Posts Tagged ‘family’

How to Care for Your Flower Garden

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Knowing how to care for your flower garden can make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants. Here are some simple hints to make your garden bloom with health

1. The essentials must always be given major consideration.

Your flower garden must have an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil. Any lack of these basic necessities will greatly affect the health of plants. Water the flower garden more frequently during dry spells.

When planting bulbs, make sure they go at the correct depth. When planting out shrubs and perennials, make sure that you don’t heap soil or mulch up around the stem. If you do, water will drain off instead of sinking in, and the stem could develop rot through overheating.

2. Mix and match perennials with annuals.

Perennial flower bulbs need not to be replanted since they grow and bloom for several years while annuals grow and bloom for only one season. Mixing a few perennials with annuals ensures that you will always have blooms coming on.

3. Deadhead to encourage more blossoms.

Tips To Make Kids Clean Their Space

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Do you often catch your kids watching television, playing with their portable playstations or listening to their music players? Does it bother you that instead of doing more productive things like cleaning up their rooms and studying for their school examinations, they are having the time of their lives indulging in their wants? Do you want to discipline them by assigning them responsibilities that will make then into more mature adults later on?

It is a given that parents want nothing but the best life has to offer for their offspring. This is why they resort to desperate measures when it comes to the important task of molding them. The succeeding paragraphs are tried and tested ways to make the kids clean up their rooms.

The first thing that you should do is apply the reward method. There are certain variations in this style. You can dangle a bait to make the proposition seem more interesting. If they are complaining that they are tired from school and don’t have the energy to tidy their rooms, then offer them a movie treat one weekend every month if they can maintain all their stuff in order. This includes putting their soiled clothes in the hamper, arranging their textbooks in the shelf, aligning their shoes in the shoe rack and fixing their bed as soon as they wake up in the morning.

Looking for a Recipe? Pumpkin Soup Makes Fall Meals Great

Monday, September 28th, 2009

20090604-DSC_8161More and more people are learning about the benefits of eating seasonally - choosing your ingredients when they’re naturally in season - and how this practice can help us have better food and stay in touch with the natural world. While technological advances in agriculture mean that we can enjoy strawberries in December in the Northern Hemisphere, it does not ensure that this produce is high in quality. Everyone who has ever eaten a tough, tasteless winter tomato is aware that being able to grow it does not mean the food will be great.

This is why so many people are taking up eating seasonally, instead of buying whatever is available. Produce grown when it is naturally supposed to be is better tasting, more nutritious, and of higher quality. Strawberries belong in June and oranges in January. While it can be frustrating to have to wait for your favorites, it is worth it in the end.

Once you remember that in season foods are the tastiest, you will not want to try them out of season. A peach in winter usually is not worth your time, after all. Delicious summer beets and peppers, spring spinach and lettuce, and many other foods just taste best in season.

Build Your DIY Confidence! Basic Home Improvement Power Tools And How To Use Them

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

this can do some permanent damageSome people avoid home improvement power tools because they are afraid of hurting themselves. Safety is often a matter of common sense; all it takes is awareness of what basic power tools do and how to use them properly.

There are six basic home improvement power tools that should be in everybody’s toolbox, regardless of gender: a power drill, power sander, reciprocating saw, power stapler, power nailer, and compound miter saw. By using these tools, women and men can gain confidence and do basic home repairs.

Power drills are simple to operate. You put in the proper size drill bit and turn it on to drill a hole. With some practice, you can easily learn what size hole to drill for various projects.

Similarly, power sanders do exactly what their name implies. They save you from having to put hard work into sanding furniture, walls, or wood by hand. Be sure to wear protective goggles when using a power sander, as the machine kicks up a ton of dust.

Start A Kitchen Composter Program

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Having a compost pile in your backyard is good for you but it is also very good for the environment. It is not troublesome or time consuming if done right. There is also a misconception that compost is smelly and messy , but if the pile is put together right this is not the case.

There are some that would rather buy their fertilizer and soil amendments from their local garden store. I believe it is best to stay as natural as possible, stay away from chemical fertilizers. There really is no hassle in making a compost in your backyard from items that were destined for the garbage can.

When you begin a kitchen composter program the materials that you will need and the items that you will use are free. The cost of chemical fertilizers and other items from the local gardening store are constantly on the rise. With a little bit of time and the right ingredients you can produce the best fertilizer known to man in the convenience of your own backyard.

