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Recycling not so easy in Yakima County by Laura Gjovaag

Not everything people throw away is garbage. A lot of items can be fixed or reused, and many others can be broken down and recycled, saving space in landfills. A Yakima County website, YakimaRecycles.com, is a one-stop spot for people in the county to learn how to reduce garbage by reusing or recycling items. Marci Venable, program coordinator for Yakima County’s recycling program, said the site has received a lot of good feedback over the years it’s been in place. “People are generally curious and interested in recycling and what we can recycle in our area,” she said. “A lot of people want to know why recycling isn’t as common here as in other places.” She said the main reason is due to simple economics. There aren’t a lot of businesses in Yakima County that use recycled materials, which means most things

people recycle must be shipped some distance in order to be treated and used. She said it’s something of a chicken and egg problem. There isn’t a lot of demand locally for recyclable materials because there aren’t many companies using them, but if more material was recycled, more companies might be inclined to establish businesses in Yakima County to take advantage of it. “In Yakima, we have one end-user for recycled paper,” said Venable. “There’s lots of paper in the landfills. We just don’t recycle enough to keep Michelson stocked in paper for their packaging. This isn’t an attractive place for end-users of recycled materials.” She noted that Liberty Bottleworks, located in Union Gap, uses a lot of recycled aluminum. “We couldn’t possibly stock enough aluminum for them,” she said. Working against the effort to encourage less waste is how cheap it is to dispose of garbage in the county.

“We have a lot of inexpensive land,” Venable said. “Land is expensive in Seattle, they have to ship all their garbage elsewhere. We have space to put garbage. We don’t want to, but we can...and it’s cheap. It’s also dry out here, so there’s less fear of something seeping into the water table.” But landfills eventually get full. And plastic, once embedded in a landfill, stays around virtually forever. “Everything has an end of life,” said Venable. “We all have to imagine that thing we use for 10 seconds, it comes out here and goes into the landfill. Plastic photo-degrades, not bio-degrades, so it becomes literally encased in the landfill for eternity.” With recycling being difficult in the county, Venable said she encourages people to think about reducing and reusing. “There’s a reason the triangle is reduce-reuserecycle in that order,” she said. “I’m really on the ‘reduce’ bandwagon.

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Enough plastic bags are thrown away in only a few days to make an artificial plastic wave over a discarded surfboard. Yakima County’s solid waste division said they’ve found two surfboards in the garbage in the past year. Reducing is the greenest option of the three. Reusing is a good idea, the thing is already here, just use it again. Recycling takes energy and money, it’s the least green of those three.” She suggests making purchasing decisions to avoid items that can’t be recycled. She said plastic clamshell containers for apples and other fruit are a good example. “No one wants those clamshells,” she said. “So

buy fruit in other types of packaging instead. We have a lot of power, we just don’t think of it that way.” She said by reducing packaging, people will find

they have less to carry out to the garbage can. She used the example of buying apple juice in individual packets or in a larger jar. The larger jar is not only see “Recycling” next page

Everything in this display was thrown away, despite it being in perfectly good shape and usable for other purposes. Marci Venable, program coordinator for Yakima County’s recycling program, said reducing and reusing are the best ways to keep items out of landfills.

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It takes a village to prune this rose garden by Julia Hart

GRANDVIEW – The volunteers began arriving well before 9 a.m., with gloves and long-handled pruners in hand. Their mission – to spruce up the more than 300 rose bushes that line the Grandview Community Rose Garden near Grandview’s Jesse Palacios Pathway.

On hand for the March 21 work party to help ensure the roses were given the best start for the new growing season was WSU Master Gardener Ray Vining of Grandview. He carefully instructed the more than 40 volunteers in the proper pruning of the flowering shrubs. The volunteers learned to create a vase effect in

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More than 40 volunteers of all ages were out in full force the middle of March for the “March of the Roses” clean-up campaign, including 4-year-old Trevin Ashton, who lends a hand clearing debris.

the center of the rose plant to ensure good air flow. Old cane was carefully cut away to make room for new starts. Vining said some of the plants had suffered from the early hard freezes last fall, which meant a number of the roses had to be pruned quite severely. The good news is that even with the shortened canes, once the warm weather hits the roses will recover and begin putting out hundreds of new blooms. The “March for the Roses” pruning workshop was organized by Grandview Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Carpenter. Not only did Grandview’s ardent rose lovers show up to prune and clean up the gardens, a group of Heritage University fraternity members attended the work party. “We’re learning something and helping out a good cause,” said Angel Hernandez of Omega Delta Phi.

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The Grandview Community Rose Garden was abuzz recently with rose enthusiasts, who turned out to prune and clean up the historic Grandview rose garden now located along a pathway on the east end of town. Julia Hart/Daily Sun News

Don Bentley finds a comfortable spot from which to get the proper angle for pruning this rose bush during the recent “March for the Roses” pruning workshop held in Grandview.

‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

Helping to clear away the discarded rose cans is Angel Hernandez of Heritage University’s Omega Delta Phi fraternity. “We came to lend a hand as a part of our fraternity community service mission,” he said.

