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Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away?

We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden planning resources.

Resources:

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!
Ask a Master Gardener, U of M Extension Service
DNR Invasive Species Resource
Permaculture
Minnesota Wildflowers
Our favorite travel mugs from Thermos!
Buckthorn identification from the Minnesota DNR site

What not to do in Minnesota - thistles LOVE this stuff! This whole section eventually became overrun with thistles, and we had to nuke it from orbit.

What not to do in Minnesota - thistles LOVE this stuff! This whole section eventually became overrun with thistles, and we had to nuke it from orbit.

Common Buckthorn

Common Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn

Artist's rendition of what the interior of your overgrown shrubs looks like

Artist's rendition of what the interior of your overgrown shrubs looks like.

Don’t Lock People In Your Basement

This week we address safe means of egress (the means of entering and exiting a location). We were jacked up on cookie dough and exhaustion, so we cover everything from fire safety to serial killers to tapping maples to make syrup! Resources: My Favorite Murder - one...

All About Ice Dams

In this episode we tackle that seasonal foe, ice dams. We describe what causes ice dams, how to prevent and/or remove them safely, and take a look at the role your attic ventilation and insulation plays in the formation of ice dams. We also discuss Zonolite, an...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Working with kids

This week we talk about doing home improvement projects with young people - your own children, young relatives, any children you mentor who may want to learn some fix-it skills! We address safety, education, and all the benefits that children reap when they start...
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Straight Poo About Sewers

  Oh, yay! It's time to talk about sewers! Because of Taro Gomi's classic book, we all know that every home needs a way to manage waste. In this episode we talk about all types of sewers, what a sewer scope inspection will find, and talk about many gross and...

Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away? We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden...
Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Hey, guess what? It's hot and humid in Minnesota during the summer! Crazy, right?! Anyway, we know that routine cleaning and maintenance of things that we operate by pushing a magic button on the wall are tasks that slip by us all too easily, so we're here to remind...
Electrical panel

Electricity!

Most of what we cover in this episode is: Electricity can kill you. Never hesitate calling a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. Having said that, we do cover some homeowner DIY basics - swapping out lights, switches, and outlets. We also discuss common...

Look Ahead to Spring

In this episode we talk about water management (especially in light of the record snowfall we had this month!) and how to ensure the spring thaw doesn't leave your basement flooded. We also take a look at landscaping. Our listener question is about repairing loose...

Patching Holes in Walls

This week we talk patching holes in walls! We cover both drywall and plaster patches, and go into detail about what tools and techniques can help you create seemingly seamless patches. *We are not sponsored by Home Depot - you can also find these items at most major...
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