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Our New Rhino Deck: Perfect for Football Season

I love to be outdoors, especially in the fall when the weather is just right. However, fall also happens to be football season, which means that my football-loving husband is often huddled inside watching the latest game.

I began to consider ways I could lure him outdoors and came up with the idea of an outdoor entertainment area featuring a TV. The first step was to have the enclosed, screened-in portion constructed. After that was completed, I thought adding a new deck to the back would be ideal. That way he could sit in the screened-in portion of the outdoor space and watch football, and I could sit on the deck enjoying my book while still being close to him.

I found Rhino Deck composite wood products to be perfect for the deck portion of our project. After our contractor finished the job, my husband couldn’t wait to invite all his buddies over to watch the game and show off our new outdoor space.

The fact that the decking requires minimal upkeep was also a big selling point for him. After all, it is hard enough to get my husband to come outside, let alone venture outdoors to fix something. This decking material from Rhino Deck was the perfect material for our project.

A Buyer’s Choice: Real Estate Is Still a Good Investment

Many people are under the misguided assumption that real estate is no longer a good investment. This idea stems from the recent real estate market downturn and its slow recovery. Foreclosures remain high, a fallout from the predatory lending practices that took place during the real estate boom when mortgages were given to people who could not afford them. As a result, banks tightened up their lending guidelines. A lot of people now believe that real estate is not a good investment anymore because mortgages are harder to acquire and housing values are still low.

However, real estate remains a strong and smart investment. Home values in many areas might be low now, but experts believe they will not stay that way. Housing has a history of always coming out on top eventually. It may take many years, even a decade or more, for housing values to increase. During that time, houses can be had for unbelievable bargains. This makes real estate a good long-term investment. Under the right circumstances, you can buy low now and sell very high later. Even gold isn’t as sure of an investment as real estate. Many investors buy inexpensive properties and rent them out for extra income. Then, when the market does go up, they sell them for a nice profit. Some look at this as a worthwhile retirement income strategy.

Enough people know this strategy that the best properties don’t stay on the market for long. Real estate agents and home inspection companies, like A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, are also profiting from the real estate market. Their clientele may have changed somewhat, however. For example, A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections is seeing many more investors as clients today than when Bill Redfern started the company back in 2007. The company still sees plenty of people who are simply looking to buy a new home in which to live, but the number of investor clients has skyrocketed.

Maybe you never thought of yourself as a landlord. Maybe you don’t want the headache of having renters in a variety of properties. That’s okay. You can still take advantage of the real estate market today when you buy a home that you intend to stay in for a long time. If you believe you’ll stay in your home for a decade or so, then buying a home can be a good investment strategy. When you eventually sell your house, you may profit handsomely if the market it up considerably. Many successful sellers scale up to a bigger, better home or use the money to travel the world. Just be sure you have a good real estate agent and a reputable home inspection company like A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections to assist you before you make that investment. You’ll be glad you did.

Making a water supply in your garden

Do you want to enjoy the beauty of colours and scent from fresh flowers in your garden? Of course you do. Thus for healthy growth of your lawns and backyards you need water. So this article is dedicated to making a water supply in a garden.

Tap water supply
The most simple and comfortable way for irrigation is to use tap water. All you need is just to fix a hose pipe to a tap. But you should realize that chlorinated water is not so good as an irrigation source. At least you must settle it down before use.

Bore hole
A borehole is another option that has many advantages. First, it gives suitable water for irrigation; second, the water supply will be constant. However, this is most expensive way. Sometimes it may cost a fortune if water runs deep under the ground in your area.  Used drill pipe for sale will make this option less expensive.

Rainwater supply for your garden
You can also use rain water to pour your garden. Facts show that rainwater is healthier and better for plants in comparison with tap water. How do you collect rainwater? Well, it’s very simple, just by placing water butt right under your roof’s gutter or ditch during rains.
Water butt can really work wonders in terms of water conservation and usage. It’s up to you to make it looking as a part of the garden design covered, for example, by plant creepers. You are free to create original ideas of your own that can even become a trend for others to follow.
Back in March 2009 I had a wonderful idea of creating free organic fertiliser by using rainwater and some fish. :) You can read this article here:  Free Organic Fertiliser.

After a long break

Hello everyone!

After a long break I’ve decided to start blogging about gardening again. I am still very busy with my main job. I run my own small web design studio and it takes a lot of time. After a day of work I am normally very tired and don’t have a mood to blog. I’ve abandoned even my personal blog and normally have a power to post to my facebook account and that’s it.

But I will still try to post here at least one per month. I have a lot to share with you, my fellow gardeners :)

Thank you to those who subscribed to my RSS and still with me!

Next post is going to be posted on Monday-Tuesday and will give you a tips of how to grow Sage.

Window decoration in modern interior designs

Modern variants of window decoration nowadays are able to satisfy even the most demanding taste. Let’s consider the most widespread alternatives.

