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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Digital pictures, tucked into card-stock tags with windows, identify the contents inside each garment bag. Breathable and inexpensive, the canvas bags can be dressed up with colorful bias tape, applied with an iron and fusible webbing.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
To avoid tracking in sand or soil after a day at the beach or working in the garden, set up a rinsing station just outside your door or at another convenient location. A teak bath mat provides slip-free footing and good drainage. The steady stream from an ordinary watering can cleans every unwanted speck from your feet and flip-flops or waterproof garden shoes.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2009
Tall-growing orchids need a little extra support to stay upright, but the stakes they lean on are usually an eyesore. For ones that won't detract from the beauty of the blooms, purchase precut 16- to 18-gauge floral-stem wire from a crafts store. Bend into a 90-degree angle 4 inches from the top. Curve the top portion to form a U. Plant the stake next to the orchid, and hook the U around the stem.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).
Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
Renowned author and plants expert Dan Hinkley has traveled the globe in search of beautiful and unique plants for his private garden, Windcliff, in Seattle.
Situated on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, the diverse garden was first begun only six years ago but has grown quickly in the lush climate of the Pacific Northwest.
Highlights from the stunning landscape include tiered Asian dogwoods, colorful hydrangeas, and dramatic bamboo, as well as a vegetable garden and greenhouse where Dan grows lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and other crops.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, November 2010
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