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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 * B5 BY JA/~TE GARRISON e are lucky to have nice neighbors, but we know that everyone in sub- urbia doesn't feel that way about their neighbors. Most of us don't see the world the same way. In Japan, where it has been close and crowded for centuries, people have learned to create views in their own gardens, so they don't see the neighbor or his or her yard. It was interest- ing to me to find out that they are able to do the same thing with noise. They train them- selves not to hear what's going on next door. We have a neighborhood dog that barks incessantly, even yips in a high, demanding voice that is hard to avoid. So, armed with my grandson's iPod loaded with grandmothers' music, I braced myself and went out to weed. The dog didn't bark. I merrily lis- tened to Pavarotti and the Irish Tenors and weeded my way to stardom. I thought this is the answer for Americans. We don't have to be barraged by power lawnmowers, chainsaws, airplanes, fire trucks, barking and ninner-nanner. We do miss out on the birds, the bees and the crickets, but at least the garden is enjoyable. The Japan- ese have managed to do it with- out iPods, but it must have taken MASTER GARDENERS' comer Visit gardening clinics at Squak Mountain Nursery and the or brick, textures for achieving a On the more expensive end, you warm, natural feel and they com- can rip apart your entire kitchen plement stone and wood. Or, fin- and replace all of your cabinets, ishings can create a more refined, using higher-end materials and FROM PAGE B 4 polished look, emitting the tex- colors that better suit you. ture and feel of quarried stone New space-saving cabinet inno- cause it can be designed virtually like marble, vations include pantries that can way you want it. Concrete kitchen floors are re- slide out, so no more worrying Unlike other hard surfaces, sistant to chipping, discoloring or about how long that box of crack- Many people do#t see their concrete is not limited to square warping, which wood, tile and ers has been collecting dust in the yards as a part of a bigger or diamond patterns, and not lim- linoleum can't claim, while at the back; it's all there for you to see ited in colors," says Jim eeterson, same time handling the elements when you pull the drawer open. picture, both socially and president of of foot traffic and spills with ease. On the less expensive side, ConcreteNetwork.com, which of- With floors or countertops, cus- sanding and painting your cabi- environmentally. That must fers a variety of kitchen counter tomization can be done to meet nets is an option depending on be why gardeners are so and floor designs, useful tips and your preferences, or have a less the material you have. Another contact information for local con- customized look that will fit your possibility is changing the hard- important, tractors in your area. "You are budget while still giving you a ware: Hinges and handles in a limited in what you can do with unique design element, new color or material will go a granite, not with concrete." Changing your kitchen cabinets long way to making your kitchen Concrete kitchen countertops is another kitchen improvement look like a new, more welcoming rams. Another thinks theyard is can be manipulated and poured option. There is room to spend as room. just a parking lot and loads it up into whatever shape you'd like. much or as little as you want and with vehicles. And yet another Special dyes and stains can be still be able to have a huge impact. Source: AIM Content neighbor might see it as the per- used to color your concrete coun- fect place for storage with tarps, tertop to match almost any look tents and piles of stuff, you are going for. You can create a functional and beautiful work- It's a challenge to train yourself to ignore that. Many people don't space in the smallest of kitchens. see their yards as a part of a big- When it comes to your kitchen ger picture, both socially and en- floor, concrete is also as viable an Issaquah Farmers Market from vironmentally. That must be why option as wood, linoleum or tile. 10 a'm"" 2 P'm" every Saturday" gardeners are s imprtant" Cncrete ffers endless pssi-I ~~ ~75~i~ I As I was gardening away with bilities when it comes to design. my iPod clamped to my head, I You aren t limited to the size or was feeling a bit like William the color of ceramic tiles found in : ii ! =i i,! iiiiiii iil i iliii ili ii iiiiiiil iii iii i iilill iii il : Conqueror. Then, suddenly, the your local store. You can choose I I ~est wa~ran~es i~ ~ ~ them generations to learn how. iPod battery gave out. The noise finishes that resemble tile, slate I I was thinking how I had the came in. The dogs started bark- noise problem licked.I was feel- ing and the whole world started ing pretty smart, so I turned my to hum. The kids next door were attention toward the visual prob- yelling, and I became aware of lems. We all see the world differ- the distant views. So much for enfly, especially our own place in the quiet, introspective moI ent the world, in suburbia. I became a neighbor One person wants to use their again, and I hope a good one. yard as an outdoor living space Maybe I just need a newer and extend the comforts, furni- iPod. ture, fireplace, roofs and paving into the yard. Some think it's a Jane Garrison is a local master gardener playground for all kinds of mov- and landscape architect who gardens in ing, sprawling and colorful appa- glacial till on the plateau. Condensation can be a real uah Glass we've been repamng windows for over 44 years - give us a Issaquah Glass, inc. 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