Archive for June, 2009

How To Refinish a Butcher Block Top Quickly

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Most often we move into a new house and find a built in butcher block top. At first, it looks great but on closer inspection, it doesn’t look so good. Butcher blocks aren’t something new on the market or even old fashion like from the 70?s. They go back hundreds of years. At that time, the favored wood was maple or various other types of hardwood. In today?s building of the butcher blocks, they are quite often made from imported hardwoods, which gives a bit more of a variety. It must be remember that years ago there wasn?t the equipment for slicing meat that we have today. Back in the good old days, it was a lot of arm work and a good cleaver that was used to cut the meats. So needless to say why a butcher block was in order.

In our modern kitchens today, we are far gentler with our butcher-block tops and in most cases, we opt to use a cutting board and leave the butcher block top for esthetic purposes.

Is Organic Food Better? 4 Reasons To Say Yes!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Ever since I started eating and growing organic food, people constantly ask me “is organic food better?”. I truly enjoy to give them the answer “yes it is”!

However, that’s not likely a response that appeases either the contemptuous or the concerned inquirer. We must have more information here!

Nutrients There are plenty of studies showing that fuits and vegetables that are grown organically contain more nutrients. The reason for this is likely to be the fact that these vegetables grow more slowly, and consequently can accumulate and compound more of various kinds of nutrients. These include antioxidants as well as vitamins and phytonutrients.

Less chemicals In conventional farming a lot of chemicals are used to fight pests like bugs, fungi and micro organisms. These chemicals are of course meant to be toxic to these pests, but, unfortunately, they are toxic to many other organisms as well, including humans. And there are so many chemicals going around, creating a not-so-healthy cocktail in our bodies, having effects that no one really knows what they are. There is no way that you can stay totally clear of chemicals, but at least you can avoid some of them by eating organically grown food.

Backyard Play Structures for Children

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Backyard Play Structures for Children

Playing outside is fun, but many children get bored with traditional outdoor activities. To cut down on the boredom in your family, you are encouraged to think about purchasing your child an outdoor play structure. Outdoor play structures are different than most toys because they are larger in size and often come equipped with more than one activity. If you are interested in purchasing one of these popular play structures, you may want to take the time to familiarize yourself with what is available.

When familiarizing yourself with popular outdoor play structures, you will find that you have a number of different options. Perhaps, the easiest way to go about seeing what is available is to visit your local retail stores. Many home improvement stores, toy stores, and department stores should have a fairly large selection of play structures available. In addition to seeing what is available locally, most storefront retail locations will have displays setup. These displays may give you an idea as to what your child?s new toy will look like in your backyard.

Discover 5 Secrets To Make Your Garden Magnificent – Garden Sheds

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Years ago, garden decor used to consist of putting in some exquisite flower gardens then setting up a small umbrella tables and few chairs to sit and relax in. This is far from the case now with most people no matter how small their back yard is. Many people have adopted to the fashion of extending your indoors to outdoors. So now, many living rooms for illustration flow out onto the patio with the couches, loveseats and most any other furniture you would find in the living room. This has called for more broad grooming to the common architecture of the backyard itself. There are many things you can do to enhance the ambience that you have made here in your backyard.

Making little flower rooms in your garden is a wonder touch. It just means having pathways or walkways leading to various segments of your backyard that are little stand-alone areas. You can create these walkways with cobblestones or bricks. You can even use wood chips or stone. Build your walkway in accordance with the size of your workspace. If it?s small then go with smaller paths.

Outdoor Spot Lights Can Benefit Any Outdoor Lighting Scheme

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Have you ever thought about installing an outdoor spot light? It is easier than you thought and these lights serve more purposes than originally thought. Most homes or business establishments that have outdoor lighting schemes can benefit from the installation of outdoor spot lights. Outdoor spotlights have a number of different purposes ranging from providing extra security, high-lighting pathways, providing extra safety, and providing a nice form of ambiance. Properly positioned spot lights are a wonderful addition to any outdoor lighting scheme.

Typically when you think of outside spotlights you probably think of outdoor concerts, or outdoor shows where event planners needed to draw your attention to one specific spot (moving or stationary). Or perhaps you have only really seen spotlights lighting up the sign in front of local businesses. These are ideal uses for the spotlight, but you might not realize that there are many places around your own house that you could install a spotlight to great effect. Think of your backyard lighting scheme, do you have a wonderful statue or birdbath that could be lit up at night? Using outdoor spotlights let you focus attention on objects that would normally be lost in the dark, allowing you to create focal points that add extra dimension to your outdoor lighting scheme.

