House and Garden Highlights: 7.08.06

House and Garden Highlights: 7.08.06

Lisa
Jul 10, 2006

Saturday's H&G in the Chron was a little bit of this and a little bit of that:

Re-feathering the nest for multiple generations: In this story on a non-profit that helps people in need expand their homes to accomodate multi-generational living, Susan Fornoff unavoidably broaches the subject of SF's secondary unit ban.

Giving up lawn for bounty of native plants: Chron readers agree that lawns are a waste of time, money, water, and most of all -- a missed opportunity for creative expression.

Privacy hedge, topiary, flavor enhancer: Instructions for growing your own bay laurel evergreens. (Yum: a friend of ours makes a super simple and super delicious pasta sauce from tomatoes and tons of fresh bay leaves that she plucks from an anonymous bay laurel tree on the side of a road in Oakland.)

Home improvements that help pay the bills: If you own your own home, consider installing a grid-tied solar system and/or energy-efficient appliances. You'll garner some sweet state government rebates -- and reduce your personal dependence on oil.
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