Showing posts with label Home Maintenance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Maintenance. Show all posts

Sunday 22 May 2022

How to Spend Less Time Cooking

One of the biggest lies you see commonly in books and online is that you can cook a meal in ten minutes.


How often have you seen books with titles like ‘Ten Minute Meals’?


There are a few things you can cook in ten minutes but really these don’t get much more ambitious than beans on toast or ‘an egg’.


If you want to make an actual meal though, you’ll spend a lot more time in the kitchen.


The perfect example of this is when you see an instruction like ‘take your chopped onion’. Hang on a second! Where did this onion come from? Who chopped it? The onion fairies?


But even the books that don’t use these little tricks fail to acknowledge that you will spend more time clearing the surfaces, washing up afterward, finding the food in the cupboards and even shopping for those things. A ten-minute meal in reality takes 30 minutes if you’re lucky!


While I can’t promise to completely solve this issue though, there are some ways you can get around it and spend a little less time preparing meals. Here are some shortcuts that are free for you to use…


Cook in Bulk


One of the best things you can do to spend less time cooking is to cook in bulk. This way, you cook a large pot of food that will provide more food than you need. Then, instead of dishing it all up, you put some of it away in the freezer or in the fridge.


This then in turn allows you to get it out on evenings when you’re in a rush and heat it up ready for dinner!


Use a Slow Cooker


A slow cooker can save you a ton of time in the kitchen because it cooks your food when you’re on the way home. You prepare the food that morning or the night before then leave it in the cooker. It turns on at about 4pm and cooks slowly without risking a fire. When you get in at 6pm, the food will be ready to eat!


Get the Right Appliances


Many appliances can save you a lot of time and effort. One of the best examples is a food processor. But another good one is a waste disposal unit for your kitchen sink. This lets you throw anything down the sink without risking blocking it!

Top Ways to Automate Your Lifestyle

Automation is a business term that basically means you set up a system to handle a part of your job for you. This in turn allows you to spend more time doing other important things and at the same time to exponentially increase your output and scale your production.


The obvious example is to use an automated assembly line to create a product rather than doing it by hand. This saves countless man-hours and means in theory that you can produce 10x or 100x the amount of product to sell and scale up your profits in accordance.


You can also do this in your personal life and in just the same way, it can hugely increase your free time.


Here are some ways you can do that:


Shop Online


Shopping online and setting up standing orders is a great way to save time that you would otherwise spend going to the shops. At the very least you should use this for your regular grocery shop and this way you can get a weekly shop delivered directly to your door every day without having to head out! This can save 2, 3 or 4 hours a week!


You can also set up standing orders for gifts. Want to make sure your partner gets sent flowers every year on your anniversary? That’s actually quite easy to arrange! Or how about using a ‘product as service’ such as one that will supply you with all the shaving products you need every week? There are plenty of these that can save you a lot of hunting and shopping.


Robotic Vacuum Cleaners


If you can’t afford a cleaner, then consider hiring a robotic vacuum cleaner. These will move around your home all on their own making sure to reach every small patch of floor to vacuum up crumbs, dust, dirt and anything else that gets on your carpet or wooden floor.


You can also get robotic lawn mowers that do the same job but outside!




In the kitchen there are tons of things that can save you time. A food processor for instance can automate the peeling process for you if you get one that is good enough.


Or if you want an even more automated service, consider signing up to a company that delivers healthy meals to your door every day. These exist and can actually save you hours while improving your health and energy levels!


How to Get More Value From Necessary Tasks and Chores

Getting back time is all about having more time to do the things you enjoy in life. This means that you stop spending time working in the office and you cut back on washing up and commuting.


Instead, you’re going to try and start spending time doing things you love such as being with your family, watching great TV and pursuing your personal goals/projects.


But the way you go about this might be a little different from what you expect. Forget all the strategies you read about that tell you how to save ‘ten minutes a day’ or ‘an hour a day’. These cut off a little time at best and few of us stick to them.


