Thelma is a former field editor for Taste of Home magazine and has a huge collection of recipes submitted to her from cooks across the USA. Learning Ways to Use VinegarWhen I first became a homemaker at age 19, I was told, & 34;always keep a bottle of vinegar in your cupboard& 34;. So, I bought a small bottle and there it sat.
As a child, Glenis learned from her horticulturist family a love of gardening. Almost seventy years later, she continues to grow and learn.History of the English Cottage GardenThe English love of gardens and gardening is legendary. It has been said that, by and large, we are a nation of gardeners. Functional gardens attached to workers cottages first made an appearance in England several centuries ago.
Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences. Transforming Our Patio by Changing the Pavers to ConcreteAfter 14 years of pavers on our patio, we decided to switch to a concrete surface. The pavers looked great at first, but over the years, became prone to mold and had weeds coming up between them.
Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Can You Paint Oak?Painting oak cabinets is a cheap alternative to buying expensive replacements.Oak is an open grain wood with a porous surface, but the grain can be filled to get a smooth finish when painted.
Amelia has been an avid gardener since childhood and enjoys experimenting with natural and sustainable gardening methods.For the avid edible gardener, deciding what to do with the shady areas of your yard is always a challenge since most of what we want to grow requires at least six hours of sunlight a day.
Juli has been gardening in her yard for 18 years. She has almost run out of room for bushes, yet looks for small ones to fill in spaces. Mulch vs. Ground CoverThere are many ways to cover the space underneath trees, bushes, and plants. Both mulch and ground cover plants have their good and not-so-good points.
Megan writes about health issues, among other topics. She writes about many of the health topics she has experienced and overcome firsthand. When I first saw a photo of a wisteria vine, I was taken aback. I didn’t know anything about the plant, but I knew I wanted one in my garden someday. My initial research turned into an obsession—I read every piece of literature I could find about this beautiful (but aggressive) vine, and even drove 70 miles to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see one in person.
Eric lives in an area prone to power outages and weather. Here are some tips for surviving the unexpected. Winter Power Outage PreparednessTaking the time to prepare for a winter power outage can mean the difference between comfortably riding it out or surviving it in misery. It can get scary when the electricity we all take for granted is no longer available, but in winter it& 39;s even worse.
Susan prefers to use natural ingredients whenever possible in the home and garden. It is usually cheaper, easier and greener.Before and After How Do You Get Glass Jars Clean for Reusing?I am a fan of reusing things wherever possible to help cut down on waste, to save money, and to be more resourceful.
I own a small construction company and employ four builders. I go though a lot of equipment, and I enjoy writing reviews. on them. Why the Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer?Through my business, I& 39;ve owned probably a dozen high-pressure washers over the years. Way back when, we had Karcher electric washers; they were good but had a maximum pressure of 2000psi, which for some of our jobs just wasn& 39;t powerful enough.
Living on a farm in Brazil, I& 39;ve gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles. When to Pick BananasFor those who have never grown bananas, knowing when to harvest can be confusing. You& 39;ve seen green bananas in the supermarket and once home they begin to ripen.
Aren& 39;t LED light bulbs expensive?If you& 39;re like me, you& 39;ve wondered how much it cost to run a light bulb among various types of lighting? How much electricity does a light bulb use? We& 39;ve all heard that LED lights are more energy efficient than regular lights, but how much do they really save?
Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I just discovered that my pumpkin vine is dying. Much to my dismay when I checked the main stem, I discovered that a squash vine borer has taken up residence in it.
James makes a living cleaning strangers& 39; toilets. As a professional house cleaner of over 5 years, he loves to share what he has learned. The Joys of CleaningAs a professional house cleaner of over 5 years, I can tell you that no two houses are the same, but every house is challenging to clean.Sometimes, I& 39;ll see a house and ask myself, & 34;Why am I here?
Juli likes fall but is sad to think that winter is next. Writing about gardening keeps her spirits up. Composting is a fairly easy way to feed the plants in your yard. It& 39;s a sustainable way to recycle plant material from your garden and return it to the earth.Fall is an excellent time to begin a compost pile.
Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences.Florida Screen Room Project Underway Sharing Our Project - Construction of a Screened Lanai in FloridaRecently, we hired a company to construct a large screen room of about 2,000 square feet. People use these outdoor living spaces a lot in Florida.
I have a deep interest in nature, gardening, and sustainability. The local arboretum is my universe of learning, and my garden is my lab! What Is an Aster?Asters are one of the many members of the daisy family, as are goldenrods. Asters flower freely if left to their own devices. They have been cultivated into many varieties that look a little more tame than their country cousins, but I am partial to the wilder looking ones.
Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I love finding toads in my garden. It means that my soil is healthy and bugs won’t be bothering my plants.What are Toads?Toads (Bufo bufo) are just another kind of frog!
Kate is a mother of two and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Sonoma State University. She& 39;s also a passionate researcher. The Purple mattress seems to be all the hype online recently, but is it really worthy of all that attention? I have tried almost all the high end mattresses looking for relief from my back pain: Simmons, Stearns & Foster, Aireloom, and Serta.
Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.Which Vegetables Can I Grow in Winter?Winter is a difficult season to grow crops. The calendar marks these months as unfriendly for many vegetables in the garden. When the season arrives, one feels he has no choice but to see that beautiful tasty garden wither.