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Love to garden but hesitant how to begin ?  Here are some beginner gardening tips. Get an idea.  What garden do you prefer? Is it going to be a vegetable garden?  Or a flower garden? Just remember its better to be proud of a small garden than to be failed grandly. Know Your Place.  Not everything grows everywhere, so what you plant may determined by where you live.  You’ll need to know which parts of your yard are best suited to different plants.  Figure which spots get sun and shade throughout the day.  Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours full sun each day.  But many plants tolerate shade. Ask someone from your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires and the best plants for your region.   Test Your Soil.  To learn more about your soil , have a soil test. Send a sample to your cooperative extension office. The result of alkaline and how acidic your soil is, affects how plants absorb nutrients. The soil texture should be  easily shoveled and crumbled in your hands.  If your soil is super hard or clay-like, it needs a boost. Add fresh soil, mulch, compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. Pick Your Plants.  Start with easy-to-grow plants.  You can pore over catalogs, head to the garden center, or you can even surf the internet to choose plants adapted to your soil, climate, and the sunlight in your garden. It is important to know how big they will get and how high your plants will grow to avoid crowding and to know how to space them accordingly. Put Them In The Ground.  Some plants are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden.  Be sure to read the seed packet for information.  Or, an easier method is to buy young plants, called transplants or set plants.  Dig a hole and plunk them in the ground. Water Carefully.  Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small.  New transplants also need to be watered frequently until the roots become developed and established.  To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.  If you water in the evening, your plants might be prone to fungus. Good Job!  Your garden is on its way.  You might not have a lot of work everyday.  Keep watering when needed, pull weeds, and check what’s going on with the roots if you notice stunted growth.

The arrangement of the exterior is just as important as the arrangement of the interior. Most of the people are focused only of the interior of their homes, but should not be overlooked and the exterior, if you are looking of harmony. Pay attention to these few beautiful decorations for the yard that you can make yourself which can inspire you to make your own yard decorations. When it comes to soil, most people think that plants and flowers are the only elements that fall into this category. But we need a holistic approach and take into consideration elements such as fencing, walls, stairs, terrace, paths, water sources, etc …

 

Yard Decorating Ideas

If you need inspiration to make beautiful garden, you will find here. We present 15 Yard Decorating Ideas for your yard that you have to try this spring. All these ideas are beautiful and easy to do. Well, have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t throw out those kitchen scraps! What have YOU had success with?

Scallions You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks, you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill. You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads.

Basil Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Basil Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

 

Romaine Lettuce Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

 

Cilantro The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

 

 

 

ALOE PLANT

LEVEL OF CARE: EASY

LIGHT / WATER: Aloe loves the sun water once a week. Allowing to soil to dry out completely in between .

ASPARAGUS FERN

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Indirect light is best. Give them plenty of water, being careful not to over-saturate the soil.

Display Idea: Hang the pot from a modern macrame holder.

SNAKE PLANT

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Indirect light is ideal for the snake plant, along with light waterings.

Display Idea: Place in an elevated planter to add interest to an empty spot in your hall.

 

ENGLISH IVY

Level of Care: Easy to Moderate

Light/Water: Four hours of direct sunlight (and indirect during the rest of the time) and steady moisture is key to keep your ivy happy.

Display Idea: Train around a sculptural form.

FIDDLE LEAF FIG

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light is ideal. Only water when the top inch of the soil is dry.

Display Idea: Place it in a corner to create a dramatic focal point, like in this apartment over at Design*Sponge.

 

STAGHORN FERN

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Low-to-medium light and moderate moisture will keep your staghorn looking its best.

Display Idea: These plants belong on the wall!

GOLDEN POTHOS

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Care for the pothos with bright, indirect light and moderate waterings (never allowing the soil to become water-logged).

Display Idea: Blogger Little White Whale upgraded a standard terra cotta pot into a charming sculpture, which brings more impact to the leafy plant.

SPIDER PLANTS

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light and occasional waterings make the spider plant one of the easiest to care for.

Display Idea: Show off the curved leaves with a hanging planter.

STRING OF PEARLS PLANT

Level of Care: Easy to Moderate

Light/Water: You’ll quickly have lengthy strands of pearls by leaving the plant in bright, indirect light with enough water to keep the soil steadily moist.

Display Idea: A Home Full of Color turned a simple wood bowl into a hanging display that allows the plant to beautifully cascade over the sides.

RUBBER PLANT

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Like most of the other plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry.

Display Idea: Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. Place them near your favorite seating area, like The Blackbird did, to enjoy fresh air.

SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light and even moisture allows this plant to thrive.

Display Idea: The Brick House dipped a planter in neon paint, which brings out the gorgeous green color of the leaves.

PADDLE PLANT

Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Give the paddle plant full-to-partial sun and water only when the top two inches of the soil are dry.

