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Board and Batten Siding More than just a way to sheathe the exteriors, the board and batten siding also establishes the rhythm and unit of measurement by which the whole house is designed. Everything from the shutter widths, standing seams on the metal roofs, to the widths and vertical pane divisions of the windows, align with the 12-inch spaced siding.
It is quite common in Europe to see the vegetable, fruit, and flower garden combined. With some research you can find that some flowers keep certain pest away from the vegetables. Some act as a repellant and others an attraction. Surround it by a short hedge of an evergreen plant and you have a box garden.