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May 24

I bought a house! Now please help me take care of the landscaping...

My wife and I are closing next month on our first house! We're super excited and totally love the place. One thing we really like about it is the exterior and how beautifully landscaped it is. The couple selling it to us were big landscape hobbyists and did all the work themselves. Now how do I not kill it all? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 7:44 PM - 8 answers

Plant ID

Help me ID some plants? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 2:57 PM - 11 answers

Looking For Good Mood Lighting For My Apartment

I am looking to create a nice serene environment at home. Aside from fairy lights, what are my options for mood lighting.... [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 12:26 PM - 12 answers

Affordable living in Eastern/Central Massachusetts

I'm thinking about moving back to New England. Difficulty level: I am a single person on a librarian's income with specific criteria for where I'd like to live. [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese at 8:02 AM - 5 answers

Need storage facility in Baltimore, pronto!

I have an urgent and immediate need to pack up my son's (cluttered, overfull and messy) room at his mom's, and put it into storage somewhere. There is absolutely not room for it all in my two-bedroom apartment, where his room is already close to full. I have never put anything in storage before. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 7:46 AM - 4 answers

What's worse than a snake in the grass?

I have a very small back yard. Twice last year I found a decapitated garden snake back there. This seemed disturbing, unusual, and improbable. I just found another one this morning. What is going on? How do I protect the snakes?
posted by papergirl at 6:45 AM - 7 answers

May 23

How best to build a platform on uneven backyard area?

Hey! So I've got this lousy backyard area and I want to install some kind of flat platform so the table and chairs aren't at a janky angle. What's the best and cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by insteadofapricots at 2:31 PM - 9 answers

How should we configure and utilize these rooms?

We are a family of four (2 adults, 2 young kiddos under 5) considering the following floor plan: We want suggestions/ideas about best using these rooms. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 10:54 AM - 7 answers

Seeking a visual calendar of perennial bloom times

I'm looking for a visual calendar, that is photos in chronological order, of what blooms each month in my zone (zone 5/6). Like an Instagram feed or calendar populated with images at the general bloom time of all the plants I might reasonably grow in my area. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 6:55 AM - 5 answers

May 22

What outdoor cooking appliance should I get?

My kitchen unfortunately doesn't have a way to vent smoke/cooking odors [no range hood], so I've been avoiding the range and just using the oven. However, I have a backyard where I could cook and extend my options. A lot of outdoor cooking equipment seems optimized for camping (no access to electricity, lightweight), which are not constraints I have. I'm just looking for an easy, cheap range substitute. Should I get a portable burner or something else? [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:52 AM - 13 answers

Best stick and tiny vacuums for my purposes

I would like to buy a stick vacuum to vacuum the kitchen floor and a tiny vacuum to vacuum up cat litter. I am at a loss as to which ones. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:00 AM - 13 answers

May 20

What to expect from a real estate agent?

We’ve been working with an experienced real estate agent as we look for a new house. We haven’t been thrilled with her so far and we’re trying to figure out if our expectations are off or if she’s just not a great agent. Is it her or us? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 8:44 PM - 18 answers

May 18

Plastic Sleeve to Hang Art

I was at a friend's place and she had art hung on her walls in thick clear plastic. She thought she might have gotten them from an art gallery and called them 'plastic sleeves.' She said she liked them because she could change out of the art from the sleeve and not invest in expensive frames for each piece. They hung art of varying sizes. I didn't manage to get a picture but any help tracking something like this down would be great. My googling has failed me.
posted by allthingsconsidered at 6:47 PM - 5 answers

What happens when you put gravel on top of soil?

I want to put some gravel on the exposed soil around my basement windows to prevent mud splatter. But what happens to the gravel over time? Does it settle into the soil? Should I remove some of the soil first before putting down the gravel? (That was my first thought but then wouldn't that mean that water would flow towards the foundation?)
posted by storybored at 10:27 AM - 9 answers

May 17

Good quality cleaning supplies with reduced plastic footprint

What reduced-plastic cleaning / soap / laundry products have you used and been happy with? I saw an ad for this company yesterday (cleaning products with cartridge refills) - it's a neat idea, but does it work? It made me wonder what reduced-plastic options you folks in the hive have used and been happy with for laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, soap, etc. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 11:00 AM - 11 answers

Seeking an architect in NYC

I'd like to do a gut renovation of my two-bedroom Manhattan apartment, so I'm seeking recommendations for architects. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:17 AM - 6 answers

May 16

How to find out if a yard has full sun

I'm looking for a quick way to find out how much sun a backyard gets. I've seen google's project sunroof, but I want to grow vegetables, and not on the roof! I don't have access to the backyards of interest. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech at 8:20 AM - 7 answers

May 15

Overthinking a planting of beans

Please help us figure out how to get the PVC fence frames we built to sit nicely on top of the raised garden beds we built. [more inside]
posted by Syllepsis at 11:06 PM - 15 answers

Existing raised bed next to walkway

I have a gravel walkway that will be replaced with concrete. However, the walkway is next to a slightly raised bed (~5") held back by a jumble of moss-covered stacked bricks and concrete blocks (see photos) How would you suggest handling the raised bed with the new concrete walkway? Replace bricks with new ones? Mortar them? Or ...? All suggestions welcome.
posted by ShooBoo at 11:50 AM - 4 answers

May 14

Trying to ID this chair...or just narrow down to a decade?

I picked up these two club chairs at a "friend of friends" house sale for a Chicago investment banker moving to the West Coast. The house was full of really lovely furniture (Saarinen Oval Dining Table, some Baker cafe chairs, some vintage Knoll, etc.) These chairs were fun and incredibly comfortable and relatively cheap because they have no label. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 2:49 PM - 6 answers

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