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Around the middle of June your Spring peas are probably going to be about done. Plan now to replant that part of the garden. Cucumbers are a good choice and can usually be trained up the same trellis.
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Seen any of these little jerks while turning over soil for your vegetable garden? Those are cutworms, and they can destroy your hard work overnight. They’re the juvenile form of moths. They eat at night by curling around a tender young stem and cutting it off right at the soil line. They love a variety of vegetables, including green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers. You can protect your veggies with aluminum foil collars wrapped around the lowest part of the stem and pushed firmly into the ground. Some people also use empty toilet paper rolls. Just slit down one side, and slip around the stem and into the soil.

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Cutworms in the vegetable garden
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Michigan State University Extension applies research from MSU to help Michigan residents solve everyday problems in agriculture, community…
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Love the look of vines against old brick but worried about masonry damage or needing to rip them down for future repairs? Instead of English Ivy, which, while beautiful, will aggressively seek out and infiltrate cracks, consider plants that grow up supports like trellis, lattice, or wire. These can be carefully pulled away from the house for necessary repairs without destroying the vines. Climbing roses, clematis, and wisteria are lovely choices.
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Pull-down sprayers like this used to leak like crazy, but the quality and selection has really improved in the past couple of years, and prices are dropping. These things are life savers in a kitchen for filling a mop bucket or in a laundry room for stain treatment. http://ow.ly/LDSog


Delta Lakeview Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet in…
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This Lakeview Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen in Stainless with Soap Dispenser beautifully combines elegance and functionality. Unlike…
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Must haves for a well-functioning laundry room:

Countertop space for folding—in a pinch this can be the top of a washer or dryer
Storable rods or racks for air-drying sweaters and delicate items
Load sorting station
Sink for hand-washables
Storage space for laundry detergent, fabric softener, stain treatments

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Go with a high gloss paint for a mud room or entry way, particularly if you have kids or pets. It resists scuffs and is easy to wipe down.
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If you’re open to it and can keep the clutter under control, replacing a few cabinets with open shelves in your kitchen can save you as much as a few thousand dollars in a kitchen remodel depending on the size of the space. Open shelving is a great option for things like mixing bowls, small kitchen electrics, bar ware, and glassware you enjoy showing off. Something like this costs or less in materials and looks clean and bright: http://ow.ly/Lxt4O


Open kitchen shelving with Fiestaware and Pyrex – NewlyWoodwards
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Well, I was able to get a few pretties up on our new shelves in the kitchen. It’s quite cheerful, right? I especially love that I can display my…
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Your air conditioner works best when it has room to breathe. Make sure there’s about 2 feet of clear space in all directions around it. So make sure to trim back any nearby shrubs and tall grass.
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