Home & garden

  • Avoid spring plants pre-treated with pesticides

    Avoid spring plants pre-treated with pesticides

    ELLSWORTH — With the 2015 growing season on the horizon, the Ellsworth Garden Club encourages gardeners to inform themselves about neonicotinoid (“neonic”) use in plants. Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. They were developed by Shell and Bayer in 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over

  • Window treatments require many considerations

    Window treatments require many considerations gallery

    Does your head spin when you consider window treatments? A bit of thought about what it is you’re covering will help. Is the home traditional or contemporary? Is it seasonal or year-round? What are the sizes of the rooms and the windows themselves? What’s the room’s function? Are there rooms with mismatched window sizes? Window

  • Baby boomers downsize and redo new home

    Baby boomers downsize and redo new home gallery

    When Wendy Preston-Ward and her husband, Ken, moved back to Maine a decade ago after Ken retired from the Air Force, they wanted to be somewhere with lots of space. Their daughter, Elan, was in high school, and the family had a horse, three dogs and two cats. They settled on a circa 1860, four-bedroom

  • Helping homeowners to become energy efficient

    Helping homeowners to become energy efficient

    A brief appearance, in the 1990s, with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey on PBS’s Emmy Award-winning home-improvement show “This Old House” helped lead Randy Sprague of Bar Harbor to his passion for European-built heating and plumbing systems. “It’s really hard to find high-quality, proven heating equipment,” Sprague, proprietor of Randy Sprague Heating and Plumbing,

  • How to grow organic fruit crops

    How to grow organic fruit crops

    ELLSWORTH — Gardening experts Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto, who co-authored “The New England Gardener’s Year,” will share their knowledge about organically growing strawberries, raspberries and high-bush blueberries at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium. The Ellsworth Garden Club is hosting the free public event, at which the co-authors, who

  • Aerial drones handy tool for homeowners

    Aerial drones handy tool for homeowners video

    Hey there neighbor. Mind if I borrow your drone? Lending tools such as a power saw or hammer drill to a friend is a time-honored tradition. But having a friend with high-tech gadgets such as an aerial drone, can take the do-it-yourself tradition to new levels, especially in situations where conventional techniques just won’t do.

  • Homeowners investing in generators

    Homeowners investing in generators

    There it is, the middle of winter, and a storm knocks out electric power for the third time this year. Hours pass and still no power. You have no heat, water and lights. As a family, you huddle among blankets in the dark and look forlornly out the living room window at your neighbor’s home