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i want my walls yellow then going to paint my table white with the chairs multi colored one red one yellow a blue maybe even an orange , I love bright colors !!

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Hi Terri Lynn. What color are you going with? I painted my kitchen last year. I went with a deep purple. lol! I know it sounds crazy but it has this tuscan feel to it and I like it. I change often so who knows what I will end up with!

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Hello my name is Terri Lynn and my house is always a work in progress my next project is to re do my Kitchen and make it more bright and cheerful with lots of color !!

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I've been working outside all morning. . . . it's warm but there's a great breeze to keep it cool.

So far, I've made a filter for the small pond, weeded the flower garden and cleared a spot for DH to place 2 tree stump planters in the shade garden. Oh, and Bad Leroy Brown took me for a walk earlier.

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The other day we got our first little bitty batch of red tomatoes. Hubs and I both ate one. They taste yummy but were a bit "tough". Did I pull them too soon? I may have been a little over zealous! I saw red and jumped on them! This is my first time so I really dont know what I am doing!

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today I saw Kmart had their plants 75% off. I was on a mission and didn't have time to look but wow! That was a good deal!

Tomatoes are moving right along wonderfully too! Should have more than I ever wanted by next week!

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I'm like a bad penny....I keep showing up ! So I'm back to sparking and trying a different way of eating...anything to get this flippin' weight off This Year!. I'm back into my garden. I finally got my sweet "Old Blue" Ranger running again so I've been pruning and hauling that stuff off and I've brought in two pickups of topsoil, got some gravel delivered, and this weekend, I'm digging some fence post holes so that I can get some privacy from some unruly new neighbors. I'm re- routing garden paths and digging up perennials that have buttercup growing in them. I also bought paint for two rooms and one side of the house. So. I better be burning up some calories and gettin' my Garden Groove On.

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Hello everyone. I live in North FL, and am presently gardening at my temporary home and at a community garden nearby. I love frugal gardening and DIY decorating! I actually walk around on the night before trash pickup looking for things others have tossed out that I can use for my house and gardens, and I've found some awesome stuff! I'm moving to a new place in August, and I live in a college town, and a ton of great stuff gets tossed when the students leave. I don't have a car, so I'm renting a pickup truck from U-Haul and going around curb shopping and dumpster diving for stuff for my new apartment. I furnished an entire house for only $150 doing freecycle and Craigslist once. Most of that stuff is gone, but there is much more out there to be had, so I'm always on the hunt. I love to grow from seeds and cuttings and swap seeds. There is just something about knowing that your plants came from a friend.

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On Tuesday we celebrated our 42nd anniversary. While we were out, we picked up an heirloom tomato plant at K Mart. Since we never got our garden tilled -- tiller still being worked on -- we will not be able to have much of a garden this year. DH put the plant in a place where the plow dug up the yard in the winter. He made the whole a little deeper, put the plant in, and put a wire around it. Hoping we have great luck with it. DH says he will make some kind of a box and put potting soil and fertilizer in put some plants in. Oh, well, last year the garden did not do too well anyway. So, maybe smaller will be better this year. Hope everyone else is gardening w/o hitches.

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I'm trying to plant and grow a bunch of my own vegetables in my yard this year. Any tips for small yards or people just starting out? I decided to try corn, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini and cucumbers for the first time. Will probably use up all of my yard with those.

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I spotted an article the other day about curb appeal, I'll see if I can find it and post it

Aha I found it this is one of a few I've seen, I don't know if it helps but it's worth a look

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Not sure if I mentioned this before, but we found some paint in the basement and it turns out that it is the exterior paint for all the trim we needed for the house! I am so excited to have found it and hubs has been using it and it is working perfect! Really looking so much better as far as curb appeal. This has been a goal of ours to get a better curb appeal. We started with trimming the giant tree in the front that needed it so bad!! What a difference things like that make!

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thank you I will check that link and see what I can find! thanks so much!

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Phew that drop from the french door sounds dangerous. No sleepwalking for anyone in the house I hope?

