LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.07.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.07.09

Abby Stone
Nov 7, 2009

Uh Oh! Where has the year gone? We looked in our mailbox today to find the first of our holiday invites. Already? Then we checked the calendar and realized it's only two and a half weeks until Thanksgiving and the start of the crazy chaotic holiday season. We're trying to put some last minute touches on our home. We're tidying up our garden, we're decluttering, we're decorating and we're busting out Mom and Dad's old-school vinyl collection as the soundtrack to our chores. When we're finished at home, we'll scope out the sales around town and online. Turn to this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section to help you out...

The dirt on dirt: do you know what's in yours?: You'd like to think that the stuff you grow in your own garden is better for you than the stuff you buy at the store. But is it? It all depends on your soil. Now's a good time to learn about your soil and see what you'll need to do to make it plant hospitable before you can even think about planting next spring.

Canvaspop lets you turn photos into wall art, and it's pretty cheap: We always carry our camera, or at least our IPhone, everywhere we go and we're always snapping pictures. A few have even turned out so well we've thought about having them blown up and framed. Now that thought can go from dream to reality inexpensively via the folks at Canvaspop

CB2's Can do event to benefit L.A. food bank: So maybe you need a few extra glasses, a sleep sofa or a vase to accommodate the extra guests you're expecting for the holidays. If you live in Los Angeles, New York or Illinois, you might consider purchasing those items at CB2 where, if you bring in 5 non-perishable items from now til Thanksgiving, you'll get 15% off in-store purchases.

While we're talking about those vinyl records...: Have you gone old school and started buying or collecting records again? Problem is, you've grown out of the "milk crate as storage" solution and you're looking for a better way. Check out Christopher Portugal's solution. Don't like that one? The LA Times scopes out two other possibilities.

[Images: Kirk McKoy; Canvaspop; Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT; Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT]

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