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Studio Tour: Spaciousness Serves an East Coast Artist

A drastically different layout from the present house, this daring stuccoed addition hosts an expansive artist’s studio. Jessica Stockholder and Patrick Chamberlain, both performers, wanted to build a massive studio in which Stockholder could work. Architect Joseph Bergin worked with the couple to design a thoughtful 1,000-square-foot studio in which Stockholder can create her one of a kind sculptures.

Though the inclusion appears quite distinct from the present house, Stockholder and Chamberlain knew what they wanted from the get-go. “After perhaps two minutes into our first meeting, they said, ‘We want stucco cubes,'” says Bergin.

Who creates here: Jessica Stockholder
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Size: 1,600 square feet, including garage

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Bergin and his team demolished an present garage connected to the house to make space for the studio. The studio has an additional 600-square-foot section for cars.

Joseph Bergin Architect PC

This connecting space between the studio and the house was a key part of the improvement’s design and functions as a mudroom. It blends the two buildings’ styles, combining traditional architecture with the stucco exterior of all the studio.

Joseph Bergin Architect PC

Stockholder frequently creates her work in relation to wall and space, so she needs a lot of blank wall area. The walls inside her studio range from 12 to 16 feet high.

Joseph Bergin Architect PC

Bergin installed clerestory windows over a number of walls to let in light without taking up valuable wall space.

Joseph Bergin Architect PC

“I really like to sit in the middle of the studio, beneath the mosaic ceiling and with sight lines to all the artwork,” says Bergin. “There’s a brightness and a solemnness in that area that resonates with me after I have left, almost like a religious space.”

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An extra window on the back of the studio overlooks the garden.

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The inside space between the home and the studio takes up 250 square feet and includes dining room space.

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Texas Gardener's November Checklist

November only may be one of the most ideal months of this year — Indian summer is officially gone, and today are marked by a crisp coolness that’s a welcome relief in heat October temperatures. Use this time to find some significant garden chores done before the really cold weather strikes — and then remind yourself that the work you do now in the garden will repay next spring using a lush, healthful landscape.

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Plant trees and shrubs. All shrubs and trees should be planted in the autumn for best growth next year, as autumn planting makes it possible for these bigger plants several months to build deep, healthy roots. They will be drought resistant and have more vigorous expansion.

Try planting some spring-flowering shrubs and trees, such as azaleas, abelias, redbuds and Mexican plums — they are some of the very first to herald the arrival of spring after a long winter.

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Care for your lawn. Overseed your lawn with perennial rye to get a green winter lawn. In our area it is not really perennial and will perish after the weather warms up at the spring.

Winterize your lawn by spraying on it weekly using a seaweed solution, and if you fertilize, make certain to use a lawn fertilizer that’s high in calcium for healthy root development. Start looking for nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratios such as 8-6-12, 8-12-16 or 10-5-14 in a winter fertilizer bundle.

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Prune dead limbs from trees and shrubs. Complete this job before the leaves fall off and remove only those limbs that are clearly dead. Don’t prune off any living or healthy limbs at this moment. Always make certain you know which sort of shrubs and trees you’ve got and what their particular care is, however it is a good general guideline to get rid of dead growth before winter storms pick up.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Mulch around plants. Very similar to how Mother Nature provides a blanket with fallen leaves, mulch “blankets” your landscape plants and shields them from winter cold. Ensure you’ve got a good 2- to 3-inch layer of wood mulch, but avoid heaping mulch upward on the plant bases, which may quickly rot the crops. I like to “feather” mulch until the bottom stem or trunk of a plant to get the very best coverage.

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Add row covers to protect against freezes. Although our area of Texas experiences quite mild winters, we are all aware that’s subject to change. It is not uncommon to have freezing temperatures and occasional ice and snow cubes, so be ready to safeguard your winter vegetables with row covers.

Many nurseries and garden centers have frost blankets that you could drape over arched PVC pipes to pay your beds; be sure to remove the covers if the dangerous weather has now passed.

