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6 Spot-on Places to Use Penny Tiles

You’ll flip for these coin-shaped wall and floor tiles in bright colors, subtle neutrals and even clear glass Full Story
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@ netschwester, sorry for the late reply. I've personally never used it, but Impregnator 511 by Miracle Sealants has gotten good reviews for sealing grout.
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@ Salmon Falls Architecture and stilllearning1, generally a grout joint of less than 1/8" gets unsanded grout and over 1/8" gets sanded grout, so it depends on how you set your pennies in the thinset (I'm assuming you're talking about real pennies?)
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How to Choose and Use Ecofriendly Kitchen Appliances

Inefficient kitchen appliances waste energy and money. Here's how to pick and use appliances wisely Full Story
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Microwave cupboard and drop down door
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In the event that you need to make your kitchen an eco-accommodating zone, there are various strategies you can receive that will help to save nature. Some great focuses are above

1. Use Eco-Friendly bamboo, stopper, or eucalyptus cookware. Cookware produced out of these hardwoods will take less water to clean and they will keep going your lifetime.

2. Eco-Friendly cookware permits you to invest less time cooking and more of a chance with your gang. They takes less time to hotness and cook nourishment.

3. Eco-Friendly apparatuses utilize less vitality to do the same thing as more seasoned machines, for example, coolers. They cool quicker, so they utilize less power to run.

4. Utilizing utensils made of Eco-Friendly material will have a more drawn out life. You won't wind up tossing them in the landfill. Furthermore, they are simpler to clean and won't convey microbes the way Teflon utensils do.

5. Utilizing Eco-Friendly blenders, toasters, and under counter can openers will utilize less power than more seasoned apparatuses. They turn off in light of the fact that they don't have lights or need any sort of vitality simply to sit there on the counter, particularly espresso and tea producers.

6. Utilizing an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cookware in the dishwasher will spare water. It likewise helps spare on your energy and water bill.

7. Reusing containers keeps non-biodegradable material out of the area fill. It likewise eliminates your junk gathering expenses.

8. Pots and dish produced out of Eco-Friendly material will cook nourishment quicker, along these lines, sparing on the vitality it takes to hotness them.

9. Cooking Sets produced out of new Eco-Friendly material don't supply a poisonous concoction when they are situated on excessively high hotness. In addition, they cook the sustenance quicker, so they spare on vitality utilization.

10. Utilizing green cookware spares on vitality use and your health. There isn't any poisonous material to get into you and your family's constitution to cause any mischief.

If you're making little changes or you are totally changing your lifestyle to suit more eco-accommodating techniques, each step is a positive one.

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Detox Your Kitchen for the Healthiest Cooking

Maybe you buy organic or even grow your own. But if your kitchen is toxic, you're only halfway to healthy Full Story
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@yogaJulie, you might be interested in an article titled "Designing and Building with Chemical Sensitivity in Mind". You can find it in the Fall 2010 issue of West Sound Home & Garden magazine under the Articles and Resources tab at www.akitchenthatworks.com.
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@AKitchenthatworks, thanks much. I will look for that on-line. I have found the Paula Baker-LaPorte book, "Prescriptions for a Healthy House", to be a very useful resource. I bought one for my contractor; I"m not sure he loves being "educated" but I'm getting what I want and avoiding triggers as much as possible.
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Natural Beds: How to Shop for a Greener Mattress

Before bouncing from store to store, start here to find the right chemical-free mattress for you Full Story
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Check out Plushbeds Botanical Bliss 100% Organic Latex Mattress http://www.plushbeds.com/?cPath=2
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CozyPure® Organic Mattresses & Bedding
The article talks about a "green" mattress meaning all the materials and components are natural, renewable and sustainable. We definitely use all those things, but we also MAKE OUR OWN GREEN ENERGY to make our green bedding. We installed a system to generate 100% of our own electricity on-site to power our sewing machines, computers, lights, etc. Just like most green products, the upfront cost is usually more money, but the long-term benefits reap a great return on investment. So whether it's a mattress, pillows, or even super-concentrated cleaning products, green items usually cost more but they outlast and outperform their conventional counterparts and are well worth the investment. Sleep well!!
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Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil

This shrub’s violet-blue flowers and silvery foliage brighten low-water gardens all year long Full Story
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suzn2105
Reminds me of Texas Sage - Leucophyllum frutescens - which is also a hardy and drought tolerant (at least it is in my area).
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I thought it was our hardy, fabulous deer resistant Texas Sage until I got through the article.
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Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting

