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Many people associate summer gatherings with grilling, but that doesn’t mean your menu options need to be limited to the typical hamburgers and hot dogs found at most cookouts. Explore the hundreds of recipes for more health-conscious grilled cuisine, including salmon, shrimp, veggie burgers and chicken. For an appetizer, try grilling

slices of ciabatta or pita bread and topping with chopped tomatoes, basil and olive oil to create an easy bruschetta. Season and toss sliced, cooked potatoes on the grill to make your own steak fries, and use your blender to create a number of dipping sauces and homemade condiments. Roasting vegetable skewers makes for a light but flavorful side, and you can even use rosemary sprigs as the skewers for extra zest. Summer settings

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are typically less formal events, but some instances still call for place settings and arranged seating. To create a fun, light atmosphere that is still organized and thoughtful, use colorful place mats and napkins to offset a white or neutral tablecloth. There’s no need to break out the fine china, either. Opt for bamboo or melamine plates and bowls instead, which are available in a wide array of colors and designs. Bamboo serving utensils can create a beach-like feel, and reusable, recyclable plastic

silverware is an affordable alternative to disposable cutlery. Have fun with table decorations and fill glass bowls and vases with flowers, colorful stones and floating candles for an attractive, summery table setting. Add pretty citronella candles for decoration that will also keep your table bug-free. Night lights

Many summer soirees carry on past sunset, so lighting your patio area is important. With hundreds of options available for any outdoor area and

It’s always the right time to work on the yard with Rightway Garden Center Spring has finally hit the Tristate area, so it’s time to get busy! Sandy and Ben Wright, owners of Rightway Garden Center, have plenty of ideas to beautify your house and garden. A popular choice these days is the Bloomerang® lilac and the Encore® azalea. Rightway offers a variety of both of these long-blooming spring favorites, plus others. “These perennials have been genetically formulated to bloom more than once a year, off and on all summer,” Sandy says. Rightway is big on landscape installations and maintenance, too. Sandy and Ben’s son Chris, general manager of Rightway Garden Center, notes that right now people should be fertilizing with a good slowrelease granular fertilizer. Kentucky

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budget, you can create whatever atmosphere you prefer. Solar lamps are a smart, energy-efficient way to light the walking and seating areas, while Chinese lanterns hanging in the trees create a fun, party feel. Garden lights lining the driveway and walkways will direct attendees to and from the gathering areas safely, and an enclosed bonfire pit or portable fireplace is a great way to gather people for post-dinner revelry. ARAContent

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“We carry Harrell’s, Osmocote and MiracleGro, for example,” he says. “The varieties we carry contain all of the macro nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, and 17 of the micro nutrients.” Chris cautions gardeners who might be applying something like Bayer 3-in-1 that it should be applied when the sun is not visible, or else the leaves can be burned. Another thing to be thinking about now is for people who own big-leaf hydrangeas, Chris said. “If you want them (the hydrangeas) to be blue this year, start treating with a garden sulfur or a Miracid, otherwise they’ll

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