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Plant vegetables and herbs. Continue your autumn and winter vegetable and herb garden with transplants of mustard, winter greens, spinach, peas, cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, chives and oregano.

Some seeds may be sown as well — try mustard, radish and lettuce in the very first part of the month. Always consult the local planting graphs for the optimal times to plant in your town.

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Plant annual flowers and decorative plants. Spruce up your container plantings and perennial beds using some bright-colored annuals. Great cold-tolerant options include decorative cabbages and kale, pansies, violas, alyssums, snapdragons, cyclamens and stocks.

If your area is anticipating a hard freeze, water these plants nicely beforehand to protect them. A plant that’s hydrated has a far greater chance against the elements than one that’s fighting.

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Plant perennials. Get those perennials in the ground this month with transplants of lantanas, salvias, ornamental grasses, yellow bells, coneflowers, rudbeckias and columbines.

Perennials planted at the time of year is going to have much bigger growth and increased blossoms than those planted in the spring. Remember to mulch around your freshly planted infants to keep them secure over the winter.

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Kitchen of the Week: A Galley Kitchen in Wine Country

A San Francisco family craving a country getaway found a house in neighboring Sonoma that sounded great — except for the kitchen. Kathryn Clark and her household had pictured a weekend home where they can garden, grow their own food and cook amazing food for friends and loved ones. Although this house had the garden and was amazing, the 1980s narrow galley kitchen lacked the space and style they had been hoping for.

Without altering the footprint, architect Amy Alper reorganized this kitchen design, using smart spatial planning, lots of natural light and a mixture of top- and low-budget products.

Amy A. Alper, Architect

The narrow space made installing upper cabinetry nearly impossible. Limited open shelving keeps the space open and enables most items to be kept in closets or the local pantry. Alper focused the redesign on brand new appliance placement, making certain there was lots of space between the primary kitchen work area and the entry to the rest of the house.

Countertop: honed black granite; faucet: Domsjo, Ikea; faucet: Blanco; drawer pulls: Aubrey, Restoration Hardware

Amy A. Alper, Architect

The careful placement of appliances also made space for additional prep space on both sides of the range. Using Ikea cabinetry and very affordable flooring allowed all the funds to move toward the Blue Star range.

Cabinetry: Adel, Ikea; fridge: Jenn Air

Amy A. Alper, Architect

Close to the range, easy painted shelves held up with iron mounts visually tie into the honed granite countertops. A magnetic knife rack saves drawer space and keeps the best knives directly at hand.

Amy A. Alper, Architect

Using stainless steel shelving the owners had helped keep costs down. A brand new beadboard ceiling combines well with the tongue and groove walls.

Dishwasher (integrated into cabinetry): Miele

Architect, Amy A. Alper

Alper went with 24-inch-wide drawers across the kitchen, including additional storage via floor-to-ceiling cabinetry beside the fridge. Large-format porcelain floor tiles created installation faster and labor less expensive.

Flooring: Bedrosians; wall mounted hooks: Marston, Restoration Hardware; light: Schoolhouse Electric; red clock: Etsy

Photography: Kathryn Clark

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Southeast Gardener's October Checklist

Fall for me brings the beginning of the new gardening season, and October is fall’s most festive month. Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean earning crops for a changing season. I am not sure what excites me more: the foliage colour change or the further light from fewer leaves on the trees.

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Plant annuals. Kale, cabbages, mustards, pansies, snapdragons and violas are annuals which are colorful, long lasting and inexpensive; I’ve often wondered why they are so underused.

Purchase pansies and violas once the selection is best, as soon as September, but wait till late October to plant them. Early October can be too hot to plant, but do not wait till then to purchase, or the selection will probably be too scarce. Nurse the plants in a holding area if you need to to make certain you get your top choice.

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Transplant trees and shrubs. Are you waiting to rearrange a few trees and shrubs? Now, with all the heating temperatures, is a good time to start the procedure.

