled cider and settle down with a good book – a gardening one, of course – right? Well, not so fast.

There’s no quick way to escape the cost of the fuel the oil truck will deliver this winter, or the cost of natural gas or electricity coming from the power company – short of moving to

Winter squash is a favorite vegetable of mine. To start with, they are beautiful looking and feeling vegetables in glorious autumnal shades of orange, yellow, green and grey-blue.

Hurricane season is upon us, and an uncertain winter awaits us. These are the two seasons of the year where our homes are susceptible to storms that could bring severe weather and power outages.

An incredible number of chemical, biochemical and biological reactions occur in our soils.

How long has it been since you had your ceramic floor tile installed? Perhaps you did it yourself, and would not like to think about it.

For most people, including myself, autumn is a relaxing season in the garden.

Along with squirrels, mice and insects, woodpeckers are among the least desirable natural houseguests.

With so much time and energy invested nurturing your crops to this point, it makes good sense, as well as good eating, to enjoy them at their peak. The following harvest tips may help.

Every once in a while, we brighten up a room with a good coat of paint. Sometimes, that means changing the color. Normally, that also means painting the ceiling, as well.

As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down.  Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season.

With the housing market still in flux, some families are opting to stay in their homes for the time being.

One of the most refreshing ways to take a break on a hot, muggy summer day is to retreat to a shady seat with a cool glass of iced mint tea.

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