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June 2012

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Got Gardening Questions? He's Got Answers!

money savers

Spring fix-ups



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Got Gardening Questions? He's Got Answers!

A popular TV expert shares the wisdom he’s acquired from a lifetime of digging, planting, caring for, and feeding his own garden


money savers

Spring fix-ups

It’s time to prep your house and yard for warmer weather. Target these 12 trouble spots and DIY upgrade opportunities to slash utility bills, boost curb appeal, and up your comfort all year long


39 Budget-wise to Ways create Outdoor Rooms

HAVE A HUMDRUM PORCH? A basic patio or a neglected deck? Some simple additions—a hanging swing, mood lighting, a vintage find or two—are all it takes to transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room that adds value and comfort to your home year-round


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family affair

Repairing and updating a century-old house brings three generations under one new and improved roofline


weekend remodel

Build a classic Westport chair

Take some stock cedar, make a few tricky cuts, and puzzle it all together to create an instant heirloom



Pot up edibles now, feast all summer

No garden? No problem. Try growing your food in containers. Just follow our tips for a plentiful harvest


ask this old house

Q I’d like to plant a vegetable garden. What do I need to get started? —MAGDALYNN MACH, MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO A It you’re the sort who likes to do things the old-fashioned way, something like this hand-push cast-iron seed planter from the early 1900s (shown minus its handles and front wheel) could come in handy.

the FULLY BUILT backyard

Forget grass: For this young family a handsome wood deck that steps down to a brick patio comprises the ideal chilling, cooking, playing, and entertaining space. Read on to learn why


home solutions

7 ways to get your grill on

Before the season really heats up, give your barbecue its annual checkup. Follow our how-to advice to get it up to snuff for summer



REBUILD YOUR Insurance Net

Your No. 1 priority must be the house itself. “Possessions, living expenses, and liability should all be secondary,” says Amy Bach of United Policyholders, an insurance advocate group. Don’t base your coverage level, though, on the home’s appraised value, which includes land costs.

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