Vegetables that bear heavily, such as tomatoes, corn, peppers, squash, broccoli and watermelon, are heavy feeders. Most grow well with a 5-10-10 fertilizer mixed into the soil at spring planting. Once the weather becomes warmer, these veggies can benefit from a second application, or side dressing. Follow label directions on the product you're using.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
If existing cabinets are of good quality, in excellent working condition and the layout functions well, the most affordable option is to simply paint or re-stain them. Another alternative, refacing, involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and should be handled by a professional.
Multicolored Transitional Girls Room With Pink Rug
The boldest wash of color in this girls' bedroom is on the ceiling (blue paint) and floor (a hot pink rug). The bed linens and cheerful garlands draped around the canopy beds mix and match the popsicle hues.
The patina of the terra cotta backsplash tiles and stone floor contrast with the modern range and classic stainless steel island. The vintage French lab stools used as barstools help add to the layered and curated look of the space.
Designer Rebekah Zaveloff mixed dark wood with black and cream accents to tie in with architecture of 1920s Tudor home. Charcoal grout and school house lights add vintage feel. Black accents and chalkboard inserts on refrigerator add depth. A chalkboard refrigerator is a handy message center.
An island with a soft gray base helps ground the light airiness of this open plan kitchen that includes bright white cabinets, a white tile backsplash and glass pendants. Upholstered barstools make hanging out even more welcoming.
This fireplace extends the dining room and provides a reading nook on the opposite side. The minimalist Caesarstone slab surround accentuates the linear flame to create a dramatic effect without overpowering the space.
Lavender and gold are a dreamy pairing in this spa-like bathroom. Over the bathtub, a mural of flowers adds to the romance and a plant housed in a golden planter is a decadent touch in the large walk-in shower.
Headboards can define a bedroom and in this case the artwork of Italian Renaissance painter Dosso Dossi behind the wooden platform bed creates a bold statement. The white bed linens and faux fur throw create a neutral base for the colorful art.