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Ginger and turmeric: tropical spices that beat the heat

Spring and early summer are the best times to add tropical spices to your ornamental edible garden. Two of my favorites, ginger and turmeric, are both classified as perennials in the Zingiberacaea family. Ginger, Zingiber officinale, the smaller of the two, grows 2 to 3 feet tall; has ...

DIY deeds

Mr. Feichthaler: We read your column every week, and love the practical tips you give. Unfortunately, we tried to prepare a deed on our own, and are having some issues. We wanted to prepare a deed that provided our son receive our home at our passing without probate. Instead, it appears we ...

Is inflation out of control and will it pop market prices?

As pretty much anybody paying even the slightest bit of attention knows, the real estate market in Southwest Florida and throughout many parts of the U.S. has been scorching hot this year. We saw similar hot market conditions on a recent trip to Connecticut, and based on articles we have seen ...

Preparing your landscape for hurricane season

We have just entered Hurricane Season in Florida, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30. While August and September are generally the most active months, we need to be prepared for half of the year for the occurrence of hurricanes! Your family’s safety is the most important consideration ...

Title searches should always be done prior to closing

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: We are in the process of selling our home, and buying a new home on water. The new home is owned by friends of ours, so we decided not to use a law firm or title company. We will just pay our friends the money and they will deed the property to us. Will this be ...

Record April condo sales, prices strong, supply tight

The big takeaway in the Cape’s condo market during April was the surge to a record in the total number of closed condo sales in a single month. This impressive sales number, shown below, is likely to be the single month peak level for closed condo sales in all of 2021, as the preliminary ...

Cape Coral Togs — the community’s first factory

Cape Coral’s history is filled with memories of a time when a first bank, a first grocery store or even a first bridge brought excitement and wonder to a young community. But there were other firsts that remain unique to this area, like the first factory. Cape Coral Togs, a women’s ...

Florida Friendly Landscaping Principle #9: Protect the waterfront

"Water is the driving force of all nature." -- Leonardo da Vinci The nine principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping offer a science-based approach that homeowners can use to both conserve water and help protect water quality. The focus of FFL is on proper landscape planning and maintenance ...

April home supply low — are foreclosures on the way?

The continued takeaway from the monthly supply of unsold single-family homes sitting on the market in Cape Coral during April, as shown below, is the very tight level of available inventory, as the supply of homes has dropped substantially compared to a year ago. We remain locked firmly in a ...