Weed seeds are among the most patient organisms in nature. Many weeds can produce thousands of seeds per plant per year, and those seeds might lie dormant for decades, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout.
There’s an ongoing gag in the TV show “Arrested Development” about the home of the Bluths, the family around which the screwball comedy revolves. The Bluth patriarch, George, is a real estate developer, and his dysfunctional adult children move into a house he built. It is the model — and on…
There are lots of ways for gardeners to get more food from their gardens. But what about putting those vegetables on the table? It doesn’t matter how many bumper crops you have if you’re not eating them.
For people who love, love, love to nest and entertain, a gift for the home is always a win. You know the type: a homebody who loves to organize, a newlywed in a new house, a consummate party planner. You doubtlessly have someone in your life like this, so we’ve compiled an expansive list of …
Compost is “finished” when you can no longer recognize the ingredients that went into making it because they have thoroughly decomposed. It looks like dark, fertile soil, only fluffier, enriched and lightened by the work of bacteria and other soil organisms inside your compost pile.
Say goodbye to the dad chair. Today’s recliners are slimmer, smarter and more stylish than ever.
Every year, you tell yourself things will be different. You’ll winterizr your home early.
It should come as no surprise that plants play a vital role in maintaining our atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through the well-known process of photosynthesis.
Nizam Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington landmark, spends his workdays in an industrial-style commercial kitchen. You might think that he would want to replicate that style at the home he shares with his wife, Jyotika Vazirani, and their 11-year old son in Washington, but their …
One of the hardest things to learn about gardening is when to quit.
Sure, Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition.
Swirling snowflakes and snow-covered marshes greeted Dana Gibson the first time she and her family drove to the 1948 cottage that would become their Rappahannock River weekend place.
After a summer of play, fall is our chance to prepare a house for the cold months ahead. There’s weatherstripping to check, patio furniture to store, gutters to clean.
We may think we spend most of our time in the kitchen cooking or in the family room watching TV. But the truth is, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping — so the bedroom wins. And yet, this is not where our decorating dollars go.
Spring is not a moment in the garden but a sequence, a gentle unfurling of plant life that grows fuller by the day at a tempo that is almost out of sync with human perception.
The word “cure” can be confusing when applied to vegetables. It’s not about the resolution of maladies but rather their prevention. Like the ecclesiastical “curate” or the museum “curator,” it comes from the Latin curare, which means “to take care of.” And it overlaps with various food-prese…
Washington and its suburbs are well-known as a setting for spies, clandestine meetings and hidden safe rooms for the powerful, and now a new secret has been revealed: Undisclosed Location Studios, a state-of-the-art recording studio, is hiding in an Arlington, Virginia, basement.
My mother, always very clear in her preferences, did not like blue food. I could understand the feeling.
It looks ancient, but the formidable stone church in Washington has, in its own way, kept up with the times.
The countdown is on.
In today’s frenetic society, the rooms of our houses multitask as well. People are answering email in the kitchen, watching TV while in the bathtub, turning dining rooms into homework stations and family rooms into home theaters. Sometimes, even at home, you want to get away.
NEW YORK - For most of us, the word "chair" probably brings to mind a single, universal image signifying the totality of chair-ness. Same with the idea of "table" or "bed."
Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes showering or washing dishes frustrating and time-consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing problem.
The key to a decluttered kitchen starts with pantry organization - but tackling shelf upon shelf of cans, boxes and bags of food can be daunting.
For decades, the perfectly mowed lawn has endured as an American pursuit. But today, a growing number of homeowners are rethinking this default landscape feature in the neighborhoods of America's heartland as they downsize or replace these grassy spaces with other more productive and often l…
Even a little effort - a potted plant, say, on an apartment balcony - can mean a lot when trying to help restore declining pollinator populations such as bees, bats and butterflies.