Archive for June, 2008

Some Basics About Air Purifiers

Monday, June 30th, 2008

There are many people out there that have never heard of an air purifier, along with many people that have. If you have no idea what an air purifier is then this is a good place for you to start. Before buying an air purifier you should be aware of how they work as if you do not research them properly you could be spending more money then you have to.

So what air purifiers do is exactly what the name implies, they purify the air in a room or entire house by removing potentially harmful air contaminants. They are powered by electricity, as in batteries or outlets, and remove the air contaminants by ionizing them, or by using an air filter.

When I say air contaminant I am also referring to air particles. If you did not already know, that the air outside is way more cleaner than the air that is inside, this is why air purifiers are very necessary inside households especially for newborns and women that are pregnant.

Are You Buying A Baby Stroller? Here’s Some Stroller Safety Tips.

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Having a new baby in the house is wonderful. And if you’re a parent bringing home your first baby you are soon to discover some of the wonderful ways your life has changed forever. And some of the inconveniences too. All of a sudden going out has just got a whole lot harder. You’re going to need to consider buying a baby stroller.

And you’ll find that there are some practical problems getting around with a new baby too. Suddenly you can’t rush out at the last minute, jump in the car and go. Getting in the car with baby has become a longer more drawn out process.

Probably your mum and dad had a pram for you. Probably a steel pram that weighed a ton and wasn’t easy to get around. Or to get into the car. Your parents probably struggled to get pram and baby into the car and away in under 20 minutes.

But modern technology allows the manufacture of strollers that overcome these problems. They are lighter, fold up much better and are way easier to push, with bigger wheels.

Sunroom Contractor Facts

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Sunrooms are considered as a great addition to your home. It offers both for the aesthetics and additional space for your humble abode. And most especially, sunrooms serve as your family’s haven if you want to admire the wonderful sceneries of nature minus all the bugs and insects and the warm or cold weather. This way, you’ll stay as comfortable as possible while enjoying the outdoor environment. If you are interested in building a sunroom for your home, then you might have done all the research that would explain you all the necessary information on how to build one. By now, you would know that sunroom construction offers you unlimited options. These options would actually vary depending on your preferred sunroom style, budget and other needs.

But before you begin your journey in your sunroom contractor, one of the very first things you need to consider is to hire a reputable and credible sunroom contractor. This would ensure that your sunroom is built according to your wants and you will get the work completed in a hassle-free manner. However, finding a good contractor is not that easy because there are still some factors you need to remember in order to get the best sunroom builder around. You will need some reference from someone who has hired a contractor. This way, you would only get the best sunroom builder in town.

Ramsons

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Greater Stitchwort is one of the most important of European woodland plants and a distinctive species of central Europe’s open broad- leaved forests, particularly oak/hornbeam woods.

It is a welcome sight to foresters because it often grows in conditions indicating suitable sites for the cultivation of valuable timber trees. This is a plant which often occurs in vast decorative masses in flood-plain forests. In mountain beech forests it generally grows in moist humus-rich soils in valley bottoms; at other times it is found in scree ash/maple woods.

Ramsons’ association with various kinds of forest indicates a certain adaptability to soil acidity: it is a plant which likes some acid soils as well as some neutral to slightly alkaline soils.

Greater Stitchwort is distributed in Europe and western Siberia, but appears to be absent in the Alps. The range of S. nemorum extends to the more westerly parts of Europe.

Ramsons is a bulb that is narrowly elongate, measuring from 2-6 cm in length, with whitish yellow scales. The flowering stem is either triangular or semi-circular. There arc usually only two basal leaves on a flowering plant, each 2-5 cm wide with long stalks. The flower complex is semi-circular. White and star-like individual flowers are produced from April in the lowlands and to June at higher elevations.

Caring Tips For Your House Plant

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Lighting

Indoor house plants prefer an environment where they can get sunlight in a doorway, archway or other location. Direct sunshine for a portion of the day will happily tolerated by plants as long as it is not direct sunlight for long periods of time. Morning or filtered sunshine is ideal and bright light coming through colored or frosted glass panes makes a pretty background for a group of potted palms and can be highly beneficial to their growth. Such glass as this however, can transmit heat and this makes the plant need more frequent watering and attention to humidity needs to be added if needed. Solar films can be applied to windows to reduce heat and glare can be very important to house plants.

Humidity Needs

An indoor environment generally has low humidity and will fluctuate with considerable changes in the outdoor environment, heating and cooling. Plants do not tend to do well with low humidity though there is a wide range of responses within any given group of plants. Some species will not be tolerable of low and varying humidity and will lose their luster and seem dull and can become the victim of a pest attack such as by spider mites or mealy bugs.