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cheaper, but people can buy smaller, reusable containers and make their own serving size portions. The larger jar is recyclable, so the consumer saves money and reduces garbage. “It’s not necessarily so easy to recycle, but you can reduce if you try,” Venable said. “Look at what’s in your garbage. Green up your life a little. Your choices can increase or decrease your garbage.” Venable also strongly encourages people to learn how to compost organic material instead of throwing it in the garbage. “Almost a third of what comes into the landfill is organic,” she said. “Landfills are enormous producers of methane gas. Grass, leaves and branches are put in plastic bags and dumped in the garbage, and they produce methane in landfills.” Methane is a major green-

house gas and is also explosive, which can cause other issues. YakimaRecycles.com has information on how to start composting, which helps the county avoid the problem of organics in the landfill. While reducing garbage through smart consumer choices and composting are the two easiest things for people in Yakima County to do to reduce garbage, Venable said the county also has other programs to help people. The household hazardous waste facility at the Terrace Heights landfill takes a variety of household items, including used batteries, old paint, pool chemicals and CFLs. If people don’t want to drive to Yakima, the transfer station at 1150 Luther Road near Outlook also takes hazardous waste from citizens for free. And while curbside recycling is not currently

available in the Lower Valley, it is a regular topic of discussion for some city councils. In Sunnyside, the option has been considered in the past, but was too expensive to implement. Venable said it’s embedded in the cost of garbage pickup in the Seattle area, which makes it easier. In Yakima County, the cost is usually an add-on service. Unless many or most people are subscribed, the cost can be prohibitive. “We don’t have the traffic or pollution of Seattle,” said Venable. “The trade-off is that it’s harder to recycle.” For more information on how to reduce, reuse, recycle or compost, visit YakimaRecycles.com or call the Yakima County Solid Waste Division at 509-574-2450. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com

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Storage solutions specialty of All City Closet Company by Jennie McGhan

Many homeowners find themselves in need of additional storage space. Partly, because the closets that are typical of the everyday home aren’t properly utilized, there’s unused space and shoes are piled on the floor. All City Closet Company in Kennewick specializes in optimizing the space, making storage issues a thing of the past. Bruce Pratt is the owner of All City Closet, and said his company has been customizing closets throughout the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin for more than 20 years. “We’ve been A-plus rated with the Better Business Bureau for 23 years,” he said. Often, homeowners purchase a house that has typical closets consisting of an empty space and a bar for hanging clothing. “There’s not much to them,” said Pratt. He and his employees can turn those closets into

a well-organized storage space with built-in shelving, drawers and hanger space for any age. All City Closet can also customize garages, home offices and furniture, said Pratt. He said Murphy wall beds and entertainment centers are among the features that can be custom built by his employees. “Customizing a space will often double the storage capacity,” said Pratt. He said his staff custom builds storage units for the space. The units aren’t like those pre-fabricated for purchase at a store. “Pre-fabricated units don’t always fit,” Pratt said. The materials used in a pre-fabricated unit vary, as well. All City Closet storage systems are built to last, and there are more than 100 color options to choose from to fit the design specifications of the homeowner, including wood tones. Installation is included in the price of every closet customization, as well.

That makes it easier for the homeowner, who doesn’t have to fit the right pieces and hardware together themselves. “It’s not like a kit…it is specifically designed with the input of the homeowner, meeting the needs of the space,” said Pratt. He said one of his em-

ployees visits the home to evaluate the space and dimensions for the custom storage unit for a free estimate. The customer tells his staff what is expected of the closet system and it is designed on a computer. The homeowner can resee “Storage” next page

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A reach-in closet, typical of most bedrooms, can be customized for a teenager or for children, as well as for adults. photo courtesy of All City Closet Company

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Call in experts to help with trees by Laura Gjovaag

Healthy trees are important contributors to a pleasant environment and can enhance a home. According to American Forests, a nonprofit conservation organization, a tree can absorb as much as 40 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester a full ton of carbon dioxide by the time the tree reaches age 40. The United States Forest Service adds that trees placed properly around a home can reduce air conditioning and heating demands considerably. “Most people can leave their trees alone,” said Jose Morfin of Morfin’s Tree Trim and LandLaura Gjovaag/Daily Sun News Keeping tree branches trimmed can prevent them from falling on ve- scaping Services of Sunnyside. “But if it’s getting too tall or hicles, roofs or power lines, but it’s usually best to call in a professional too big, or branches are nearing contractor rather than attempting to do it yourself.

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Grandview couple preserving 100-year-old farmstead

The south view of the old Fetterolf homestead. When the home’s new addition is completed, the single story portion of the house will be removed to reveal the new addition, which will include a wraparound porch. The gables of the new roofline can be seen just over the old house’s peak.

into their dream home. They both knew some changes would have to be made to make it last another 30 years or more. Karen, who admits she was in favor of demolishing the entire house, was convinced by her husband to save the two-story brick portion of the house. “He promised to construct a brand new, single story addition see “Farmstead” next page

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since the mid-1970s, have remodeled the house in order to make it more livable for their family of four. In addition, they changed the roof line, added insulation, shored up the old root cellar to create a basement, and even have changed out windows, not to mention closing in the once beautiful, open stairway to the second floor. Now in their retirement years, the couple wants to live out the rest of their lives on their north Grandview farm. “But I want a new kitchen and my own workroom,” Karen said. “And, I definitely plan on bringing back the open staircase,” the retired nurse said. “We never got rid of the beautiful old banisters or the other woodwork on the stair landing,” she added. After living in Alaska for the past 13 years, the Vinings recently returned to Grandview with the idea of transforming the old home

