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  • Beth's Birds, by Deanna K. Klingel
    Meet Deanna Klingel, author of 'Beth's Birds'
    Deanna K. Klingel, author of award-winning middle grade and YA literature, has released her first preschool book. Deanna and her husband live in the mountains of western North Carolina. Their seven married children and eleven grandchildren are in...
  • 'Preachers of L.A.' Has Private Wedding Ceremony in Backyard.
    'Preachers of LA' superstar Deitrick Haddon wed privately in backyard
    ‘Preachers of L.A.’ continues to bring surprises to viewers on Wednesday nights. Episode four was no different, on Oct. 30.Deitrick Haddon, amongst other highlights, marries his fiancee’ Dominique in the backyard of her mother,...
  • Enjoy the pleasures of summer in your own backyard
    Enjoy the pleasures of summer in your own backyard
    Summer means a break in the action for many families. Summer also offers a chance for busy families to reconnect with one another.You don't have to travel far from home or spend a lot of money to have a great family summer. Enjoy the pleasures...
  • Revive the old backyard shed
    Revive the old backyard shed
    In my companion piece,you learned how to build an outdoor ice rink in your backyard. Now, learn how to turn an old shed into an inspired play space for the kids (and maybe adults too) as I share how my friend and neighbor, Tom Kunkel of Oak Park,...
  • Build an outdoor ping pong table
    Build an outdoor ping pong table
    Building your own outdoor ping pong table can be a great project. Not only can you save money, but you’ll end up with a one of a kind table that can add a great new element to your backyard fun. This requires light carpentry skills but will...
  • Backyard Oasis
    Backyard Oasis
    One weekend earlier in the year, after watching one of those DIY yard shows I decided I wanted to fix my backyard up, and have my own backyard oasis. I figured it looked easy, and it shouldn’t cost too much. Well I was in for a big surprise...
  • The Backyard Buzz....show me the products!
    The Backyard Buzz....show me the products!
    Do you ever shop for a product for your garden and think to yourself..."I wish I knew if this really worked"? Wouldn't it be great to see the item in action or to watch a videoof someone explaining exactly how to use the item?Dave...
  • Deer female in wild
    Snakes caught in deer netting
    As summer approaches, people fight to keep their gardens looking nice. White tailed deer, with the considerable loss of habitat, find themselves in backyard gardens looking for food. A lot of Baltimore residents use deer netting to protect the...
  • Day Hunt
    I spy a robin's eye
    Challenge your son to see who can spot the most species or maybe your daughter will be the best in the bunch at recognizing a bird song. Birding is not only a wonderful way to explore your surroundings, but it is the perfect opportunity to talk...
  • This week start using bugs to promote thoughtfulness and logical thinking.
    Bugs are back awaking science curiosities
    Bugs are magic to children. How a butterfly lands on flowers, ants make hills, worms pop out of the ground, how do wasps make nests, and how roly-poly bugs roll up into a ball? When ladybugs spread their “invisible” wings and take...
  • Unusual plant found in backyard at Harvey's Lake
    Unusual plant found in backyard at Harvey's Lake
    One never knows what will pop up in one's own backyard. In this case, it was an unusual perennial daisy type plant with florescent yellow spokes around a deep yellow center. What is so very interesting about this flower are the large leaves on...
  • Row of ten blueberry bushes
    The best blueberries to grow in North Central Florida
    Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. To many northerners surprise, blueberries grow exceptional well in Florida. Blueberry plants in Florida, depending on the variety, produce fruit from April through July. For...
  • The square foot garden
    The square foot garden
    There's a lot of hype out there about square foot gardening right now. Everyone seems to be putting in a square foot bed, from Julia Roberts to the First Lady. If your gardening space is limited, square foot gardening might be the answer to...
  • Tropical orb weaver
    Orb weavers are worth watching
    With eight legs, multiple pairs of eyes and sometimes a hairy appearance, spiders are generally misunderstood, unappreciated and even vilified in our landscape. They are anything but cute or cuddly, but if given a chance, they can be beautiful and...
  • Big Lots Sale
    SALE ALERT: BIG LOTS - Backyard play area for $20
    I love a good bargain! When those huge piles of advertisements get shoved in my mailbox, believe it or not, I jump for joy! I just checked my mail and to my surprise, there was a HUGE stack just lumped in there. After going through half of them, I...