Compost will provide more of the nutrients and minerals that your plants need. The effects of natural compost will last longer than store bought fertilizers.

Modern Ways To Conserve Energy With Household Heating

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Now that we are in an age of energy saving and living economically, many people will be wondering what measures can be taken around the home to minimize emissions and keep fuel usage low, so how can we do that?

In the last five or so years there have been massive developments in the energy efficiency if boilers and home insulation. It makes financial and economical sense to keep as much energy conserved as possible, rather than let it leak out through the roof, windows and walls.

As everyone knows, it can be extremely costly to heat your home during the winter months, so saving money should be a priority. As a starting step, you should have the roof or loft insulated so as not to loose heat through the ceiling. Also, using thermostats in each room, you can control the temperature of rooms individually, rather than simply heating the whole house, and this can make you huge savings.

If your boiler is over 5 or 6 years old it is unlikely that it will be the latest specification and so will not be as energy efficient as it could be. Huge strides have been made in this area recently so it is well worth considering an upgrade in order to reduce your fuel consumption.

How To Build And Maintain A Garden With Little Money

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Gardens are expensive. At least, they are initially when you are buying all of the supplies needed to build it, maintain it, and harvest the fruits of your labor. Don’t frown just yet, you can still have your cake and eat it to. Cutting costs in building a garden is easy so long as you know your way around the gardening world.

The first step is to design your garden. If you are completely new to the world of gardening, be prepared to take in a lot of information at once! You can get free books and audio discs regarding the subject at your library if you have a pass. Otherwise you can use the Internet to find free websites or magazines that will give you the help you need during the planning stage.

Think about where you could go to buy a plant. Odds are you thought of your local nursery or garden center. This is usually the worst place to go, since the prices are steeper than what you would pay elsewhere. The only benefit they have is that they have a large variety, and also have large discounts for products that are out of the current season.

Outdoor Lighting Design Secrets

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Classic lighting design is about identifying and blending four core lighting groups: ambient, accent, decorative and task lighting. And when it comes to the outdoor lighting very much the same principles to create successful interior lighting apply; but before we examine these further, there are a few key differences to take note of.

First there is a small matter of size. Interior spaces are constrained by walls and ceilings and are really rather diminutive compared to even a small garden. Outside there is no height restriction and at night especially there is no clear boundary either.

This brings both opportunities and challenges for outdoor lighting design. Most indoor lighting is reflected from ceilings and walls and contributes to the overall ambient light. Outside however, lights appear to us as zones of brightness that, rather than spilling onto surrounding areas instead create a contrast, making then seem even darker.

This absence of ambient light from reflections renders many interior lighting techniques unusable outdoors. However, it also makes a number of interesting effects possible by utilising the high contrast between light and dark; it is not uncommon to find night time gardens that have been designed to appear completely different to their day time counterpart through the simple expedient of highlighting some features and disguising others.

Thinking Of Lawn Maintenance, Think Of Lawn Boy Parts

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

There nothing more rewarding than a beautiful lawn and the knowledge that you have handled your lawn maintenance on your own. If your Lawn Boy lawn mower is not acting as it should, you may find it challenging to attain that type of gratification. In this case, you may need Lawn Boy parts.

Lawn Boy parts may be bought via a diversity of distinct sources. This is because Lawn Boy lawnmowers are considered by many consumers to be among the best lawn mowers on the fair today. They’re widely considered to be very operator friendly and are known to include a wide diversity of great characteristics such as a deck that is rust free and a capacity for simple storage. In addition, there are many different models of Lawn Boy lawn mowers.

When buying Lawn Boy parts it is important to make sure that you match the parts according to the type of lawn mower that you have. This is crucial due to the fact that there are so many distinct models of Lawn Boy lawn mowers. Always check to ensure you’re sure of the type of Lawn Boy parts that are requireed for your lawn mower.

Dog Names

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Dog owners will tell you that there is no given formula for choosing a good name for a new dog. Whether they have to think of girl or boy dog names, usually they will choose something that sounds cool or a name they like rather than putting some thought into what the name actually means. Popular boy dog names have a variety of meanings, but more often than not the meaning will not suit the dog it is given to. Below is a quick guide to the top five boy dog names and what they really mean.

In general, one of the first things you have to do when you get a new dog or puppy is think up a dog name for him or her. For most dog owners, this actually takes little thought. They just pick a dog name at random and that is the name by which the unfortunate hound will be known forever. However, there is something you ought to think about when going through dog names in order to make sure that you choose a suitable one.