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Growing tomatoes? Consider this strategy before the summer swelter

Gardeners everywhere know that planting tomatoes prematurely in spring is a mistake. They will just sit there until the soil warms up. New transplants put in later will soon catch up and even overtake them. The opposite problem — searing temperatures later on — is more complicated, and though hot, humid weather is weeks away, now is the time to prepare for the plants’ summer needs.

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The Mortgage Professor: Purchasing a house with a home equity conversion mortgage: How to do it right

One of the biggest upsides to purchasing a house with a home equity conversion mortgage is that doing so does not impose a monthly payment burden on the borrower. The disadvantage is that this type of reverse mortgage, offered through the Federal Housing Administration, will cover only about 50-60 percent of the house price, depending on the borrower's age. That means the purchaser will need to find the remaining required cash elsewhere. The most common source is asset liquidation.

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On Gardening: Fuzzy deutzia, a cascade of showy spring flowers

A deutzia renaissance is how my friend Dr. Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist, with the University of Arkansas, wrote about this new love that is occurring for this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven't discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority, your landscape deserves it.

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Why LA's construction industry relies on immigrants

LOS ANGELES – Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That's about all they share.

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Style at Home: Designer beds: 6 looks to wow you

I love being a part of a small, locally owned store, with all the freedom and opportunities that provides for us to let our creativity run wild. At the big chain home interiors stores, the look is dictated by the corporate office, but our designers are always experimenting, keeping our store fresh and new. To fuel their fires, I issued a Designers Challenge, asking each designer to create her dream bed for spring. Not surprisingly, their work blew me away and illustrated how to bring your personality and interests to life through bedding. Take a look ...

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How to be a better flower photographer

When photographing flowers, go for the close-up. Lean in to allow the flower to fill the frame, watching that your camera (or, more likely, smartphone) doesn't cast a shadow over your subject. If possible, stand above the flower and shoot down into its petals, focusing on the bloom's center.

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