It’s ideal to root prune this month and transplant 30 days (or more) later. This allows woody ornamentals a chance to recover before being transported to their new site. Root pruning sparks small feeder roots near the back. These brand new roots will probably be dug as part of their transplant, permitting the tree or tree to adapt.
Water the soil well the day before root pruning. Prune out in the back a 10- to 12-inch-diameter root ball for every inch of trunk diameter. Consequently, a 2-inch-diameter back will probably be root pruned about two feet in the trunk.Using a flat spade, start cutting a trench about 24 inches deep. If you crash into big roots, cut loppers.Continue cutting a circular trench around the tree trunk and water completely.

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Split peonies. In case your herbaceous peony has gotten too large for its existing location, or if you just need to move or share it, it may be split after the first frost.

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Prepare your houseplants for winter. Many of us like to give our indoor houseplants a summer vacation outside, but the summertime is about to end. It’s time to bring those plants back inside.

Throughout the summer you may have found that your crops grew a lot, and errant branches are in need of a little pruning. Herbaceous plants may just be pinched back, but use clippers on woody stems. Be sure to remove any stalks or leaves that are dead or diseased.

Repot plants whose roots are growing out of the drainage holes or are in the soil’s surface. Select a container that’s only 1 size larger than the older one; otherwise leading growth may be retarded while the roots try to fill up the excess space.

Clean the leaves of dust and dirt which gathered during the summertime. This covering may interfere with a plant’s capacity to turn light into food. A gentle spray from the garden hose and a mild wipe with a sponge are often adequate.

A light application of insecticidal soap is a smart precaution prior to bringing back your plants inside, even if you haven’t seen signs of pests. Spider mites and other pests thrive in a dry, heated house and will multiply rapidly, if current.

As soon as they’re inside, find your plants where they will receive as much natural light as possible. When you water them so thoroughly but less frequently in winter than you did in the summertime.

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Plant cool-season vegetables. The cooler fall temperatures bring cool-season plants. It’s time to plant or seed spinach and collards. Also, lettuce and pineapple will once more thrive in your backyard.

Consider trying some new types this season, or vary your normal choices. Why not add some red-leaf lettuce? Loose-leaf red lettuce packs a high nutrient value, including being an fantastic supply of beta-carotene.

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Water well before winter. In case October and November are dry, give perennials a deep final soaking so that they go dormant in great states. They’ll be less subject to being killed in winter with a beverage till they sleep.

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Compost those leaves. Use a mower equipped with a mulching blade to chop fallen leaves on the pot. These leaves make a excellent addition to garden beds or the compost heap.

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Prepare beds. It’s also a great time to prepare garden beds for next year.
Mark brand new beds (or even the beds you want to extend) with marking paint or a hose. Cut a border, turning this dirt to the new bed, and cover 8 to 10 layers of newspaper. Cover with about 4 inches of leaves that are chopped or composted leaf mulch.Now sit back and let nature take her course. Your bed will be ready for planting in the spring.

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Enjoy wildlife. Don’t be so quick to tidy up. The remains of this summer and autumn garden give refuge, food and cover for wildlife, while also adding winter interest to garden beds.

Pictured here is a praying mantis egg case I found one year whilst cutting back my backyard. It was at this point I learned to slow down my autumn pruning before the spring, once the leaves were removed off and overwintering wildlife was easier to see.

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Watch out for canna leaf roller. Cannas are great accent plants and attract hummingbirds to the garden. Plus, most canna cultivars are hardy from the Southeast and may overwinter in the floor. If you found your canna foliage riddled with holes, you probably have leaf roller. Canna leaf rollers are major pests in the Southeast, inducing the beautiful foliage to become unsightly.

After the first frost, cut the leaves to the floor and eliminate it in the backyard. Control overwintering pests are helped by taking away the foliage. Don’t mulch, since the pest may overwinter.

