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Ideas aplenty at Home & Garden show today, Sunday

March 3, 2012

OGDEN — Whether you’re looking to install energy-efficient windows, want to learn how to stain your own fence or just want to save a few bucks on groceries, the Spring Home & Garden Show has plenty of ideas and offers.

The semiannual show, sponsored by the Standard-Examiner, has more than 200 vendors selling everything from garage doors and sprinkling systems to spray-on marble countertops and permanent roofing.

“I’m interested in getting new windows in my house,” said Ruth Brinkerhoff. “I know the windows they have today really help cut down on your heating and cooling bills, and if you can save money in the long run, then it’s worth spending it now.”

The show drew a large crowd Friday afternoon. Many people were particularly interested in a demonstration teaching different ways to save on grocery bills.

“Groceries are more expensive than ever,” said Sandy Cook. “I cut coupons, but I still pay a lot. If there are more ways to save, I’m all ears.”

Rex Tucker said he was looking for projects and ways to save money in the yard.

“I enjoy getting out and working in the yard, but it can get expensive,” he said. “I am looking at getting a new sprinkling system and would like to start a little garden to grow some of our own food.”

A demonstration on square-foot gardening will be given by Lowe’s at 11 a.m. today at the show. Other demonstrations will include water conservation, growing great vegetables and ways to involve kids in the garden.

Other attendees were interested in cooking shows and appliances, books, jewelry, food storage, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and waterfalls.

Teresa Hunsaker, a member of the consumer science faculty at the University of Utah Extension Service, was on hand to provide information about how to make your own Grab and Go box.

She said the financial emergency kit is every bit as important as having a 72-hour kit during an emergency.

The kit, she said, should include personal information such as account numbers, insurance information, pass codes, medication and pictures of children, pets and spouses.

The information should be stored in a small box and in an easily accessible location.

The Spring Home & Garden Show show continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Spike Center at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden.