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Definitely looking forward to this! My husband and I drink quite a bit of tea each day, and I really want to learn more about it. We mostly drink flavored black teas, with greens, whites, and rooibis thrown in for variety. We have a great local loose-leaf tea store here in town, and I'd like to try more of their selection. Great topic!

What's the Difference Between Green and Black Tea? Tea Essentials
3/3/14 10:57 PM

@Dragynphyre, almost all of my succulents, including my jade plants, tend to get a reddish coloring to them when I put them outside for the summer. It is kind of like a suntan for the plants, to protect them from the strong sunlight that they're not used to, and if you bring them inside for long enough, the red will fade away. It's pretty neat, actually.

Help Identifying Plant & Care Info? Good Questions
10/26/13 10:00 PM

When I was living in Austin a few years ago, I had put up some shelves on my balcony right outside the door for my potted plants. I looked out one day and there was a turtle dove sitting in one of the plants. I went outside, and it flew away, but I discovered that it had laid two eggs in the pot! Luckily it came back, and I was able to get her used to me enough to be able to get as close as six inches away before she flew off. The eggs hatched, and I was able to watch the two chicks grow from ugly little hatchlings to almost full-size birds. Luckily, the babies learned how to fly about a week before I was set to move out of my apartment (I was really worried that I'd have to evict them). It was a really great life experience, and I'm so glad I got to witness it!

True Story: How My Feathered Foes Became a Backyard Family
6/6/13 12:01 AM

Quick question for Chantelle:

Is the first photo of your actual furniture, or is it a staged photo used to market the apartment? You say you will be 'moving in soon', so that makes me think that your actual furniture will be different.

That said, I think having a short (24"-36" tall) bookshelf just to the right of the door, perpendicular to the wall, will separate the entry from the living space, without visually taking away space from the small living room. In my own fairly narrow living room, I've tried placing the couch to create a narrow 'hallway' just inside the door, with the couch perpendicular to the door wall, but it just doesn't work if you don't have at least five or six feet of width for the 'hallway'. I hope this helps.

Good Entry Arrangement for Living Room?
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9/17/11 03:11 PM

I recently hand-washed a 100% viscose sweater that said 'dry clean only,' and as soon as it hit the cold water, the fabric went all stiff. I was afraid I had ruined it, but as it dried, the fabric became soft again, and appears to be just fine. Any idea why this happened?

Did You Know You Can Wash Dry Clean Clothes at Home?
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8/24/11 11:32 PM

I just put an S-hook on my towel bar and hang my hair dryer by its hanging loop. Pretty straightforward.

Suggestions For Hair Dryer Storage In Bathroom?
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3/1/11 08:06 PM

I just moved my citrus tree (about 3' tall with the pot) some 800 miles across the country, and didn't lose any of the baby citrus hanging from the branches. Make sure you stabilize the pot, and definitely keep it inside the car with the windows up. You can wrap the tree in cloth so that the branches are bent slightly upward, and tie it with twine or string (but not too tight!). I wouldn't really worry too much about hurting it, citrus are tough little plants.

How Do I Safely Move My Orange Tree?
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8/2/10 09:48 PM

I used to have a lucky bamboo plant named Frank, but then my cat went to town on him and I had to get rid of him. My philodendron is of course named Phil. I seem to be accumulating too many plants lately to name all of them, though.

Do You Give Your Plants Names?
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7/28/10 05:22 PM

I have noticed a little pilling from my Target organic sheets, which I've had for about two years, but not enough to really bother me. I think they've held up pretty well for the price point, and they're still soft.

Best or Favorite Organic Sheets, Affordable or Otherwise? Good Question | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/19/10 09:08 PM

I've been planning on trying the chicken wire trick with my cat, who loves to dig in my potted plants. I have been using river rocks, but they tend to trap a lot of moisture and harbor fungus and gnats. A physical barrier like the chicken wire will probably be more effective than red pepper, but won't look as good.

