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Electricity in the garden

Electricity is often used to power lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, along with providing power for outdoor lights, pond pumps, heated propagators and greenhouse heaters. This source of power is obviously useful for gardeners; but care must be taken to avoid shocks, fire and electrocution. Quick facts Keep safe in the garden: Use an RCD

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10 FALL CLEANUP TIPS FOR A BETTER SPRING GARDEN

When it comes to fall yard and garden cleanup, we have evolved our thinking. It’s not necessary to hack everything down, but that doesn’t mean do nothing. Let’s clean up our yards the right way. With cooler weather and fewer insects, it’s also easier to do this work in autumn, not during freezing temperatures. So

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Top 7 Best Kitchen Remodel Ideas for 2019

The kitchen is where everyone gathers as the day begins and ends. It’s used for more than meals. It’s home to game night, homework, meetings, crafts, and countless other activities. Such an important space needs a good form and function. The 2019 average cost for a kitchen remodel is $11,000. A major renovation can reach

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Read This Before You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

The right prep, primer, and paint can transform the look of your cupboards—and your entire cook space—without busting the budget Handsome Painted Cabinets for Cookspace Appeal     If you’ve  noticed the cost of new appliances, countertops, and cabinets, it’s no surprise that renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive remodeling projects. While

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Ribbon Flower Accents

Materials and Tools: 3/4 yard of 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon (for center) 1-1/4 yard of 1″ to 2″ (for petals) Needle Thread to match ribbon Heavy-gauge wire stem cut in 12″ to 18″ lengths Floral tape Silk or velvet leaves Glue Directions: 1. To create center of flower, cut 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon into 6

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Timeless Home Decorating Tips

Edith Wharton’s Advice: Stick to a Muted Palette What she said: “The fewer colors used in a room, the more pleasing and restful the result will be,” said Edith Wharton (1862-1937), in The Decoration of Houses (1897). Before winning a Pulitzer for The Age of Innocence, Wharton was a decorating pioneer, advising people to steer clear of the overstuffed

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A Short Guide to Replacing Windows

Are you looking to get your residential windows replaced? Whether they’re slider windows, casement windows, vinyl windows or other types of windows, the benefits of replacing windows by far outweigh the costs involved. With new windows, you can prevent draft, keep insects and other pesky pests out of your home, and protect your home from

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Top Garden Tools

I can’t remember how many trowels I’ve owned/broken over the years. I have an unmatched ability to shorten the life of any gardening implement used for digging. In my defense, one of those many trowels met its fate by being run over by a car (it’s a long story, don’t ask). But several others broke

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5 Tips for Building an Outdoor Shower

Whether you live by the beach or simply want to create an oasis for summer days, an al-fresco shower can be a great way to up your outdoor ante and wash away the sand before heading indoors. (Bonus, it’s also a great place to rinse off a muddy puppy.)   Below are 5 tips for

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Growing kiwi fruit: It’s easier than you think

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps to support our site. Find our full disclosure here. Do you enjoy growing fruit? Perhaps you have a few blueberry bushes, a handful of strawberry plants, or some apple

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Mudroom Storage Cubbies | Free Plans

Hey all, it’s Tylynn dropping in from Bitterroot DIY with some free plans to build your own mudroom storage cubbies! It got cold fast here in Minnesota. I swear it was overnight and BAM! Winter. We had a sorta makeshift mudroom area in the basement right at the garage entrance, but it consisted of one

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5 Ways to Get a Modern Farmhouse Front Porch

When interior designer Rosa Beltran found this rundown bungalow in the artsy Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, it was just what she was hoping for: something so ugly that it would scare off everyone but herself. As a newly divorced single mom, she needed a deal; as a designer, she could see past its

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12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Storms

As severe weather continues to dominate the news, it pays to take heed and prepare for the worst, even if your home isn’t in the direct path of current storms. Here are 12 ways to get your house in order if you live in or near regions where storms and heavy rains are predicted. A

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DIY Floating Deck, Part 4: Trimming Deck Boards and Rounding the Edges

I’m building a DIY floating deck in my back yard! Catch the whole thing, start to finish, right here. In this chapter, I’m covering how I trimmed all the deck board ends and rounded off the cut. Part 1: Planning & Layout Part 2: Frame & Waterproofing Part 3: Decking Part 4: that’s here! Part

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Choosing Kitchen Appliances

Appliances, alone, do not make a kitchen. But, they just might be the most important aspect of your space. After all, the kitchen’s primary function is for preparing and cooking meals.         How high-end do you want to go? Chefs and bakers who plan to use the restaurant-quality features on professional models

