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Growing Gains: Making Your Own Vegetable Garden Can Be Fun, Healthy and Rewarding 2

Organizing Your Home 12 Put More “Green” Into Your Spring Cleaning 13 Give Your Home a Fresh, Fashionable Look 15

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RIGHT: Pitra checks on her plants. BELOW: Seedlings ready to grow.

Pitra lives in a duplex in west Yakima, so her yard space is limited, and digging up rented lawn is not an option. “I am trying to do all of my growing in containers,” says Pitra. “I’ve been breaking up old pallets and fashioning them into a composting area and a raised bed.” Pitra is starting out with growing tomatoes, peppers, spinach, mesclun, potatoes and Walla Walla onions. She also keeps a well-established herb garden that she stored inside during winter. Her next step is to add chives, mint and cilantro. Pitra, who moved to Yakima from Iowa last year, is still adjusting to the area’s weather patterns. Her garden hasn’t even made it outside yet since she was told to be careful of the last frost. “I’ve been babying all the seeds in my windowsills,” Pitra says. In addition to conserving space, Pitra is watching her wallet. Both she and her husband, Nicholi Pitra, are viewing gardening more as a hobby at this point. The couple is using mostly recycled items — neglected pallets, old plastic jugs and egg cartons — to get them started. Having a friend who farms helps, too. “We’re hoping to get some good soil and some tips from him,” says Pitra. Navarrete thinks having a mentor is one of the best ways to break into gardening until it becomes second nature. “My dad still helps me in the garden,” she says. “It’s good to team up; if you want a friend to garden with you, or have a mentor, there’s less pressure.”

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Pitra’s outdoor garden

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Simon adds that a mentor — especially an older person who has been around farming or gardening — can offer tips and tricks that a beginner might never uncover, including tapping buds on a tomato plant to help it pollinate, spreading Epson salt around a plant to help it grow a thicker wall, using coffee grounds for compost, or pouring a leftover soft drink at a plant’s base to break down the soil.

The Pitras have put things in perspective in their first year. If things don’t pan out as desired, there’s plenty of fresh, local produce to go around. “I’m just thankful that there’s a great Farmers’ Market in the summertime in case my first garden doesn’t exactly flourish,” Pitra says. “You can always plant late,” says Navarrete. “Summer lasts here for a long time.”

Talking to other gardeners is one of the best ways to learn about the process and to acquire all those “inside” tips and tricks. But there are plenty of materials available at little or no cost to help beginners create a bountiful garden. Pitra really got started by poring over as many gardening books she could find. With so many options, she settled on the book Gardening with Ed Hume, which she describes as comprehensive, well-organized and a “great resource for people who are completely new to gardening, especially in this area.” Pitra also found Garden Anywhere, by Alys Fowler, and Your Farm in the City, by Lisa Taylor, helpful since they addressed gardening in smaller areas and offered creative approaches on how to make a little go a long way. Simon suggests checking out Jerry Baker’s compact Vegetable Gardens, which offers gardening steps, tips, and recipes for sprays to keep bugs away safely. Another helpful (and interesting) book is Lasagna Gardening, by Patricia Lanza, which describes how a vegetable — or flower — garden can be put practically anywhere.

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HOMEOWNERS HAVE A VARIETY of needs around the landscape that call for pavers or concrete, including driveways, patios and walkways. Deciding on a material means assessing needs and desired features as well as the cost of the project. In general, pavers are interlocking tiles of stone, brick or molded concrete. Concrete is poured in large, solid blocks with flexible spacers to allow for contraction and expansion depending on the weather. Pavers Pavers allow flexibility in color and pattern. They can also be dug up and moved around at a later time. Different types of blocks can be interwoven to create a unique pattern. Because pavers are individual pieces, homeowners may find that installation is a do-ityourself project. There are many different price ranges for pavers, depending on the size and material. Some range from a few dollars a block to much more than that. Many home-improvement stores sell an array of pavers, or homeowners can order from a specialty retailer.

Concrete Poured concrete is a permanent addition to the landscape. It cannot be poured and then reconfigured without major demolition. Also, because concrete requires precision and mastery, it is not something easily done by a do-ityourselfer. This means that a hired mason will have to be called to pour concrete features. This may make concrete a more expensive purchase than individual pavers. Concrete is a continuous, poured substance. This means that weeds will not grow through so there is less maintenance involved. But it’s important to know that even concrete that has been properly laid may shift or crack over time from the settling of the ground. Thanks to innovations in concrete, homeowners who like the look

