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Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Beets

Give canned versions of this fall and spring garden favorite the heave-ho and discover its true flavor and colors Full Story
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summery
Dry-roast whole skin-on orange beets, then quarter and serve in a pretty shallow bowl with chopped fresh peach, feta, and mint, and slosh some olive oil over the top. Perfection.
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Pickled beets and Harvard beets (thicken the pickled beet juice)
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The Right Stone for Your Garden Design

Gravel, pebble, cobble and paddle: Stones vary in size and shape, and have different uses in the landscape Full Story
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earliglo
I find weeding makes me more aware of what is happening in the garden and enables me to catch other potential problems before they get out of hand. Fighting nature is a losing battle...work with it.
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jaceymae
I'm with you earliglo. Don't get me started on too much nitrogen runoff leading to algae bloom etc. Destinloan, you might want to read the exerpt re: dilution rates more closely.
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20 Favorite Flowers for the Fall Landscape

Vivid blooms and striking shapes make these annuals and perennials a delight in autumn gardens Full Story
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qktiles
Good article but, fair warning: here in the Finger Lakes region of NY, goldenrod grows invasively and everywhere (hereabouts, if a field isn't covered by corn, it's probably covered by goldenrod) and my son, who has a number of respiratory allergies, practically has to take to his bed when it starts to open. It may not be ragweed, but if you're someone who is plagued by those kinds of sensitivities to plants, be careful about that one!
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qktiles
I also live in the Finger lakes, not all the Goldenrods here are invasive, there are many well behaved species and cultivars but you are probably referring to Solidago canadensis which can be aggressive -especially along roads or in abandoned farmers fields. Goldenrods have sticky pollen that is transported by insects and does not spread through the air but flowers at the same time as as many plants that do use the wind so the poor Goldenrod gets the blame.
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Book to Know: 'Bringing Nature Home'

Florals, fruits and flowering branches lend natural luxury as botanical arrangements for the home Full Story
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Air Plants Go Easy on Indoor Gardeners

If your best intentions leave stalks barely breathing, embrace blissfully easy air plants to bring a living garden to your home Full Story
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If you love nature..consider growing a pet TickleMe Plant ! The TickleMe Plant will close its leaves and even lower its branches when you Tickle it. See video and by all means grow one. See Video
http://www.ticklemeplant.com
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Joyce Martinson
Where do you purchase these plants?
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Great Houseplant: Holiday-Blooming Cactus

You may know it as Christmas cactus, but whichever holiday floats your boat, this plant is a year-round beauty Full Story
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Gardens Under Glass: How to Make Your Own Terrarium

Be the master of a mini ecosystem indoors — the low-maintenance, highly rewarding kind that fits any room Full Story
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Rashmi Singh
Thank you for the tutorial. I've been dreaming of one and now have the know how to make one myself :)
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Not the best photo, but...
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Reinvent It: Grow a Mini Vertical Garden in Printing Press Drawers

Make a living wall composition from vintage finds and greenery, for an artful indoor garden Full Story
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Peggy Curcio
If memory serves, those "drawers" were used to "set type" in. My sister-in-law worked at a tiny town newspaper back in the 60's, in N.W. Pa. Her job was at the"Linotype" machine. She had to set the type backwards, (somehow there was molten metal involved) and type was inked and put under rollers, paper was passed over them and Ta-da!- today's news!!! I have 2 of the drawers and some metal type still!
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Kathy Cox
I have one that I have put in my sewing room with thread in it. Looks great!
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The Perfect Houseplant for People Who Kill Houseplants

