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Adventure And Enjoyment With A Wooden Climbing Frame

Monday, November 15th, 2010

All wooden climbing frame types come with guarantees. There are many available to choose from. Such as some with low levels, some with platforms, and some with towers. Some are indicative of type like, Fort, Barn, Villa, Mansion, Chalet, and Barrack. Also there are the Hut, Club, Cottage, Cubby, Cabin, and lodge.

These wooden frames come in an array of styles. They can be attached to play sets for a fully rounded out gym for your children. Whether you have a small back yard or a large one, or something in between, there is one to fit your needs. These frames can be added to so that they grow with your family, as your family physically grows with them.

It comes as no surprise that the main material in a wooden climbing frame is “wood.” But not just any wood is used for these sturdy and strong climbing frames. Scandinavian wood of the highest quality of either redwood or pine is used. It is prepared with safety in mind and is FSC certified. The wood is kiln dried and smoothed for quality.

Game storage

Monday, November 8th, 2010

When most people say that they’re gamers now a days, they’re referring to video games. But when I identify myself with that word, I’m talking about board games.

Growing up we would play board games with my parents a lot, so when I moved out my parents got me a few board games of my own for college and a new one for each birthday since then. But, believe it or not, those games are starting to take up more room in my apartment than I’d like to admit.

I had signed up for at home before I moved in, so I decided to consult the Internet for some creative storage solutions because my games were taking up some precious closet space that could have been used for shoes or winter coats.

It ends up that I came up with a solution that was all too obvious to me before. Instead of hiding them I would just incorporate my board games into the decor of my apartment. I stacked a few under my coffee table and side tables in ways that looked stylish and completely intentional. Now, I also think to play them more and people ask to play when they come over to visit.

How to Give your Garden a Makeover

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

We have all seen garden makeover shows. An army of workers descend on a garden with tools in tow, and sometimes even large machinery like bobcats. Such dedicated attention to a garden might be effective, but it’s beyond the budget of the average citizen. A few practical, more modestly priced solutions are on hand, to help Joe Average turn his garden around. Just like with furniture removal, choose a supplier that works for you.

Gardens help complement the attractiveness of a house. An unruly and unkempt garden makes a whole property look unappealing, even if the house is in good order. It is therefore worth accentuating the attractiveness of a nice house by taking steps to a tidy garden, with perhaps a few little features that add charm and quaintness.

The presence of grass gives a plot of land a natural look. Keeping lawns cut is the first step to a tidy garden.
One should then get rid of long grass at the edges of gardens. Whipper snippers do a good tidy up job, and edging tools keep the sides of paths neat. For harder to access areas, like in cracks, pull out weeds and grass, and treat these areas so that nothing grows back.

Self seeding plants and cottage gardens

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Ever wondered why a cottage garden always looks so neat, even overgrown, and flowers like mad? The vision of the cottage garden is a colorful riot, with the roller blinds shading the adorable cottage from the summer sun. Roses and daisies, Shepherd’s Purse and lavender, it’s an orgy of life. The secret is the plants themselves. The best cottage gardens are very much self managing, when they’re properly planted with the right plants.

Self seeding plants basics

Self seeding plants produce their own seeds, and a lot of them. They’re a real alternative to commercial seeds, because they can do a lot of work on location. Most self seeding plants available commercially are annuals, but the perennials are also available.

Ask an experienced gardener how to manage a rampaging garden with its own ideas, and the answer will be “Learn from it.” Cottage gardens have some very good ways of managing themselves, and they’re actually textbook examples of proper planting techniques and gardening principles.

The basic facts of cottage gardens are like a real horticultural seminar:

  1. Self seeding plants exploit all available space very efficiently.
  2. The plants grow well in groups, and keep out weeds.

Viburnum Rhytidophyllum

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The perfoliate honeysuckle is a stem-twining, climbing shrub growing to a height of several metres. The light brown bark on the stem peels off in long, longitudinal strips. The twigs are slender and hollow, the buds opposite, ovate, with pointed tips. The long flowers appear at the end of May and emit a strong fragrance, especially in the evening. The red fruits ripen from August onwards and are soon dispersed by birds. Widespread mostly in southern Europe, it extends north to southern Germany and the warmer regions of Czechoslovakia, growing there at the edges of forests, in thickets and in open broadleaved woods.

It is a popular shrub in parks and gardens, where it is planted as an ornamental climber on archways, fences, pergolas and the walls of buildings.

Not only does it have lovely fragrant blossoms but also attractive red fruits. To bear a profusion of flowers, however, it requires a sunny and warm situation. It is readily propagated by means of seeds as well as by cuttings. It is hardier than the common honeysuckle (L. periclymenum). Crossed with the related species L. etrusca, it yielded the hybrid x L. americana with striking purple flowers.

