Free Things to Do in Columbus, OH

There’s no shortage of activities to do in Central Ohio, and as an added bonus, many of them are free. If you want to have fun and explore without breaking the bank, here are a few things to do in Columbus and the surrounding areas.

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Moving Out Checklist: Your Four-Week Plan

You’re on your way to a new place and you don’t want to forget anything while you’re moving from home A to home B. Whether your move is bringing you to Philadelphia for the first time or you’re simply moving to a new part of town, a checklist will help.

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Water gardening: It’s not as complicated as you might think

Ponds create a relaxing environment where plants and fish live in harmony Today, the surface of the pond – the size of a hot tub – is bare except for a lonely water lily leaf around which orange and white goldfish make lazy circles. Water gardening, that is, growing plants with water as the medium, is something anyone can do, says Dusty Culp, owner of texaswaterlilies.com, a Waller company that sells and ships water plants to gardeners. The stems reach up through the water from the planted rhizome (its root) and produce blooms and round leaves that float on the water’s surface. Tropical lilies are another variety; its flower stems grow past the water’s surface, and its leaves are oval and serrated. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but my opinion is that the tropical lilies look and grow better than hardy varieties,” Culp says. [...] how much space do you plan to use? (A corner on a patio or half of a big lawn?) Second, how much sun does that space get? (Some lilies bloom on three to five hours of daily sun, but most need full sun, or six to eight hours.) If you have little to no sun, do a fountain instead of a water garden. “Water gardening runs the whole gamut, from a classic old whiskey barrel or you can dig up your whole yard,” Nelson says. A small, 35-gallon-size pond can be kept healthy with the right number of plants and kinds of plants, like oxygenator plants that help balance the environment, keep the algae down and keep the water healthy. Nelson, however, recommends bog filtration, whereby water from the pond is diverted into a gravel bed area planted with water-tolerant plants, like certain varieties of irises, spider lilies and others.

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‘Downton Abbey’ characters inspire garden roses

If you aren’t ready to let go of “Downton Abbey,” which concludes its sixth and final season March 6, you could add a bit of the manor’s English garden to your own back yard.

When selecting varieties for the collection, Weeks looked for “outstanding roses that reflected the strength and personality of the characters in the show,” Christian Bédard, the company’s research director, said in a statement.

A medium-tall grandiflora with golden petals that blush pink, with a glowing bronze reverse, it has a fruity fragrance with notes of apples and grapefruit. …read more

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Mark Wahlberg’s Former Beverly Hills Home is a Sports Lover’s Paradise

We’re used to sharing beautiful homes with incredible amenities, but this home once owned by actor Mark Walberg is truly a sports lover’s paradise.

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Selling Property to Family? 5 Rules for a Drama-Free Transaction

If you’re thinking about selling your DFW property to family, you might be wary at first. And rightfully so. With loved ones especially, you want to avoid any unnecessary stress. Keep these important rules in mind.

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Chilly? Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Are you feeling the chill of winter at home but don’t want to crank up the heat? Figuring out where your heat is going and taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your space will help you save money while staying warm.

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