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Paperbark maple bark. Photo courtesy of Seattle Tilth
Paperbark maple bark. Photo courtesy of Seattle Tilth
Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:10 AM
There are plants, though, that can help us bridge the gap from vibrant fall foliage to spring blooms and fill those gray days with a little more color. 
  • GARDEN HOTLINE | Bridging the gap to spring
    There are plants, though, that can help us bridge the gap from vibrant fall foliage to spring blooms and fill those gray days with a little more color.  
  • I’m early in the home-buying process. More than once, the open house agent hinted I could get a better price if I buy the house through them. I am not working with a buyer’s agent, so what are the risks of buying from the listing agent? 
  • I recently gave a presentation to a group of retired teachers about my 2006 book “Vanishing Seattle.” At the talk, I mentioned how, at the time the book came out, the city seemed to be losing its most beloved people, places and things at a rapid rate. 
  • The Phinney Ridge Community Council will consider a Pedestrian Overlay Zone, as recommended by the city’s Department of Planning and Development is recommending a Pedestrian Overlay Zone.  
  • No garbage, food- and yard-waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 27. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  
  • The second tunnel-boring machine (TBM) mining light-rail tunnels from the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle to the University of Washington launched on Nov. 20. 
  • Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of October and April? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity?  
  • GARDEN HOTLINE | Natural weed control for fall
    Fall might lure us into snuggling under blankets, but time is of the essence this season, to be out in the garden, staying on top of natural weed control. 
  • The decision whether to sell or rent your home is not so simple. From my perspective, the No. 1 problem I see is the majority of people fail to fully consider all the issues that arise when you become a landlord.  
  • Each winter, homes are damaged due to water pipes that freeze and burst. By taking a few simple precautions offered by Seattle Public Utilities, you can help save yourself from the mess, money and headaches of burst frozen pipes. 
  • Volunteers will help get rid of blackberry and some of the English ivy from the shoreline habitat area at Green Lake on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.   
  • If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent for cats and kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter, plan to attend a free orientation session, offered next on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation will shut off the lights at most outdoor, lighted tennis courts for the winter on Nov. 3. This is to save energy during the months when few people play tennis outside. 
  • The agencies working to clean up low-level radiation from two former Naval maintenance rooms at Magnuson Park will provide updates and answer questions at a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21. 
  • GARDEN HOTLINE | Sweltering 2014 season in review
    2014 was certainly a remarkable gardening season in our region, thanks to a long summer that boosted warm-weather crops (and powdery mildew) and bore early harvests of most fruiting plants.  
  • Dear Ray, I follow your column, and I trust your advice. Can you recommend a lender for a first-time buyer? The volume of information about mortgages is overwhelming, and I need a patient mortgage person. 
  • Volunteers will help get rid of blackberry and some of the English ivy from that shoreline habitat area at Green Lake on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.   
  • On the evening of Friday, Oct. 17, and morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, an Arts & Crafts-style house will move from the Green Lake-Ravenna neighborhood to the Crown Hill neighborhood along the following roadways: 
  • The Fremont Fireside Chat series of free, live presentations on Fremont history and culture welcomes artist Roger Wheeler on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. 
  • Join the “pawty” at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave. W.) on Saturday, Oct. 4, as the shelter participates in Pawsitive Alliance’s third-annual statewide Shelter Open House event.  
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