The Benefits of Organizing a Backyard Barbeque

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The Benefits of Organizing a Backyard Barbeque

Each year, a large number of Americans cook a barbequed meal in their backyard. Despite the fact that barbequing is a popular backyard activity, there are many individuals that never think about having a backyard barbeque party. If you love entertaining guests and barbequing, you may want to think about making your next party a barbeque party.

Perhaps, one of the greatest benefits to having a backyard barbeque party is that you will have a chance to see everyone that you know. When planning a backyard barbeque, many party hosts make the decision to invite their friends, family, neighbors, and sometimes even coworkers. Whether you get to see these individuals on a regular basis or on a rare occasion, you may enjoy having all of your friends and family together in one place.

In addition to inviting those that you know, a backyard barbeque party can give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with new friends or family members. Whether your family recently grew, through marriage or birth, or a new neighbor moved into the area, you may want to consider hosting a backyard barbeque. Not only will a backyard barbeque give you the opportunity to meet new people, it may also make those new people feel welcomed.

Southern Rose Blooming Control

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The first heavy burst of rose bloom occurs in May in most of the South, and now in June the plants are slowing up a bit, both in growth and bloom, taking a little rest for the next good spurt of bloom just a few weeks ahead.

Now the plants need regular attention and treatment with fungicides until the weather gets hot and dry. Clip off all faded flowers; in the case of the fioribundas, take off the entire head of faded blooms.

Assuming that your plants were fed in February, this is a good time for a second feeding, using your favorite plant food according to the manufacturers directions. Do not forget to use plenty of water after applying the fertilizer.

Camellias can also use a second feeding now. I do not like the idea of feeding later than July; and June is much better. This, the last feeding for the year, if accompanied by plenty of water, will encourage the plants to good second growth which will have time to harden before winter arrives.

Let Your Patio Awning Take Care Of Your Family

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

No matter where you live, you’re sure to have some changes during the different seasons of the year. Even if you live in the Deep South, you’re bound to have some fluctuations in the climate. When you install a patio awning to your home, you receive a variety of benefits, no matter what the temperature is. Those who live in colder regions may see the most benefit from using a patio awning but everyone will love them.

When the sun beats down on your home during the winter, it’s a blessing. With a patio awning, you can help keep your heating and electric costs down. Keeping the warm air in during the coldest months, your awning will cause a dramatic drop in your monthly utility bills, paying for it self almost immediately. The glare off of the ice and snow outside will also be reduced greatly when you roll your awning half way down.

Here’s how a patio awning can protect you and your home, no matter what season it is. During the frigid winter months, your patio awning, when drawn down, can keep in heat. You’ll notice an improvement in your heating costs when you install a patio awning on your home.

Energy Saving Methods Of Household Heating

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

One of the first people of notable importance to bring energy conservation was former American President Jimmy Carter in 1977 during the oil crisis. He instructed all Americans to turn their thermostats down to try to conserve heating energy.

Although this was said over thirty years ago, it still applies today, its the very simple concept of, the less energy used, the more will be conserved, and turning down the thermostat is probably the most simple and effective method of using less energy.

Heating larger rooms is usually the most expensive part of the energy bill for most households. A step as simple as turning the thermostat down by around one degree can make around a two percent difference in your overall heating bill.

Your boiler is in charge of maintaining the difference between the temperature inside, and the temperature outside. Particularly in the winter months, this can be a big difference and if it could be reduced at any time, it should be. Even turning down by one or two degrees can make a big difference because it will mean that your main heating system will be on for a shorter time.

3 Things Your Gardener Doesn’t Want You To Know

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Water Your Grass If you want your grass to not only live but to look good alive, then your lawn and garden are going to need the proper amount of water. There will always be times when there is not sufficient rainfall in your area. You may experience this on a regular basis if you live in an area where little to no rainfall occurs on a regularly. If either of these is the case, then you will need to step in for Mother Nature and begin to water your own lawn and garden. The following are suggestions to help you with watering your lawn:

1. Be on the lookout for the color of your grass. Healthy grass will be a rich green color and will not have any patches of yellow straw-like grass. Plants should stand up tall and should have green leaves as well.

2. It is best to water your lawn at one of two different times in the day: either early in the morning before the sun comes up, or late in the evening when the sun has already begun to set.