Share your garden photos
We’d love to see photos of your garden this spring and summer. Do you have a favorite combination of flowers in a pot, a cute fence for your vegetable garden, a new way to trellis the cucumbers? Upload your photos at www.kansas.com/upload along with a brief description of what is pictured. See photos, including the one above by Vicki Benton, in a gallery on Kansas.com.
How to organize your files
If you have a filing system in place, Mia Carpiniello of Organizing Philly in Philadelphia suggests pulling out every file and seeing what you can get rid of or consolidate. If you don’t have a filing system, make a list of which files you’ll need before you create them.
Organize files into long-term reference and temporary action files (i.e., invitations and bills). Long-term files should live in the file cabinet, whereas temporary files should be stored on your desk and categorized into actions, such as “To pay” or “To respond.”
To keep your desk clutter-free, Carpiniello recommends an inbox where you can keep paperwork until you have time to deal with it. Alphabetizing or color-coding files is a personal choice, but all files should have tabs on the left side to avoid eye strain.
A quick arbor cover-up
For quick, effective and beautiful summer coverage of garden arbors, fences and arches that will last into October, sow seeds of a fast-growing legume named purple hyacinth bean.
Soak the seeds overnight in tepid water for rapid germination. The vine has attractive white and purple flowers and deep purple seed pods.