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Ten Passive-Aggressive Plants to Give Your Enemy
Ten Passive-Aggressive Plants to Give Your Enemy

Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger, traveler, writer, photographer, sculptor, and lover of cats.Gardens can be places of great peace and tranquility or they can be places of endless frustration. It really depends on who you are and what you& 39;re doing. In this article I wanted to approach a topic seldom spoken about, which is using plants to very quietly annoy someone.

What to Do If a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Has Stopped Picking up Dirt
What to Do If a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Has Stopped Picking up Dirt

Susan prefers to use natural ingredients whenever possible in the home and garden. It is usually cheaper, easier and greener. My Dyson Has Stopped Picking up Dirt ProperlyAll hoovers and vacuums will stop sucking up dirt at some point. With a Dyson, there are a few simple steps that you should follow to make sure it works properly.

All About Septic Systems
All About Septic Systems

Ashley represents an independent and locally owned professional plumbing team.Looking for a new home is a daunting task in itself, but finding the perfect location only to realize it has a septic system can often cause worry in buyers unfamiliar with them. However, this system isn& 39;t quite as complex or scary as it lets on.

How-to Guide on Bespoke Built-in Cupboards for a Porch
How-to Guide on Bespoke Built-in Cupboards for a Porch

My aim with DIY projects around the home is to look for innovative space-saving ideas and save costs on materials by recycling. Maximising Use of SpaceWhile Also Uncluttering the PorchThis was part of a bigger project of a porch makeover. Before doing the major repairs and other improvements to the porch I felt it was important to get the storage space right.

How to Grow Irish Potatoes in a Container
How to Grow Irish Potatoes in a Container

In addition to being a certified herbalist and aromatherapy consultant, Gina finds the unrelenting allure of gardening very strong. You Don& 39;t Need a Large Space to Grow Your Own PotatoesPotatoes are notoriously easy to grow, but you don& 39;t need a huge backyard plot to grow your own. All you really need are:some seed potatoessome potting soila large container, such as a plastic bucket, burlap or sturdy plastic sack, or grow-bagEven urban gardeners with little more than a balcony for outdoor space can have fresh, home-grown potatoes by the time fall rolls around.

How to Use Rooting Hormone to Propagate Hydrangeas
How to Use Rooting Hormone to Propagate Hydrangeas

Megan is a paraprofessional and freelance writer with an MBA from Alverno College. Her articles often focus on gardening and botany. My daughter could say the word “hydrangea” and properly identify them before she was three years old. She knows they’re my favorite flower, and anytime she sees one she gets just as excited as I do.

Kitchen Makeover: Removing Brick Doorstep and Modifying Wall by the Backdoor
Kitchen Makeover: Removing Brick Doorstep and Modifying Wall by the Backdoor

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. Project ObjectivesThis isn’t about modernising a kitchen or replacing the kitchen cabinets; I did that six years ago when I renovated the kitchen and fitted high-end units with solid wood oak doors.

How to Grow Poppies, a Cottage Garden Favorite
How to Grow Poppies, a Cottage Garden Favorite

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. A popular late spring/early summer flower is the poppy. Or I should say poppies. They come in three different varieties.What are Poppies?The oriental poppy (Papaver orientale) is a perennial most often seen in old-fashioned gardens.

How to Make a Kitchen Easier to Clean With New Technology
How to Make a Kitchen Easier to Clean With New Technology

Melody loves how technology can make life better. She is a productivity enthusiast who helps parents worry less about cooking and cleaning. New Kitchen Technology Makes Cleaning EasierEmbracing new ideas and technology can make life better, since our time and energy are priceless. The new clean requires moving into the 21st century.

Porch Renovation
Porch Renovation

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. In the BeginningMany years ago, when we bought our house the existing porch, which had cute Georgian style windows and an ornate door, was just an uninsulated cold empty shell.

