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Life & Style Seattle gardening events this spring Seattle gardening events this spring
With Spring underway, the grass turning greener and the plants blooming, many of us are heading outdoors with our gloves and radio to plant flowers and tend to our gardens.
Life & Style Seattle Remodeling Expo this weekend Seattle Remodeling Expo this weekend
Spring is here and that means it’s time to get started on all those remodeling projects put on hold during winter. The Seattle Remodeling Expo can help you get started.

Kicking off this weekend (March 23-25) at the Washington State Convention Center, the expo brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts.

Every aspect of the home will be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

See the latest innovations and design trends. Experts will be showcasing everything for the home including, but not limited to the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows and exterior products.

This all-encompassing event will surely provide the ideas and inspiration to get your home improvement plans off the ground.
Life & Style Stretch your food budget - join a community garden Stretch your food budget - join a community garden
Save money on fresh produce, provide a bounty of healthy food for the dinner table and get in some gentle exercise by growing your own vegetables in one of King County Parks’ community garden plots.

King County Parks currently has community garden plots available for rent at North Green River Park near Kent. Each plot measures 10 feet wide by 40 feet long, and costs just $50 to rent per season. Plots are renewable from year to year.

The available garden plots are located at a bend in the Green River near Central Avenue South and South 259th Street near Kent and are easily accessible from State Route 167. The land features enough sunny acreage for more than 100 garden plots where fresh vegetables and flowers can grow for months on end.

The North Green River Park site is one of three community gardens in King County Parks. Community gardens are also rented at Marymoor Park near Redmond and White Center Heights Park; those locations are fully rented for 2012.

Applications are now being accepted for garden plots at North Green River Park. Act fast because plots are going fast. Interested gardeners should call the King County Parks offices to request an application form and a chart that shows the available plots from which to choose.

More information is available by contacting King County Parks at 206-205-3661.
Life & Style Pike Place gives free flowers for spring Pike Place gives free flowers for spring
Celebrate the first day of spring with a free daffodil.

Now in its fifteenth year, the annual Pike Place Market daffodil giveaway has become a Seattle springtime tradition.

Rain or shine, Pike Place Market community members will hand out 12,000 daffodils to shoppers, workers and residents during lunch time today - the official first day of spring. Snag a bright daffodil, grown by Market farmers, from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

These are among the downtown locations where you can receive a daffodil:

• 4th Ave./Pine St. – near Starbucks and Westlake Park.
• 6th Ave./ Pine St. – Pacific Place
• 3rd/Union – Post Office/Benaroya Hall
• 4th Ave./Cherry St. – City Hall
• 4th Ave./Madison St. – downtown library
• 3rd/ Marion – Wells Fargo Center
• 5th/Olive – Westlake Tower/Medical Dental Building
• 5th/Pike – City Centre
Life & Style Craziest Tax Deductions Craziest Tax Deductions
Some call it “Creative Accounting 101”. Others call it an “audit magnet”. Either way, we’re talking about tax deductions. What’s legit? And what’s just over the line? The Massachusetts Society of CPA’s rounded up accountants who dished the dirt about what they’ve seen their clients try to pull off. Let's call it the craziest of the crazies.
Life & Style Tax Time: What to Shred, What to Keep Tax Time: What to Shred, What to Keep
With the holiday hubbub, organizing your papers might not be the first thing on your mind, but this is one of the best times of the year to do a paper purge.

You’ll soon be receiving 2011 year-end financial statements – and the 2012 papers will be flooding in almost at the same time.
Life & Style Cleaners to lotions, going green starts in your garden Cleaners to lotions, going green starts in your garden
Your garden is more than just a pretty space, it’s a treasure trove of organic solutions for you and your home. Concocting your own natural herbal remedies doesn’t require an advanced degree in Chemistry, anyone can do it.
Life & Style Compost holiday greens
Christmas is over... now, what to do with that Christmas tree? Seattle residents can compost trees and greens free of charge until Jan. 9.
Life & Style Safer stems Safer stems
Every year, Americans spend nearly $20 billion on fresh flowers, and with Valentines Day upon us that number is sure to skyrocket.