Home and Garden

You Aren't Imagining It: EL Has a Bumper Crop of Skunks

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We've been hearing that the EL skunk population is unusually high this year, and seeing evidence in our gardens. ELi's Paige Filice explains possible reasons for the high numbers, and what you can do to avoid smelly situations.

Digging In: The Marble Garden

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Marble Garden began because two first-grade teachers wanted to see something besides brick and grass outside their classroom windows. ELi's Coleen Moyerbrailean has the scoop on how that garden has grown in 25 years.

MARKET MONITOR: Wooden Shoe Herb Farm

Thursday, June 29, 2017

How did a woman with two degrees in chemistry become a Farmers' Market vendor specializing in all things herbal? Ann Nichols reports.

Special Storm Debris Collection Starts Monday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday's windstorm led to power outages, closed schools, and downed limbs and trees. In response, East Lansing's Department of Public Works is offering special debris pick-up starting Monday.

EL Historic District Commission Allows Some Uses of Fiber Cement Siding

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The East Lansing Historic District Commission is now allowing property owners in historic districts to replace original exterior wood siding with cement fiberboard siding in some cases. ELi talked to Commission Chair Amanda Harrell-Seyburn to get the details.

City of East Lansing urges residents to stay safe during heat wave

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees over the course of several days this week, the City of East Lansing has asked us to remind residents to keep the following safety tips in mind.

These tips were adapted from the American Red Cross, and provided to us by the City:

1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3. Slow down, stay indoors when possible and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Eli on Earth: Grow a terrarium, for green inside and out

Monday, May 16, 2016

With summer headed toward  East Lansing, we will be seeing more and more green outdoors. If you want to add a touch of green to the indoors - without extensive care - terrariums are a great way to add a low maintenance garden to any space.

Don’t let your black thumb steer you away from trying a terrarium. There are plants that even the most inexperienced gardeners won’t be able to kill.

Yard Waste News for Monday's Free Pick-Up

Friday, April 29, 2016

 

Monday (May 2, 2016) marks the last no-fee yard waste pick-up for East Lansing this spring, so today we’re bringing you information about yard-waste management with the help of Cathy DeShambo, Environmental Services Administrator for the City, including an answer to an ELi reader’s question about why yard waste pick-up is not free as the pick-up of refuse and recycling is.

First, some news from DeShambo:

ELi ON EARTH: Earliest Flowers Are Out in EL

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photo of a snowdrop flower with a honeybee in the author's East Lansing yard this past weekend

 

This past Friday’s equinox marked the beginning of the astronomical spring season, although usually it takes the climate of East Lansing a couple of weeks to catch up to the calendar. But the warm days of the last couple of weeks have brought on some spring blooms to coincide with the appearance of spring on this year’s calendar.

Spring Comes to the Parkways of East Lansing

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Above: The author's parkway in mid-summer

The weather of this last weekend led many East Lansing gardeners to break out their gardening tools for some planting and spring garden cleanup. A quick walk through some westside neighborhoods reveals that folks are beginning to use their parkways as an interesting gardening opportunity. A parkway is the land between the sidewalk and the street. Homeowners own the parkway and have the responsibility and the right to maintain the land, while the City has right of access to the parkway.

Volunteer Gardening Day Set for Saturday

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We can never be sure, but it seems to be spring in East Lansing. With spring comes gardening, and the City of East Lansing is inviting gardeners of all skill levels to participate in a volunteer gardening day at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, this Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-noon. 

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