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with all of the features I’ve always wanted, including central heat,” she said. The Grandview couple plans to restore the upstairs bedrooms, the old staircase, as well as the living room and the covered front porch, all features of the brick farm house that they love. The couple also plans to add an elevator in the former master bedroom of the craftsman-style home to make the upstairs more accessible. The Vinings hope to have their new addition completed by mid-summer of this year. “This will be the third remodel we’ve done on the house,” Ray, a retired Grandview School District teacher, explained. By saving the brick portion of the houses, the couple is celebrating the history of their home, which they purchased from F.P. Fetterolf’s widow, Mae, in 1974. Fetterolf farmed the surrounding 40 acres for many

years and later his widow sold the house and farm to the Vinings. The original Fetterolf house was a single room. As the farm grew more successful, the farm house was added on to. Following one particularly bountiful harvest, Fetterolf added on the craftsman-style brick portion of the house, which the Vinings are now working to preserve. “They just kept building on in those days,” said Mr. Vining. “We purchased 30 acres first in 1970. Mrs. Fetterolf wanted to spend her remaining years in the house, so we didn’t take possession of the house until 1974,” he said. “We want to live here the rest of our lives too,” said Karen. “And now, we can save our home’s history and still create a legacy for our grandchildren,” she added ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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One of the original chandeliers will be rewired and included in the remodel of the old Fetterolf living room.

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The 1,700 square foot living space being added to the Vinings’ home will include a covered patio, a great room, a master bedroom, a large kitchen, a great room, an office for him and a sewing room for her, as well as a large bathroom. All of the doorways will be extra wide to accommodate wheelchairs should they ever be needed, said Ray Vining. A large two-car garage is also a feature of the new addition.

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Old items transformed into useful garden art

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This antique touring car motif appears as though parts are flying out of the engine in this bit of garden art. Thankfully, not many gardeners can boast having real bugs this big. Handcrafted from odd shaped washers and a rusty old spring, this cutie stands out in Karen Vining’s Grandview yard.

Combining old automobile parts with rusted gears to create a one of a kind fence might not be everyone’s idea of yard décor. But as designer Gary Anderson of Mabton says, “… it sure is fun.” Utilizing an old coal bucket as a planter isn’t an option unless you have one, like Karen Vining of Grandview. Annually, she fills her vintage coal bucket with a variety of spring annuals, including pansies for an early spot of interest in her country garden. As the seasons changes so do the flowers in her container. Like many gardeners, Anderson and Vining are always looking for unique and interesting “found”

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Finding containers to use as planters, while adding a splash of color to any yard, deck or entryway is simple. That’s according to former Sunnyside gardener Lenette Roehl, who will put on a summer container workshop Wednesday, April 22, in Yakima. Roehl, who now operates Garden Girl in Yakima, will host the twohour evening workshop at the Yakima Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, for those gardeners who still need ideas for container gardening. Roehl will share her

tricks and tips for creating beautiful summer container gardens for any spot in the yard. The workshop, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will give gardeners an opportunity to learn how to prepare containers, when to fertilize, water and where to place and how to combine plants for the best effect. To register call (509) 248-7337 or register online at www.ahtrees.org. The cost for the workshop is $20 for Arboretum members or $25 for nonmembers.

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Old farm equipment and flowers made of used horseshoes adds a country flair to this north Grandview garden. Newly planted iris will soon add colors to the landscape that also boasts large metal wheels propped against an old carriage house.

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Schneider…on homes by Julia Hart

With more than 40 years of working in construction under his tool belt, Dan Schneider is now using his building knowledge to help his clients determine if there are any major issues to be addressed before putting their homes on the market. While the owner of Schneider Home Inspections bears no resemblance to television’s famous home inspector and renovator, Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes, Schneider is just as adamant about being as thorough as

possible when it comes to inspecting houses. He also believes before a house goes on the market it is a good idea to call in a home inspector. “And, if there is an issue I put it in the report,” the Grandview man said. Home inspections are mostly requested by real estate agents, but buyers also request inspections for their peace of mind before putting down money on a house, according to Schneider. Lending institutions will also request a home inspection before conducting a home appraisal.

“It’s all about making sure houses are safe and sound. I inspect homes to make sure the houses have proper wiring, safe roofs and few or no foundational issues,” Schneider said. Still new to the business of home inspections, Schneider is quick to point out that there is a set of standards, Washington State Standards of Prac‑ tice, to which all state licensed home inspectors must adhere. According to the state standards, inspectors must examine the structure’s interior, exterior and the roof. The home’s plumbing and electrical systems must also be thoroughly examined, to determine their condition. Home inspections are visual in nature, according to Schneider. “You can tell a lot from a walk around a house, a close examination of a crawl space, a check Unlike the home inspections seen on televised home improvement programs, “...I don’t tear into walls to look for problems,” he said, but he will check water heater pipes and electrical connections for wear and tear.