Instead, ask yourself how you can get more value out of the time you’re currently using up. That means doing two jobs at once, or just enjoying the time you’re ‘wasting’ that little bit more.


Read on to see what on Earth I’m talking about…




One of the best ways to get more from your time is to multitask. You can’t multitask with jobs that require your full attention and creative awareness. But any job that can be done ‘mindlessly’ can be paired with any job that doesn’t require use of your body.


For example, you can catch up with correspondence or make important admin calls when you’re driving (if you have a hands-free system), when you’re walking to the shops or when you’re washing up! By doing two jobs at once, you free up one ‘slot’ to use yourself later.


Making it More Fun


At the same time, you can also multitask to make a boring job fun or rewarding. For example, if you’re washing up then why not watch your favorite TV show at the same time? You’re getting just as much out of that time and now washing up isn’t as dull.

Another great strategy is to do things with friends. Staying in touch and maintaining correspondence takes time. So instead of worrying about fitting it in, why not turn a boring job – the weekly shop, your workout – into something you can do with a friend?


If you commute on the train, then you can absolutely make more use of this time. How about using it to learn a language, read a great book or even start setting up your own side business using a laptop?

Monday 28 March 2022

Carpet Repair

How frequently you need to repair your carpet depends upon you. There are instances like burns, crushing, fading, furniture, bleeding, sprouting, and carpet bugs where you'll wish to take action. Most of the time, you can finish a repair job without requiring a pro, although there will be times when you'll need pro assistance.


Burns happen when a cigarette butt or flame comes in contact with the rug. If the burn is little, the burnt fibers of the carpet may be cut out with scissors. If the burn is big, you'll have to replace the area with a fresh piece of carpet. You can do this yourself if you understand how, or have an installer do it.


Fuzzing happens when loose fibers come out on the edges of the rug. To fix this, merely cut the fibers that are sticking out. 


Heavy furniture may result in indentations being left on the carpet. To eliminate these nasty marks, you ought to sprinkle your carpet with some club soda, place a towel over the area, and then iron it. Do this a few times and you'll see your carpet start to re-fluff.


Much traffic on the surface of the carpet will cause it to flatten out, which might give some types of carpet a shadowed appearance. If this occurs, you ought to brush and vacuum the area. If you can't fix the issue, you may need to hire a pro, as this may sometimes be really tricky.


A rug is known to have sprouts only when there are tufts on it, which are longer than the remainder. As pulling on them will merely damage the rug more, you ought to trim them off with scissors and level them down to the rest of the pile.


The best way to deal with carpet bugs is with a strong vacuum suction. You ought to always avoid spillage and keep the surface of the carpet clean of food. The carpet beetles are rather annoying, as they feed on wool, hair, hides, fur, grain, seeds, and flour. If the carpet is overrun badly, a pro cleaner is the way to go.


Bleeding of the carpet is the loss or transfer of the color from one section to a different. Good underlays may help to prevent bleeding to a particular degree. Crocking on the other hand is the loss of the carpets color when it's rubbed. To avoid this, merely avoid getting your carpet wet.


Sunday 27 March 2022

VoIP: It’s Part in Web Conferencing

Web conferencing is causing big waves in the last few years. By web conferencing, meetings, interviews, collaborations, demonstrations, orientations and additional business issues may now be done even if the participants are geographically scattered.


VoIP means Voice over Internet Protocol. This is the technique of transmitting analog audio signals through the Net. Analog signals are changed over into digital data so it may be transmitted by Net connection. VoIP may turn a standard Net connection into a way to place free of charge calls. 


VoIP enables the user to make calls from anyplace with broadband connectivity. Adding VoIP into web conferencing is like blending data and audio in a handier system. However, there are some skeptics on the affectivity of VoIP in web conferencing.


There are benefits and disadvantages for utilizing VoIP. VoIP dramatically cuts the costs dispensed for voice minute charges. Adding audio and voice in web conferences heightens the effectiveness of the meetings. Necessities for VoIP set-up is likewise minimal, like a PC, broadband connection and a communications headset or additional audio data input device.