What To Do About the Squirrels Digging Up My Plant Pots? Good Question | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/28/10 09:20 PM

Some friends of mine bought a house over the winter, and discovered this spring that their front yard is full of strawberries! How cool! But they want to tear it up and replant grass, which to me is sad.

Do The Step Test To Know When To Water Your Lawn | Apartment Therapy Boston
6/24/10 09:53 PM

I second the Boulevard Wheat, with lemon. I was really excited when I found some in Austin, it reminded me so much of home (Nebraska).

Beer Round-Up: Best Beers For Sipping Outside Beer Sessions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/24/10 01:09 AM

Don't forget the new world record for the highest lego tower (100ft) that was just set! I wish I had enough legos to do something like this:

Building Blocks: Lego Design and Architecture | Apartment Therapy Boston
6/18/10 08:39 PM

I would fill both the regular pan and the mini pan with water and compare the volumes, so you can see how much to scale the recipe. Just make sure you leave room at the top for the batter to rise! :)

How Can I Scale a Cake Recipe for a Mini-Bundt Pan? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/18/10 04:36 PM

The term 'weed' is very subjective, but 'native' and 'invasive' are much more well defined.

Native plants, like certain species of thistles (but not all!), have evolved in concert with other species in their particular ecosystem, both plants and animals.

Introduced species, including most of the plants sold in commercial nurseries, were brought in from other ecosystems, including ecosystems on the same continent, but their natural predators were not brought with them. Introduced species can become 'naturalized' if they exist in an ecosystem long enough, and will grow in the wild and seem 'native'.

Invasive species, including some species of thistles and a number of plants sold in commercial nurseries, reproduce rapidly enough and have no natural predators that they overrun the ecosystems they are introduced into, even if they are not invasive in their original ecosystems.

Additionally, the list of plants considered 'native' and 'invasive' varies regionally, so what is 'native' in New England could be invasive in the Midwest, and even more so between continents. So before you leave or plant a 'weed' in your garden, make sure you know for sure that it is not invasive in your region.

Weeds We Like | Apartment Therapy Chicago
6/16/10 10:01 PM

I agree with patrick (the other one). I just sold some furniture on CL for the first time, and it's been pretty nerve-wracking trying to track people down and get them to actually commit to coming to pick up the stuff. I had one guy today who was three hours late. I apparently have nothing better to do than sit around waiting for them to show up. (They did turn out to be nice people when they finally got here, though) No axe-murderers yet, thankfully.

5 Time Saving Tips for Searching Craigslist | Apartment Therapy Boston
5/20/10 04:54 PM

I've had my lemon thyme in a little 6" pot for about three years now, and it's doing very well. It seems to be a pretty hardy plant, and it's survived multiple five-plus week long trips away from home with no watering! (my rosemary has survived those, too) I love the nice open branching structure, too.

From the Herb Garden: Lemon Thyme | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/20/10 12:11 AM

I grew up with one of these, too! I think it's really convenient, but that hose really is a pain in the butt. My parents have theirs hanging on the wall in the broom closet, with a scoopy shelf attached to the wall between the coils to hold the attachments. It at least keeps it from getting tangled while it's being stored, but it would be great if there was something to keep it together while hauling it around.

Whole House (or Central) Vacuums Green Architect | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/20/10 12:01 AM

I tried to keep my citrus indoors over the summer in my tiny one-window apartment a few years ago, and it ended up dying after looking very unhappy for a while. When I moved to my current apartment, which has an east-facing balcony, I got another citrus (a variegated kumquat), and it's been loving its morning sun. I even left it outside over the mild Austin winter, and it didn't complain one bit. :)

Indoor Citrus Plants | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
5/7/10 02:35 AM

I definitely agree with not watering plants at night and making sure they are watered evenly. From my experience working at nurseries, I recommend using a watering wand attached to the hose. It slows the water flow, allows you to direct the water onto the roots with minimal reaching and bending, and has a shut-off valve so you don't waste water moving the hose from one bed to the next. If I had a yard instead of just a balcony right now, I'd be using one! :)

5 Things You Might Not Know About Watering Plants | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/4/10 08:31 PM