Sunday, June 24, 2018

Home and Garden

Neighborhood Profile: Bayshore Beautiful, Tampa

Neighborhood Profile: Bayshore Beautiful, Tampa

TAMPAIt’s easy to find the large bungalow in the Bayshore Beautiful neighborhood in which the McGeachy family lives.A short stone wall that borders the sidewalk opens to a stone walkway and stairs that lead to the wrap-around front porch where large ...
Updated a year ago
Craft corners, yoga rooms and more: How the self-care craze has seeped into home design

Craft corners, yoga rooms and more: How the self-care craze has seeped into home design

Picture an escape.The first image that came to mind was probably a sandy beach, or an exotic location. It likely wasn’t your master bathroom or bedroom.That is slowly changing, said interior designer and author Nate Berkus."With everything going on i...
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Timely Tendings: Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant species

Timely Tendings: Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant species

Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant speciesPlants make great gifts to give and receive. But .?.?. beware invasive species lurking in local garden centers or nurseries. Many invasive species are still commonly sold and if you plant them in your...
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5 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

5 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Thinking about buying your first home? Before you can unlock the door to homeownership, you have to take some important first steps. From finding the perfect location to financing your purchase, shopping for your first home has challenges that go bey...
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Timely Tendings: As holidays approach, find the right plants; keep an eye on edibles in the garden

Timely Tendings: As holidays approach, find the right plants; keep an eye on edibles in the garden

Get holiday plants: trees, poinsettias and cactiLiving Christmas trees are a fun, lasting way to celebrate the holiday season that can then be planted to provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Unfortunately a commonly sold plant for this is the Norfolk Isl...
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Plan and budget for a good return on your garden investment

Plan and budget for a good return on your garden investment

The first of the 2018 seed catalogs will be arriving soon in the mail, signaling the start of another growing season. Savvy vegetable gardeners pore over the pages while choosing plants and drafting budgets. Planning ahead provides healthier returns ...
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Diggin’ Florida Dirt: Gardeners share suggestions for holiday gifts

Diggin’ Florida Dirt: Gardeners share suggestions for holiday gifts

If I had to choose just one garden tool to be shipwrecked with on an uninhabited island, it would be my Felco 2 pruners. They clip anything up to about a half-inch diameter — even thicker when I push it, which I do.Even my daughter marveled when I qu...
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Homes that make a good first impression have 5 things in common

Homes that make a good first impression have 5 things in common

It takes just 26 seconds for a guest to form an opinion of your home when they walk through the front door. What does your space say about you? While we try to resist the urge to judge, there’s no doubt that first impressions count.Whether you’re exp...
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Timely Tendings: Insects, environmental problems can cause premature bud drop

Timely Tendings: Insects, environmental problems can cause premature bud drop

Insects, environmental problems can cause premature bud dropYou may notice premature flower bud drop on hibiscus and gardenia. This can be caused by insects, as well as cultural or environmental problems.Insects called thrips and midges can damage th...
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Timely Tendings: Use the least toxic option when controlling vegetable pests

Timely Tendings: Use the least toxic option when controlling vegetable pests

Control pests on vegetable plants using least toxic methods Scout your vegetable garden regularly for insect pests. Be sure to look for beneficial insects like lady bugs, green lacewings, and minute pirate bugs. These will help control common pests l...
Updated a year ago