Classic blinds are suitable for interiors with “imperial” elements of recent epochs. They can be combined with soft or hard lambrequins and decorative accessories like fringe, tassels, cords, etc.

French window blinds are always in gathered condition: both when lifted and pulled down. Long and wide linen allows making posh gathers. These blinds are perfect for theatres, banquet rooms, gorgeous restaurants and casinos.

Both Roman and Japanese blinds are flat linens. Japan blind is composed of separate solid panel linens shifting horizontally. It is applied in minimal art style interiors. Roman blind is flat linen divided into separate equal sections with embedded hard horizontal laths. It is practical and simple in operation.

Austrian window blinds are lifted blinds without horizontal transversal pins. While lifting they are folded in magnificent puffs. They look extremely romantic.

The most laconic variant of window decoration is faux wood blinds. They are suitable for home interiors made in natural colors. Such blinds are also perfect for offices. This design decision will give the interior features of restrained luxury and nobleness.

I hope this article will help you to make a right decision. :)

Vapor Genie. Necessary product for smokers.

Although this is a blog about organic gardening, I want to write about one brilliant thingy I’ve come across recently. It is called volcano vaporizer and it is a revolutionary system that releases the active ingredients from herbs or tobacco through hot air vaporization.

This vapor genie is a great help for smokers as by using it, they can get all the flavour and active ingredients in a clean vapor without the tar and other toxins found in smoke.

But apart from that it is also a herbal vaporizer. So even non-smokers can use it  for releasing aroma’s and aromatic flavouring from spices or incenses. It is great to use it for relaxation after a busy day and you can use sices and herbs from your own garden.

Volcano Vaporiser was designed and manufactured by Storz & Bickel of Germany and has received the prestigious Dr.-Rudolf-Eberle-Prize for outstanding technical innovation.

A lot of people around the world have selected the Volcano Vaporizer because it is so easy to use, safe, and almost totally exterminates chances of passive smoking. This is a great way of releasing aroma-inducing materials from any given herb, powder, or oil, and infuse it successfully with other blends.

According to manuals, the device is really easy to use. You just have to add herbs or oils in aroma-inducing base inside a removable chamber, and then install the vapor collecting bag on top of the device, and turn it on. The work is normally done in a matter of minutes. There are a few models available on the market. You can either buy the original, classic version, or digital version which is more accurate, because of the electronic controls which promise to control the temperature of the base within given limits.

Thank you for reading :)

Get free blog installation and excellent service!

Today I want to write about something different. I want to praise excellent service, provided by one guy who loves to help others. He doesn’t send garden seeds, and doesn’t come to dig your garden up just as a matter of goodwill. No. He creates web-blogs. Free of charge. That’s sounds weird, but it’s true. Do you see my blog? It didn’t cost me a penny. He created it free of charge for me.
All you have to do is to buy a hosting (you have to do that anyway for professional blog) from one of the hosters he recommends.
I was surprised and delighted to see excellent offers and discounts for his clients. Normally people offer something very expensive in order to get more money for advertising, but this guy is truly one of the most generous people I’ve ever seen. He really cares about his clients. During the installation and 10 days after that he supported me free of charge and answered all questions I had. We’ve become close friends and I strongly recommend his service to everyone who wants to have a professional blog!
His website address is: www.gratiswork.com
Do not pass over this guy!!

Be Green. Use Organic. Use Paper Pot Maker.

Today I want to write about my recent discovery which can truly have a price as “The Best Discovery of The Year.” :)

This is a “must have” thing for all gardeners who want to use organic products for their gardens. And not only for them. For those who count their pennies this is also a “must have” tool as it will save a lot of money.

Ok, lets cut the long story short. Here it is:

Plant Paper Pot Maker
(click on the link above to order on Amazon)

As we say everything of genius is simple. And this is the example. But by using this tool you’ll be able to:

  • Turn strips of old newspaper into biodegradable planting pots. Save money and be green!
  • Transfer plants into the ground whilst still in the paper pot without damaging roots. Hassle free procedure!
  • Easy to make and great fun for children, recycle your waste paper.
  • Valuable lesson for sustainable living
  • Can be used over & over again to manufacture your own seed pots. Cost effective, isn’t it?

You can buy it on Amazon for just $16.95. Cheap price for the tool that will serve you for years.

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Updated on 10/04/2009
I am proud to write that I am now selling a next generation pot maker for just 9.95$! And this is currently the cheapest price on the web! Please read about this super tool!

(C) Home Garden Seeds

I wish I could be read better in Spanish, but I found a great site that will be of help with my veggies. Most tutoring net companies just sell netting and have no real expertise in agriculture. Hortomallas has a great library available to farmers as tutora means tutor as referred to a plant. I ran into this site by mere chance as I was trying to find the ideal product to tutor my backyard vegetables, and did not know that using netting reduces viruses and fungi. I will try now to go 100% organic!