Prior to VoIP web conferencing, companies and businesses paid much money for international calls utilizing landline connections. However, with VoIP, companies may save 100s of 1000s of dollars yearly. By utilizing a phone adaptor (ATA), the VoIP technology may travel anyplace. The user just has to connect their phone adaptor to a broadband connection to utilize it. 


More than Two persons can talk on the phone line. With VoIP, affecting a conference for the whole team at once is possible. More calls may be handled at the same time. VoIP likewise has many features like Caller ID, Contact Lists, Voicemail, and so forth. 


Meanwhile there are individuals who doubt the VoIP use in web conferences. The voice quality is among the greatest questions over the use of VoIP. The greatest issue is echo, particularly if the participants are utilizing speakers and microphone rather than headsets. 


A different condition is that VoIP is contingent on electricity. For normal phones, if power goes down, the phone is still functioning. With VoIP, no power stands for no phone. Since VoIP likewise uses computer and Net, it's susceptible to worms, viruses and even hacking. To resolve this problem, VoIP developers and suppliers are already working on VoIP encryption. 


For sorriest case scenarios, a computer crashing in the midst of the call will likewise mean no phone. VoIP phone system is wholly dependent on PCs and the broadband connection. 


VoIP and web conferencing are still really young and evolving technology. There is still room for betterment to further improve the efficiency of VoIP. Similar to other rising technology, the beginning is always the edgy part. VoIP service suppliers are still facing many challenges to better improve the services they're offering. 

Sunday 20 March 2022

Handy Organic Ant Control for your Home

It’s a fact of life, unless you live in Antarctica, that pests will make themselves at home in your house or apartment.


There are a variety of insect pests you need to think of and no two are alike. Rather than spraying toxic chemicals into your home environment, consider using organic, non-toxic pest control. It’s safe for your home’s human occupants and for your pets as well. Pests will show up in the air, your carpeting, your kitchen counter and other places you’d rather not find them.


Let’s take a look specifically at ant control for your home or recreational areas outside. Remember that organic pest control varies somewhat with the pest you’re dealing with and that just like with inorganic chemical pest control, you don’t always use the same thing for ants as you do for fleas. Here’s a look at your organic options for ant infestation in your home.


For the organic treatment of ants, a common summertime pest, you need to make sure your countertops are free of crumbs and anything sticky or sweet. Cover your food well and keep your honey wrapped in a plastic baggy. Leave water sources off 

during the night and don’t leave dirty dishes lying around. The same holds true for your deck or patio. Clean all food up after an outdoor meal and teach your children not to throw food into the yard, like watermelon pieces or other sweet foods.


Your organic pest control continues with a small spray bottle filled with soapy water that you can spray on the little beasts. Put cucumber peels or slices in your kitchen, especially where the ants come in. You can also put tea bags with mint tea in them or cloves around the places where the ants are very active. See if you can trace the column of ants back to their entry point and set out a line of cayenne pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds. Ants won’t cross those lines.


For serious organic pest control against ants, mix a small amount of honey with an equivalent amount of Borax and aspartame. Put about a teaspoon and a half of the mixture in a bottle and set the bottle (without a lid) on its side where ants are active. This acts as a kind of toxic bait that the ants bring back to their colony. Keep small animals and children away from this toxic bait.


Another organic pest control trick is to leave a low-wattage light bulb or nightlight around where the ants are. 


It disrupts their day and night pattern and can confuse their patterns of food hunting.


If ants are on your deck outside, use your organic pest control skills and put a few cloves of garlic, previously cut into pieces, between the cracks of the deck slats. Ants don’t like garlic and will steer clear of the strong odor. 


You can use some of the same indoor tricks outdoors, especially those involving the use of cayenne pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds. You can’t use the trick using the toxic bait outdoors as some small animals can get into it. 