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Provide Your Turf

Your yard probably has just taken a beating this summer — family gatherings, bring with the dog, and kids’ games and toys have probably been working jointly with drought and heat to earn your grass gasp to get a breather. If your yard is in need of a little TLC, you’re in luck — fall is the ideal time to revitalize it so that the next season’s grass is the greenest and healthiest it can be.

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1. Know your bud. There are cool-season and warm-season grasses, and many varieties in each category.
Cool-season grasses (Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, perennial ryegrass) are far better suited for cooler climates, are most productive in spring and fall, occasionally require more irrigation and are generally mowed higher than warm-season grasses due to their erect growth habit. Warm-season grasses (Bermuda, St. Augustine, big bluestem) grow best in warmer climates, are typically more drought tolerant and are often mowed at lower heights.Be sure to check with the local lawn experts for certain recommendations for turf grass in your town.

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2. Fertilize. In the fall, fertilize your yard with an NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) ratio of 3-1-2 or 4-1-2. The ratio doesn’t have to be exact, but do attempt to obtain a product with comparable quantities. Strategy to use approximately 1 pound of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of yard and always stick to the package instructions. Applying too much fertilizer will not help your bud and, in actuality, may damage .

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3. Dethatch. Thatch is the buildup of dead roots and stems which develop between the soil and the green grass blades.

If you have just a little buildup, you can use a hard rake or a dethatching rake to remove the dead grass, but if you have over 1/2 inch you will have to core aerate from the fall or the spring.

Core aeration utilizes rentable gear to remove plugs of soil, raising the soil’s ability to get water, fertilizer and air. If your buildup is thicker than 2/3 inch, you will have to not just core aerate but add 1/8 to 1/4 inch of organic matter like compost or peat. Water in well.

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4. Control weeds. September and October are the best months to control perennial broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelions. These weeds are busy taking in sun and nourishment to get them during the winter months, so that means they are open to receiving weed killers too.

If you have just a couple of weeds, then pull them out , but more numerous weeds may require extra tactics or chemicals — either organic or nonorganic. Much like fertilizers, always stick to the package instructions when applying any chemical to your yard to prevent damaging it and the surrounding crops. Do not worry about any bare spots made by marijuana removal; your healthful bud will take over those areas very quickly.

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5. Sow grass seeds. If you have large bare spots left by marijuana removal or simply need to set up a new or extended part of your yard, mid-August to mid-September is the best time to sow grass seeds. Always check with your county extension office or trustworthy local nursery about the best times to sow seeds in your town, however.

Before you sow, make certain that you have ready the soil properly to find the best outcomes. Till the soil at least 6 inches deep, add 1/2 to 1 inch or so of mulch or peat, rake the soil smooth and sow the seeds. Water in well and keep the soil consistently moist until after the new growth emerges, approximately 6 weeks.

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Rocky Mountain Gardener's September Checklist

Ahhhh, September! The worst of all summer’s extreme heat is gone, the glare of sunlight has softened and it’s delightful to be active at the garden once more. Rainy days and cool nights are ideal for getting new plants based. The soil is warm and achievable, allowing for good root growth and development before winter, and warmer air temperatures lessen the amount of transpiration — and jolt — ordinary during the heat of the summer.

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Exotic trees, shrubs and perennials. If you have been itching to add some colour or construction to your landscape, then now’s a great time to search for plants. Nurseries will be pushing earnings with special promotions and discounts so that they can clear out their inventory before winter, and also you, the customer, win.

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Plant for winter shade. Broadleaf evergreens ought to be a priority for your fall planting schedule. These plants attract much-needed colour and texture to the winter landscape but can suffer from our area’s low humidity, extreme sunlight and drying winds.

September planting enables roots to grow, particularly important for evergreens during the winter, since the roots’ ability to absorb water helps counter the plant’s moisture reduction via its leaves that are persistent. Generally, broadleaf evergreens look their very best when planted in a secure location with filtered shade or morning sun and afternoon shade.

The many drought-tolerant alternatives for this area include Oregon grape holly (Mahonia spp), manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp) and yucca (Yucca spp) — all hardy to about 7,500 feet in altitude. Selections of those plants are native to a lot of locations throughout the Rockies.