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Dan Schneider is using his 40 years of construction experience in his new business venture, Schneider Home Inspections. The Grandview man says he has only been in business for about a year and already finds himself very busy checking out crawl spaces and roofs. under kitchen sinks or a trip to the attic,” he said. “There is also a lot you can discover by turning on water faucets throughout the house and just letting them run for a while,” Schneider said. Most of the damage

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Don’t let bedbugs bite by Laura Gjovaag

Not so long ago, bedbugs were an almost mythical creature in a bed time rhyme. Unfortunately, the insect has recently made a significant comeback, sneaking into homes, hotels and public places across the nation. “It’s no longer a matter of if you will get an infestation of bedbugs, it’s becoming a matter of when,” said Darin Dietrich of Yakima Pointe Pest Control. The good news is people can take some basic steps to reduce the chances of having unwanted visitors in their homes. The bad news is that once a home has an infestation, professional help is almost a requirement to get rid of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not track bedbug infestations because the pests are not known to carry disease. Solid numbers on them are difficult to find, but evidence from

pest control companies suggests their numbers are on the rise. Bedbugs are already a problem in the Lower Yakima Valley. According to Raymond VanderLouw of Spokane Pointe Pest Control, the company has been very busy in the Sunnyside area. “We’re getting calls every single day,” he said. “We used to get calls once or twice a week (from the Lower Yakima Valley). Now it’s daily, even if it’s just calls to answer questions. It’s a remarkable increase in activity.” The early signs of a bedbug infestation can be easily confused for other problems. Itchy bites are the most prominent sign, but the bites are similar to what mosquitoes or fleas might leave. Unlike other insects, bedbugs tend to bite in straight lines along a body. “Spots of blood on your bedspread are a strong indication,” said VanderLouw. “The bedbug bite has an anesthetic and an-

ticoagulant so you bleed a little and don’t know it.” VanderLouw recommends doing an inspection on your bed with a good flashlight, checking the mattress and box spring, headboard, frames and any other areas near the bed, including nightstands. “I’ve seen them come out of everything, lamps, books, trinkets people have on headboards,” he said. “Even stuffed animals.” While it is difficult to catch live bedbugs except in heavy infestations, signs include small smears of blood on sheets or small black dots: bedbug excrement. Bedbugs also shed husks, which can be found with a good flashlight. Bedbugs are attracted by carbon dioxide. In short, whenever a person exhales, it sends a signal to any nearby bedbugs that food is near. If it is dark or the bug is hungry, the bedbugs will creep toward the source of the carbon dioxide. While they may travel up to 100 feet, they generally stay as close as possible to known

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A serious infestation along the edge of a mattress will mean the mattress needs to be thrown out. When disposing of bedbug infested mattresses, make sure to mark them as infested by writing “bedbug” on them in ink. food sources, meaning they are most often found near or in beds. Getting rid of bedbugs is not a simple process because they are very good at hiding and surviving. There are only a handful

of things that kill bedbugs, including the harsh chemicals used by professionals. Bedbugs can also be killed by persistent heat, which is another method used by pest control companies. “We consider the

treatment a structural fumigation using heat instead of chemicals,” said VanderLouw. He noted the cost of treatment depends on a lot of factors, including which see “Bedbugs” next page

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new home, noted Schneider. Schneider said he also sees a lot of wildly creative DYI wiring, a definite no-no and usually a very dangerous condition that could lead to fires.

Typically, he said a home inspection takes about three hours and will contain upwards of 30 photographs to detail the areas of concerns noted during the inspection. Most home inspec-

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type of treatment is used, the level of the infestation, the amount of clutter in the building and the structure itself. “Generally it’s a pretty spendy deal,” he said. Putting diatomaceous earth in travel paths of bedbugs will also kill them, but it’s a slow process because it cuts their exoskeleton, making them dehydrate to death. This can take hours or even days. Most do-it-yourself methods must be applied consistently and constantly in order to work. For heavy

infestations, throwing out the infested mattress and treating every area of the house near the bed may be the only way to prevent bedbugs from returning. It’s much better to never get bedbugs in the first place. VanderLouw said his company offers advice to help prevent infestations as well. He suggests that travelers inspect beds in hotel rooms before going to sleep. “I’ve found that 80 to 90 percent of the infestations are in the headboards,” he said. “Don’t just throw back

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Adult bedbugs are usually less than half an inch long, but can easily be seen with the naked eye. These two adult bedbugs have fed, which gives them their reddish color.

the blankets. Inspect every place close to the bed. That’s all the places near where the bugs feed.” Travelers should also never put bags on beds, but use luggage racks, which are usually provided by good hotels. In a pinch, luggage can be placed in the bathtub or kept in the car. VanderLouw also recommends people be careful about getting used furniture, regardless of the source. Furniture can often harbor bedbugs. People who have a lot of visitors should take precautions against bedbugs. “Especially in the winter time when people bring in coats and sleeping bags,” he said. “The bugs tend to move around freely in soft-bodied containers.” Any place with a transitional population, including hotels, dorms, multi-family housing or homeless shelters also can harbor bedbugs, according to VanderLouw. Even movie theaters can be a problem because the bugs will crawl around freely in