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Black and White Bathroom Decor Ideas

If you’re considering a bathroom with a black-and-white theme, you’ll want to browse several black-and-white bathroom decor ideas. Black-and-white bathroom design is a versatile approach that can be applied to just about any style of bathroom, from the stoically traditional to the ultra-modern. Black-and-white bathroom decor can make a great addition to most bathroom designs,

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7 Most Surprising Fertilizers Found In Your Kitchen

It’s no secret that as gardeners we all want healthy plants. While healthy soil is vital to this, fertilization plays a significant role too. But what if you don’t have lots of money to spend on plant fertilizer? That’s not a problem. There are actually a number of “fertilizers” that may already be available right

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How to Install a CO Detector

For safety’s sake install a CO detector in your home. It’s easy and inexpensive, just follow these step-by-step directions to learn how to do the job. Step 1 : Decide the best location for the alarm Safety experts say install an alarm on each level of a multi-level home, including every bedroom, hallway, finished attic

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Best Household Remedies for Insect Bites

Don’t let bug bites stop you from enjoying the outdoors with these helpful home remedies. Nothing spoils a lovely day in your garden paradise more than itching and irritation the morning after. You’ve gotten an insect bite, and as backyard bug bites are want to do, it’s probably driving you crazy and got you wondering what

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How to Install Wall Paneling

Before You Begin Installing paneling varies depending on the surface it is being applied to. The easiest way to install it over an existing finished wall, such as drywall, plaster, or paneling, is to use an adhesive. Spread the adhesive according to the adhesive maker’s instructions. Typically, you apply it and then spread it uniformly

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Make Your Bathroom Beautiful with Shower Screens

Shower screens are exclusively used as a decorative element in interior style décor in bathrooms. It modifies the functional factor and makes your bathroom look modern. Shower screens are both available in framed as well as frameless glass. You incorporate your shower screen by choosing a clear or decorative glass and accordingly it can make

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7 ways to upcycle plastic bottles in the garden

From plant markers to hot water bottles under row covers and even bottle-cap pot feet, you’ve probably already found clever, yet simple, ways to use plastic bottles in the garden. But we have even more ideas for you! Rinse out and peel the label off a bottle. Then grab a pair of scissors or a box cutter to cut,

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Your 101 Guide for Modern Flooring Trends This 2019

Ready to remodel the house you’ve always wanted? If you are planning to keep your home up-to-date, then you can start with your floor. This might get you all excited until you realize that choosing a floor is somehow unsettling! This is true, there are a lot of choices out there and you might get

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Drying oregano: Step-by-step instructions

Today is oregano drying day at the Walliser house. Every May I head out to the garden to harvest fresh oregano sprigs. The timing is crucial because if I cut them too early, the flavor isn’t quite up to snuff, but if I cut them too late, four-lined plant bug damage has marred the beautiful

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Beneficial garden insects

Not all bugs are created equally. Here’s a look at some beneficial insects you actually want living in your garden. Learn to identify and attract them. Beneficial insects for the garden Squirm at the mention of anything that creeps or crawls? Insects can cause a lot of damage to your plants, and, without proper controls,

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How to Choose to the Right Material For Your Walkway or Patio

Brick, stone, cement—there’s an endless array of materials to choose from when it comes to building a patio or walkway. But which one is best for your home? Contributing editor Eddie Ross asked his own gardening guru Nathan Tuno of Roots Landscape to help demystify the options. Cobblestone When you envision an old-fashioned cobblestone street,

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How to Install Hardwood Flooring (Complete Instructions)

We first ran this article in 2010. It provides detailed instructions for installing hardwood flooring over a wood substructure. It chronicles tutorials for each step of the process, derived from our installation of 3/4 inch solid, tongue-and-groove Brazilian Walnut hardwoods in our own home! At the bottom, we provide links to posts on the tools

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You Won’t Believe This Indoor-Outdoor Hangout Is Built Under a Home

It’s part open-air living room, part cabana, and part federally mandated flood elevation. Homeowner Gaelle Dudley calls it the loggia, and this bonus space below her Fairfield, CT, home is where you’ll find her and her family on all but the coldest days. Before the Dudleys moved here, Hurricane Sandy roared through the area. Houses

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MULCHING GUIDE: BENEFITS OF MULCH

Mulching is a common gardening practice with many benefits. But using mulch incorrectly can have the opposite effect. Here’s how to mulch a garden—and get the most out of mulching. WHAT IS MULCH? At its simplest, mulch is a material that covers the soil for variety of reasons, usually controlling weeds. ADVANTAGES OF MULCHING Mulch

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Spring Cleaning on a Budget: 3 Things to Stop Doing Now

Hello, March — and spring cleaning season! Save time and money by putting a stop to these three cleaning habits that might be costing you. #1 Stop Using Vinegar on Wood and Stone From windows to laundry, vinegar is an eco-friendly cleaning powerhouse. But it’s also an acid that can damage stone and wood. When

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5 Tips on How to Keep your Indoor Plants Alive

Are you having trouble keeping your indoor plants alive and well? The rules of gardening can get overwhelming to beginner gardeners and even the most seasoned gardeners. With a list of gardening rules to keep track of, it’s inevitable we will overwater, underwater or mess up the proper guidelines to keep our house plants healthy.

