The garden is just a slightly tamed wilderness with hazards all its own: It harbors insects that bite, thorns that scratch, and other potential nuisances that may require simple first aid. This basic kit includes alcohol for cleaning wounds, first-aid ointment, cotton balls, bandages, tweezers for thorns and splinters, insect repellent with sunscreen, and, finally, hand salve to soothe and soften your dry skin at the end of the day.
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Fragrant floral teas find a handsome home in glass canisters, where their soft hues are on full display.
Simply fill your favorite jars with colorful varieties of loose tea petals -- we like chamomile, violet, red rose, jasmine, jasmine-scented flowering, and plum berry teas -- and arrange together for a striking counter adornment.
It's not only an attractive display, but also a convenient reminder of the varieties you have on hand.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128
After pruning trees and shrubs in the yard, save the trimmed branches to support returning perennials, such as lilies. They'll be free and plentiful, not to mention more natural looking than metal or plastic spikes. Look for branches with lots of little twigs, and stake three to five of them around each plant. As the plant grows, its foliage will gradually wind around the network of twigs.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
When using daffodils in mixed bouquets, place them in separate bud vases. The stems contain a poisonous sap that causes other flowers to wilt quickly.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
Ceramic watercolor palettes provide perfect slots for sorting and separating earrings and other jewelry -- with no tangles.
Available at art-supply stores (fineartstore.com), they make delightful displays on dressers when filled with colorful gems. They're also small enough to tuck in a drawer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2010
Personalize your desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of the leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2010
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