Dip into the treasure trove of secondhand pieces for decor that shows your resourcefulness as much as your personality Full Story
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Marcia
Your suggestion for displaying the mannequin legs reminded me of a lawyer I knew years ago. He bought a very old house and restored it for his law firm, not surprising since his lovely home had originally been a one-room schoolhouse. He loved the character of older places. Anyway, in his private office there was a closet in which he kept a nude mannequin. Depending on who his visitor was, he'd leave the closet door open just enough to startle his visitor. He was quite a character and would have been pleased to know that design later became my career.
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So fun to see our repurposed door on this ideabook!
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10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers

Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix Full Story
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Robert Beebe
An insight on how to mix the Planting Soil? I dump layers on a large tarp and pull one edge over to the other side, rolling the ingredients back and forth in several directions til I'm satisfied with the blend.
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Thanks Steve for the great article & terrific tips! I'm in S Florida & can no longer put my plants in the ground like I used up north since the slugs, snails & lizards seem to feast upon the tender young plants. I started using containers inside a fully screened in area and the tomato & pepper plants are doing ok but have been battling loads of white fly. My basil has also developed black spot fungus, it seems to be a constant struggle.
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Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.'s Vegetable Whisperer

See how a screened garden house and raised beds help an edible garden in a Los Angeles canyon thrive Full Story
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Also do not use treated lumber in or near water - the reason it does not rot is because it is poisonous to life. Railroad ties count as treated lumber - any form of treatment. If using reclaimed wood older than say thirty years check it for lead content if it has any remnants of paint on it. If you are planting next to a structure that is over 30 years old (or if there was ever a structure there that is now "gone") check the soil for lead - the plants will absorb it. By the by - if you are in a dry area consider using stone mulch - a "trick" I learned in Arkansas - went back after almost thirty years and the plants are still doing fine (unattended). Planting next to a side walk or the like has some of the same benefits.
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I really like the idea of screening in a small vegetable garden when the critters are taking over. Thanks for the idea!
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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Well here in Australia the fracking, CSG and all the other extraction processes are all the rage right now.
I'm like you Bails. I don't believe in all this spurious earth changing mumbo jumbo put out by the exponents of the sky falling in because of CO2, etc.
However. The loss of farming land in a bloody dry continent like Australia is a worry.
So if it possible to save water (i know, I know) we still have the same amount of water we have always had but, it's getting harder and harder to access potable water that is the drama.
I used hubris on my garden and everything grew like the Beanstalk. Good on ya Chooky!
Or alternatively we could all go to Portland, Oregon. They have so much water that they can dump 85 squillion gallons of it because someone pissed int the reservoir. Words fail me
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He he. Happy Easter to all.
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10 Easy Edibles to Grow in Containers

No garden ground doesn’t have to mean no home-grown food. These herbs, veggies and fruits are just as happy in a pot Full Story
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Victoran, make sure you boost the pots up off the ground with spacers (don't block the drain hole!), or move the pots every season. If the pots are resting on the ground, the tree roots will migrate up through the drain holes and into the pots. I was called out to troubleshoot a container garden that had 1/2-inch tree roots coming up through the bottom. They had been in the same place for a couple of years.
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Sylvia Reynolds-Blakely
RollingPlanter.com. i like your ethos. Makes sense to have rolling containers until you know how much sun your favorite plants need.
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10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners

Focus on these beginner-friendly vegetables, herbs, beans and salad greens to start a home farm with little fuss Full Story
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chrisinky
My boss says that used coffee grounds around her potatoes keep the potato bugs off of them. She also uses stove ashes as a sort of fertilizer. She plants everything according to date/moon/Farmer's Almanac every year and her results are usually really good. I've also heard that human hair clippings around a garden will keep the deer away. I've known people to ask a hairdresser to collect a day or two's worth in a bag for them.
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Hair is best if it's not freshly washed. When I was young (we had a garden in the country among our farm crops) we used marigolds planted at the end of each row and human hair collected from brushed over the course of the year and kept in a baggie until use...the point is to keep human smell near the plants even when you're not around. Time for me to dig up all those garden memories though as we're attempting our first in-ground planting this year (fingers crossed).
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How to Farm Your Parking Strip

Get an up-close look at a thriving street-side edible garden, one of many sprouting up in Seattle Full Story
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Curt D'Onofrio
@waffel , "Buy what you must, grow the rest and exchange with locals" -> Agreeing. Our locals are our neighbors. Our cherry tomatto plant produces way to much. We share them whomever wants them. We know it's not much, but we try to share, otherwise, they are going to go to waste...and that's not an acceptable answer to us
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I've seen these parking strip vegetable gardens in my mom's Seattle neighborhood. Great idea! I'd love to do it on my Castro Valley parking strip but it would end up feeding the deer before we humans could get anything.
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