Display Idea: Place in a petite pot that emphasizes the plant’s unique shape.

Knowing what your needs are and how best to approach them are the first steps in planning a home security system. A security system professional is helpful when you have questions, but his job is to sell you equipment and not necessarily to look out for your best interests. Consulting with a professional is useful, but write down a plan first that addresses what your concerns are and lists the essentials you need for your specific home.

What is the best way to start planning a home security system?

 

You always need door and window sensors, an alarm and a central control panel. Beyond that, you have options. Go through the house and count the number of doors and windows. Include the door leading to the garage and windows high off the ground. This gives you the number of sensors you need. Systems typically come with a set number of sensors, and then you pay a fee for additional ones.

 

You also need smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t already have them. Some states require apartment complexes to provide them in each unit. You need one near the kitchen, at least one on each floor of your home, and one in or near every bedroom.

 

Is additional lighting useful in a home security system?

 

Consider security lighting when planning your system. The lights are motion or light-activated. Place them near the main entrances to the house to keep those areas lit at night, especially when someone is approaching the house. The motion sensors are useful as a means of keeping thieves or vandals away, but set the sensitivity of the light carefully to make sure they don’t respond to wind or animal movement.

 

The lights also help prevent others from knowing if someone is home or not.

 

Should the surrounding neighborhood be considered when planning a security system?

Research the crime statistics in your city or town when planning your system by checking the website for your local police department. Talk to your neighbors as well. If car thefts are common in your area, pay more attention to your garage or where you park your vehicle. If vandalism is a problem in your neighborhood, consider security shutters on the windows. Research the rules of your neighborhood or your homeowner’s association to find out if a fence is allowed and a viable option for you.

 

Is a wireless system more effective than a wired one?

 

Older systems used to rely on the phone line when sending signals out to call centers. If the phone lines went down or were tampered with, the system was not effective. Modern wired systems are not as easily disabled, and they have the advantage of being plugged into the home’s main power. Wireless systems are battery-operated. The batteries need to be checked on each device regularly to make sure they are all working properly. Your control panel tells you when the power fails on a device as well. Both wired and wireless devices are effective if properly installed. Wireless installation tends to be simpler than rigging a new system into the existing wiring of the house, however.

 

What else should be considered when planning a security system?

 

If you have pets, verify that any motion sensors in the house won’t respond to pet movement. False alarms are a nuisance, and they are also expensive if they reoccur. Decide what the most important or valuable items in your house are. Consider placing additional security measures such as motion sensors or security cameras in those areas.

 

Write down your needs when planning your security system. This gives you something to share with professionals when you start shopping. This also assists you when budgeting because each company provides a pricing estimate based on the information you give them. Planning the system takes time, research and diligence, but the peace of mind is worth it once the system gets installed.

Tile may look and feel impervious to harm, but don’t take chances. Test your stain-removal technique on an inconspicuous spot of both tile and grout before cleaning. A nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner or a tub-tile-sink product removes most stains. Try the following techniques for specific stains.

 

Blood: Dab the stain with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

 

Coffee, tea, or juice: Wash the stain with detergent and hot water, then blot with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

 

Gum, wax, or tar: Place ice cubes in a resealable plastic bag and lay the bag over the material you want to remove from the tile. Once the material solidifies, remove as much of it as possible with a crafts stick. Remove any remaining residue with nonflammable paint thinner.

 

Grease or fat-base stains: Wash the stain with club soda and water or with a nonabrasive floor cleaner.

 

Ink or dye: Soak a clean cloth with diluted bleach and lay it over the stain. Let the cloth stay in place until the stain disappears. Rinse well.

 

Iodine: Scrub the iodine stain with diluted ammonia and rinse well.

Enjoy barbecue with friends and family when the evenings and weekends are free. So, if you also want to add a barbecue grill area to your home’s outdoor, take a look at these cool ideas below:

 

 

1. Give It a Vintage Look 

2. Place The Grill Inside a Corrugated Metal Shed

3. Accompany The Grill with a Built-In Bench

4. Build a Concrete Table 

5. Go for An All Stone Grilling Area 

6. Build a Two Level Island for The Grill to Combine Cooking and Serving

7. Install a TV Screen for Yet More Entertainment

8. Install The Grill On a Deck

9. Go For All White Appliances

10. Install The Grill in a Niche Enclosure

 

11. Design in a Rustic Way

12. Build a Pergola

13. Design with Moroccan Theme

14. Hang Strings of Lights for Making Everthing Magical

15. Get Inspiration from a Surf Shack for a Fun Outlook

 

Items needed:

1 cup of water

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1 gram of yeast

1 2-liter bottle

 

HOW:

Cut the plastic bottle in half. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

 

Note:

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

 

 

No matter how much of a clean freak you tend to be, the stenches and odors of everyday life are unavoidable. But don’t let that get you down — there’s often an easy, homemade way to dispel stink from every area in your home.