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Firethorn (Pyracantha spp) requires only a bit more water, as do boxwood (Buxus spp) and most of the evergreen Euonymus species. All these plants are best at elevations of 6,000 feet or below.

Program of an antidesiccant to the foliage from late November will help foliage hold its color better during the winter. Mulching and winter watering are all crucial to keep plants hydrated.

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Plant for permanence. Trees are a big investment of time and money but are often vital to making the architectural aspects of a landscape: supplying privacy or shade, modifying end or noise, framing a view, etc..

Fall planting can make buying a tree easier on your budget, and it’s less stressful on the plant, too. Confer with a nursery or a landscape specialist to select a healthy tree that will adapt well to the growing conditions indigenous to your website.

For instance, what’s your hardiness zone or microclimate? Soil type? Water budget? Available distance? Trying to modify your surroundings to match the needs of a plant is rarely successful in the long term, therefore it’s ideal to be an educated gardener-buyer.

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Transplant perennials. A fantastic guideline to keep in mind is that perennials that flower in the spring and summer ought to be moved in the fall, and those that flower in summer and fall ought to be moved from the spring. The concept is to allow the plants “settle in” to their new location (get some root expansion) before the push to flower occurs.

Although this is not a hard and fast rule, peonies (Paeonia spp) in particular needs to be moved in the fall. When transplanting peonies it’s important to blog them in full sun and provide them with a deep, loamy, well-draining soil. Put the main buds (or “eyes”) 1 to 1 1/2 inches) below the soil level. Peonies that are planted too deeply will not flower.

Other great candidates for moving now include poppies (Papaver spp), phlox (Phlox ssp) and daylilies (Hemerocallis spp). Mulch should be utilised to safeguard fall transplants by maintaining soil temperatures above freezing longer into the fall (permitting better root growth).

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Purchase spring-flowering bulbs. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and much more are available for purchase now. Shop your regional independent garden center for large, premium bulbs. Although they might be more expensive, larger bulbs are usually greater — they pack larger flower buds and much more nutrients for growing power.

Purchase early while the choice is greatest, but wait to plant your bulbs until October, when the ground is cooler yet still warm enough for the bulbs to root out and hydrate. (Bulbs implanted in too warm soil may abort their flower buds) Meanwhile, save your bulbs in a cool, dark place, like a basement cupboard. As soon as they’re implanted, keep bulbs moist during the winter, watering monthly whenever needed.

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Fix your irrigation clock. Lawns require less water as summer winds down. Though soil conditions, sun exposure and turf types must be taken into consideration, your lawn will require only about half as much water in September as it did in July.

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Be prepared for frost. September brings the first freeze — or snow! — to many Rocky Mountain gardens, and nobody wants to observe a great crop of basil or a beautiful container garden turned into mush overnight.

Maintain white sheets or industrial frost blankets convenient; lightweight, breathable and reusable shouts are just the thing to have available to drape over your annual blossoms and tender veggies when frost threatens. The light shade lets sunlight in for photosynthesis and also traps solar heat for continuing plant and fruit growth. Multiple layers provide even higher insulating material.

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Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Taller

There is a motive Idaho is known for potatoes — its own climate. Potatoes love cool dirt and will not grow once the soil gets too warm, which isn’t a problem in most of this nation. Wherever you’re located, though, you still can generate a potato harvest in spring and early summer and again in autumn or early winter simply by planting at the right time.

But potatoes are more than simply a convenient addition to some cool-season garden. They are also fun. It is possible to mix and match your harvest by growing different-color varieties: white and red, of course, but also tan, yellow, brown and blue. They are very hands-on in a fun manner, particularly for kids, as you must occasionally add more dirt to make a mound as the plants grow. And while it might take them around four weeks to mature, you can start picking infant, or “new,” potatoes in as few as eight weeks.

If you don’t have a lot of room, don’t despair. You can easily grow potatoes in very large containers, for example half wine barrels.

