Month: September 2018

Learning How to Plant a Vegetable Garden Can be Fun

Learning how to plant a vegetable garden is not hard, but without careful planning and proper follow through, your garden may perform poorly. If done correctly it pays off with big benefits in so many ways. Before you know it you will be picking perfectly ripe, perfectly delicious tomatoes without having to wonder what chemicals went into growing them.

The most important part of successful gardening is to properly prepare the soil. A routine salt test gives information on any lime requirement, phosphorous and potassium needs and estimated nitrogen requirements. A good soil mixture contains two parts loam, one parts and, and one part organic matter and many pre-mixed soil mixtures are available at garden centers. When manure is added to the soil, it must be composed prior to planting, because fresh, hot manure will also burn your plants. Vegetables need a lot of nutrition to grow well, so the better you prepare the soil before planting, the better chances you have of producing a bountiful crop. For information on soil testing, call your local county extension educator or the local university soil testing laboratory.

Planting a vegetable garden is not hard, but without careful planning and proper follow through, your garden may perform poorly. Tilling the soil in late fall facilitates earlier spring planting. Cool versus warm planting periods are determined by your choice of cool-season vegetables and warm-season vegetables.

Successful vegetable gardening involves far more than just popping a few seeds into the ground and waiting for a tomato to appear. When sowing your seeds stretch a string between the two stakes you set to mark the row, or use a straight piece of lumber, and use it as a guide to open a 'V' shaped furrow with the corner of your hoe. Tear the corner of the seed package off and use your finger to tap the package lightly as you move down the row, carefully distributing the seeds evenly. Larger type seeds may be placed individually in the row. You will want to plant extra seeds in each row to allow for failed germination, and for thinning. Cover the seeds with fine soil (no clods or rocks). After the seeds sprout, the weaker seedlings should have pinched off to give the rest enough room to grow.

Vegetables that are leaves or stems, such as cabbages and onions, can usually be harvested over a long period as they are needed. Vegetables that are the fruit of the plant, such as peas, beans and tomatoes, should be picked every two or three days to get them when they are first ripe. Any vegetable garden should receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight during the day and grow best on soil that is well drained. Vegetable gardens do not always have to be laid out in large plots in the backyard; you can grow them near anywhere as long as all their growing conditions are met and your choice of plants will be severely determined by the …

The Pros and Cons of Three Sex Positions

Well, today, I’d like to focus your attention on three popular sex positions and, in particular, the advantages and disadvantages of each one. We will be considering the missionary position, the “man-standing-up-woman-lying-down” position and the cowgirl (“woman on top”) position.

1/ MISSIONARY POSITION

This is the traditional position for sex where, as I’m sure you know, the man lies down on top of a prone woman for intercourse.

Pros –

This is the easiest sex position to get into, requires little energy to get started and is great for sudden, spontaneous, unplanned sex. It is generally easy for the man to just roll over on top of the woman and their genitals are right opposite each other. This position lends itself to great intimacy because the two lovers can hug each other and look into each others’ eyes (if they are roughly the same height). Intercourse feels very exciting for the man, and the woman gets to receive some significant thrusting and a “whole body” experience. It is usually fairly quiet and can be done secretly if there is a danger of being discovered by other people in the house.

Cons –

This position has a reputation for being the “boring, married-people type of sex”, since it tends to lend itself to passionless “quickies” and can be repeated every time a couple have sex. It is often resorted to in order to avoid being discovered by curious kids and other people who might interrupt the session. The high levels of stimulation often cause the man to ejaculate quickly in less than 2-3 minutes, creating a bad habit for his body and a boring experience for the woman, whose body has hardly begun to respond to the sex before it’s all over. It is challenging for the man to create an orgasm for his woman unless he spends a LOT of time in foreplay beforehand and even then, lengthening the time having intercourse is quite difficult.

2/ Man standing up, woman lying down

This is the position where the woman lies down with her hips aligned with the edge of the bed, while the man stands up at the edge of the bed for intercourse.

Pros –

The main advantage of this position from the man’s point of view is the fact that it dramatically lengthens the amount of time he can have intercourse with the woman – anything up to 10-20 minutes or more can be achieved. Having sex standing up makes it much harder for his body to be stimulated to orgasm, so he has to thrust for a longer time to achieve it. He can also see the woman’s body much better and can use his hands to touch her breasts and upper body, which allows the woman to receive stimulation in two different ways at the same time. The woman usually holds her legs wide open by placing her hands behind her knees. He can also watch his penis slide in and out of her, the sight …

Is Home Study Interior Design Right For You

For those that wish to study interior design, home study interior design is becoming increasingly more popular. Many students continue to work and even raise families so taking an online program is much more suited to their lifestyle. A degree in the interior design profession is more important today as well due to the strict regulations imposed by many states. You must pass a qualifying exam in order to call yourself an Interior Designer.