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Benefits of Indoor Plants

Indoor plants have made a massive comeback in the interior world the last few years. One might wonder why we are actually actually so attracted to houseplants. Why do they seem to just have that innate capacity to make us feel good? This article discusses four benefits of growing indoor plants in your home or

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How To Remove Rust (From Anywhere & Everywhere!)

Rust. From our fridges to our bikes, it can be a problem – and a really unsightly one at that. If it feels like rust is taking over your home, item by item, don’t panic – we’re here to help. Today we’re showing you how to get rid of rust for good. We’ve got loads

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14 Bright Ideas for Adding a Little Color to Your Kitchen

Looking to add a little color to your kitchen? Whether you’re planning a fresh renovation or just want to add a dash of spice to your existing kitchen, here are several ways you can bring in a new color or two. 1. Accent Doors Two-tone cabinets continue to be a big kitchen trend — and

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Indoor Gardening For Beginners

If you are an indoor garden lover, you are the right place now. As a beginner of indoor gardening, you can get many tips and tricks at a time from this article. The definition of a garden is that it is a job to plant the seeds of flowers or vegetables in a certain place.

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7 Organization Tips for Your Holiday Gear and Decorations

Decking the halls is good fun and all, but shuffling through piles of wreaths, lights, ornaments, Santa hats, dreidels, wrapping paper, and stockings is nothing to fa la la la about. Cut back on the holiday overwhelm with these organization ideas for your festive gear. #1 Make a Holiday Closet Instead of doing a holiday-themed

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter

Lately we’ve been admiring DIY kitchen makeovers involving little more than paint applied to dreary wooden cabinets (see Remodeling 101: 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint for evidence). How to best tackle such a project on your own? For advice, I turned to Albert Ridge of Ridge Painting in NYC. Albert, who grew up in County Galway,

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What Will Bathrooms Look Like in the Future?

Home automation, from voice-controlled virtual assistants to app-controlled thermostats, has quickly and unexpectedly ushered the future into our own homes. As technology continues to progress, the way we interact with our environment will likely only grow more and more futuristic – even spaces as personal as our home bathrooms. While the prospect of such a

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6 Decorating and Remodeling Tips From a Top Interior Designer

Grant K. Gibson has been designing homes for more than 15 years. Originally from Los Angeles, the 39-year-old designer, who’s now based in San Francisco, takes pride in creating living spaces that speak to the personality, preferences and experiences of his clients. Now, he’s releasing his first book, The Curated Home, which takes readers inside

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Sustainable Gardening

The right thing to do these days in your yard and garden is to practice sustainability. Here are six practices that can help you do your part for sustainability: 1. Conserve water and control water runoff Lawn Water plants only when they need it. Lawns only need about 1 inch of rain a week. Set

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10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

Add that just-picked taste to your meals — even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window — by growing herbs indoors all year long. You won’t even need special any special equipment as long as you give them plenty of water and sunshine. How to Grow Herbs As a general rule of (green)

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Cinnamon History: Learn About Cinnamon Plant Uses Through Time

When our grandmother pulled out piping hot, heaven scented cinnamon rolls on a Sunday morning, it was war. My siblings and I would scramble and shove each other out of the way to nab the biggest one. Cinnamon is no stranger to war. At several points in cinnamon’s history, the spice was deemed so valuable

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12 Design Lessons from Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche in Paris

A few years ago, on a trip to Paris, a friend took me to the Maison La Roche, the villa by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, located in the 16th Arrondissement and constructed from 1923 to 1925. Designed for Raoul La Roche, a banker and an art collector from Basel, Switzerland (and a friend and

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How to Clean Your Room

Your bedroom is the first space you see when you wake up in the morning and the last you look at when you go to sleep at night, so when it’s a mess, it really affects you. But because it’s the only room that isn’t typically seen when guests came over, it’s pretty easy to

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HOW TO OVERWINTER YOUR PLANTS AND GARDEN