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Hello ^.^

Its awesome to see so many DIYers out here. I am just coming up on my 1st wedding anniversary. In October we finally managed to move into our long term (as we can afford to work on it) home, which looks like a 2 story barn. So many things had still to be finished. I finally managed to complete the insulation - mudding- painting in the living area and I am currently working on getting the master bedroom covered in drywall and ready to paint. On the downside, I'm still doing dishes out of my tub, I have nothing but OSB for flooring, no counter tops, and a french door that leads to a hearty drop. I'll let you know when I manage to get things turned around.

Anyway, Good to be here.


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Kim do you have a ReStore...Habitat for Humanity store near you...you might check with them and see if you can find tile there for an inexpensive price.
www.re-store.com/locator
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Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

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I've got so many things to do outside that requires digging etc, but I just had a cortisone shot in my shoulder for bursitis (yet again) and this time I'm giving it ample time to repair and help the bursitis to heal properly.

So much to do and I'm not able to do it, I've actually thought about hiring someone to do some of the heavy stuff outside.

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screen room almost done! I am also excited about the nice weather. Due to over budget costs (of course!) I am not going to be able to tile the floor real soon so I am looking into painting a "rug" on the concrete. Has anyone ever done this? pointers? advice? yay or nay?

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Excited for the better weather. Spent the weekend gardening at our rental unit, planting new flowers and a tree. We have a garden box started, but the ground has been flooded. Good news is, my neighbor told me it'll drain out. We elevated the box, but that means we need to put more sand in the box for drainage... So guess what I've been shoveling all weekend?! I'm hoping this last trip will be enough so I can start layering the manure, and get the plants in the ground!

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thank you both for the info. i know that we have watched that love it or list it show and poor Hillary has to go to the clients all the time with "changes" so I guess I get it. I am just really really ready to be done and over with! He said originally 7-10 days and this is day 8 so we are getting really close. I hope that the fans get here before he is done so he can put them up. That was included in the price but I had to order them so hubs may be putting them up! But I bet I won't get a cut in the cost! lol It is my fault for not having them here, I know. No biggie. Hubs has done a ton of them before so he knows what he is doing! I will post some pics if you are interested in seeing the final thing!
Oh, and the little birds nest that was out there that had to go bye bye...the birds are building a new one! yay! I think it is really cool!

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bluebirds, wrens and cardinals are back nesting in our trees
extras like wood rot or other additions you make be it an outlet, light or different type of wood or siding that you add or needs to be addressed after a quote are indeed added on. There is no way a contractor can foresee wood rot until he gets into a job.

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I don't know what to say, but I've always said that if you feel you are being taken for a ride, you should check to make sure you aren't.

I reckon if they have given you a quote and you and he have agreed on it, that is what you pay. I don't see why you have to pay for "add ons" after the quote has been made. If you are of a mind to pay him, check and see and try to obtain a "ball park" figure yourself and see if it's reasonable. Personally I wouldn't pay for extras tacked on after the job had been quoted on.

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HI all. We are well on the way to having the patio screened all in and covered. It should be done by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. It is hubs and mine first renovation together and using a contractor. You sure learn a lot about what you will do "the next time". I wonder if any one on here has done some work that had a bid and can tell me if what we are going through is normal. It seems to me that there are little things here and there that are getting tacked on. Like unexpected type things. There was some wood rot under the window and so he is going to have to remove the window and replace the piece of wood, so that added on more costs as far as labor. I ignorantly, I guess, thought that they would come in, give us a total price and that is what it is and will be. This is a sickening thing because hubs and I are having to already come off some of this with our own $ because insurance really didn't do us right at all! We had lost the first one from a snow storm. I hope this makes sense and someone can relate and possibly reassure me that we are not getting "taken"!

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How great is it for you to be just starting out with the good weather, we are edging towards Winter here in Australia, I really don't like Winter. I've still got plenty in the gardens, but I'd love the warm weather back again

I've been tossing up whether on not to get double glazed windows, we don't get it really cold here but cold enough and Summer can be extremely hot, I think they would be a good idea


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Excited for this spring/summer - so much to do!

We're currently renovating one unit we rent out, and cleaning another. Third unit is on hold - with extensive renovations pending.