Caution: The tuber is edible unless it has turned green. Green spots on the tuber and all other parts of the plant are toxic.

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When to plant: In spring, four to six weeks before the final frost date (plant a variety that matures early if your climate, and so your dirt, warms up fast). Plant a late-maturing variety in late spring to get cold-winter climates. In mild-winter climates, you might even plant potatoes in late summer to early autumn for a harvest that will last into winter.

Days to maturity: 90 to 120

Light requirement: Total sun

Water requirement: Regular water

Favorites: All Blue, Butte, Buffalo, Butterfinder, Irish Cobbler, Fingerling, Katahdin, Kennebec, Norland, Red La Soda, Red Norland, Red Pontiac, Russet, Superior, Viking, Yukon Gold

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Planting and care: Start with seed potatoes that are certified as disease free. Do not use potatoes out of grocery or the supermarket store.

The soil should be rich and quick draining, using a pH below 5.5. Create furrows that are approximately 4 inches deep and 2-3 feet apart. Closer rows will let the shade from the plants help keep the soil cool.

Cut the seed potatoes into square balls. Each chunk needs to be approximately 1 1/2 inches and also have two eyes. Let the pieces dry for 2 days prior to planting to help prevent rot.

Set the balls about 1 to 2 1 1/2 feet apart and 4 inches deep, with the eyes facing up. Cover the balls. Add approximately 2 inches, once sprouts emerge. Leave the tips of the leaves vulnerable. Continue adding dirt as the plants grow, until a ridge about 4 inches high and 18 inches wide forms.

Keep the region around the potatoes weeded and the soil uniformly moist. Mulching will help keep the soil cool. Issues that may develop include aphids, Colorado potato beetles, flea beetles, leafhoppers, scab, wireworms and specific blights.

After most of the foliage has turned brown, water one final time. Following a week to ten days, cut the vines.

Harvest: For “new” potatoes, pull tubers from around the edge of this plant by hand when the vines start to flower; for varieties that don’t flower, crop at about two weeks.

For older potatoes, dig up the plants around five days to a week after you’ve cut away the vines. It’s ideal to do this to a cool, overcast day. To avoid injuring the tubers, use a spading fork and dig about a foot away from the plant. When the plant is up, shake off dirt and then pull the potatoes from the blossoms, then place them into baskets or burlap bags.

To store potatoes, first put them in a dark, humid place that stays at a temperature of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re storing them in a basket, then pay it with burlap. After two weeks, remove any potatoes that have injuries or are faulty and maintain the remainder in a dark, dry place that is well ventilated.

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8 Matters an Architect Will Never Say

There are certain phrases which are innately nonarchitectural. Not that phrase, naturally. However, other less wordy phrases that are direct. I mean, that phrase had the word “innately” inside, so it’s definitely architectural. However, some things you just don’t expect to hear by your designer, like,”I really don’t drink coffee,” or “We must experiment with colour,” or “I really don’t be worried about the economy”

In fact, there are some things which I would guess have not been uttered by an architect. Ever.

Like these, for instance.

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So, what if your architect says one of these phrases? Obviously you’ve confused him or her for someone else. But don’t worry. It happens to me all of the time.

All the photos are of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut chapel, in Ronchamp, France, that is totally something an architect would say.

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Staging vs. Decorating: What's the Difference?

Selling your house means promoting a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In house staging, you’re striving for a look that is welcoming and fresh yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes will need to feel that they can make the house their own if they buy it.

This is the distinction between decorating your house and staging it to market. It can be hard to comprehend at first, but if you don’t understand the distinction, you might not sell your home as fast as you would like.

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Although everybody has different tastes in decor and furnishings, the majority of people want a house that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your home so that buyers can describe it in those terms instead of by your manner of decorating. Eliminating clutter and getting fewer but bigger accessories is a wonderful place to get started.

