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April 2014

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Troubleshooting your vegetable garden

ALL ABOUT

Hydrangeas

Ask THIS OLD HUSE

Q+A

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Troubleshooting your vegetable garden

You planted your favorites, then planned a season’s worth of farm-to-table meals around your anticipated bounty. But you wound up with a harvest of bitter lettuce, cracked tomatoes, crooked carrots, and no idea where you went wrong. Don’t toss those menus yet.

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ALL ABOUT

Hydrangeas

For generations, these beloved shrubs have charmed with their big blooms and carefree nature. Find out which varieties are right for you and how to keep them thriving

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Q+A

I have some packets of seeds left over from last year’s vegetable garden. Can I plant them this year? That depends. Onion, parsnip, and parsley seeds aren’t hardy enough to be stored. But most other seeds, including beets, stay viable for two to four years if kept somewhere dark, cool, and dry.
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Recrafting a 1915 Craftsman

With the help of its can-do owners, a worn-out house gets back to its original spirited self

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weekend remodel

DAY-TO-DAY TIMELINE

SATURDAY Assemble the box (Steps 1-5). SUNDAY Install the bin, attach the diverter, and make the connections (Steps 6-7).
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energy-savers

Demystifying LEDs

For those with nagging questions, we’ve got answers

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

TOM SILVA REPLIES: You may want to consider fiberglass gutters like those chosen by the owners of the latest TOH TV project house, in Arlington, Massachusetts. Made and hung by The Fiberglass Gutter Company (fiberglassgutter.com), they look just like traditional wood, but they’ll never rot or need paint.
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Letter FROM THIS OLD HOUSE

We’ve done the math for you

"Okay, pin me down and I’ll admit it: I’m more of a word guy than a numbers guy.” I said this to my brother while we were deep into another DIY project. He stared back at me with that look that says, “The things you hear when you don’t have a clear shot with the hammer."

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before + after: bedroom

From cold to comfy

Wainscoting, moldings, and a soothing color scheme add character to a bland bedroom

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shopping

Animal-print wallpaper

No, we’re not talking leopard spots. Here, 12 cheeky ways to take a walk on the wild side

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