We moved in January to our new place, and are currently working on cleaning the yard and planting our vegetable garden - a beautiful, huge yard! We painted the dining and living room, leaving the window trim and the upstairs to be done. Unpacking is still in progress :-p

Happy May, everyone!

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Yep genes can line you up to all sorts of crap.

Well I had my third cortisone shot in my shoulder, I hope this can permanently stop this rotten bursitis.

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I agree, Sleep Apnea is not caused by being overweight...aggravated by it perhaps but not caused by it. Just as people can have diabetes and not know it there are many people out there who have sleep apnea and don't know it. My dh is going to have a sleep study soon to see if he has it and he is not overweight at all and very active. You are right...the luck of the genes plays a goodly part in who gets what in the family and what gets passed down.

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Not necessarily my brother is of excellent weight and he's the only one that suffers. I, on the other hand, could stand to lose half a person and I don't suffer. Like everything in life it's the number of the draw, I'm afraid my brother got the worst number in a lot of things. Genetics play a big part in this and many diseases.

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Thx Jules...That sure was a lot of reading but now I get it...
Tho there are so many reasons for Sleep Apnea, but it seems that excess weight is the underlying reason.
I better get walking !!!!


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Patti, Sleep Apnea is where the soft palate at the back of your throat closes when you are sleeping and cuts off your air, causing the breathing and the heart to stop. Most people recover and their breathing and heart kick back in, but some people can die from it. I have a friend in another of my teams whose husband died because his heart just didn't start again. It can also cause many problems with other body parts, but it's very hard on the heart. Usually it's a common thing with people who snore.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea

The above link will give you an idea of what it is

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I don't know anything about Cpap machines...But I think it's great that there is something out there that can help with your sleeping...
Why would a person need a Cpap machine? What is Sleep Apnea ?


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Ah, my brothers is a Fisher & Paykel ICON Auto. It's got the filter at the back but it's stuck pretty good in there, no chance of it popping out. He hates the thing really, every night he says "I hate this bloody thing", it helps his sleep apnea and it has helped his heart function a little bit, but he still hates it.

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I have a Phillips Respronics System One c-pap machine with heater. On the back of the cpap machine is the opening for the heap filter and the charcoal foam filter...prior to my using the rubber band the machine would spit out both filters during the night. I had checked at the clinic and all they said was to add tape to the sides to keep the filters in. I think my fix is better.

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Still trying to figure out which filter your CPAP machine spits out. My brother has one and I don't recall any filter popping out on it.

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working on getting new steps and landing made for kitchen door- our primary access to home with a gable roof overhang to protect the landing from snow & ice. Then a new driveway, emoticon aerating the lawns, bringing compost, horse manure and wood chips to the gardens, removing extra lilacs and old fashioned phlox and emoticon transplanting perennials and re-doing the daylily bed and the blue garden next to the deck.

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Organizational ideas....I took a colorful plastic tissue box cover and turned it upside down and it holds all the remotes for the TV, VCR, DVD player, roku, etc all together..no more hunting. For my c-pap machine that kept "spitting out" the filters I put a rubber band around the machine and no more dusty nights for me! emoticon
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Pushed myself today, had a sore back and feet, but I pulled the Soy beans from the garden, cleaned up and found a safe place to store my Spaghetti squash. Cleaned up the back veranda and some of inside. Picked and cooked a big pot of Rhubarb and Apple for dessert tonight.

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I had a second bloom of the clematis this year after I trimmed them down. I thought the cold weather was coming and then we got a few weeks of Indian Summer and off they went again.

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Thanks....I have other things to do as rain is expected...getting the laundry on the clothesline and getting more compost from the bin into the vegetable garden, etc. So I will let the clematis sit tight for now. Every tree, shrub, plant is very slow to leaf out this Spring so that will help if I have to move it. My lilacs & rhodos are budded as are the maples and there are catkins on the birch trees but no tulips, daffodils yet. The only thing to bloom are my forsythias that are casting a bright and sunny glow over the gardens.

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Councils, City Hall etc talk about a necessary (or is that unnecessary) evil. Usually everytime you change plans etc they want you to pay through the nostril once again!!