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Signs of a bedbug infestation include these leavings, which are made of old husks and excrement. Use a strong flashlight to check for small dots of excrement along the edges of sheets when visiting hotels. the dark. People can take steps to reduce the chances of bedbugs establishing a base in their homes by taking some simple steps around their beds. Reducing clutter around a bed will give bedbugs fewer places to hide. Making sure mattresses and bed springs are on a frame and not directly on the floor also helps. Encase-

ments are also available for box springs and mattresses which prevent bedbugs from entering the interiors and laying eggs. Don’t allow bedclothes to drape on the floor. All blankets and sheets should be on the mattress or box spring, and never touch a floor or wall. The bed itself should be pulled out a few inches from the wall to pre-

vent bugs from climbing onto it from the wall. Other advice on how to prevent bedbugs is available on the EPA’s website at epa.gov/bedbugs. The CDC also has an informational page on bedbugs at cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com

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Keep pets in mind when planting gardens by John Fannin

Carnations, chamomile, cherries, clematis and chrysanthemums can brighten any home or garden…but they can also pose hazards to household pets. Clematis, for example, can cause salivation, vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals (ASPCA). The elegant daffodil can give them convulsions and tremors. Lilies have been known to kill cats. So what’s a pet owner and garden enthusiast to do? “There is a way to make your garden safe,” says Nicole Papageorgiou, outreach and education manager for the Yakima Humane Society.

She encourages the use of natural herbs. Natural mulches are encouraged, too. Plants non-toxic to cats and dogs, according to the ASPCA, include Acorn Squash, African Daisy, African Violet, beets, climbing and trailing Begonias, Casaba Melon (includes Honeydew and Muskmelons), Hens and Chicks, Christmas Cactus, Summer Hyacinth, Sunflower and Zucchini Squash. For a complete list of non-toxic and toxic plants, see aspca.org. Another trick to help the garden grow and keep pets What’s okay for Tabby might not be for Fido. Black walnuts (at left), for example, are not hazardous to cats but are toxic for dogs.

safe is raised beds. Papageorgiou says raised beds are helpful for discouraging pets from tromping around on garden produce. Besides keeping pets out of possible harm’s way, raised bed gardening offers an especially practical solution for cat owners. “It’ll be harder for the garden to be used as a litter box,” Papageorgiou says. - John Fannin can be reached at jfannin@dailysunnews.com or at 837-4500.

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RDO has the right mower for your lawn by Jennie McGhan

Whether you need to mow a small yard or a pasture, RDO Equipment has the mower that will meet your demands.

Eric Garza of the Sunnyside store said the company sells everything from push mowers to riding mowers and tractors. “The (John Deere) 1025R is a commercial compact

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Juan Gamez sits aboard a John Deere 1025R tractor, the “Swiss Army knife” for properties up to two acres in size.

tractor that’s like a Swiss Army knife,” he said. “You can do just about anything with it.” Fellow store employee Juan Gamez agreed. He said the tractor, known as a onefamily tractor, is capable of keeping up with parcels as large as two acres in size. “They have a mid-mount deck that can be detached and a loader for chores around the property,” said Gamez. The auto connect features, said Garza, are ideal for convenience and safety. The tractors also have a hydrostatic transmission for ease of operation. “So the kids and wife can use it,” Garza said. For smaller yards, RDO Equipment now offers push mowers by Honda. “A push mower is ideal for a small yard in town,” said Gamez. People who have up to half an acre, he said, typically want an entry level riding mower.

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Joe Castillo and Eric Garza of RDO Equipment in Sunnyside (L-R) were on-hand to provide information about John Deere products to those attending the Central Washington Home and Garden Show in Yakima this past February. John Deere’s D-series riding mower, Gamez said, is the perfect remedy for someone who wants a wellmanicured lawn in half the time it takes to mow the yard with a push mower. “Riding mowers save time and labor,” said Gamez. For those who need to mow more than half an acre, he recommends a John Deere X-series riding mower.

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Living in full color by Julia Hart

MABTON – Living with vivid shades of blues, yellows, oranges and purples is not for the faint of heart. When the artistic eye begs to be acknowledged and bright colors make you happy, as with Beki Anderson of Mabton, covering walls, furniture and canvas in color is the “only thing to do.” Being blessed with an artistic flair, as well as accommodating family members, Anderson spends her days surrounded by the inspiration color gives her. Using rich colors in all of her living spaces has always been Anderson’s trademark. The colors of nature have always spoke to the Mabton native. Her eeriest memories are of coloring under the watchful eye of her father, William Gannon, a well-known Mabton artist. “I can remember him telling me when I was sixyears-old, that ‘you don’t have to paint inside the lines’,” she said The parental advice was taken to heart and Beki has gone her own way ever since, being creative with color in her art and interior designs. Today, Beki’s use of brilliant colors makes her happy, and how they work into her surroundings has always interested the woman who studied interior design and Japanese art history as a young woman. “I love one of

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Good light, a comfortable chair and lots of color provide the inspiration for Mabton artist Rebecca Anderson to work in her little studio on the farm. Anderson, who is a talented entrepreneur and interior designer, now spends her time creating vivid paintings, which she sells on online and at local galleries. a kind art,” she said. Her home has always been one of her canvases, which she has filled with color throughout her 30-plus years of marriage to Gary Anderson, who is an artist in his own right. As a businesswoman, Beki brought her love of color to her popular Hopfengarten Galley, which had its beginnings in the 1970s in Mabton. Now, retired from retail, Beki works in her farm

