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Gardening in America
Summer projects on the Homestead

by Nancy Fletcher

   This narrow wall has been a headache for thirty years. Never could I find a material durable enough to withstand the catching of my daughter's wheelchair on it. The passage way here is narrow and to get through it sometimes she has to make several attempts. If the chair catches it simply rips whatever is on the wall, off. This is ceramic tile, glued to the wall with that power grab glue. The mortar fills in around it, instead of being under the tile. So far, the chair has not bothered it a bit. 

Back Porch

    Again ceramic tile on the floor has made this back porch elegant, plus being so wonderfully easily kept clean.  Green is the choice of color because I bought a whole bolt of this fabric for 50 cents a yard. I suppose no one wanted to decorate that much with this bright green color. For the back porch it is okay.

Tile on buffet

    More ceramic tile. This tile is on the top of a heavy piece of carved furniture, which were dresser drawers. I  use this for tableclothes, buffet for serving hot food, and over head shelves to store dishes. The chest of drawers I bought at a garage sale in 1983 for ten dollars. The shelves are not shown in the picture but they came with a bedroom suite a friend gave me. Rod painted them a dark color to go with the bottom chest of drawers. I saw a piece like this in the paper for 800.00.  All this cost us was probably around thirty dollars and this includes paint, tile and mortar

    These are the pots that came off the patio in front.  They are at home on the back porch. To one side of them is the hot water tank. This plus the heat off  the wall on their back is what keeps them from freezing in the winter months. Some of these are begonias and they do exceptionally well here, blooming all winter. If they get too tall I simply pinch them back.

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