Horse and girl.

Spending Quality Time at a Stable

Well, I just have to have one of those “Mom” moments to say how excited I am for Hannah, my soon to be 16-year-old daughter, and her newly discovered passion: Horses!! This is a great revelation for me. See, I grew up with horses, rode in college, and loved to take trail rides whenever I could.

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Vegetable garden

Vegetable Garden: Crop Rotation Made Easy

Crop rotation is a simple process that is vitally important to the health and productivity of the garden. From disease prevention to nutrient balancing, the benefits of crop rotation make it worth the extra bit of planning required. Here’s an easy-to-remember crop rotation plan for any size garden.

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Tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes in the Deep South

Barbara asks, “I have trouble growing tomatoes in the heat of the Deep South. Are there any varieties you recommend?”

Once temperatures get above 90° F, tomato plants are very susceptible to blossom drop, resulting in a poor crop. Give these ideas a try.

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Tile floor

How to Remove Tile Without Breaking

Earle asks, “How can I remove tiles without breaking them?”

If the tiles are firmly attached, you may not be able to remove them without breaking, but here’s how to give it a try.

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Rustic wood gate at Mountain Light Sanctuary

A Visit to the Mountain Light Sanctuary

Tucked away in the forest, not too far from Asheville, NC, is a wonderfully magical mountain getaway called the Mountain Light Sanctuary. It’s a peaceful, charming place with graceful flowers, spaces for meditation and walking, inviting paths and enchanted indoor and outdoor nooks and crannies. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go there to rest, explore, and have a long-overdue visit with a lifelong friend.

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stackable retaining wall

How to Build a Stackable Block Retaining Wall

Retaining walls can be a great way to help with erosion and create a beautiful, usable garden space. Thanks to interlocking, stackable blocks, the project can be completed in a weekend. Building a retaining wall is a lot of work, but it’s something most homeowners can handle. Read on to find out what you need to know to build your own stackable block retaining wall.

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Houseplant growing in low light.

How to Grow Houseplants in Low Light Conditions

Amy asks, “What are your recommendations for growing houseplants in low light conditions?”

For low light conditions, choose plants with darker foliage, since they are very efficient at photosynthesis and can get by on less sunlight. Here are some ideal plants.

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Painting outside of house.

Temperature Range for Painting Your House

Ilona asks, “At what temperatures does it become too hot (or cold) to paint your house?”

The recommended temperatures for exterior paint vary depending on the type and brand used, but in general oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40°-90° F and latex between 50°-85° F.

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