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Fall Home& Garden 2019 THE HAPPY HEARTH Maintenance To Ensure Piece Of Mind COOPED UP Tips For Foul-Weather Fowl ALSO: ã Composting ã It’s Time To Brine…
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Marshall Craig “Autumn,” Algerian-born writer Albert with our favorite “life hacks.” Our Deborah Camus said, “is a second spring when Scanlon has her best advice on how to every leaf is a flower.” breathe a little easier with cleaner indoor It’s a rather beautiful thought from a air, and helps us to mine for “Gardener’s man known for dark, absurdist tendencies Gold” by composting. Intrepid Brad and being enchanted with death. Too Joyal lets us in on what those backyard bad he never made it to Cape Cod in the chickens might like for the holidays, fall, or he just might have had a lot of while Elianna Spitzer raises a glass to hot nice things to say about the world and toddies. Gail Blakely stirs the pot with her the people in it. We have an uncommon favorite autumn pickle and winter soup bounty here to say nice things about. recipes, and Laura Gross-Higgins tempts Open your arms to farmer’s markets. us with chutneys. Meanwhile, Branden Biking and hiking trails without summer’s Pacheco shows us how to nurse plants heat and humidity. Pumpkins and cinnamon along, Chris Kazarian finds out what are part of autumn life, along with Gardens makes for a happy (and safe) hearth, and Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens and Steven Withrow talks us into tolerating– the seasons of the Cape Cod Symphony, heck, even liking–some of those critters Falmouth Theatre Guild and Cape Cod that come in from the cold. Theatre Company, among other attractions. It’s deceiving, but autumn, at 89 days Most of us have long lists of chores to this year, is only a few days shorter than be done at home and in our yards before summer was. winter becomes official on December 22. And it’s only seven months before it’s To help out, the Enterprise is weighing in summer again. (So there, Camus.) 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MARSHALL CRAIG Special Sections Editor By GAIL BLAKELY J. Marshall Craig Design Services Coordinator George Clondas 52 All You Really Design & Layout Need Is Soup George Clondas By GAIL BLAKELY Design Services Jean-Marie Saudade Jill Spencer Linda Stewart Sharon Teixeira 14 50 Depot Avenue Falmouth, MA 02540 508-548-4700 www.capenews.net 22 Fall Home& Garden 2019 THE HAPPY HEARTH Maintainance To Ensure Piece Of Mind COOPED UP 46 Keeping Chickens Content During Winter ALSO: • Composting • It’s Time To Brine • 6 Warming Soup Recipes Cover: BRENDA M. SHARP/ENTERPRISE Handy Cranberry Trust From Cataumet harvesting 56 in West Falmouth Cranberry Bog The Enterprise • Fall 2019 FALL HOME & GARDEN | 9 BY DEBORAH G. SCANLON I n the cold winter months, what could be furnishings, personal-care products, pesticides and household cleaners in buildings that are far more more comforting than a roaring fire in energy efficient than in years past, we could be the wood stove or fireplace? It keeps you courting trouble. The federal Environmental Protection Agency warm and cozy and dries out those snow-covered warns that pollutants in our homes are "often mittens and boots. two to five times higher than typical outdoor But with most of us spending about 90 percent concentrations." of our time—or more—indoors in the winter, and For those of us who use, or even fully heat, our the increased use of synthetic building materials, homes with wood, there can be problems associated 10 | FALL FAL LL HOME HOME & GARDEN G DEN GAR DE The T Th eE Enterprise nterpr rp rpr p ise i • Fall 201 2019 019 199 with air quality in a house that is shut particles, such as dust and dander. up tight. Dust from a smoky wood fire The type of flooring you have can cause respiratory problems, and it may be a factor too. Harvard Health is just one issue that gets worse when Publishing's online newsletter there is no airflow. Here are some suggests that hard-surrface flooring suggestions for improving the air in instead of wall-to-walll carpeting your home: may cut down on allergens in the Keep your house dust free: home. And of course, the advice Obviously, keeping your house as to clear clutter, since it “traps clean as possible is critical. and holds dust that