John Athayde


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8 Last-Minute Additions to a Summer Edible Garden

Been dawdling in summer’s delightful slowness? It’s not too late to get these vegetables and herbs going Full Story
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Bonnie D Loubier Landscape Design
These crops sprout best when soil temperatures stay below 70F, but if you wait until the soil cools to plant them they may not have enough time to mature. Instead, start seeds indoors or in a shady place outside and set out the seedlings as soon as they show their first true leaf.
Try growing:
Chinese cabbage such as Bok Choy
Endive and escarole
Radicchio
Lettuce
Parsley
Spinach
July 11, 2014 at 8:55pm     
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Bonnie D Loubier Landscape Design
Signs of autumn are often apparent by the time the soil cools enough to grow the leafy greens that define many fall vegetable gardens. Cool temperatures tame flavors, so many gardeners wait until a frost or two have passed to harvest some of the crops in this group.
Arugula
Cilantro
Lettuce varieties which are suitable for winter
Mache (also known as lamb’s lettuce or corn salad)
Mizuna
Turnips (for both greens and crunchy roots
July 11, 2014 at 8:56pm     
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How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

Need a home office, a playspace or extra room for your stuff? Learn about off-the-shelf, prefab and custom sheds Full Story
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eveswithin
I highly recommend Summerwood Products for semicustom and custom sheds and other garden structures. Great service, great products, and an online feature that allows you to play with fitting different doors, windows, and accessories on a standard shed design. You can buy sheds partly or completely assembled, or plans for building one yourself. http://www.summerwood.com/products/index.html
July 13, 2014 at 8:37pm   
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nancydrew45
great idea
last Friday at 9:11am   
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10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan

Some have pools or fountains; some are awash only with greenery. These courtyards run the gamut of styles but have alluring looks in common Full Story
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Luminoso Design
great article, full of inspiration and sets desire for a more relaxed lifestyle! www.luminosodesign.com
July 9, 2014 at 1:16pm   
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charlotteleigh
I am agreeing with alwzrt. That Urban Courtyard is calling my name.
July 12, 2014 at 7:39pm   
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20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms

Why give up style and comfort just because you add fresh air? Turn any porch or patio into a sumptuous room by following these leads Full Story
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zopalo
Thank you for sharing these great idea's, they really help people who are wanting to do something different to get some great idea's about what they are able to do with their space, and to see what looks good before actually spending the time and money to guess what something may look like. Great Idea's in the comments as well.
last Tuesday at 9:52pm     
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pursekeys
Fred, thank you for showing such a wide variety of styles and ideas; each one was beautiful yet different. A GREAT idea book!
last Wednesday at 5:57am     
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Houzz Call: Are You Letting Go of Your Lawn?

Many facing a drought are swapping turf for less thirsty plantings. If you’re one of them, we’d like to hear about it Full Story
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Kim Oliva
We use to have the prettiest lawn on the block. That was, until the city came in and tore up our street to put in bigger drainage pipes. When this was done, it raised the street level at least 2 feet higher than our lawns, which cause quite a bit of flooding that pooled our lawns and driveways instead. That was quite a few years ago, but the outcome of repaved street and drainage pipes have left us with one ofthe ugliest lawns on the block. Everyone on the street had to end up having their driveways and sidewalks raised, which the city did do, but the remnants of having low flowerbeds, walkways, lawns and landscape curbing to hold our gardens in, were all left fir us to contend with. Due to how low that left us, they periodically would drop a load or two of river sand to help us build up our front yards again. Unfortunately, this riversand was filled weed, crab grass and every other kind of junk seed that we have been battling with ever since, and never been able to conquer. We had to raise everything except the shrubs and plants that were established in the garden. Even our walkway up to our house had to be raised. Due to the city having to replace multiple driveways, a neighbor down the street had to have her charming pavestoned circular driveway repaved by the city to which they poured her a cold colorless concrete one in its place. It was unfortunate for her add she was an elderly woman who was stuck with quite a remnant of pavers to which she said we were welcome to if we came and removed them from her property. Fortunate for us, it helped solve the walkway issue. My husband and I were able to use them to bring our walkway up to the level it needed to be, even allowing us extra to extend the walkway where there was only lawn before. Her loss was our gain, as we were able to recycle her old driveway pavers into a new charming walkway to our home which we love.