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This decorative garden shed can be the ideal place to store garden tools and equipment. Or it can be used as a child’s backyard hideaway. HOME GARDENERS AND lawn enthusiasts generally accumulate a number of tools of the trade in order to successfully manage their gardening needs. As a result, many homeowners build a garden shed to store all their tools and lawn care accessories. A garden shed presents an ideal way to store all of the tools and appliances needed for the weekend hobby. Plus, it enables homeowners to clear out clutter from the garage or basement. A locked garden shed can be a safe place in which to store sharp tools, fuel and some chemical products. Just because the shed will have utility doesn’t mean it has to be an eyesore on the property. JESSI - PROOF SALES - SPRIng HOmE & There areSPR ways to create or gARdEn - FULL COLOR .PdF 0419

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of construction as a home or addition, like a garage. This means that a homeowner is able to save some money with materials. Pressboard may be durable enough and less expensive than plywood. There’s little need for insulation or expensive windows. In fact, unless it is for a decorative standpoint, windows are unnecessary altogether. It is likely that people who have had recent upgrades made on their homes may have leftover materials that can be put to use on a garden shed. Roofing shingles, extra aluminum siding and wood trim can be used on the shed. Even leftover latex paints and stains can be use on the shed. Homeowners should visit a

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GARDEN COMPOST CAN BE a garden’s best friend. Compost promotes soil health and enables plants grow to their best ability. Many home gardeners prefer to make their own compost. It is easily achieved with items that normally would be discarded, including many items that ardent gardeners may be unaware of. Common Compost Materials Items like eggshells, banana peels, apple cores, paper, leaves, and coffee grounds are often included in a home compost pile. These items break down by natural bacteria and produce a rich fertilizer for plants.

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HOMEOWNERS MOVE TREES AROUND their property for a number of reasons. Some might be adding on to their property and need to make room for their new addition, while others might simply want to move a tree for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason, transplanting trees can be risky. Trees that are not fully healthy, for instance, might find a transplant too stressful. If the stress proves overwhelming, the tree could die or lose some its physical appeal. Though there are no guarantees when transplanting trees, there are a few guidelines homeowners can follow to increase the likelihood of a successful transplant. • Transplant at the right time. It’s best to transplant trees when the ground is not frozen. When transplanting in the spring, do so right after the ground has thawed and before the tree or shrub’s buds begin to swell. When transplanting in the fall, do so soon after leaf drop to allow time for root development before the soil freezes. • Re-locate to the correct spot. Before transplanting a tree or shrub, test the new location in mind. Make sure the place to where the tree or shrub will be moved can provide sufficient light for the given species to thrive. In addition, check the new location’s soil pH, moisture and wind exposure. Not all areas of a property are ideal for trees and shrubs, so inspect the area before moving. Such an inspection should include examining a layout of the property’s utility lines. • Avoid drying out. Trees and shrubs should not dry out during the transplanting process. Water the plants for 2 to 3 days prior to transplanting the tree if the surrounding soil is dry. When it comes time to transplant, cover the root ball with a damp material, such as burlap or canvas, that will help retain moisture the tree or shrub needs. • Let the professionals move larger trees. Moving larger trees is an undertaking best left to professionals. Transplanting larger trees could prove a difficult undertaking for many homeowners, and the tree could suffer greatly if that’s the case. • Plant as soon as possible. It’s possible to store a tree and not immediately plant it, but it’s ideal to plant a tree or shrub that is being transplanted as soon as possible. If storing, avoid covering the root ball with plastic. That can suffocate the plant’s roots, putting its life in significant jeopardy. Protect stored plants from extreme temperatures, wind and direct sunlight. • Plant properly. Planting holes should be two to three times as wide as the root ball. If planting in dry soil, prewater the holes before planting begins, and be sure to plant the tree or shrub at the same depth it was originally growing in. Also, plant the tree so it is in the same direction, relative to the sun, that it was previously in.

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House Styles 101

Craftsman Craftsman homes came out of the Arts & Crafts movement that spurred architectural styles as well as furniture design. Craftsman homes are built from stone or stucco and are meant to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Oftentimes one-story, the Craftsman may have one dormer over the roof and feature thick pillars on a front porchway.

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AS THE OLD ADAGES GO, “a man’s home is his castle” and “there’s no place like home.” What type of house a person chooses to call home can say a lot about his or her personality and priorities. There are many different types of housing styles, each with unique features, benefits and detriments. When shopping for a new home or thinking about updating a current place, it can be wise to keep housing style in mind before signing on any dotted lines or making any renovations. Colonial Colonial homes were developed during the colonial period of the United States and remain one of the most popular housing styles to date. Colonials generally have a distinct square or rectangular shape and are often large and stately. Main rooms are on the first floor of the house, while bedrooms are on the

second level. A center-hall colonial can have a staircase or hallway splitting the home into two distinct sides. Ranch Ranch-style homes became popular in the 1960s, when many families were flocking to suburban areas. Long, spacious homes were first seen on the country’s ranches. As they cropped up in different areas, they were still referred to as ranch-style homes or ranches. Ranch homes are very popular with seniors because most are one-level homes. Tudor Tudor-style homes are reminiscent of the Tudor architectural style popular in England between 1485 and 1558. These homes are characterized by an asymmetrical floor plan, tall, thin windows, a large chimney, decorative half-timbering, and steeply pitched roofs.

