It’s not unusual to visit your tomato patch and discover fruits with all kinds of problems. Heavy rain can cause tomatoes to crack as roots absorb so much water that it literally makes the tomatoes split their skins. This is a big problem with cherry tomatoes especially, but happens with all types. You might also discover tomatoes that critters have been nibbling. Squirrels, chipmunks, deer, even turtles will chomp at ripening tomatoes, seeking moisture. Slugs, earwigs and stink bugs also attack tomatoes and break the skin. Anytime you have a tomato that’s damaged, the best tactic is to remove it from the garden. Bury it in your compost pile, toss it into a far part of your yard, carry it indoors to drop down the disposal—do whatever works for you. But definitely get rid of it. Problem fruits roll out the welcome mat to other pests (fruit flies, wildlife) and diseases. If possible, bury the problem tomatoes to try and contain any pest outbreaks.
Blue Cottage Kitchen With Cooktop
In this kitchen, the hand-painted tile backsplash's delicate pattern is a graceful companion to the white upper cabinets and a handsome foil to the honeyed tones of the range hood and lower cabinets.
Transitional Open Plan Kitchen With Black Barstools
A bank of upper cabinets used to sit above this kitchen's peninsula, closing off the room from the adjacent living and dining area. Removing them gives the kitchen a whole new open feel, much better for entertaining.
Modern Kitchen With Counter-To-Ceiling Tile Backsplash
This elegant white and gray kitchen showcases modern design, from the decorative tile backsplash that runs from the marble countertops to the ceiling. A stainless steel range and oven is flanked by classic white cabinets with nickel hardware.
This crisp, white kitchen with modern elegance features four globed pendant lights that hang from the beautifully vaulted ceilings. A marble kitchen island with three contemporary bar chairs face the decorative tile backsplash that runs from the marble countertop to the ceiling.
Designers kept this kitchen's handsome traditional roots and well-planned flow, but gave it a few key updates. The charming blue backsplash is made of hand-painted terracotta and ceramic tile. Countertops are quartz with a concrete lookalike finish.
The bold, blue and white backsplash is the focal point in this modern kitchen. A chef's oven with stainless steel hood range is flanked by white cabinets with brass hardware, complimented by a brass-toned faucet at the quartz kitchen island with a farmhouse sink.
Timeless Cottage Kitchen From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dark and cramped kitchen into a bright, contemporary space that fits the needs of a growing family of three. New stainless steel appliances and pops of light turquoise and green paint give the cozy white kitchen a contemporary, timeless look.
Country Wood Dining Set Adjacent to Contemporary Kitchen
Gray concrete flooring provides a smooth connection for the rooms in this open floor plan. From the contemporary kitchen, a large opening leads to the dining space. A wood table with matching chairs, floral roman shades and blue walls decorate the room with a country style.
Contemporary Orange and White Kitchen With Eat-In Island
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy transformed this kitchen with bright colors and accents, giving this 1920s home a more contemporary feel. She selected white cabinets and gray countertops that can handle the orange tones that pop within the room. Especially captivating is the soft orange-colored ceiling that helps to frame the entire design.
Luxurious and Eco-Friendly Custom Arbor in Stunning Patio
This luxurious outdoor space boasts a stunning custom arbor, built entirely from sustainable materials. Contemporary outdoor seating comfortably seats up to 20 people. A stunning stone fireplace is perfect for chilly nights.
The biggest problems to be solved in this kitchen makeover? Not enough storage or useable space. For a lighter, more open feel, designers framed the range with two windows repurposed from another part of the house. Ceiling-high cabinets were given glass doors, more shelving with an airy look!
Japanese Koi-Inspired Pink Wallpaper Adorns a Wall That Holds a Gold Mirror
One of the defining features in her living room is a patterned wallpaper that Jeanie Engelbach has been coveting for years. The pink Japanese koi-inspired print fits perfectly with her eclectic style and blends seamlessly with her unique furniture and accessories.
The all-white perimeter of the kitchen is contrasted with golden accents (drawer and cabinet pulls and other details) and the island's slate blue cabinets. The combination of colors is warm and welcoming.