caa n trigger a First, a HEPA (high-efficiency reaction,” makes a lott of sense. particulate air) filter on your vacuum Dusting your cleaner really makes a difference. It furniture with keeps the dust and dirt that you’ve microfiber just vacuumed up from being blown dust cloths is back out in the exhaust by forcing air recommended, through a fine mesh filter. You will because the dust is not immediately notice the improvement released back into the in removing the dirt and eliminating air from the cloth. the dusty smell. Keep your wood sttove There are two types of HEPA efficient: filters. The Wood Lumber Company Keith Cliff, owner of Sandwich has HEPA filters for shop vacs that Chimney Sweep, Inc., is familiar are effective for cleaning up “general with wintertime indoor air-quality household stuff,” according to Greg issues. "Without air f lowing through Souza, hardware shop manager. He the house as it does in n the summer noted that a true HEPA filter used in with the windows opee n, the air can a commercial unit is 99.97 percent become very stagnantt. No airflow effective, and that to remove asbestos decreases air quality. Also, if your and other toxic or hazardous dust, it fireplace or wood stovv e flue is dirty, is necessary to use this higher-grade it will not allow a goo o d draft, leaving HEPA filter and unit. your home with smokk e issues, odors That said, the HEPA filters that are and lack of airflow,” h e said. available for household vacuum cleaners See Swept Up In Thee Season with Joe are very effective in removing larger Bento on page 34 The E Th Enterprise i •FFallll 2019 FALL HOME & GARDEN | 11 Improve air flow: Mr. Cliff noted that today's homes are “built much tighter than older, drafty houses,” creating a need for whole-house ventilation systems. These can be installed by HVAC [heating, ventilation and air-conditioning] companies and will allow for a cleaner air-quality environment, he said. And on days when it is warm outdoors, try “natural ventilation”—one of the EPA’s website recommendations is to open windows and doors. Air purifiers: Air purifiers with HEPA filters are good for removing dust and irritants. There are purifiers that work through an HVAC system, and there are portable air purifiers. Check out the EPA Indoor Air Quality website (epa.gov) for a short consumer guide that provides information on portable air cleaners and on HVAC and furnace filters. Pets and dander Air purifiers are also recommended for the dander that our snuggly pets add to our household air. Harvard Health suggests regularly cleaning bedding, drapes and other items that tend to attract allergens; The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends washing them in water that is at least 130 degrees. They also suggest putting dust mite–proof covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs. Keep the humidity up: Mr. Cliff suggests keeping a kettle of water on the wood stove; this will act as a humidifier and help control dust. Many of us who own wood stoves also have a humidifier in the bedroom. There are tabletop humidifiers—both warm mist and cool mist—which are good for small rooms, larger console models for bigger areas, and whole-house humidifiers. It is best to do some research to see which fits your needs. Some practical actions: Leave the fan off in your bathroom when you shower, and let the steam out. And on days when you don't hang clothes on the clothesline outside, use indoor racks, which adds some moisture to the air inside (and avoids using the energy-consuming dryer.) Plants: Do houseplants help with air quality? They do take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, but do they—as NASA concluded in a 1989 study—make a major contribution to purifying indoor air of such toxins as benzene and formaldehyde? That is up for discussion, because some people say plants grown in a laboratory for research with the optimal amount of light for photosynthesis cannot be compared with plants in your house. But whether the impact is major or minimal, just having plants in your house—especially in winter—is soothing and may reduce stress. Terry Soares of Soares Nursery says many plants can flourish in the low light of winter in south-facing windows. She recommends cactus and other succulents, African violets, peace lilies, fiddle plants, and some of the larger plants, such as ficus and rubber trees. Just don’t overwater them, she cautions—let the plants get dry in the winter. 