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the garden surrounding her mid-century home. Inside the Anderson home, Beki’s use of blue creates a coolness, complemented by touches of deep purples in her laundry room and sunshine yellow

in her kitchen. Still, being outside continues to be her favorite way to enjoy color. Most warm evenings, she and Gary can be found relaxing in their Mabton country garden, which is covered

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with native plants, rocks and metal art created by Gary. Gary also created one of Beki’s favorite outdoor spaces, using the pillars rescued from her late mother’s house. The coral-colored pergola is the ideal spot for “vodkas at sunset,” Beki added. The view is a perfect combination of hop fields and Mt. Adams in the spring, giving way to a shaded back yard in the summer. “It’s the perfect spot to relax.” ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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It’s in the genes

Mabton artist Beki Anderson and husband Gary, a skilled engineer and a metal artist at heart, are now enjoying the artistic successes of their daughter, Roz, who is currently holding a onewoman show in Yakima. Her show, entitled “Roz Inga, Don’t Dim Your Light,” is on display at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima. Roz’s show, which is advertised as “an exhibition to inspire others,” runs through June 26. “We very proud of Roz,” said her mother, who also grew up with an artist. Beki’s father is the late William Gannon, a famed Mabton artist, whose

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art often featured everyday farm scenes seen around the Gannon Hop Ranch. Much of his work is in private collections and on display in several regional museums. “Roz is a third generation artist, and her work includes colorful greeting cards, paintings and even painted furniture,” her mother added. “And she is self-taught,” Beki adds with a touch of pride in her voice. Obviously, the advice of Beki’s father, “to paint outside the lines,” has found fertile ground in the imagination of the youngest member of this colorful family.

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1. Rebecca Anderson’s colorful artwork is scattered throughout the Anderson home. This piece complements several family antiques, including the stonetopped hall table. 2. Side-by-side cabins, which once housed summer farmworkers, now serve as matching art studio space for Rebecca Anderson and her daughter, Roz. 3. The columns supporting the Andersons’ back yard pergola came from Rebecca’s mother’s house. The pergola serves as a great afternoon spot to eat lunch, and is even more appealing for evening social gatherings. 4. A seating area located just off Rebecca Anderson’s studio features a metal sunflower gate, created by her husband, Gary Anderson. 5. This beat-up antique typewriter can be seen as a prop in Roz Anderson’s greeting card series.

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Can’t grow a garden? Try supporting area CSA farmers by Julia Hart

If you think freshly cut asparagus is the only vegetable available early in the spring, you seriously need to talk with local organic gardeners like Sunnyside’s Merritt Mitchell Wajeeh of Heavenly Hills Harvest Farms or Pat Moszeter of Bella Terra Gardens in Zillah. Both women’s greenhouses are already in the early stages producing fresh greens of all varieties. In fact, by the time most

people think the ground is warm enough to set out the first sets of tomatoes, Moszeter and Wajeeh will have their tomato crop well on its way to bearing fruit. The Lower Valley women not only grow their vegetables and fruits organically, they also offer what are called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership shares to families interested in serving fresh, locally grown produce to their families. According to Moszeter,

the CSA membership system allows consumers to receive food directly from the farm. Seasonal produce is gleaned each week during the farming season for the CSA members. Each CSA share is packed with a balance of what is available throughout the 23 weeks of the summer growing season, said Wajeeh. Typically, each CSA box will include greens (such as kale, Swiss chard, and mustard greens and salad blends) throughout the season.

“Then as things come into season, we add them into the mix so customers get the freshest, most seasonal crops,” Wajeeh added. For example, the share may include tomatoes at the peak of ripeness, or melons, squash and even a pumpkin depending on the time of the season, she added. How to determine what CSA share is right for you All CSA boxes contain between nine and 15 items per week, depending on the time of the season. Wajeeh said typically a full Heavenly Hills Harvest see “Garden” next page

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How to cook greens Still having a hard time deciding how to use spring and summer greens? Merritt Mitchell Wajeeh of Sunnyside’s Heavenly Hills Harvest Farms said there are many ways to cook Swiss chard and kale. “Swiss chard and kale are such versatile greens. I steam them, pan sauté them, add them to spaghetti sauces, mix them with rice and squash, use them both in cold and warm salads,” Wajeeh said. Here is one of Wajeeh’s favorite salad recipes using kale.

Kale & Carrot Salad photo courtesy of Heavenly Hills Harvest Farms

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Farms’ CSA share provides 23 weeks of fresh produce at the cost of $675 (less than $30 per week). A half CSA share amounts to 13 weeks of produce, which costs the consumer $440. Wajeeh said a third option called the “Ala Cart” share, is also available. For an investment of $200, the consumer can request

only the fresh produce she wants, spending up to $25 a week. All “Ala Cart” orders must be placed at least three days prior to the anticipated delivery date. The Bella Terra Gardens also offers similar CSA rates. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

1 bunch Red Russian Kale, de-stemmed and finely sliced 1 onion, finely chopped 3-4 carrots, shredded Juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup of olive oil Pico De Gallo Seasoning to taste Finely chop and slice the kale to desired size. Shred carrots and combine with the kale in a large bowl. Mix together seasoning, lemon juice and olive oil. Combine dressing and vegetables together to coat. Add additional seasoning to taste. Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving. For more recipes using the bounty of summer CSA shares contact Heavenly Hills Harvest at heavenlyhillsharvest.com or visit Bella Terra Gardens at bellaterragardens.com