We painstakingly raised everything with riversand and was able to follow our old walkway by laying the pavers on top of where our old concrete one was now buried. We have less lawn than we had before, but are still left with the hideous grass on the block. Laying new sod wasn't even successful. All of of grass since, front and back is nothing more than a weed/ crab grassed filled lawn.

A few months ago, we had a pergola built in the back. We tore up a rotting deck and extended our patio space by replacing the deck with new pavers. Our area needs fill every few years due to sinkage. We learned from our mistakes and ordered clean river sand this time. You have to specify, as some companies will sell you the junk sand as the city had given us years before. Our new pergola covered patio area has taken up some of our ugly lawn space and we love it. We still have weedlawn, but we are intending on lessening it more and more as we add on to our paved patio by extending it further into the yard. We also put in a new garden alongside a bare yucky fence which lessens our grassy space even more. Yea! The garden is filled with an assortment of low maintenance perennials which have just really taken off, so much that I may have to move a few of the shrubs that we planted before they get too big to move. We lost a beautiful crimson bottlebrush due to the addition of the new pergola. We tried desperately to save it after we had to move it, but it didn't survive. I loved the humming birds, bees and butterflies it attracted, so much that we planted two more. It's amazing how fast they grow and flourish.

We salvaged some good parts of our old deck by cutting it into smaller squares to use on each side of our shed (another problem area, temporarily solved). The salvaged deck squares provide an area just for my potted plants, barbecue pit, bench and a steady spot for a fountain that never had solid ground to keep it from leaning and sinking into our marshy soft land.

Love having less ugly lawn and intend on creating other areas as well by rebuilding
last Thursday at 9:21am   
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Sandra
@kdohermann I live near Sacramento. Recently, I added pea gravel to my raised vegetable bed walkways. I really like the look, but never thought about the temperature of the rocks. So, I just tested it with the palm of my hand - it's hot at the current temp of 89 degrees. Fortunately, the area is fenced off from my pets and I never go barefoot. As for keeping it clean, I've been able to rake or blow off the oleander leaves and flowers that fall. Our front yard is a xeriscape and is covered in walk-on fir which I really like. The downside is that my cat occasionally gets a splinter in his paw. Maybe he should give up going barefoot too. ;)
last Thursday at 4:44pm   
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A Surefire Way to Prevent Sun Damage Indoors

Why let light ruin your furniture, floors and artwork, when the solution could be as simple as applying high-quality window film? Full Story
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amcintyre1
Regarding window tinting film, we installed ceramic film on our vehicles. The tint is nowhere near as dark as other films & blocks way more heat. We used Huper Optik and I know they also make film for residential & office buildings.
Being it's not as dark as other films (ie. limo tint) it does not restrict vision especially at night, yet blocks heat far better.
Just another version/option.
Al
last Thursday at 10:24pm   
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deirdreg52
i am trying to pick how dark my tint should be. I have a western exposure and a lot of glass, so I originally thought I should get the darkest-15 Night Vision by 3M. But as I look at the sample, my landscaping looks so much better through the 25. the dealer tells me that the damage blocking between the two is not that significant and to choose the one I like the most. I am concerned that it will be like most things I have done-when making the moderate choice I always wish later that I had done more. Any thoughts?
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Decorating With Antiques: Tables to Elevate the Everyday

They may have common uses, but antique tables bring a most uncommon beauty to dining, game playing and more Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
I love tables. For me they've always represented possibilities. A great meal with loved ones, an important letter written, a beautiful still life--all made possible at a table.
July 8, 2014 at 6:18pm     
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Jennifer
Our multi-functional reproduction end table :)
July 11, 2014 at 3:08pm     
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Kicking Back in a Relaxing Lowcountry Boathouse

The hardworking nature of this multipurpose Georgia outbuilding is hidden by its laid-back vibe Full Story
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Laurie
Very nice. I'd like to see the main house too.
July 14, 2014 at 1:02pm   
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