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A lavender-scented enterprise on a Kentucky family farm

Mary May and her daughter, Allison Horseman, got the idea of raising lavender from a cookbook that May read, featuring two women who grew lavendar on a few acres of land. She gives her daughter credit for seeing the possibility of doing that on their farm — but on an even smaller scale.

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Siberian irises are garden treasures

After the wonderland of bloom by flowers in March and April, we now approach late spring, which often seems too green. With the trees in full leaf, the bulbs mostly finished and the azaleas on their ebb, the landscape looks distinctly different than just two weeks ago.

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The Mortgage Professor: Future income replenishment with a reverse mortgage

The more I work with home equity conversion mortgages – reverse mortgages offered through the Federal Housing Administration – the more convinced I become that the HECM is the most underutilized financial tool available to consumers in the U.S. Among the important reasons for underutilization is that HECMs are more complicated than any other financial instrument offered to consumers. They are complicated in order to meet a wide diversity of senior needs, but this poses the challenge of matching the individual senior's need to the appropriate HECM option or options. Many, if not most, seniors are not up to that challenge on their own, and the available decision support is poor.

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Yardsmart: How to be a good neighbor in urban agriculture

With the retirement of buggy horses in the city a century ago, the mess, smell and flies suddenly declined. Eventually ordinances were drafted to gradually purge the urban world of farm animals, solving a multitude of problems they caused in high density areas. Today these old ways of thinking are challenged by urban agriculture aficionados who are bringing chickens and other livestock into the city.

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How to slash your power bill by using solar panels

Retired engineer Bruce Duckett shares his experience with the simplicity of having solar panels. He financed them with no money down, federal tax credits and a manufacturer's rebate.
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