Clematis are pretty hardy, but I must admit they don't like to be disturbed too often. I'd wait 'till the last minute before moving them, it may not be necessary.

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Hello Everyone!
We are finally back from the home depot...purchased the cylinders for putting in the footings and the wood to frame making the steps...

We also had to stop at the city hall to talk to the inspector again as we had to change our plans a bit because...the steps we had were not the correct height or depth which means we will be making new steps ...where we had one step and the landing or stoop as others call it we will now have two steps plus the landing. this means cutting into the asphalt 12 or more inches as we are adding another step out ....and the gable roof overhang will be another foot out too! 6 foot wide and 5 ft deep from the house. our permit isn’t ready yet but at least they now have the latest plan showing what we had to adjust to bring it up to the current codes. ..so we should not have any surprises when he comes to inspect the cylinders for footings before we pour the concrete.

I am still hoping....my clematis can stay still uncertain until the footings are put in.
and then i asked about the barrier that is suppose to keep water from wicking into the foundation and sill of the door...well there wasn't any there either...so we have to add a large piece of treated plywood plus 2 layers of tar paper before putting the expansion joint in and pouring the concrete.
once we have the steps in then we can begin on the gable roof overhang. ..
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Thank you MEADOWBUTTERFLY. I've not heard of boiling water. I'll have to give that a try.

Vinegar does have the downside of killing everything in it's path. :(

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Ahha yes, crab grass! Now that I've heard of. I'm like you, if it's in the garden, I pull it. If it's in the yard, I mow it, but if it's coming up along the paved driveway, or some other area like that... I pour boiling hot water on it, in the heat of the day....and laugh my B-hind off, with a big grin on my face! emoticon hehehe!

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As you speak of buds on the trees, our leaves are starting to colour on the deciduous trees and will be falling any day now.

I've heard of vinegar on paths for weeds, but I don't know about in the garden where it could run off on to other plants

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I'm like you, I don't like to use weedkiller, but on occasion it seems to be a necessary evil. Last year I read somewhere that vinegar works just as well. I haven't tried it on the crab grass though. This year I'll test it out.
Has anyone else tried this?

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Yep it's the same and it's a real mongrel!! If it pops up in my garden beds the only thing I can do is carefully paint a small bit with some weedkiller. I hate using the stuff but if I'm careful it only kills the grass. If it's in what we laughingly call "the lawn" it stays there, I can't get rid of it totally so I just mow it!!

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Is creeping couch couch grass?
In the areas I've lived it's called crab grass. This stuff is wicked and so hard to get rid of. During the winter it just lies dormant instead of dying. (as I'd like for it to do) lol

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I'm new and thought I'd just jump right in. I hope that is okay. Spring weather has finally hit in my area and my ds and I are anxious to get started on our garden this year.

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I was thinking I have a pet Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and he can dig up weeds like you wouldn't believe, if I had a few of those they'd dig that rotten grass out in now time. emoticon

I think I'll just have to wear it in the lawn and keep pulling it out around the trees, it's just too hard to get rid of all over the yard. If it was normal grass that sets seeds the black plastic would work great, but it has rhizomes under the ground and it sprouts all along the rhizomes, if you leave even a little bit in the ground off it goes again.

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You could also try laying black plastic over the spot for a few weeks.

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I tell you it's a ghastly weed to have in the garden. I'd love to cover it with something that would kill it, but it's like oxalis, it seems to have underground roots/bulbs that are really hard to kill. Even the dreaded weed killer, used sparingly still has trouble getting rid of it. It attaches itself to the ground every inch or so and when you pull it out, you take only a part of it. Our over 117F temperatures over Summer didn't even knock it

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I've never had to deal with creeping couch, but have you tried cardboard?

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I had to google creeping couch to see what you were talking about. We have weeds like that here too. They are VERY frustrating!! The best I seem to be able to do with die hard weeds like that is to keep the top growth from spreading, by good old fashioned hand pulling. I know they spread through their root system, but through the course of the Summer, the soil here gets hard and often dry. If I can hoe, I do, but sometimes I can't.

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That's what I usually do on my "no dig" gardens but I've got a problem with creeping couch and that stuff can find it's way through layers and layers of paper etc, it even gets through weed mat, very frustrating.