12 | FALL HOME & GARDEN The Enterprise • Fall 2019 What does the i stand for in iKitchens? innovative design • incredible communication impeccable execution • inspirational spaces Est 2006 Kitchens - Baths - Mudrooms - Basements - Etc. www.iKitchensEtc.com Visit our Design Studio @ 321 East Falmouth Hwy. (508) 457-1530 The Enterprise • Fall 2019 FALL HOME & GARDEN | 13 Cooped Up Tips For Foul-Weather Fowl STORY & PHOTOS BY BRAD JOYAL A s the season turns and temperatures begin to drop, backyard poultry aficionados are springing into action. This is crunch time for them. This is when they get serious, batten down the hatches and get their chicken coops in order ahead of the coldest months of the year. A hen will lay an egg each who raises and sells chickens day if properly cared for, a in his backyard. “If you want proposition that requires chickens, you have to commit backyard poultry farmers to bee to that before buying animals. attentive during the offseason. Anybody can go down the road Like humans, chickens aren’t and buy a chicken, but you don’t keen on brisk weather. They want to be keeping it in your don’t like wind creeping kitchen because you waited to through cracks in their doors build its shelter outside.” and windows, and they yearn If backyard chicken coops for warm, bright sunshine could be compared to hotel to brighten their days. In d proactive d and h coldest during the ld chains, it’d be fair to say Mr. order to ensure a chicken will months. Abell owns a Ritz Carlton. be comfortable and productive “The most important thing is His school bus chicken coop throughout the winter, it’s the building and the cage,” said is the perfect setting for hens, critical that owners are focused Mike Abell, a Teaticket resident particularly during the winter 14 | 14 FALL FAL FA ALLL HOME A HO OM OME ME M E & GARDEN GAR G GAAR A RD DEN DEE ENN The Th T h heeE Enterprise ntterp nte n te terrp rpr p prrise isse is e•F Fa Fal Fall alll 2 a 2019 019 0 0119 19 Th The T he he E En Enterprise nterpri nter terp ter te pri prrise rise • F Fall allll 2 al all 20 2019 01 199 FALL F FA FAL ALL HOME AL HOME OME OM ME & G GAR GA GARDEN ARD AR EN | DEN DE EN 15 15 months. The bus is lined with windows along its sides that provide Mr. Abell’s chickens with plenty of sunlight, and its secure placement off the ground is the perfect defense from wildlife looking for their next meal. “Nothing is getting in there,” Mr. Abell said. Every backyard farmer has a preferred setup for his or her coops. Mr. Abell’s space allows him to chickens wake up before the sun way to garner extra affection from house hundreds of chickens, though rises, which guarantees they’ll keep their hens, and nothing pleases he acknowledges most people an eating schedule that will lead to chickens more than warm oatmeal can get by with a much smaller results. on a frigid winter day. Some owners structure. “If they’re eating, eating, eating, willing to go the extra mile will line “The golden rule is like a shed,” they’ll lay an egg,” Mr. Abell said. the coops with blankets during the he said. “Each chicken only “Normally, you have to turn a light winter. Although that might give requires a couple square feet, so a on at 4 AM until sunrise so they’ll chickens an extra layer to get cozy little shack can handle five birds.” eat for 12 hours. If they eat from 4 in their coops, Mr. Abell noted Building a shed might sound AM until sunset, they’ll lay an egg. that blankets can cause additional easy enough, but keeping chickens Without a light, they wouldn’t get cleanup duties for farmers. warm and comfortable is a much up until 7 AM and they’d only have “It’s just messy,” he said. taller task. In order for hens to lay eight or nine hours of feeding.” “Shavings are the best thing an egg every day, they must keep Mr. Abell has grains available because it’s easy to clean. If you use a schedule and be well fed. Many on his bus, allowing his chickens hay or stray, they poop and stink owners insert lights in their coops to snack as they please throughout and that’s what brings the rats in. during the winter to help their the day. Some owners use food as a The shavings keep things drier. 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