Before simply tossing something in the trash, whether it be an aluminum can, a plastic bag, old clothes, or other waste, check if junking or recycling is a possibility. There are several cleaner, more sustainable alternatives to trashing your waste in the Mile High City and beyond, and to make for a healthier and less polluted city, consider calling a company for junk removal in Colorado or tightening up your recycling habits. But there are some rules for what you can junk or recycle. Some things you have to throw in the trash, but cutting it down to the essentials can go a long way in making the state a cleaner environment.

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A new 2022 report revealed Denver is currently seventh in the country for polluted U.S. cities, largely due to air quality levels and ground-level ozone pollution. Considering Colorado is known for stunning landscapes, domineering mountains, and clear, flowing

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For her recent collaboration with Crate and Barrel Athena embraced the idea throughout the collection: in the A Coste glassware, the Pompeii pedestal, the Cannelée vase series, mugs, and linen lamp shades. It all started in the fluted portal entry of her Brooklyn bathroom, a space in her home that offered little utility—or as most designers might see it, an opportunity to make an area as impactful as possible. “On my master floor, architecture informed the space,” Athena explains in her book Live Beautiful. “Grand double doors led to the master bathroom, boasting an old-world style bathtub, plaster walls, and a marble fireplace, but the hallway in between served no purpose,” she continues.

The solution lies in classical architecture. “Obsessed with collecting plinths and pillars for the home, I was attracted to ancient Greek marble columns, but it wasn’t until I saw a wood-paneled room at the

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Today we’re visiting Ross Jallo’s garden in Iowa.

wide view of the garden with four raised beds in the centerI started preparing my backyard garden in the fall of 2019. Before that it was just bare weedy lawn, with a concrete slab, two ancient lilacs, and lots of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica, Zones 5–9). The years 2020 and 2021, as challenging as they were, gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a whole lot of gardening done. (I also managed to eradicate all of that knotweed, which I feel should be worthy of a medal.) This third year has been about acquiring experience about what truly works here in this particular garden. It’s one thing to have dreams—indeed, it’s indispensable!—but they must be tempered by the realities of climate, soil, and time constraints. Here are some of the success stories from my garden in eastern Iowa, Zone 5b, with clay-loam soil (pH 7.5).

close up of dark pink and light pink tulipsOne thing I’ve found that completely rewards the

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