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We always mulch our garden plants with about 3 layers of newspaper and then put some DEAD grass clippings on top of that. It keeps weeds from coming up around the plant, helps lock moisture in, and totally tillable at the end of the year. Plus it's cheap! Since we have tons of old newspapers and plenty of grass clippings. emoticon

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Hi Echeveria, welcome to the team. I too love succulents, Aoneums being my favourites with Echeveria running a close second. I just bet you can't wait to get gardening when you move into your house.

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Jules, that is a great idea, I am going to pick up some mulch this weekend.
I have some radishes peaking up, I think that will be my first harvest


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I don't know if you can get it in the US but I use Sugar Cane Mulch as a cover on my veggie and flower gardens. It's very soft and it mulches down after a season. Failing that there is pea straw or alfalfa hay that also eventually mulches down and with the latter will add a good amount of Nitrogen to the soil as well.

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Thank you for your suggestions everyone!
And welcome to my fellow newbie.
It is hot enough I should be looking for some shade for my garden I think. I hope I did not start to many kinds of seeds, I was not sure what would work well
What could I use on top of my soil to keep it cooler and moisture in? any suggestions?

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You sure sound like one busy Gal !!!!
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Hello, I'm Jolene and I just began my SparkJourney today, though I actually registered to the website over a year ago. Since then I've bought a house, moved, sold a house, and begun remodeling/landscaping our new home. I spent today, the first day of spring, beginning my outdoor garden. We now have a potato tower and a small bed planted with spinach and lettuce. I'm looking forward to tackling it all, weight loss included, one project at a time.

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Hi Diane and Welcome tot he team !!!
We are still in the throws of winter tho it's the First Day of Spring today !!!
I have relatives in AZ. that garden. They picked a shady part of the yard for lettuce, radishes and tender type of plants.
As for their tomatoes, they built an arbor to partly shade their plants so they don't get scorched.

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Hi Diane and Kim, welcome to the team. Sorry I've been a little off colour the past few days and haven't done much Sparking.

We are coming to the end of the first month of Autumn here in Australia, still picking most of the veggies in the garden, haven't figured out what I'm going to plant for Winter, I've got some Turnips, Kohl Rabi, Parsnips, Beetroot and Carrots starting off at the moment, I love going outside to pick veggies and fruit for the family

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Hi, I am Diane, new to the team and to outside gardening, going to try to grow veggies this year. I live in Phx, so we are have almost too warm weather right now.
Have some radishes popping up, but I am reading they do not do good when it gets too hot. Would like to try peppers and tomatos. I have some Jelly BeanTomato plants started in peat pots, just trying to figure out where to put them. Am thinking I will need a cage or trellis for them.


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Hi Kim and Welcome to our team !!!
Sounds like a big project this summer...Sorry you lost your screened in porch.
But now you can make it your own....
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Hi, I am Kim and I live in Missouri. I have a house and slowly but surely my hubs and I are making our yard pretty. I hope to get a lot done this summer with the back patio as last winter we lost our covered screen porch from the snow! This is our main focus I hope this year

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OMG !!!! I could (and have) get lost in that site.
I Love It !!!!!

Hi Chris and Arlo...So Glad to have you with us !!!
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When I find a pattern that I like and plan on using a bunch, I trace it on muslin, mark all of the markings and put fusible web on it. Then I have the pattern forever.
I do this a lot with craft patterns.

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Hi Chris, good to see you here

Arloguthrie (I think I'm waiting for a chorus of Alice's Restaurant) if you have the patterns you can make them from any material you want. If you want a simple pattern try this link

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And yes you can iron pattern or any paper.

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I'm Chris and I live in the frozen tundra of northern Illinois USA .... we have had over 50 inches of snow so far about 20 more than we normally get. Just trying to stay warm right now my whole yard is under frozen snow. I envy you all in warmer climates that are out in your gardens.



