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Regrading the Foundation

Posted on June 24, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

Improper grading can cause serious water damage in a basement which could lead to mold growth and a weakened structure. After a heavy rain check around the foundation wall for standing water and your basement for moisture. Skill Level: Moderate Time: Multiple Days Cost: $20 – $160 Supply List: Hammer  Line Level  Measuring Tape  landscape Rake  Hand Tamp  […]

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Native Plants

Posted on June 24, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant, low maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment. Full Sun Big Bluestem Indian Grass Porcupine Grass Pale Purple Coneflower Heath Aster Prairie Smoke Prairie Cinquefoil Western (or Naked) Sunflower Shade (Grasses) Hornwort Common Rush Rice Cut Grass Small Duckweed Pickerel Weed Common Arrowhead Common Cattail Prairie Cordgrass Shade Flowers […]

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How to Paint a Room

Posted on June 24, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

Painting a room is a great way to spruce up your home. 
Make sure to use Low VOC products to make sure 
your air quality stays clean along with your newly painted walls. Time: 2-5 Days Cost: $150 for a 10’x10’ room Skill Level: Easy Supply List: Large Sponge             […]

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Heroes at Home

Posted on June 11, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

What’s new with RTCO you ask? Well, first and foremost, blog posts! We took a break from our blog for a while, but we are back and ready to tell you about all the wonderful activities taking place here. RTCO was the recipient of a Sears Heroes at Home grant this year. In 10 days, […]

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Clean Gutters

Posted on June 11, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

You should clean your gutters twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall.  Check your gutters after heavy rains to determine if there are any leaks or blockages. Time: 1 hour (time may vary depending on length of gutters) Skill Level: Easy to Moderate Cost: $20 or less Tools and Materials Ladder and […]

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Powdery Mildew

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Demo Garden No Comments

It’s been a wet Summer this year, and our plants are certainly feeling it! Sadly we had to pull out some of our zinnias and melon plants that had been infected with powdery mildew. It probably wouldn’t have killed the plants, but it would have spread to other plants across the garden and prevented our […]

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An Early Start in our Demonstration Garden

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Demo Garden No Comments

Although it’s still frosty outside, the Tool Library Demonstration Garden is preparing for our 2014 growing season! Starting seeds indoors before the weather is warm allows you to get a jump-start on the garden. Some people invest in expensive grow-light setups, but you can also use a plain shop light to heat and light your […]

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A New Home

Posted on October 29, 2013 by rtco-admin No Comments

Hi everyone! In an effort to streamline our outreach and ensure that everyone can access to our resources, we’re moving our How-To blog from Tumblr to our website. Check back often for new posts with do it yourself home repair projects!    

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Volunteer Plants

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Demo Garden No Comments

Our first red tomato isn’t coming from the plants we intentionally started in the garden beds—it’s coming from a volunteer plant! What’s a volunteer? A volunteer plant is any plant that grows on its own instead of being deliberately planted. For example, our tomato plant probably came from seeds that dropped in the soil during […]

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Seed Saving!

Posted on July 15, 2013 by rtco-admin

Most greens and lettuces are cool-weather vegetables. When the season grows hotter, greens will begin to produce tall, flowering seed stems. This is called bolting. When greens start to bolt, they begin to taste bitter—but don’t tear them out of your garden just yet! In the Rebuilding Together Central Ohio Demo Garden, we planted collard greens […]

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