Learn how to properly overwinter your garden plants to keep them protected from snow, wind, and freezing temperatures. They’ll thank you in the spring! HOW TO OVERWINTER GERANIUMS Before the first frost (find frost dates for your region here), cut plants back to about 6 to 8 inches. Then lift the plants and cut back

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How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique You don’t have to replace an entire floorboard to fix a small chip or gouge. Instead, patch it with a new piece of wood, as Tom demonstrates here, and heed his advice for

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Simple Tips for Pet & Disability Friendly Landscape Designs

An ugly backyard can be an eyesore. If you have pets at your place, it can turn even more gruesome. All that jumping around, digging up dirt, and taking any spot as an ideal place to urinate can seriously impact your yard. Not to mention, matters become even more challenging to handle if there is

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5 Reasons Why Cotton Bed Sheets are The Best for Summers

The season of summer has already arrived and along with it, it has brought us soaring temperatures to get you all sweaty and exhausted. It is a season which majority of Indians have a distaste for, especially the ones living in boiling hot areas like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, etc. The temperature in these regions

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DIY Bean Trellis

Bean plants climb and cover anything in their path, but can sometimes look messy and tangled. Try making this arched bean trellis for your garden to give them a structured path to follow for a tidier look. When grown densely, this trellis gives the garden a magical, country garden vibe that also keeps crops off

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Decorating 101: How to Plan Your Home’s Lighting

Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the look of a room. Proper lighting can highlight a room’s assets and help disguise its shortcomings, increase function and set a mood. Good lighting and bright lighting are not the same thing. A room that’s well lit will offer illumination at varying

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5 Outdoor Lighting Solutions that Scream “Spring!”

Grilling by the light of a lone tikki torch or a string of tangled Christmas lights is no way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Here are five outdoor lighting solutions that are sure to brighten your springtime gatherings — and have your neighbors wondering how you did it. Landscape Lighting Aside from looking

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5 Creative Ideas for Building Cold Frames

A cold frame is a box made out of clear materials that will let the sun in and help to keep the plants inside warm by containing the heat. They are perfect for spring and fall planting because they provide a protective space for your plants to grow during cooler seasons. They give your garden more

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Tips & Tricks to Start Seeding Indoors

Starting your seeds indoors will give you a jumpstart to the gardening season and allow you to experiment with more varieties of plants, flowers and vegetables. However, when starting your seeds indoors, it’s important to know how, when and which seeds to use for optimal success. When is a good time to start seeding indoors? Most annual vegetables should

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10 Beneficial Insects That Will Actually Help Your Plants

Some garden pests just have to go. (We’re looking at you, Japanese beetles.) However, other insect species can help you wage the war against harmful blights. If you spot one of these ten helpful critters, know that they’re here to help, not hurt. Aphid Midge Pollen plants will bring aphid midges to your garden. Both

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How to Clean an Outdoor Air Conditioning Coil (Trane unit example)

Twice in five years I’ve cleaned my outdoor AC condenser, and both times I’ve been amazed by the amount of dirt and  leaves I’ve found. Fortunately, cleaning your outdoor coil is a task that any homeowner can accomplish, and it doesn’t take very long. A good cleaning will help your AC unit to function more efficiently, and

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How to Pick the Right Garden Edging

Choosing the right garden edging—the material used to define the perimeter of plant beds—can make a huge difference in the look of your home’s landscaping. “I always tell our clients to pick materials that are classic, will age beautifully, and go with the style of your house,” says Roots Landscape’s Nathan Tuno, who helped House

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How to Get Bees to Buzz Off—Without Harming Them

We all love flowers. The more colorful blossoms the better—in gardens, in hanging baskets, in pots, every which way. And flowers, naturally, attract bees. We all love bees, too, at least in theory. Our food supply literally depends on those industrious little pollinators; we know we need to keep their ecosystem healthy and make sure

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House Cleaning & Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

A clean house not only looks good but it also keeps you healthy. It is important to maintain the right decor in the house. Cleaning is indeed important and you should do that on a daily basis. But, if you have time issues, you can clean your house twice a week. With restricted time, you

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How to Use a Portable Generator

Power outages are a common occurrence after a severe storm. When your power goes out and you don’t have a standby generator, a portable generator is a handy backup to provide power until electricity is restored. Learn the proper way to use a portable generator. Using a Portable Generator Unlike home standby generators, which are

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How to maintain your lawn mower

If you’ve got a petrol rotary lawnmower, you can get the best from your machine by carrying out a series of simple jobs every month. Always consult the owners’ manual or contact your local dealer for further advice about your specific model before you start. When you’re ready, remove the spark plug cap so the