Contemporary A contemporary or “modern” house has little ornamentation and may be asymmetrical in design. It uses glass extensively and other modern building materials. Contemporary homes are often designated by sleek, unadorned lines. Cape Cod Cape Cod homes were built from the 1930s through the 1950s. The style originated in colonial New England, but then spread to other areas of the country. The homes are usually compact and feature a center hall layout with rooms branching on either side of the hallway. Capes may be one- or twostory dwellings with small rooms and dormers that protrude out of a sharply pitched roof.

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Split-Level A split-level home is a multi-leveled dwelling with a small staircase that leads up from the main level and another that leads down from the main level. A sidesplit may be visible when looking at the front of the home, where a backsplit may only show when looking at the side elevation of the home. A bi-level home only has two levels. Mission The Mission style became popular in southern areas of the country between the years 1485 and 1558. It was inspired by Mexican mansions. Mission style homes are distinguished by exterior stucco walls and parapets, or a low wall that runs at the perimeter of the roof. Mission homes also may have an arcade, or a series of arches supported by large square columns to form a large, shaded entry porch. There are many styles of homes from which prospective home buyers can choose.

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Tips for Organizing your Home Spring is here, and for many people that means the annual attempt at organizing the home.

KEEP IT CLEAN This is also the perfect opportunity to throughly clean and possibly add a new coat of paint or a fresh shelf liner to otherBY GREENSHOOT MEDIA DIVIDE AND CONQUER wise neglected At this point, it is important to areas. divide your remaining belongings WHILE MOST PEOPLE START Obscure corinto categories that make sense to ners that have out with good intentions and you, typically based on how you complete the project thinking been hidden use them. For instance, the utenthat they’re organized for good, for years typia few months later they find they sil drawer in the kitchen should cally accumuORGANIZING 101: only hold utensils, not extra bagare back to a chaotic mess. late many dust KEEP LIKE THINGS TOGETHER Here are some tips to get orga- gies, pet food or scrap paper. balls. A colorA truly organized home will nized once and for all. take up precious real estate. At ful pattern or have systems in place to help the very least, put them in clear a bright color will spruce up a categorize and manage your pos- boring closet, perhaps adding a START SMALL The thought of containers on a high shelf or sessions. There is a vast array going through the entire house — bit of design flair to a frequently underneath the bed. of easy-to-use options available room by room, drawer by drawer In the bathroom or linen closet, neglected part of the home. — can be overwhelming. The key is these days for every budget, style When you put items back where fold towels in a uniform size for and size of space, whether it is a they belong, you should wipe to start small. Pick one room as a a more visually pleasing effect. tiny drawer or a huge closet. launching point, then dig in. them off first to help prevent dust Rein in toiletries with baskets In fact, some entire retailTake every single thing out of or divided vessels. Each member build-up. Make sure any shoes ers and sections of department each drawer, cupboard and closet of the household can have his or are dirt-free and clothes have and honestly evaluate its usefulness stores have sprung up to help her own container. been washed or dry-cleaned. you stay organized. From drawer and condition. There’s really no In the clothes closet, keep like dividers and kitchen canisters to items together. Hang long pants, other way to do it. KEEP IT UP To ensure that Anything that is broken should be complex closet organization systhe home remains organized skirts and suit jackets together, put in a fix-it box or simply discard- tems and garage shelving units, after all this work, it is imperathen add shorter blouses and you can find products to help you t-shirts. Neatly fold bulky sweated. Items that are rarely, if ever, tive to continually purge. fight the clutter. used need to be donated or sold. A good way to stay on track is ers and put smaller things like Buying well-designed prodWhen you’re done, the only items scarves, socks or hats in a basket. the rule that when something new ucts to organize your life can be left will be things that are actually comes in, such as a new comfortIf possible, store out-of-season money well spent. used and not just a bunch of stuff er or gadget, then the old one gets clothes in a separate closet or taking up valuable space. discarded, donated or sold. spare room. That way they don’t

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Spring always brings flowers, birds and cleaning — a lot of cleaning. WHETHER IT STEMS FROM concerns regarding your family’s health or the environment — or even just to save money — many people are returning to pantry products when spring-cleaning time comes around. By using a few common products that don’t contain harsh chemicals, you can keep a tidy and healthy house, save money on cleaning materials and help the planet at the same time.