One of the first steps you must take is to research the school you wish to attend. Make sure they are an accredited institution. Find out if home study interior design is available. A nonprofit accreditation body developers guidelines and standards that the interior design schools must maintain. If the school does not meet the guidelines then the school is not accredited. The nonprofit agency is called the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Some schools that do not have the accreditation may not have applied for it. It is up to the student to do their due diligence. Contact Interior Design firms and ask them what schools they recommend.

The prospective student should research the various programs offered to get a better idea of ​​exactly what program best fits their needs. Find out if financing available for the student. If possible speak to former students, they were able to secure a position that they wanted after graduating. Can the student learn the proper techniques through home study interior design?

Set up an appointment with a faculty member. Find out as much information as possible before committing to a particular school. Try to find out whether students who take home study interior design actually get the same type of jobs as students who physically attend school. Do you have the workspace and time allotted to take on something as challenging as interior design home study? You must answer this important question. Are you ready for the commitment? If you are then it could be one of the most important decisions of your life. …

Home Vegetable Garden – Basics of Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening is a method of gardening invented by best-selling author Mel Bartholomew in 1976 and updated in his book All New Square Foot Gardening published in 2006. The key principle of Square Foot Gardening is the elimination of single row gardens in favor of gardening in wider, raised garden beds, the surface of which have been marked off with one foot “planting squares”. Planting instructions are based on references to the planting squares.

Square Foot Gardening offers many benefits for vegetable gardens:

  • Larger gardens can be grown in smaller spaces
  • Gardens require much less weeding as the entire surface of the garden bed is used for planting, leaving little room for weeds to take root
  • Since the surface of the garden bed is not walked upon, the soil remains healthier due to lack of compaction
  • Gardens require less fertilizer and water and are better suited for organic gardening techniques

The raised garden beds sit above the ground, generally six to twelve inches high depending on the style of garden bed you select. One of the key advantages of raised garden beds is that you do not need to worry about the quality of the soil beneath the surface of the bed. Instead, you simply turn over any existing sod so that the grass faces downward into the ground. Then you place the raised garden bed on the overturned sod and fill the bed with high quality planting soil.

Before the surge in popularity in Square Foot Gardening, gardeners had little choice but to make their own raised garden beds. Nowadays, there are very cost-effective options for purchasing raised garden bed systems, including trellises and small animal barriers.

Square Foot Gardening does require conversion of the standard planting instructions provided on the back of seed packs into instructions suitable for Square Foot Gardening. Find the “thin to” to spacing on the back of the seed pack, and convert using the following formula:

  • 1 plant per 9 squares: “thin to” specification of 24 inches or greater
  • 1 plant per 2 squares: “thin to” specification of at least 12 inches, but less than 24 inches
  • 1 plant per square: “thin to” specification of at least 6 inches, but less than 12 inches
  • 4 plants per square: “thin to” specification of at least 4 inches, but less than 6 inches
  • 9 plants per square: “thin to” specification of at least 3 inches, but less than 4 inches
  • 16 plants per square: “thin to” specification of less than 3 inches

Be careful not to overcrowd your vegetables. Vegetables are susceptible to a wide range of diseases caused by insufficient airflow from overcrowding. In addition, bees and other pollinators have a more difficult time in an overcrowded garden, resulting in loss of harvest due to lack of pollination.…

The Easiest Way To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like A Pro

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Easy Guide For Weekend Warriors And DIYers

We always suggest that you hire a professional to do the job for you for multiple reasons which include experience and insurance of a quality job! But for those who want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets without a professional sprayer, this is how you can get professional looking results for under $200.

How To Achieve Professional Results When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

I have been getting a ton of questions via lately about one of our Facebook postings in which I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most people are curious and want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, and how much it cost to get our cabinets looking like new.

Our house is very old and so are our cabinets. It didn’t bother us at first but eventually, we got sick of looking at that ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.

It’s not very difficult to paint over veneer it just needs the right prep work. If you hire a professional I would suggest trying to do as much as you can yourself such as taking off the doors and hardware and maybe sanding them lightly with a 220 grit sanding block. Just a light scuff will do (imagine you are cleaning a window). That will save you a few dollars. But if you decide to do it on your own here are some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and long lasting results.

Preparation When Painting Kitchen Cabinets

After you remove your doors (or just masking your hinges) lightly sand/scuff the surfaces that are being painted with a 220 grit sanding block. Use a type of degreasers such as Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.

Next, you have 2 options.You can use a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly scuff your surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Off which you can wipe on using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes. Your surfaces will be deglossed without having to sand them.

Your next step is to prime the surfaces with the right primer. I used one coat of “INSL-X Stix” which is a urethane acrylic You can find it online or at your local Benjamin Moore Supplier. Check your local Hardware store.

