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HOW TO BUILD A SIMPLE INDOOR GREENHOUSE WITH YOUR KIDS

Whether you’re trying to extend your growing season or simply want to enjoy gardening with your children when it’s not seasonal enough to work outside, creating and maintaining a simple indoor greenhouse is a fun DIY activity for the whole family to enjoy all year-round. Keep reading to learn how to make a mini greenhouse of your own.

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MAINTAIN GARDEN TOOLS

The better a tool works, the less you have to. If you take the time to maintain your gardening tools at least once a year, like at the end of the season, you can have tools that will last for years, if not decades. These maintenance tasks are easy and help you save money over the long term, while making your gardening work go smoothly in the short term.

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Before You Begin

Taking care of your tools all season will make end-of-the-season maintenance even easier. Protect your tools and make it a routine to clean your tools after each use with water, dry them thoroughly and apply a light coat of oil to all metal parts. Use a stiff-bristle brush to clean stubborn, hard-to-remove dirt. Be sure to store your tools off of the ground and somewhere indoors, away from the elements and excess moisture.

You should have a space where you can inspect your tools and perform the necessary maintenance tasks, such as a worktable. Cover it with newspaper or plastic sheeting to protect the table and make it easier to clean up after you're done with the job.

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SMALL SPACE STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Small homes or apartments can make storing all of your belongings a difficult task. Sometimes you have to think unconventionally and make use of the unused space in your home to come up with storage solutions. Here are some tips on how to find more storage in a small space.

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MINOR WINDOW REPAIRS

Do you have a window that you can't pry open? Or a few that suffer from smudges, streaks or torn screens? If so, it's time you got those windows looking and working like new. Here are some simple home maintenance techniques that will get your windows in shape in no time.

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UN-STICK STUCK WINDOWS

Hurried paint jobs can lead to stuck windows when paint gets between the window sashes (the moving frame that holds the glass pane in place) and the window stops (the inside edges of the upper and lower sash channel). When paint dries in these areas it sticks like glue. But don't worry, it's an easy home repair!

Safety Alert!

When working on glass windows always wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands in case of shattering.

CLEAN WINDOWS

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RE-POTTING HOUSE PLANTS

When windows are extra dirty, they make better doors. Keep sightlines clear and your home looking sparkling clean by washing your windows at least twice per year. Keep reading to learn how make your windows look like they were cleaned by professionals.

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When to Repot

Over time, your plants' soil loses essential nutrients and the ability to hold water. While the soil is depleting, the plants' roots continue to grow, taking up more and more space in the pot. Soon, the plant becomes "root-bound" also known as "pot-bound." This combination of factors inevitably leads to a sick plant.

It is essential to houseplant health that you know when it's time to repot. Pull the plant out of the pot every so often to check on its needs and the condition of the roots. Here are a few telltale signs it's time to repot:

  • The plant is "root-bound" (roots wind around inside of pot or poke out drainage holes).
  • The plant is deformed or top-heavy.
  • You notice the appearance of brown, unhealthy roots at the bottom of the root ball.
  • The bottom leaves turn yellow and drop off or leaves are pale and dull.
  • The plant wilts between normal watering.
  • Water drains quickly through the soil.
Helpful Tip

For best results, repot once a year when plants are between flowering cycles, usually in early spring or early fall.

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KITCHEN PAINTING IDEAS

Want to change the look of your outdated or dingy kitchen surfaces but don’t want to take on a full kitchen remodel? Then consider one of the easiest and least expensive kitchen do-overs: a paint job.

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PLAN YOUR LANDSCAPE

If you want your landscape to look like something out of a magazine, start by mapping out ideas for your yard now so you're ready for planting when it's warm enough.

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HOW TO STENCIL STAIRS

If you want a unique feature that can customize your staircase, look no further than stenciling your stair risers. If you have an afternoon, some stencils and some paint you can easily update your stairs to really make them pop. Here’s how.

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THE MAGIC OF NIGHTSCAPING

Landscape lighting should be an integral part of any home landscape plan. Not only does it provide security and safety, it spotlights your landscaping features and complements the overall aesthetics of your design.

If you want to light up your landscape but are unsure where or how to start, see the steps below.

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CREATE A KID’S PLAYROOM

Does your entire home seem like big playhouse for your kids? Why not transform one of your rooms into a place where your children can play together, store their toys or simply have a fun, creative space to call their own?

Creating a playroom for your children is an exciting project that stirs the imagination and offers the opportunity for the whole family to get involved in do-it-yourself decorating and designing.

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