There’s no reason to resort to harsh and dangerous chemicals, indoors or out, when perfectly acceptable organic pest control for ants will keep your home ant-free in a much safer way. As long as you keep your kitchen and the rest of your home clean and follow the above methods to discourage or kill ants, your summertime experience will be more enjoyable and healthier for you and your family.


Organic Clothing and Our Environment

Few of us would connect the idea of organic clothing with the Earth’s environment and yet, a strong connection between the two exists. In fact, now that global warming is becoming more of a fact than a probability, consumers need to think of the impact on the environment of even the clothes they wear. 


Have you considered what would happen if the entire world stopped buying conventional garments and instead purchased only organic clothing? Immediately, all of the toxic chemicals used in the production of conventional clothing would begin to disappear from the soil and the groundwater and all of the chemicals used in making synthetic clothing would be of no use. 


Using organic clothing throughout the world would save thousands of lives - those of the farmers killed every year from pesticide toxicity, particularly in third world countries. In addition, there may be a reduction in the number of people with chemical sensitivity syndromes, which is also often related to chemicals in clothing. With organic clothing, chemical dry cleaning would not be necessary. If buyers went totally “organic” energy wasted in conventional dryers would be restored.


In truth, however, the garment industry does participate in environmental pollution and global warming - even those who participate in making organic clothing. Consider all of the sheep, alpaca, llamas and other wool-producing animals that 

provide clothing fibers in the form of wool but that also contribute to methane gas emission from belching and animal flatulence. Cows, which produce leather, create about 600 liters of methane per day per cow. 


The growing of even organic fibers requires tractors and trucks - all of which use fossil fuels and emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Improving the fuel efficiency of farm implements would help reduce such emissions.


All fibers, even organic fibers, go through a manufacturing process that relies on fossil-based energy. Petroleum-based fabrics like nylon and polyester use additional energy in their production. 


Much of the clothing we buy - organic or otherwise - uses plastic for packaging. Plastic is made from non-renewable resources and, if not recycled, is sent to landfills where the chemicals in the plastic leach into the soil and cause harm to the environment. Recycling of all plastic materials needs to be a must if we are to stop this process from happening.


Consider the energy costs of shipping clothing from manufacturers to the public. As a great deal of the conventional cotton clothing is made in China, you also need to consider that most of the energy these factories use comes from coal - a substance not very good for global warming. From there, all garments, organic garments as well as conventional garments, need to be shipped all over the world. One solution would be to produce and purchase clothing as close to the source of the manufacturer as possible. 


Another solution to improving the environment is to purchase organic clothing and to wash them in cold or warm water. Use a clothes line if possible. A great deal of energy is spent washing clothes in hot water and drying them with high heat. 


While buying organic clothing is just the beginning of what it will take to improve the environment, there are clearly things consumers can do to do their part to reduce energy use and to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Clearly it will take everyone to make the biggest difference.


Saturday 5 March 2022

Feng Shui for Your Kitchen

There are those people who do not know what Feng Shui is but in simpler terms it means wind and water. This is an art which originated from china and it is about the energy flow of life, how it influences our lives and all that is within us. The main feature about Feng Shui is that it is supposed to balance the energy. Feng Shui is made up of five main elements. These elements play a major role in life and in diverse ways. There are no negative elements and positive elements; it is only that they play their part in different ways. Every element however influences the other one in a different way. These elements are the common things around us and these are metal, wood, water, fire and last but not least earth. 


The Chinese strongly believe that these elements are the most vital ones of the earth and all that is in planet earth is combination of all these five elements. Each element has a color that it is associated with. The metal element is associated with white and aqua blue. Green and hunter green are related to the wood. Water is however connected to colors black and navy blue. The colors light purple and red are linked to fire. The last element which is earth is related to colors light brown and yellow. With these colors you will be able to know which element is preferable and suits your needs. 