Sweet Woodruff

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The Slipper Orchid is the only worthy European rival to the exotic orchids. True, at one time there were many plants of the genus Orchis in Europe and there are still other lovely orchids to be found, but their flowers are small and they are fast disappearing from the wild, just as the Slipper Orchid, which is picked indiscriminately by man.

In the wild, Slipper Orchid is almost always found on limestone rock. It is one of the few plants which are permanent residents of lime-rich soil and limestone and is a typical inhabitant of the Dolomites. Wherever there are shaded but thermophilous broad-leaved forests or thickets growing on limestone substrates – in lowlands, foothills, or lower mountain elevations – all the requirements for the successful growth of this lovely plant will also be present.

Nowadays, however, there are few places where it is still found, apart from a few locations in Germany, such as the Brandenburg and Mecklenburg regions, Rugen, and parts of Southern Germany, while in Britain it is known from one (secret) locality.

It is interesting to note that the first ‘exotic’ orchid brought to Europe around 1635 was the North American C spectabile Salisb., also classified as C reginae Walt or Queen’s Slipper.

Welted Thistle

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

When feed for livestock is in short supply, hedgerows and vegetation growing between shrubs provides a useful alternative source of nourishment. But since clover is not always readily available, an emergency diet will obviously include some unwelcome plants.

One of these is Common Hemp-nettle. True, its seeds are quite large and contain a fair amount of fatty substances, but they are also relatively toxic. Feed containing as little as five per cent Common Hemp-nettle causes poisoning of livestock, particularly horses, in which it induces a kind of depression or melancholia.

Welted Thistle is a typical example of a biennial in the field and in the wild in general. If it germinates in spring, it forms a ground rosette of leaves the first year but does not produce flowers. The following year it produces an erect stem, up to 120 cm long, terminating at the top, and at the tips of side branches, in erect flowerheads.

It is most likely to be damaged by the presence of even a slight spring or autumn frost. Common Hemp-nettle used to be an annoying weed in field crops, particularly grain, when these were harvested by hand as the spiny points of the calyx after flowering caused painful scratches. However the plant yields a drug used to treat diseases of the respiratory tract.

Choosing The Perfect Vegetable To Plant

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Once a garden plan has been prepared, the next consideration in good vegetable gardening is to select the best possible varieties of vegetables to be grown and to order the seeds. Since no one seed company has a monopoly on all the best varieties, it is a good idea to pick up several catalogs.

Last year we bought seeds from five suppliers and this year we will be ordering from six or seven to get all the varieties we want. Avoid varieties which are described as being good for shipping, for “keeping” (except a few like onions and winter squash) or for storage. Those are qualities important to commercial growers but definitely not to home gardeners. You want the varieties to be succulent and flavorful and resistant to plant diseases.

Offered Products Of Better Living Sunroom

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Are you tired with the way your sunroom looks? You could actually alter its style using a number of options and this could easily be done. One of the most effective and interesting ways to uplift the look of your sunroom is by opting to have a conservatory sunroom. This is a type of sunroom and you can do this by replacing your sunroom’s ceiling with a glass. Doing this will allow natural light to enter your sunroom thus, giving you a more outdoorsy feel without the need to leave the comforts of your home.

Because you long to have an attractive sunroom, then you only need to trust the expert. The Better living company is always synonymous to being the expert in the sunroom industry. This company will help you create your needed sunroom structures so as to give you your desired conservatory design. Better living designs conservatory sunrooms using only the best materials that you can ever ask for. It employs the finest vinyl made in North America so doubt on its quality is no longer an option. You can be guaranteed that your sunroom can not only give you your desired look but it can also serve you for a long time.

Black Nightshade

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

The nightshade family has provided us with a number of important and useful plants such as the potato, tomato, red pepper, and egg plant, but there are also some species of nightshade which are a threat to health.

Once it finds a host – more usually a cereal grass – it absorbs mineral substances from this source. Organic substances it obtains for itself by photosynthesis in the leaves, just like other green plants. The calyx of the Yellow-rattle increases in size as the plant grows. By the time the seeds are ripe it is almost spherical and strikingly inflated. The ripe seeds drop out from open fruits into the swollen calyx as it dries and when the wind blows a mass of these plants makes an audible rattling sound, which is what gives the plant its name.

Yellow-rattle is an annual herb with short shallow roots, at most 10 cm long, spreading solely by means of seeds. These germinate as soon as they drop from the parent plant.