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Photo By: Matthew Williams, Courtesy of Tamara H Design
Tomato With Slug
Slugs love the soft skin of tomatoes, and if you mulch with straw or leaf litter, you may have a bumper crop of these slimy foes. You know slugs have been at work on ripening tomatoes when you see single holes in the fruit. Once a slug creates an opening in a ‘mater, the fruit is prone to attack by other insects and mold. The quickest way to catch slugs is by leaving boards out in the tomato patch. They’ll crawl under for shelter at dawn, and you can scrape them into a bucket of soapy water. Use slug bait throughout the growing season right up to frost to diminish the slug population. Choose pet-safe baits if your pooch visits the garden.
Tomato With Anthracnose
Classic anthracnose symptoms include circular, water-soaked spots with a dark bulls-eye. A mold-like fungus eventually develops. Anthracnose is caused by a fungus that lives in soil. It’s more prevalent in poorly drained soil. Leaves or tomatoes that come into contact with soil can pick up the fungus spores. Rain and overhead irrigation can also splash fungus spores onto plants. To avoid this disease, improve poorly drained soil by adding organic matter. Stake plants to keep them off soil, and pick tomatoes before they become overly ripe, which makes them more susceptible to the disease.
Tomato With Blossom End Rot
When tomatoes develop a dark, sunken spot on the bottom, that’s known as blossom end rot. This condition occurs when plants don’t get enough calcium—either because there’s not enough in soil or soil pH is too low for plant roots to absorb calcium. Hot weather and uneven watering also contribute to the problem. The best way to beat blossom end rot is to do a soil test prior to planting, in spring. You might need to add lime or gypsum to increase calcium in soil. During the growing season, water tomato plants regularly and add a mulch layer to maintain soil moisture. Calcium-containing sprays applied to tomato leaves can also help boost calcium levels in the plant. When using calcium sprays, follow directions carefully.
Tomato With Sunscald
Hot summer sun can burn tomatoes, causing a condition known as sunscald. It’s not much different from a sunburn on your skin. Sunscald results in a white patch that has very thin skin. The flesh beneath doesn’t taste good. The problem occurs when there aren’t enough leaves to shade fruit. Staking tomatoes or using cages helps leaves to dangle and cover fruit. Use care when pruning tomato leaves. Make sure you don’t remove all the leaves that shade ripening tomatoes.
Tomatoes crack as a result of hot weather and heavy rain. Typically it occurs when summer thunderstorms soak dry soil, plants rapidly suck up the water, and ripening tomatoes enlarge so quickly that they burst their skins. The best defense against this issue is twofold. First, keep soil where you grow tomatoes moist by regular watering and mulch. Second, when heavy rain is forecast, harvest nearly ripe tomatoes. You can let them finish ripening indoors. Some tomato varieties are prone to cracking, including most cherry tomatoes.
Pots of Cyclamen, Aloe, and Sedum on Redwood Deck
Nothing could be more lovely than a variety of pots planted with cyclamen, aloe, and sedum on a sunny redwood deck.
Tented Ceiling with Bohemian and Global Fabric in Study
Fabric by Robert Allen envelopes a study designed by Cheryl Settino Mosher for the 2017 Holiday House NYC. She used Lush Scene, a pattern with bohemian and global style, in the eclectic space. The orange painted trim is “Bittersweet Vine” from Benjamin Moore's Century line.
The A-List celebrity who had these bathroom bookcases designed exclusively for her Hollywood-area home loves reading so much she wants books within reach at all times. Something tells us, however, that her invaluable first editions are stored elsewhere, as a steamy tub could ruin pages, spines and glue. But who reads priceless books in the bathtub anyway? The reading material here is purely for pleasure and relaxation.
The home's first floor has most of the living spaces; the second hosts the bedrooms. And a petite top floor is made up of a large family room with a bathroom, plus extra storage. The house's front overlooks a park; the back, a pretty courtyard.
Tamara Hubinsky’s mission for this design was to create a hideout for the 9-year-old boy that would still accommodate him as he matured. The bookshelf stairs were custom designed to provide storage and utilize precious bedroom space. The stairs also add structure to the loft bed, which is important for kids’ rooms that are subject to lots of movement and heavy use. Small stair carpet treads (in a stone, riverbed pattern) add comfort and safety.