Every room in your house need to be applied the Feng Shui art and one of the areas that we are going to look at is the kitchen. There are ten main tips that you could use to Feng Shui your kitchen and have harmony in it. When you apply this art you will experience not only harmony but also peace that surpasses all understanding and lots of prosperity at the center of your home. They might however seem negative but in the long run you will experience peace and harmony. You should also train yourself well so as to keep these tips. 


The first thing that you should not do is not avoid the kitchen as the first room to see when you enter the house. The location of your kitchen also matters a lot and so you should ensure that your kitchen is not below the lavatory or adjacent to the toilet. You should also ensure that your kitchen has a layer of lighting. This will make your kitchen well ventilated and large enough. It will also be clean, bright and with an environment that is conducive. Your kitchen should also be gadget free and simple. All the cabinets should be de-cluttered. Always have a vase of flowers or fruit bowl in your kitchen so as to up-lift energy. 


Feng Shui for Your Office

Feng Shui is one of the ancient traditional practices that have been assimilated into the modern life. Basically, it is a form of aesthetic material that is believed to bring together the laws of heaven and earth. Using it was believed to help one live positively. This spiritual meaning gave it a vital role to play in the community. Today, people have taken to using the same system to decorate various areas that they frequent with belief that it will result into a positive life. Offices are major areas that really draw out the course of our lives. This is because whatever happens in our offices influences the rest of our lives. Therefore, many use Feng Shui to create a friendly atmosphere in the office as well as bringing productivity into the office.


When using Feng Shui in any area, there are spots known as Bagua where this items should be used. Therefore, first spot these areas in your office. A copy of the Bagua can be downloaded from the internet. There are a total of 8 areas, though one must give more priority to the areas associated with wealth and fame. Energy flow is one vital aspect that should be in our offices. Feng Shui provides us with specific tips that we can use to adequately provide our offices with appropriate energy flow.


To start with, the desk should be in such a position that it will face the doorway. Alternatively, it will diagonally face the doorway. The aim here is to face the doorway and not letting you back face the door. On the other hand, if there is more than one desk, the arrangement should also change. Two of them should face the door in a diagonal manner while the rest should face the center of the office. 


The kind of classroom arrangement should not be used; no matter the number of desks. Find a way of avoiding the back to back arrangement. Secondly, make sure that the office opposite yours across the hall way is in proper alignment. If this is not the case, place a mirror in front of the offices, this way you can clearly see what is going on the other end. 


Walls should also be proper. Start by removing any kind of dulls artifacts on the mirror. This includes the likes of mirrors or portraits. Partitions should not be there but if a must, place a mirror on the partition. Finally, give the wall a sense of life by placing some plants on them. 


Feng Shui for Your Bedroom

Before we go far on talking about what Feng Shui entails let us first define what it is. Feng shui is the earliest Chinese aesthetic system which is comparable to an art form. This system was discovered so many years back and is mainly famous in the United States and also in china. It is all about traditional folklore. It also involves spiritual powers on Feng Shui. Most of its teaching is usually based on spiritual relationship between heaven and earth. This practice is mostly made up of a combination of Chinese and east Asian religion. And so, it tries very much to stabilize the two or show positive Qi. This is a term that is mostly used in martial arts and it is a force that is general in life and it is mostly believed by practitioners to move to everything. 


It is believed that there are two types of Qi. There is the positive one and the negative one. If you bring the positive one in your house, you are assured of success in everything that you do at your home. The chief in Feng Shui is the yin and yang which are opposite polar and they have to stay in perfect balance and agreement. You can apply the theme of Feng Shui in your room by aligning and placing items in balance. These items could include doors, windows and also rooms and homes. In the current situation this art is trying to balance our lives in our respective homes and not only items in our homes. 


It teaches us that when you remove some of the items from your sleeping rooms you are able to keep positive Qi. The things that you are supposed to remove from your room so as to raise a positive Qi are like removing computers, TVs and working out equipment from your room. When you do not do this, then you are prone to lose this positive Qi. Your bedroom is supposed to be a place for resting and with lots of harmony but when you add other things it ceases being a calm place for resting. Your room should also bring out a sense of energy and so you can ensure a flow of energy by using colors. This has been shown in color theory and psychology to bring about true benefits. 