Making sure that your home is not taste specific does not mean that your rooms should be devoid of colour. Rather, maintain color schemes simple and dose them with an on-trend neutral, like a tan that is clean, a gentle grey or a white.

The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett

The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett

If you have a distinctive decorating style — whether it’s Tuscan, shabby chic or contemporary — you’re likely to have to scale it back a bit. If you don’t, your house will appeal to the small percentage of potential buyers that adore your favorite style. Espresso is about tactical editing and depersonalizing, instead of decorating and personalizing.

Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

Dated is dreary. Attempt to point your distance using a fresh and current feel. Use upgraded neutrals on the furnishings and walls which are clean-lined and simple. Punches of colour are great: simply use them sparingly. An area arranged symmetrically and based on the design reads as peaceful — among those important aesthetics every purchaser is attracted to.

Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

This guest bedroom is filled with excellent staging ideas. It’s plenty of on-trend design information, but it’s sparse on accessories and other distractions. The colour palette is simple, easy on the eyes and would be attractive to both women and men. Most potential buyers would recall this appealing room long after leaving the home.

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This clever arrangement draws attention to the unique structure in the area and illustrates that a wise usage for the region under the staircase: an office space. This region is well decorated, not staged.

When I had been staging this place, I’d keep the desk, lamp and chair, eliminate too personal items like family photos, and also leave a few pieces of art and an attractive notebook and pen. Straightforward accessories can help draw focus to a functional space.

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If you’re updating a kitchen or bath before placing your house on the market, keep the finishes impartial and timeless. This is not the opportunity to display your own personal style. You want to broaden your buying market by appealing to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This toilet would definitely appeal to buyers with contemporary or traditional flavor, and may later be personalized with the new homeowner’s tastes for colour and accessories.

Sure, this might not be what generally sits on your countertop, but does not it seem much better than the typical bills and coupons? Bear in mind, you’re promoting an idealized lifestyle, not your reality.

The bottom line is that you have to get outside your head and within the head of a potential home buyer. It’s rather hard to be objective in your residence, but it’s crucial if you want to market it.

Tell us Do you think there’s a difference between staging and decorating? Let us know in the Comments!

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10 Creative Fence Designs

Chalkboard walls, bubbled acrylic and perforated copper might not be the first fencing substances homeowners consider, but these bold choices add different curb appeal and style for this outdoor requirement. If updating your weapon is in your summertime to-do list, consider a unique approach. Beyond picket easy wooden slats and fences lies a range of applications and options.

Get inspired by the subsequent 10 photos to start reimagining your backyard fence.

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Simple wooden planks take on new character when installed at various heights on a small curve.

Accent your weapon with materials. A chalkboard integrated into the fence will produce the lawn even more imaginative and engaging to your kids. And water is all it requires to keep it clean.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

OK, so this weapon doesn’t offer much privacy, but it will create a protective barrier around the pool out of curious little ones. Made from acrylic balls that are bubbled, an sophisticated allure is lent by the weapon.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Outdoor rock surrounds are nothing new, but this weapon — created from heaps of rock corralled with metal baskets known as gabions — feels sculptural and industrial.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

Think about mixing components rather than developing a fence out of 1 material. The perforated copper in this fence catches the eye with its metallic hue, while the timber keeps it from feeling over the surface.

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In this example, a wall fencing is divided with vertical rods. This solution is perfect if you want to have some privacy without obstructing a view.

WA Design Architects

A fencing can be more than simple wooden slats. Go glam with a rock fence and metallic gate mix, like this modern, statement-making example.

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Debora carl landscape layout

Instead of building the fence consider various heights in various spots. Go higher where you want to block a neighbor’s view, but go lower where you might catch a better glimpse of a day sunset.

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Change your wooden fencing by reversing the path of the planks. It’s an easy preinstallation design switch that lends a fresh appearance.

Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

Are you tired with your wooden fencing, but do not necessarily want to start from scratch? Dress it up using metal panels to produce your fence an intriguing focal point instead of just a functional advantage.

More: Types of fences and exactly what they do to your own landscape

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