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Turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis conscious or looking for a pocketbook-friendly option, seek out a WaterSense rated toilet, signifying greater water conservation. When it comes to relaxation, the bathtub is king. Luckily, manufacturers are innovating features to go beyond whirlpools. New bathtub offerings include chromatherapy mood light systems, thermotherapy heated backrests and inline heaters that keep water heated perfectly. Retreat Make your bathroom the perfect retreat from the rest of the house and the outside world with a few stylish accents that provide greater solitude. For example, privacy decorative glass windows and privacy acrylic block windows offered from HyLite are design elements

StatePoint – Time spent in the bathroom can be precious, as it may be your only solo time. When prioritizing home upgrades, consider first transforming a ho-hum, conventional bathroom into an oasis of comfort, style and ultimate relaxation. Relax Replace outdated fixtures with new top-quality options that offer greater functionality. Manufacturers such as Mansfield Plumbing produce fixtures and fittings designed to work in tandem. Such “suites” of a toilet, sink and bathtub can improve the look of a bathroom setting. In a toilet, there are certain features to seek. A SmartHeight toilet allows for easier access. For those who are environmentally

that don’t compromise natural light. Available in four designer frame colors, you can go beyond plain frosted glass with stylish windows that come either operable or fixed in place. Offered in varying shapes and sizes, it’s easy to match windows to other bathroom elements, such as tiles and countertops. Take your spa retreat a step further by piping music into your bathroom with humidity-resistant speakers unsusceptible to steamy showers and hot baths. Beauty On a limited budget you can give the bathroom an elegant long-term facelift by investing in millwork products that resist humidity so you don’t experience warping. From crown moulding to

trim around showers and bathtubs to ceiling medallions, polyurethane is a more practical material than traditional wood for these design elements. It’s lightweight, easy to install, and most importantly, designed to resist the humidity of bathing. To get the look of a luxury hotel, the experts at Fypon, which produce thousands of pieces of polyurethane millwork, moulding and trim in a variety of architectural styles, recommend a few project ideas: • Install a set of pilasters on both sides of your shower stall and a door crosshead overhead to upgrade your bathroom’s look. • Surround mirrors and decorative accent windows with painted or stained

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Modern options can turn a bathroom from a spot to take care of necessary business to a private getaway. polyurethane mouldings that complement the room. • Install chair rail moulding around the bathroom to add dimension. Paint above or below the moulding and use wallpaper, paneling or a different color paint in

the other section. While many think of the bathroom as a place to take care of necessary business, you can easily give yours an upgrade that will transform it into a whole lot more.

Get a jump start on planting your garden from scratch method: • Don’t start your indoor plants too soon. They can grow in about four weeks or less if you use a highquality garden starter. Check seed packages to learn when to plant outdoors in your area, and then start them indoors one month earlier to your transplanting date outdoors. • Consider using a seedstarting system that takes some of the gardening guesswork out of the equation. • Add new nutrients to the seedlings every two weeks and keep the water at full level. Feeding your plants more than the recommended amount will not make them grow faster. In fact, it could hurt the plants.

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StatePoint – Planting a garden from scratch can sound like a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the hobby. But with the right knowledge, you can plan a successful, fruitful green space and expect to have a great harvest. One way to get a head start on your garden is to start your seedlings indoors and then transplant them later into an outdoor garden. This time-tested technique can save you hundreds of dollars annually, as young plants at a nursery can be pricey. Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of this

• Before transplanting, seedlings need to be hardened off. Skipping this step will almost certainly result in some or all of your plants dying. Hardening off seedlings eases their transition to the outdoors, where they will be exposed to the elements. The process involves gradually exposing plants to the outdoors, protecting them from full sunlight, temperature variations and wind. see “Jump start” page 20

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The 411 about 811 Garden and home improvement enthusiasts may dig up more than dirt if they don’t first call 811. State law requires property owners to call 811 at least two business days before they start digging up their yard to give utilities time to determine if the work will interfere or damage a line. Fines for violating the law can range from $1,000 for digging without proper notice to up to $10,000 and a misdemeanor charge for damaging a large pipeline without calling. Underground lines carrying essential services can range from natural gas to electricity to telecommunications. Here in the Yakima Valley there are also underground irrigation lines. Prior to making the call, the site of the proposed dig must be outlined in white. During the call, the property owner will be asked questions pertaining to

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the dig, including address, description of the work to be done and the date the digging will take place. After the call, the location of underground utility lines will be marked with a color coded system. It includes red for electric, yellow for gas, orange for cable tv/telephone, green for sewer and blue for drinking water. The color will be indicated with either painted marks or flags within 24 inches on either side of the utility line. Once the utilities are marked, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the marks for 45 days or the life of the project, whichever is shortest. If there is an issue with a utility location, call the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission at 1-888333-WUTC (9882). The utility-locate service is free of charge.