Some colors like red, orange and also yellow have been discovered to bring confidence and acknowledgement in a room. Other colors such as green and brown show sustenance, medicinal and development. Many people apply this art of Feng Shui in their homes so that they get the power of positive Qi in their homes.

Sunday 16 January 2022

Backyard Birds

You don't have to travel far to relish the delights and happiness of bird watching. Our own backyards may serve as the amusing place where new birders may begin learning the fundamentals. 


To build the most beneficial birding area in your backyard, you are able to make use of bird feeders. Make certain you research how far-off from one another the feeders ought to be. What to feed them is a different thing that you ought to know something about. 


Just like the feeders, the food that you choose ought to depend on what sort of birds you're hoping to pull in and where you reside. A few of the basic types of bird feed are sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and thistle. Frequently found in a mix, pour this sort of seed into a hopper type self-feeder to meet the needs of a lot of different species at one backyard bird watching place. 


Since you've built some feeders, which are a good way of pulling in the birds, you should see to it that you have a complete view for backyard bird watching. Take out low hanging branches that might block your view. Accomplish this when there are no birds around feeding on the self-feeders as a sudden alteration in surroundings might disrupt their behaviors.


Now that you're ready to start watching, you'll discover that you require some sort of magnifying device to watch the birds better. A common pair of field glasses to watch is commonly sufficient for novices, though you might find it more beneficial to mount a spotting scope near a picture window in your house. These visual devices will greatly step-up your ability to distinguish birds by their distinct marks and demeanors.


The spacing between trees and bushes is a crucial factor when taking into consideration our bird friends. It's crucial to think about providing open spaces that ought to be well protected from wind and street disturbance, since these disturbances don't appeal to birds.


Increasing the number of plants in your backyard guarantees more birds will be show up. You are able to even try to produce a layered garden to supply richness and diversity in your garden. You are able to add layers by planting bunches of shade loving small trees, shrubs and ground cover below taller trees. 


A great thing about birding or maintaining a birding atmosphere in your backyard is that your garden tends to be an organic garden. The birds help in curbing the garden pests and diseases without an arsenal of chemicals. 


A functional knowledge of organic gardening is crucial to someone intent on attracting birds. Utilizing plants native to your area cuts back the need for pesticide use as native plants are resistive to local pests and disease. 


There's nothing better than viewing colorful birds fly around a natural garden. This makes sure that birds will be coming back as well. Birding is an interest many individuals can enjoy and do without leaving your home or the city. 

Garden Friends

If we could garden without any disturbance from the Enemies which attack plants, then indeed horticulture might be an easy matter. But day in and day out we must look out for these little enemies... Small in size, but enormous in the mayhem they cause.


As human sickness might frequently be precluded by sanitary conditions, so pests might be kept away by rigorous garden cleanliness. Batches of waste are housing for the multiplying of insects. I don't think a compost heap is included but unkempt, uncared-for places appear to invite hassles. 


There are particular aids to holding back pests. The ceaseless agitating of the dirt by earthworms is a help in keeping the soil open to air and water. A lot of our common birds feed on insects. The sparrows, robin redbreast, chickadees, larks and American oriole are all illustrations of birds that help in that way. A few insects feed upon other and adverse insects. Some forms of ladybugs do this as well. The ichneumon-fly helps also. And frogs are marvels in the number of bugs they can eat at one meal. The toad merits very kind handling from all of us. 


Every gardener ought to attempt to make her or his garden into a place magnetic to birds and frogs. A great birdhouse, grain scattered about in early springtime, a place for water, are invitations for birds to remain a while in your garden. If you want frogs, ready things up for them as well. On a red-hot summer day, a frog likes to take a breather in the shade. By night time, he's ready to go forth to eat up some bugs, since toads favor live food. How may one "arrange things" for frogs? Well, one thing to do is to ready a retreat, placid, dark and wet. A couple of larger sized stones underneath the shade of a bush with possibly a layer of wet leaves would look really perfect to a frog.