Pot Marigold Herb

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Borage is an annual herb native to southwestern Europe. Because its blue flowers attract bees it is widely cultivated in bee-keeping regions, especially in England and France, but also in other parts of Europe, where it often becomes naturalized. It grows to a height of 60 cm (2 ft) and the young hairy leaves have a cucumber-like flavour.

Its use as a herb actually came about by fraud, for in the days of the Roman Empire the poor used it in place of the costly saffron, a practice that continues to this day. It deserves to be forgiven, however, for its lovely colouring, called calendulin, is used as colouring matter not only in butter and cheese but also in soups, sauces and pastries.

The ancient Romans prepared mustard from seeds that had first been soaked in water and then crushed and boiled. According to another recipe the seeds were ground and then blended together with honey and oil. Caper is a prickly shrub with long, trailing branches growing on rocks and walls in the warmest regions of Europe and Africa bordering the Mediterranean since time immemorial. It was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, but both Dioscoricles and Galenos warned against the effects caused by eating the buds. In this they were wrong, however, for the buds are not poisonous and nowadays are used as an excellent flavouring for foods.

Southernwood Herb

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Southernwood herb is a perennial sub-shrub that was very popular with the herbalists of medieval times.

Southernwood herb burnt to ashes and mixed with oil will promote the growth of hair in persons affected by baldness’ and Hortus sanitatis (meaning Garden of Health) further states that ‘smoke from this plant has a pleasant scent and drives snakes out of the house’.

Southernwood herb is also used as a medicine as well as in cooking ingredients. Southernwood herb is used to this day as a home remedy to aid digestion and as an intestinal antiseptic.

Grated horseradish with cranberries and cream is very good served with game. Pure grated horseradish is excellent with hot sausages and boiled meats in place of mustard. Grated horseradish mixed with whipped cream and grated nuts is delicious with hot or cold ham. It is also used mixed with mustard. Cut in rounds the root is used for pickling gherkins and beetroots to make a tasty relish. Grated horseradish and prepared sauces may be kept in closed containers in the refrigerator for as long as 14 days without spoiling or losing their flavour because of the phytoncidic substances contained in the root.

Common Barberry

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Virgin’s bower is a climbing shrub growing to a height of only 3-4 m. The leaf stalks are twining and support the plant on fences and the stems of other woody plants. The bluish to reddish purple flowers appear in the axils of the leaves on stalks about 10 cm long from June to September. The sepals are petal-like. The seed-like achenes lack the feathery plumes characteristic of other clematis and ripen from August onwards.

The buds, unlike those of other alders, are stalkless, pointed, and coloured greenish brown. The catkins appear together with the leaves in April to May. The cone-like fruit is only 1 cm long and is a paler colour and less woody than that of the common alder. The small-winged fruits are yellow-brown and resemble those of the birch.

Mistletoe is an evergreen shrub with forked branches that is parasitic on trees. The stem is covered with yellow-green bark. The shrub grows to a height of about 50 cm and is almost circular in shape. It establishes itself on the branches of trees, which it penetrates with its roots, thereby obtaining the water and mineral substances it needs for growth.

Onion in Cooking

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Onion cooked in salt water was the chief food of the poorest peoples of central Asia, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region in days of old. It was also the mainstay of the diet of Egyptian labourers, who built the ancient pyramids in the third millennium B.C.

The outermost skin gives the bulb its colour, which varies, depending on the variety, from silvery white, white to dark brown, red and violet. It also protects the bulb from drying out and therefore should not be removed during storage.

The Welsh onion has a milder flavour than the common onion. Unlike the latter, which is grown as a biennial, it is hardy and perennial. Another advantage is that the small elongated bulbs grow in clusters as part of one single bulb which breaks up into several smaller onions as it grows.

The onion’s metamorphosis from a vegetable into a seasoning is also apparent in recent years by its being available at shops in dried, finely-sliced form. This is used in the same way as fresh onion and is suitable for frying.

Herbs Aroma and Flavor

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Snowberry is a densely branched shrub 1-2 in in height. The twigs are slender, yellow-brown, with small, ovate, opposite buds. The small flowers appear in succession from June to August followed by white berries, which likewise ripen successively from August to October. This shrub is an important source of food for bees, providing them with nourishment in the summer months when most woody plants have already ceased flowering.

Among the latter also belong various aromatic, flavouring or colouring substances which make the spices what they are. These secondary metabolites are very diverse, and often distinguished by a pronounced aroma and flavour as well as important pharmacological properties. That is why many herbs used in cooking are also used in medicine. Typical substances found in herbs are first and foremost essential oils, bitter principles and tannins.

It is planted to form hedges, prevent erosion on steep banks and for its foliage and in non-fertile areas is valued because of its moderate requirements on soil fertility and moisture. It sprouts prolifically from stumps and also produces root suckers freely so that in parks it sometimes spreads to such an extent that it becomes a weed difficult to eradicate. It is readily propagated by means of cuttings and root suckers.

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