Using a good quality paint will help you get the best finish possible. I suggest using Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is very easy to work with and dries to a hard and durable finish.

Using a 2-inch Nylon paintbrush start cutting in around the hardware (if you did not remove the doors) and any places your Whizz™ roller will not reach. Next, use your Whizz™ roller to apply your ALKYD enamel. Try to paint in the same direction as your grain (if your cabinet has a fake wood pattern). Let it dry overnight and repeat. You can hang your doors now but keep in mind that even though the enamel …

5 Steps to Crime Prevention at Your Marina

Spending the day or weekend on your boat is one of the pleasures most boats look forward to all the time. Unfortunately, the marinas where vessels are stored at are just as intolerable to crime as our homes and places of work, if not more so. Criminals prey on two facts. (1) Many boats are left alone for days and weeks at a time and (2) when a boater heads out onto the water, criminals know that they have more than enough time to burglarize their parked car.

With that being said, it becomes important for boat owners to learn some common-sense practices for keeping the property on their boats and in their vehicles as safe as possible. Listed below are five steps that boaters can take to help protect their property from crime.

1. Mark It
This is a proven deterrent and you will have a better chance of having your property returned if it is stolen. Etch or engrave an identification number, such as you vessel ID number, onto all of your valuable items. This will enable permissions to trace lost or stolen items back to your vessel. Also, enroll in a crime prevention program, like Boat Watch USA. It is free, and you receive a Vessel ID decal which includes a warning for all would be perpetrators to avoid your vessel. Place this decal where it can be easily seen from the most common spot your vessel is boarded from. Boat Watch USA also offers smaller Boat Watch USA warning decals to affix prominently to your major equipment.

2. Record It
Secondly, record in detail all of your valuable equipment. Compile a written inventory of your boat, trailer, and all onboard equipment. Boat Watch USA includes with it's free service a form to list unique details and other special identifying features of your vessel. If you have a trailer, you can include particulars about it too. List all electronics, outboard engines, and other gear by brand name, model and serial number. Be as descriptive as possible for both the police and insurance companies. Again, Boat Watch USA offers an online vessel equipment log where owners can record equipment information and keep it readily available for the law enforcement and insurance companies should they need it.

3. Photograph It
Photograph or video tape the interior and exterior of your vessel, showing all the installed equipment and additional gear stowed aboard. These photographs should show any identifying marks or scratches that can be useful in the recovery efforts of law enforcement. Include photographs of open drawers and lockers with all contents disclosed. Date and sign the photographs and add clarifying or identifying messages as necessary. Store these photographs or video tapes in a safe location outside of your boat, such as your home.

4. Secure It
Most thieves are opportunists and seek out the easiest vessels to strike. Purchase and use quality locking devices for your boat to make entry and accessibility as difficult as possible for would be …

How Granite Countertops Are Advantageous for Homes

Granite is the best quality stone material that comes from hot molten rock. You can use granite countertop for your home as well as for office. These tiles are best for bathroom and kitchen and they are long lasting. Granite is one of the hard and stronger materials, naturally durable and stands second after diamonds. As it is a strong material, countertops that are made out of this stone are not easily scratched. They will not burn or break and they are able to bear hot vessels and pans even if they are directly kept on them.

Granite countertops are anti-stain, water-resistant and restrain the development of microorganisms and molds. These tiles have smooth and polished surface that makes them admirable to move out pastry dough. It is easy to clean them with gentle soap or detergent and warm water. Additionally, when you install granite to your kitchen or bathroom, they will increase your home value so they are cost effective.

Even though they are little bit expensive but they will be for long lasting if once installed, it is a good return on investment policy. As these tiles are very heavy so the cabinets should be reinforced prior to installation. Granite is very robust stone, so it can manage almost any kind of exploitation.

This is an immunity benefit when you are constructing a new home or doing remodeling project because you can install the tiles during the same house work. Granite tiles still have lots of the benefits other than its durability that makes them far better than the ceramic slab. They are superior compare to normal tiles in terms of breaking, staining or being anti-bacteria.

If you select a granite countertop, you are going to enjoy the natural beauty and exclusiveness of sandstone. This stone is mined in various places all over the world and some of them are Europe, Africa and Brazil. There are various dealers who are providing small kits to carry with you so that you can check and synchronize with your house decoration.

These stones are being sold in various colors that start from dark or emerald greens, blues, gray and blacks. Nowadays sandstone became very popular and they are coming in huge varieties of shades. Now you can find these tiles in different shades such as white, light brown, red and brown. Stone countertops are really durable and having aesthetic appeal to your home.