Defending Plants

The devices and tools utilized for battling plant foes are of 2 sorts:


(1) Those utilized to yield mechanical protection to the plants; 

(2) Those utilized to utilize insecticides and antifungal agents.


Of the first the most valuable is the covered frame. It consists commonly of a wooden box, a few 18 inches to 24 inches square and about 8 high, covered with glass, protecting fabric, mosquito webbing or mosquito wire. The first 2 coverings have, naturally, the extra advantage of holding heat and protecting from low temperature, making it conceivable by their use to plant earlier than is otherwise safe. They're used extensively in attaining an extra early and safe beginning with cucumbers, melons and the additional vine vegetables. 


Simpler devices for protecting newly-set plants, like tomatoes or cabbage, from cut-worms, are stiff, tin, cardboard or roofing paper collars, which are made numerous inches high and big enough to be place around the stem and infiltrate an inch or so into the dirt. 


For utilizing poison powders, the home gardener ought to supply himself with a powder gun. If one must be limited to a single tool, it will be better to get one of the hand-power, compressed-air sprayers. These are utilized for using wet sprays, and should be furnished with one of the many forms of mist-making nozzles, the non-cloggable automatic type being the most beneficial. For more extended work a barrel pump, put on wheels, will be suitable. Extension rods for utilization in spraying trees and vines might be obtained for either. For processes on a very little scale a good hand-syringe might be utilized, but as a general thing it will be most beneficial to invest a couple of dollars more and get a small tank sprayer, as this casts a continuous stream or spray and holds a much greater amount of the spray solution. Whatever sort is procured, get a brass machine it will outlast 3 or 4 of those made of cheesier metal, which gives in very rapidly to the, corroding action of the strong poisons and chemicals utilized in them. 

As a concluding word to the intending buyer of garden tools, I'd say: 1st exhaustively investigate the different types available, and when purchasing, don't forget that a great tool or a well-made machine will be giving you satisfactory use long, long after the cost is blanked out, while a poor one is a ceaseless source of irritation.

Wild Flower Frenzy

A lot of individuals say they've no luck at all with such a garden. It isn't a question of luck, but a question of discernment, for wild flowers are like individuals and each has its personality. What plant life has been accustomed to in Nature it wants all of the time. In point of fact, when withdrawn from its own kind of living conditions, it sickens and fails. That's enough to tell us that we should copy Nature herself. Imagine you're tracking down wild flowers. As you Pick certain flowers, observe the soil they're in, the place, conditions, the environment, and the neighbors. 


Imagine you discover dog's-tooth violets and anemones growing near together. Then put them so in your own garden. You get the point, right? If you want wild flowers to grow in your garden, make them feel at home. Trick them into believing that they're still in their native environment.


Wild flowers should to be transplanted when blooming time is over. Carry a trowel and a basket into the forest with you. As you scoop up a couple of columbines, or a liverleaf, make sure along with the roots you get some of the plant's own soil, which must be used when replanted. 


The bed these plants are to go into had better be prepared cautiously before getting the plants. Don’t bring the plants back to hold off over a day or night before setting them in the ground. They should be planted at once. The flower bed needs soil from the forest, deep and rich and replete of leaf mold. The sub-drainage system should be first-class. Some individuals believe that all forest plants ought to have soil drenched with water. But the forest themselves are not soggy. It might be that you'll need to dig your garden up really deeply and position some stone in the bottom then top soil and on top put the rich dirt you took from the forest.


Prior to planting, water the dirt well. Then as you create holes for the plants put some of the forest soil in each. 