Why It Is Important to Remove Dangerous Trees From Your Yard
Why It Is Important to Remove Dangerous Trees From Your Yard

I enjoy keeping my yard clear of trees that are in dangerous places.Trees Bring Value to Your HomeA healthy, mature tree in your yard can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the value of your home. However, a tree can spell disaster during the strong force winds of a hurricane or a tornado. They can also interfere with electrical lines, and by the time they are cut back, they look terrible.

Renovating and Installing a Streetlamp in Your Garden
Renovating and Installing a Streetlamp in Your Garden

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden.Renovated streetlamp in our back garden.On My Wish ListI’ve always fancied a streetlamp in our garden. Ever since we started hard landscaping our back garden many years ago, I could visualise it as a practical design feature.

How I Redecorate Items for Reuse as Children's Furniture
How I Redecorate Items for Reuse as Children's Furniture

John is a retired math teacher who is involved in many activities. He writes, builds model ships, gardens, reads, and prospects for gold.Check Out the PossibilitiesThis article is intended to explore a way of looking at recyclables to assess their value for re-purposing. There are plenty of discussions on line offering DIY plans for designs in the toy kitchen.

Striped Foliage Kaufmanniana and Greigii Tulips Light up Spring
Striped Foliage Kaufmanniana and Greigii Tulips Light up Spring

Ilona has gardened actively for most of her life and has been a writer and webmaster online since 1998. Homeschooled all 10 of her children.Kaufmanniana and Greigii Tulips: A Dependably Good ShowThe Kaufmanniana and Greigii types of tulips grow so well in the garden that they have numerous named varieties, most of which come back year after year.

Fast-Growing Hedge Trees
Fast-Growing Hedge Trees

A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.The growth of a tree depends on the prevailing soil and weather conditions. Getting to know the soil type and the conditions in which a tree will thrive help to choose the right tree for your hedge.

How to Grow Potatoes: Easy Potato Growing Methods For All Situations
How to Grow Potatoes: Easy Potato Growing Methods For All Situations

Rebecca is an avid reader who enjoys promoting ideas that have merit. The ideas contained in this book are worth promoting. Potatoes are one of the easiest and most abundant foods you can grow. They can be served as a side dish or dressed up to be a complete meal. They also keep pretty well. If you are looking for a simple item to grow that will also bulk up your pantry, potatoes are a great staple.

Redoing Carpeted Stairs:  From Worn-Out Carpet to Paint, One Couple's Journey!
Redoing Carpeted Stairs: From Worn-Out Carpet to Paint, One Couple's Journey!

Heather is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys camping with family, tackling DIY projects with her husband, and watching her kids& 39; soccer games.Before, During, and After Backstory of ProjectWe had rented our home for nearly 14 years, and after our wonderful landlords experienced some family changes, we were given first chance at purchase.

How to Grow Kalanchoe
How to Grow Kalanchoe

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Does your house look empty and dull after you clear away the holiday decorations? Then you need at least one kalanchoe plant! Like poinsettias, they are light sensitive, needing 16 to 18 hours of continuous darkness before they bloom.

Best of Ornamental Flowering Hedge Plants
Best of Ornamental Flowering Hedge Plants

A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.Hedge plants provide the privacy that you need or form a beautiful border for your garden. It is easy to plant and maintain hedge plants when you choose the right plants based on what you want.Think about what type of hedge plants you want, the effort that you have to put in to maintain the hedge and check whether the soil condition is well suited for the plants to grow, flourish and form a hedge.

How to Control Mosquitoes Naturally
How to Control Mosquitoes Naturally

My major interests and career include piano tuning, aircraft piloting, and nature walking. My talented wife made the chain-linked armor. Natural Mosquito ControlIn one small US City where I used to live, there was a growing concern about spraying for mosquitoes. A study had been done that showed that many of the handicapped babies born in the town were to parents that happened to live along the canals that were regularity sprayed for mosquitoes.