If you can fill a jar with water, you can keep golden pothos vine happy — and it will pay you back with cleaner air and a greener home Full Story
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Jeannie McQueen
Could you recommend a plant similar to the qualities of this plant but cat safe thank you
September 18, 2013 at 12:46PM   
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Although pothos is technically "toxic," in my opinion there is little danger. I've had cats (many) and pothos ( plus lots of other plants on those toxic lists) for over 30 years. Neither I nor anyone I've talked to has had a cat get seriously sick from biting a plant. A cat may chomp into a pothos leaf on occasion, and leave some holes in it, or tear off the end of the leaf; they may barf, but that's the worst that happened to any of them. I think most of those plants taste bad, so cats don't really want o eat them. Remember how those "toxic" lists were made - captive animals were force-fed plants or substances made from them until they sickened or died.
I think that unless a pet has an acute sensitivity to some component, the little bit they might eat is just not going to be harmful to them. If they appear to be bent on devouring leaves, you can hang up the plant where it can't be reached. Another thing to consider is that the plants that are NOT on the toxic lists - palms and spider plants, for instance - are much more delicious, apparently, because my cats will eat them down to nubs. So I don't have any of those in the house.
There are a few kinds of plants I would avoid. Deffenbachia will cause numbing and tingling of the hands, if you're sensitive to them. Lilies are extremely poisonous to cats - that doesn't mean Peace Lilies, they are not lilies, they are Spathiphyllum. Sago palm can be dangerous. Other people may have different recommendations on this subject, but this has been my experience,
September 19, 2013 at 2:32PM   
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Go Tropical the Easy Way With Bromeliads

Months of blooms and a tolerance for low light make tropical bromeliads ideal as gifts, indoor centerpieces and outdoor eye catchers Full Story
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what a stunning house plant, must get for the home and gifting!
July 19, 2013 at 3:37PM   
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You don't want to put water into the cups of indoor bromeliads at all, because it will rot the plant. Outdoors, the air movement and increased light prevent this. Indoors, water the bromeliad only in the soil, and treat it like a succulent - don't water until the soil is almost dry.
September 16, 2013 at 6:19AM     
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Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo

Serve this versatile plant straight up or with a twist for auspicious living decor that thrives without soil Full Story
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Gerald Lorentz
Excellent article on a living design element many people are requesting today. It's simplicity is so elegant that it fits in with most of our Minimalist's designs.
August 10, 2013 at 5:33AM   
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Quantumnerd -
You note that many plants etc are toxic to pets. Does that mean you advise not having those plants if you have pets? After a lifetime of pets and plants, my observations are that a. while chomping a toxic plant leaf may cause a pet to barf, it's nothing more dangerous than that; and b. toxic plants apparently taste bad, cause nobody much wants to eat them, and c. the few pet illnesses and deaths reportedly from eating toxic plants are the exception rather than the rule. Much like peanut allergy. Because some children have a dangerous, even lethal, reaction to peanuts, no one is suggesting that peanut butter never be in the same house with a child. If you have a plant that a pet wants to eat, you'll probably want to move it because it will look awful, toxic or not. There are plenty of other plants you can try until you find the ones your pets aren't interested in.
August 10, 2013 at 7:11AM     
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Meet a Houseplant With Excellent Communication Skills

It droops when thirsty, revives quickly and thrives under fluorescents. You may want to hire this hard worker for both home and office Full Story
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mml_54
Rkq903. Ok so you do have similar problems. Didn't look closely enough at the picture. It does look nice, especially the pot it is in very nice.
November 10, 2013 at 2:29PM   
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inkycat
My nickname for this plant is "the drama queen", because it is SO dramatic in communicating it needs water!
November 27, 2013 at 11:43AM   
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How to Clean and Care for Your Butcher Block

Keep butcher block counters and boards looking sharp as a knife — and sanitized for safe food prep — with this advice from a pro woodworker Full Story
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Craft Art Elegant Surfaces - Great advice! Thank you for sharing.
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mayoe
My advice to Patrick McKee is to not try for a perfect appearance on the butcher block counter top. Wood is a natural product and will absorb stuff and react to stuff differently In different circumstances. Let it develop it's own patina and the little blemishes that come along in the life of any organism. Enjoy!
May 26, 2014 at 1:55PM     
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Quick Fix: Reupholster a Chair Seat

Take a chair from drab to fab, no sewing or special skills required, in just a few simple steps Full Story
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Karen Parara
I almost threw away a pair of folding chairs, when someone in the fabric store told me about reupholstering. I used oil cloth which was a little hard to make nice corners with, but All in all worth the effort.
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evkarem
Thanks for your instructions -- just did these today!
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DIY: How to Paint a Wall Stencil

Getting the Stencil Right: Planning, Prep and a Light Hand with the Brush Full Story
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hammerhugger
Nobody answered my question but I managed to do the stenciling anyway. This is not a very good pic but you can see I did it by using a stencil brush, not a roller. A roller would not have worked with the knock down plaster.
October 30, 2013 at 5:39AM     
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Diane Hansen
Vine stencil
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