Flower types and when they're available:


It's quite nice plan to have a wild flower garden that provides a sequence of blooms from early springtime to late autumn; so let us kickoff with March, liverleaf, Claytonia lanceolata and saxifrage. Then arrives April turning out in its arms the beautiful aquilege, the tiny bluets and Geranium maculatum. For May there are the dog's-tooth violet and the Anemone nemorosa, Solomon's seal, Arisaema atrorubens, wake robin, bloodroot and violets. June will impart the campanula, flannel leaf, bee balm and foxglove. I'd pick the gay butterfly weed for July. Let turtle head, aster, purple boneset, and Daucus carota make the rest of the season brilliant till frost.

Saturday 4 December 2021

7 Guidelines To Choosing A Great Patio Umbrella

When your outdoor space lacks trees and shade, the simplest and most affordable solution is buying patio umbrellas. Unfortunately, purchasing an umbrella for your patio isn’t that easy if you don’t know the specific details that would best suit your backyard. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when choosing the umbrella for your situation and lifestyle.


1. Position


In choosing your desired umbrella for your backyard, you should consider where it would be placed to ensure that its purpose of shading could be served.


The location of the patio umbrella is important. There are two categories of the location of the umbrella: through table and free standing. Free standing umbrellas are used in large outdoor areas. It could shade different kinds of patio furniture of any size and shape depending on your preference. A through-table umbrella is basically placed in the centre of the patio table and is commonly used as focal point of the outdoor area.

2. Umbrella Stands


This is the support of your patio umbrella. The stand or base would depend on how you intend to use it. In choosing the standard base of outdoor umbrellas, you should consider a heavy-duty support that could survive any weather. Free standing umbrellas require heavier bases than through-table umbrellas.


3. Size


The size of umbrellas would be determined by measuring its diameter. In choosing the exact size of patio umbrella, make sure to measure the table, chairs, or space to be shaded. The basic rule in calculating the diameter is that the umbrella should always be at least 4 to 5 feet larger than the intended area to be covered.


4. Umbrella Frames


There are two kinds of frames available to choose from - metal and wood umbrella frames. Selecting the frame would depend on how you intend to use the umbrella and which would match the theme of you patio. Metal umbrellas use push-button tilts or a crank lift. This lets the umbrella to be angled in any direction. Most metal umbrellas could be purchased with coloured furnishes like black, champagne, or white. A wooden umbrella is usually opened manually by using a pulley method and could not be rotated. Hardwood and teak is the most common wooden umbrellas in stores.


5. Tilt Methods


There are three methods in tilting the umbrella - collar tilt, crank tilt and push-button. The collar tilt method is the most common and user-friendly. The umbrella tilts when you rotate the collar located on the frame.


6. Materials


The main purpose of your patio umbrella is to block the dangerous rays of the sun. This purpose would succeed depending on the materials of your canopy. The most common materials used are PVC, canvas and shade cloth. A PVC canopy could block 100% UV light and could survive bad weather. Canvas canopies are durable fabric that blocks out the sun effectively. It is not water resistant when purchased but it could be treated for your canopy to be waterproof. Shade cloth blocks 90-95% UV rays. It could resist small amounts of rain, but is not entirely waterproof.


7. Kinds


- Centre pole


The centre pole is the most common type of patio umbrella. It is supported by a central pole. The ribs of the umbrella spread out from its pole. It is advisable to place a centre pole umbrella into a solid and heavy base.


- Crank and Tilt


The crank and tilt design is much similar to the centre pole, but it is known to have a crank device between the pole and canopy which allows you to rotate the angle of the shade umbrella. This kind of umbrella is best for large outdoor areas because it enable you to block out the sun in any direction.


- Cantilever


The Cantilever umbrella hangs to the side of its frame. Its curved arm supports only one end. This kind of shade umbrella is suitable for large areas with dining sets underneath the umbrella or swimming pools beside the patio furniture because it could be rotated 360 degrees. Its shade could be positioned wherever it is needed.


- Pavilion


A pavilion is a square-shaded structure that is supported at its every corner. This kind of umbrella is used for a large outdoor space that could shade the entire family. Most pavilions are used in beaches or parks as temporary dining and entertaining area.