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Hi I just joined this group, I am trying to be more organized this year. I labeled my spice rack and have cleaned out some drawers...I was thinking of trying this... thenonconsumeradvocate.com/wp-conten
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Also am going to try sewing again. I have fabric and patterns for flannel pj bottoms...thought i would start simple. I would like to use the pattern for a sml and a xl...does anyone have suggestions, I have a large supple of interface material and was thinking of using those as pattern pieces. How do I flatten out the pattern paper? can i iron it?

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I think the old has character and usually it is better made and of man made material than those of today plus usually made in the USA...and we need to support our own economy if we are to get out of this hole the US is in.

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Hi and welcome to the team.

I wouldn't blame you for crying after someone denuded the block of trees. I've noticed a lot of house movers these days don't bother recycling things like bricks etc. I remember years ago when a house was being demolished, or moved, everything was saved for the secondhand market. Now everything has to be new for some reason, such a shame when there is so many pre-loved items just waiting to be used.

The good thing about gardening is it moves as quick as you want it too.

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Great fun reading through all these posts!
I have lived in North Georgia, about 50 miles north of Atlanta for over 40 years.

My DH and I found our house when I was going to my doctor for regular appointments prior to the birth of our second child. This house was for sale, but the land was not - it was a house to be moved. It was built in the 50s, had solid hardwood construction, including the floors. We bought it for a song, it was cut in two pieces and moved 35 miles north to our 20 acres, and the fun began. We hired out a block foundation under it, then lowered it down, and my DH used a front end loader to hold up the kitchen part of the house while workers reattached it to the main house. While I cleaned from top to bottom, painted and wallpapered, my husband worked on the outside, building decks and a carport. For several months I was climbing through a window to get inside the house. The electrician, a friend of ours, begged my DH to make the deck a priority as he was afraid I would go into labor. We moved in on September 1, and our daughter was born on September 27.

When my DH had a friend who had a bulldozer grade the driveway and house site, I asked him to have as many trees as possible left, and then made the mistake of not being on site while the actual grading was being done. I cried when I saw that over 2 acres were totally cleared. So over the next ten years, I asked for plants and trees for birthday and anniversary presents, and had my DH dig holes to plant them in. (He never once complained!) Now, over 30 years later, we have actually had to remove about five trees for one reason or another. I have replaced large expanses of grass with perennial gardens, raised beds for vegetables, blueberry bushes and planted hundreds of daffodils. Gardening is one of my passions, and now that I am retired, I am eagerly awaiting spring!

Ten years after we moved in, we added on a master bedroom/bath addition. I am about to begin a total gut and remodel of the bathroom. It's fun to contemplate the finished space, but choosing materials and finishes can be overwhelming! We won't be DIYing this space. My DH said is has reached the age where it's time to start hiring these big jobs out! Removing the wallpaper in the breakfast area and painting, however, is one job I can handle, so that is on my list to do soon.

One of my favorite projects was building a patio using bricks that were part of the foundation of the house before it was moved. The same daughter who was born shortly after moving in was in college at the time, and living here, so she joined in to do the work. We had to clean old mortar off the bricks before laying them down. I can remember many afternoons after my work and her classes, hearing the "ping" of hammer hitting the mortar.

I am so attached to this house/gardens/land! I look out at the massive sawtooth oak and remember when it was a much smaller tree and my son and his friend, as 8 year olds, hiding in the top branches, the crown swaying under their weight and scaring me to death! I see our oldest daughter riding her pony everywhere, and her friend nearly being decapitated when the pony ran her under the clothesline. I envision projects that still need to be done - removing an old storage building and putting in more raised beds. So while my DH and I are certainly older and slower, we will still find DIY projects to keep us going!

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Good for you, sometimes you just have to start.

I was looking of some older pictures of my side garden and looking at it now it looks like everything has overgrown, I really need to get in there and clear it out.

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I bought an older home a little over a year ago. It had been neglected and I have been working on it since I moved in. I was worried about attempting some repairs but I finally jumped in and just did it.

I want to refinish my basement and that is my next project. It has a lot of promise and I feel it will be worth the effort. I have never refinished a basement so I will take any advise anyone would like to give me.


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I'll have to see this in bits Dusty, it goes for over 90 minutes. But I do love watching plants in slow mo growing, it's reminding me of my gardens at the moment, veggies growing all over the place.

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