 

Stinky trash

Wash indoor and outdoor trash cans with hot soapy water to remove smelly bits and debris. Leave a couple of used fabric softener sheets in the bottom of your kitchen trash can and compactor to absorb odors.

 

A burnt-on food spill

If food from a casserole dish bubbles over onto the stovetop or oven floor, sprinkle salt on the drips to absorb the burned smell (this will also make it easier to clean up later).

 

A musty freezer

Place a clean sock filled with dry coffee grounds inside to deodorize this pesky spot in your kitchen.

 

A smelly microwave

The awful stench of burnt popcorn seems to hang around forever, but it eventually disperses. To speed up the process, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 1/2 cups water and three or four chopped lemons along with a fragrant spice, like cloves. Bring to a boil in the microwave, and then leave it to steam inside for 15 minutes (until the water cools down and can be removed safely). Leave the door ajar for an hour or so to air the microwave out.

 

A foul dishwasher

Check that the drain hose isn’t crimped, and look in the bottom of the machine for bits of food and gunk. Then, pour a gallon of household vinegar in the bottom, let it sit for an hour or so, and run the washer through a full cycle. If the odor is still strong, call a plumber. It could potentially be a hazardous problem that needs to be remedied by a pro.

 

Rancid wooden cutting boards and counters

Scub the wood with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Rinse well and season with mineral oil.

 

A pungent kitchen

While cooking sharp-smelling items, like fish or cabbage, place a small bowl of white vinegar on the stove to absorb the odor. To stop offensive fridge smells, pour baking soda into a plastic margarine tub and poke holes in the lid; change as often as needed. Wipe down fridge walls with white vinegar to get rid of any lingering odors.

 

A sour-smelling garbage disposal

Freshen it by throwing in lemon or lime rinds while it’s running, followed by lots of cold water.

 

The toilet

When this frequently used bathroom fixture needs deodorizing, pour 1 cup of household vinegar into the bowl and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Scrub briskly and flush.

 

Not-so-fresh bathroom air

Dab essential oil (cinnamon or orange) onto cotton balls, and place them in a small bowl on a shelf. Put matches in a pretty basket near the toilet for handy use.

 

Dingy carpeting

To quickly deodorize a smelly rug, sprinkle a box of baking soda over it, and let settle into the fibers for 30 minutes. Then, vacuum it up.

 

A musty mattress

Spray with a disinfectant like Lysol to kill the bacteria that causes odors. In between cleanings, sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.

 

A dank basement

Open containers of activated charcoal (look for it at pet stores) absorb moisture, so they help fight mildew smells. If you find mold and mildew is a major problem, look into getting a dehumidifier.

 

A stale closet

Hanging clean socks filled with dry coffee grounds works here, too.

 

A smelly pet

Guests are about to arrive and you suddenly realize your pooch or kitty doesn’t smell so pleasant. For a quick fix (until bath time), lightly sprinkle their fur with baking soda, rub it in, and then brush out.

It’s no secret we love our summers in Western Australia, but for some, winter is an even more magical time of the year.

The arrival of cooler temperatures means you can get the doona out of storage and finally have a reason to wear Ugg boots. What you may not have considered is what six months of summer storage might have done to your gas heater when you drag it out and plug it in for the first time.

Like many other appliances in your home, heaters aren’t something we spend much time thinking about, until we need them to work. In the warmer months, gas heaters tend to sit neglected and build up dust, so a quick clean and tune-up at the start of the winter season will keep them running safely and efficiently, keeping you warm when you need it most.

ATCO Gas Australia owns and maintains the underground network of pipelines in WA, which brings natural gas to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the state.

ATCO offered the following advice to keep your gas appliances in good working order this winter.

Service regularly: Most manufacturers recommend gas appliances be serviced every two years by a qualified technician. Check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for further information. Check air filters: Air filters and fans can become blocked by lint and dust. Depending on the make and model of your gas heater, you may be able to clean the air filter yourself. Consult your owner’s manual to see if this is recommended and how to do it. Hoses and connections: Check the hose on your portable gas heater, as they can become damaged or deteriorate with age. The bayonet connectors should also be examined for damage. An approved technician can replace any faulty hoses or connectors. Flue pipes: If your appliance is vented externally, flue pipes should be checked for damage. Holes or loose-fitting joints require immediate attention. If your flue needs servicing, call a licensed gasfitter to have it cleaned or repaired. Ventilation: For all indoor heaters, ensure your home is well ventilated and vent sources are unobstructed. Barbecues and patio heaters should only be used outside with adequate ventilation.

Used properly, well-maintained natural gas appliances are a safe, cost-effective and efficient source of energy for your home. To find out more, visit yourgas.com.au