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A yard sale is a great way to make some extra money from your surplus stuff. Many areas have community yard sales to draw more traffic. If not, simply pick a Saturday and hold your own. Here are some things to keep in mind when holding a yard or garage sale: • HAVE AN ADVERTISING PLAN: Start by talking to your local newspaper. The cost of a classified ad will easily pay for itself by bringing shoppers to your sale. You can also do some advertising yourself by making signs or spreading the word to your friends on Facebook. • PLAN FOR THE WEATHER: Yard sales are great when the weather is good, but all your planning can go awry with a little rain. Whether you have a dry place to move the sale or simply want to reschedule, you need to decide up front what you’ll do if it rains on your money-making parade. • YOU CAN’T START TOO EARLY: Not only do you have to work ahead of time to organize and price your items to make them easier to sell, but you should also think about starting the sale itself on an early schedule. Many of yardsale shoppers are early birds, so plan on being ready very early on a Saturday morning or maybe even start the sale on a Friday. • CHECK WITH YOUR CITY: More and more cities across America are requiring permits for people to hold garage sales. Be sure you check with your local government to see if a permit is required to hold a sale, and follow all the local regulations precisely.

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Give Your Home a Fresh, Fashionable Look

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Home decor trends are influenced by many factors, including fashion, the environment and the economy. To update any space, choose a few of the following trends and use them in conjunction with existing pieces. POPULAR COLORS Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to instantly transform any space. A fresh coat of paint in an “en vogue” shade is revitalizing. Coral, which is a pinkish-red, is the major color trend in 2011, for both wall color and home accents. Other dominant colors are purple, browns and grays, all used in conjunction with one another. For those who are afraid to take the plunge with a bold wall color, use these shades as accent pieces in pillows, rugs, wall treatments and other accessories. For those who prefer softer shades and more subtle color, there are citrus tones in light green, yellow, soft orange, turquoise and lilac. These hues are especially nice in the warm spring and summer months. Neutrals will continue to be dominant, since many people prefer a tranquil, serene environment. Others like to use neutrals as a base and then add pops of color. A room with cream walls and brown furnishings comes alive with one of the citrus shades, while the rich corals, purples and grays provide depth. CONSIDER WALLPAPER Wallpaper is back in a big way — but with a new look. Today’s wallpaper comes in combinations such as black and white, blue-gray and white, white on white or even color fusions, such as purple, brown and white or brown, red and black. The most popular patterns are abstract curves and wavy lines that are typically interlinked. ACCESSORIZE Changing out the accessories, like pillows, throw rugs and window treatments, can be done more frequently than painting and wallpapering. When completed on a large scale, it will have a big impact. Shiny materials and metallics are the latest craze. Things like mirrors, glass, crystal and aluminum are being used for accessories, wall coverings and flooring and are showing up all over the house. In the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, metal and stainless steel tiles are being used on the floors and walls. They come in unique curves and shapes, as well as the traditional square tiles. For a very trend-setting look, metal or stainless steel tiles can be used to surround a fireplace. Kitchens and baths are being remodeled with high-gloss cabinetry. The reflective surfaces have a shiny, liquid appearance. Materials like lacquer, vinyl, acrylic, melamine and glass are used on doors, drawers, countertops and floors. Furniture pieces have unique lines, curves and angles. These contemporary silhouettes add a fresh dimension to a classic space.

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Sprawling ambiance with details everywhere. Walk in the grand entrance & let the floor plan sweep you through the designer kitchen & tranquil master suite. Enjoy entertaining with the privacy and outdoor living space. Exceptional schools, designer decor.

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Stunning year round home or retreat that can easily sleep 12. Two master BRs on main level and large loft. 3 baths, great room with large breakfast bar, dining area & beautiful kitchen. Lots of extra parking for snowmobiles, quads, cycles, guests and outdoor large cov. patio.

4BR, 3BA, 3296SF in a gated community. This home features a chef’s kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Extensive use of wood flooring, formal LR/DR. Upper level has a workout room and theater.

This home welcomes you with warm wood finishes, airy and open feel of high ceilings, exquisite decor, the all window views of the valley and privacy. Fabulous year round sunrise as a backdrop to this luxury home. 3BR, 5BA, 3 car att. garage.

$469,000

Jim Beckett 961-6110

$559,000

Norm Leaverton 952-0054

$859,000

Tom Clark, Jr. 941-7584

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301 S. 72ND AVE. • YAKIMA, WA • (509) 853-3700

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