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Volunteers in Yakima County’s Master Gardener program each donated on average more than 100 hours during a year’s time…easily tops in Washington state. That’s according to the latest figures from the WSU Master Gardener program. It notes the 120 Master Gardener volunteers in this county donated an average of 111 hours each during 2013... or a grand total of 13,364. That’s nearly twice the statewide average of 59 hours per volunteer per year. Runner-up was neighboring Benton County with 82 hours per volunteer, just edging Snohomish County’s

average of 80 hours per volunteer. However, Snohomish County’s 343 volunteers did log the most total number of hours at 27,363. King County, which averaged 51 hours per volunteer, turned in a total of 26,098 hours from its 514 volunteers. Statewide, 3,527 Master Gardener volunteers logged a combined total of 256,000 hours in 2013. The volunteers donate their time to provide training and advice for home gardeners.

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What to know about replacing your mowers StatePoint – Now is a great time to take stock of your lawn equipment, and assess whether your gear can withstand another season of wear and tear. If you’ve determined it’s time to replace your toolshed’s most valuable player – your lawn mower – get informed so you can make a savvy decision, as mower technology has changed a lot in the last several years. Whether this is your first mower, your old mower is on the fritz or you’re simply looking to upgrade, these tips and considerations can help you make a decision that’s wise for you and your lawn. Budget The first thing to take into account is your budget. You need the most dependable and durable mower that you can afford. However, keep in mind, you may not have to pay the entire cost of the mower upfront.

Some brands offer various financing options that allow you to make payments over time. Whether you’re seeking low minimum payments or you want to minimize interest payments, ask your dealer about your options. Mowing Properties Take into account the size of your property. A smaller lawn requires a smaller machine. “For properties under a half acre, a 21- to 36inch walk-behind mower should be ideal,” says Daryn Walters at Exmark, a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial mowers. For smaller lawns, consider Exmark’s Com­ mercial 30 or a small zero-turn mower such as the Exmark Quest S-Series machine with a 34-inch cutting deck. Their mowers require little maintenance and offer fuel economy and durability.

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Spring clean your home’s outdoor spaces StatePoint – It’s time to prep your home’s outdoor spaces for the season ahead. From the yard to the garage to the deck, getting these areas tidy is all part of a thorough spring clean. Here are some tips to make the process faster and easier. De-Clutter Your Workspace Your shed, your garage, your toolbox – it’s time to take stock of what you’re storing in these key areas. Broken tools, piles of junk -- these are items that will get in your way and slow you down all season long. So before you get to the nitty gritty of your outdoor spring clean, take the time to organize your workspace. Throw out what is junk, donate what you aren’t using, and organize the rest into categories. Vertical storage can save crucial room, so install tall shelves and use walls and the ceiling to install organizational systems. Now is also a great opportunity to perform routine maintenance on your lawn equipment and tools to improve their efficiency. Identify Multitasking Tools Check out innovations on old tools that can make your versatile workload easier. For example, you can upgrade your conventional pressure washer for a newer model with more diverse functionality. For example, Briggs & Stratton’s new POWERflow+ Pressure Washer technology has one pump with two separate cleaning modes – high pressure and high flow, which work for different tasks. Remember, different surfaces require different cleaning techniques. Whether you’re cleaning up tough mold and mildew stains from your deck or patio or washing the more delicate surface of your car, you can switch modes or apply soap directly from the nozzle. This feature eliminates the need for switching attachments or walking back to the pressure washer, making an afternoon of diverse to-dos manageable. Just be sure you’re using the proper mode for the task. Tips and instructional videos can be found at www.PowerFlowPlus.com. Do Smart Yard Maintenance If you have a larger yard, consider a riding mower to save time and energy on lawn maintenance.

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Choices galore for cabinets, countertops by John Fannin

Long gone are the days of basic white cabinets and vinyl countertops. Oh, those still exist… but options today include virtually every color in the rainbow and countertop materials from basic wood to granite. Dan Helms of Creekstone Cabinetry & Design in Yakima says all options are essentially on the table when it comes to cabinetry for bathrooms, kitchens or even home offices. Hues of red, blue and green are among the choices for cabinets and countertops. Speaking of cabinets, Helms says a color produced by Koch Cabinets called Rustic Beach is one of the more popular choices. Rustic Beach is something of an off-white

color…but he says there is demand for simple shades of white for cabinets. That’s not to say consumers don’t want options. “A lot of people are looking for painted cabinets,” he says of interests in the wide color palette. Cherry, Helms notes, is another popular cabinet color. When it comes to cabinets, though, there has to be more than meets the eye. Their very purpose, after all, is to store items out of the way. Today they’ve gone way past extras like built-in spice racks and lazy Susans. Cabinets now have all sorts of storage options, ranging from pull-out trays to bread boxes to custom storage for cookie sheets. As for countertops, granite and marble may be high-end options…but they may not be the best. Quartz, for example, of-

fers the same beauty as granite, but at a fraction of the cost. Not only that, quartz is durable and non-porous. That makes it easy to clean and maintain…and more resistant to scratches and stains. Helms says another popular countertop option these days is man-made granite. “It’s impervious and you don’t have to be as gentle with it,” he said. “It looks just like granite, but it’s more durable.”

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It looks like granite, but man-made granite, a sample here displayed by Dan Helms of Creekstone Cabinetry & Design, is much less expensive and a more durable countertop option.

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