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  1. A Tall Story

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    Paperwhites are a favorite for the season -- until they grow too tall and flop to one side. To rein them in, root the bulbs in gravel with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 10 parts water. They'll stop growing at about two-thirds their usual height.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
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  2. Our Favorite Gardening Gear

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    After decades of weeding, wading, and planting, we dig these work shoes the most. 

    From top: breathable waterproof boots, sturdy clogs with removable foot beds, and all-purpose boots for cold weather. To protect hands, nothing beats Mud's nonslip, machine-washable gloves. 

    Hoser Classic Work Boots $95, muckbootcompany.com; Super-Birki Clogs $79, birki.us; Blundstone 500 $150, zappos.com; the original $6 per pair, by Mud, littlesgoodgloves.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
  3. High Altitude

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    Hard-to-reach areas are a closet's no-man's-land. A spring-loaded pull-down rack, which you can install yourself, solves the problem. A light tug on a handle positioned in the center of the rod brings clothes to you.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Come to Light

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    Here's an illuminating way to point guests to the party: Put your house number in lights. Download our number templates, print, and cut out. Trace each digit onto the side of a cardboard gift box. Using a craft knife, cut out numbers. Tape vellum to interior of cut sides. Set boxes outside, placing a battery-operated push light inside each to illuminate the digits.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2007
  5. Rock-Lined Flower Bed

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    Window boxes filled with vibrant flowers are a welcome sign of spring. But when it rains, the soil in them often spatters, dirtying windows and sills. To prevent the muddy splashes, spread river stones (available at garden centers) in a layer over the tops of the flower beds. The stones will act as a barrier while keeping the soil moist for the blooming plants.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  6. Greener Garden-Bed Prep

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    If you need to create a new garden bed but prefer not to resort to chemicals, try this technique. Lay stacks of 4 to 6 sheets of newsprint side by side on the grass, overlapping edges, to mark the desired shape of the bed. Soak paper with a hose, and cover with 2 inches of mulch. You can plant directly in the prepared area, using a trowel to pierce the layers.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
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