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Ask Umbra: Here’s something that could make recycling a lot easier

Q. Dear Umbra, I cannot find the be-all, end-all guidance as to what kinds of plastic bags and plastic films can be recycled. Merchant bags for sure, but what about all that other …

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Ask Umbra: Is it terrible to crack open a window during winter nights?

Q. Dear Umbra, I have a window in the bedroom that I like to keep open about an inch, year-round, at night only. This window is across the room, down the hall, past a stairwell, an …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Travels to Texas

Previously on Tiny House: The electrical, plumbing and composting toilet are in place, but with a sudden move to Washington state on the horizon for Michelle, finding a place to pa …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Parking woes

There are things during the 2nd half of the 2nd year that kept me from working on my tiny house to completion. This included living in my sister’s house with all the hipster coolne …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Post #2

Salt Lake Valley resident Michelle Ashton chronicles her transition from apartment renter to tiny house builder, owner and, eventually, dweller. I was living with my two sisters, m …

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A Big Life in a Tiny House

9/28/2012: “Thanks for placing your order with the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company! We’re happy to have you as a member of the tiny house movement.” It has been four years since I bo …

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Ask Umbra: How green is radiant floor heating?

Q. Dear Umbra, I am planning a garage conversion and wondering whether to heat by means of radiators connected to the gas-fueled central heating or by under-floor electric heating …

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Compost Like a Boss

Getting the best carbon/nitrogen ratio is an autumn project. I love composting. Growing, harvesting and eating the bounty of my garden is honestly a secondary benefit of my primary …

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The Urban Almanac: October 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. OCT 1 If you’re still in the mood, there’s plenty to plant now, like shrubs, trees, roses, spring bulb …

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The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world Day by day in the home, garden & sky. SEPT 1 NEW MOON. Neptune reaches its closest approach to Eart …

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Ditch the Leaf Blowing!

A beautiful fall morning dawns in the great city of Salt Lake. You are enjoying a brisk walk. The sky is crisp azure blue and the birds are singing. The streets are still empty and …

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Harvest Like a Boss

Here’s how to pick your produce at the peak of perfection. In the garden, it’s rush hour. After the early summer ritual of patience you’ve endured waiting for that garden full of g …

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How to Foil a Rat

From traps and poison to terriers, botanicals and contraception: It’s a new world. Rats chew. “They can chew through lead, cinderblock, brick, mortar, aluminum, wood, glass, vinyl …

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The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural worldAUG 1 Today is Lammas, the beginning of the fall harvest season. AUG 2 NEW MOON. This month has two birt …

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For a Better Sunscreen, Get Physical

I’m a redhead. A ginger. A freckle-covered sunburn waiting to happen. To bathe my skin in sunscreen everyday is my habit and my curse, but every time I read the back of a sunscreen …

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