Some of the homeowners want to install these limestone countertop purely based on their style preference but there are a number of realistic matter to think as well. You have to think that how long you will be using the tiles on daily basis so that you can choose the material accordingly. You have to workout on your budget before selecting the countertops so that you will not cross your financial limit. …

Avoid Trends In Interior Design

When redecorating your home you have a variety of different styles to choose from, some of which come and go. The interior design industry like a lot of other industry is subject to trends. If you are considering decorating your home with a trendy style you should read this short article first. It may change your mind.

When you pick up that designer magazine you might see one of the newest looks and think that it is the style for you. Consider your choice very wisely though. Chances are good that the room on the cover of that magazine belongs to someone who can afford to redecorate on a regular basis. If you can not afford to do that you need to make the most of your redesign and choose a basic style that is timeless. Trends come and go and it usually does not take long to get tired of them. If this happens you are stuck with a room that is already dated. By going with a timeless basic style though your room will always look good. If you must be trendy, instead of investing in large scale trendy designs you should accessorize for the current trend. Instead of that funky and new flooring buy an easily replaceable rug. Instead of that ultra modern furniture add some trendy throw pillows. There are many ways to be trendy without the large investment so consider these options before you leap into a trendy redesign.

I hope this article has been useful to you. If in doubt about anything design related you should always consider consulting an interior decorator. They are only expensive if you do not use them and make an expensive mistake. …

Prairie Grasses – Using Grass And Ornamental Grasses In Prairie Style Garden Design

Prairie 'or' New European 'styles of gardening are among the most exciting developments of the last decade and very much in vogue. Easy to grow low maintenance prairie grasses and plants are amongst natures most spectacular creations, producing drifts of waist-high fronds stippled with blooms of brilliant yellow, flaming crimson and soft lavender.

Because of their extensive sophisticated root systems, prairie plants and grasses can be the answer to those problem spots in the garden, particularly where the soil is shallow poor or dry. Once established, they require little attention.

Grasses offer an amazing and diverse range shape color and seed head to choose from recommended varieties are Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light, Miscanthus sinensis' 'Zebrinus', Molinia caerula 'Karl Foerster', Stipa gigantea and Stipa tenuissima. Prairie grasses and plants need little except for full sunlight, prairie grasses and plants adapt to most conditions and can be grow in a diversity of soil, from clay to sand, and are tolerant a wide range of soil fertility and acidity. Prairie plants also grow in dry shallow soils or marshy soils that most plants can not tolerate.

When planning your Prairie Garden take time to consider a few points before ordering plants. look at the Grasses Page and read the description and decide which plants, Match plants to your soil; dry, mesic or wet. Fit the size of the plants to the size of your garden. Without it is to be a focal point keep tall plants to the edges. Sketch out rough the garden shape and fill in the different areas on the sketch with different autumn colors and add splashes or dots of vibrant herbaceous colors and consider wherever you will, Plant in curves, instead of rows, it will give you a more natural look . Allow one species to dominate, then blend into another. Try for continuous color through the growing season. In a large prairie garden, you may want to make paths to walk along. Turn your prairie garden into a wildlife oasis by adding plants that are attractive to butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

Although the prospect of a low maintenance trouble free prairie garden is attractive the biggest challenge of prairie gardening you will face, if you are growing from seed, is controlling weeds during the first two or three years. Prairie plants spend the first years of their life developing their complex and evolved roots system while common ground weeds put all their energy into producing into above ground growth, crowding out young prairie seeds and denying them the light they most need. That's why I would recommend you use plant good pot pot or nursery grow plants or mature partitions from a good supplier such as the Pot & Grass Company as quicker less labor intensive solution.

Irrespective of whether you intend to use seeds or plants the area to be planed must be completely free of weeds and grasses. Heavy clay soils should be cultured or dug to a depth of 30 cm. (12 inches) …

How To Choose The Right Landscaping Plants

The weather has become nicer, and after a cold winter all you really want to do is liven up your yard with some landscaping plants. However, just one visit to your local garden center revealed to you that there are many choices, so you need some advice when it comes to choosing the right landscaping plants.

About Landscaping Plants

The first thing you need to think about is the effect that you want the landscaping plants to have. Do you want landscaping plants just for aesthetic purposes, or would you prefer to have landscaping plants that are more for privacy?

If you want landscaping plants that provide privacy, you need look no further than the ivy vine. If you are unfamiliar with the ivy vine, you have probably seen it in movies or in quaint cottage depictions. This vine is quite hardy and requires only a fence or the side of a house to climb up of.

The thing that you might have to consider is the rate at which the ivy plant grows. You see, when you first purchase the ivy plant at your local garden store, you will notice that it is relatively small.

However, you might find that over the course of a night the vine will have grown by several inches! Thus, keep this in mind, because otherwise the ivy will eventually completely cover over the area that it is placed upon.

If you would rather use flowers as landscaping plants, you have to consider the overall climate in which you live. Tropical flowers that you see in your garden store can only be placed outside if the climate is temperate through the year. Otherwise, they are meant as indoor plants. …