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Gardening Mistakes: Confessions of Newbie Gardener
Gardening Mistakes: Confessions of Newbie Gardener

Jayme is a writer and artist from Oklahoma who has survived 9 consecutive years of gardening wins and fails. Mistakes I Made as New and Somewhat Lazy GardenerThe Oh-So-Wise-Ones say that we learn from our mistakes. Of course, we do. But it is always much more fun to learn from mistakes made by others.

How to Paint a Stove Hood
How to Paint a Stove Hood

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. Instant GratificationAfter purchasing our long-rented house from our landlord, there were so many projects we knew we wanted to tackle on our outdated house. So many, in fact, that we overwhelmed ourselves and just didn& 39;t know where to start.

How to Start Your Own Sweet Potato Slips for Growing Sweet Potatoes
How to Start Your Own Sweet Potato Slips for Growing Sweet Potatoes

In addition to being a certified herbalist and aromatherapy consultant, Gina finds the unrelenting allure of gardening very strong. To make new sweet potatoes, you will start with an old sweet potato—an organic sweet potato (the non-organic sweet potatoes may be treated with sprout-suppressing chemicals).

Adding a Decorative Hand-Painted Panel to Your Kitchen Island
Adding a Decorative Hand-Painted Panel to Your Kitchen Island

Decorating and entertaining for special occasions gives me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas. Makeover Your Drab Kitchen IslandHere are the step-by-step instructions to add a little pizzazz to your kitchen island. This version is the one I used in my kitchen and has a hand painted design.

10 Steps to Declutter and Free Up Storage Space
10 Steps to Declutter and Free Up Storage Space

I have three children and seven grandchildren, so I& 39;m no stranger to clutter. Luckily, I& 39;ve found some great ways to free up space. Countdown: Listed in Order10. Your Refrigerator: Least Important, but worth mentioning.9. Your Freezer: Not a biggy, but worth mentioning.8. Your Towels/Sheets/Blankets: They are storage hogs.

Pictures and Videos of Unusual Homes
Pictures and Videos of Unusual Homes

Erin is a writer and content creator from Georgia, United States. She loves coffee, books, and puppies. People are getting very creative when designing homes. They are adding unique features like a slide and indoor playground or simply filling their rooms with a plethora of plants. Some are jumping on the tiny house bandwagon, but adding their own twist by somehow managing an open concept with little space.

Green-Roofing: How and Why
Green-Roofing: How and Why

Gardening has been my passion for years, and I have written extensively on this niche. The rooftops of buildings and houses are spaces that usually go unused. Green-roofing the whole terrace is a new trend. All or part of the roof is converted into a conventional garden by covering its surface with a layer of soil and planting, just as you would a back yard.

Starting a New Garden the Easier Way With Sheet Mulch
Starting a New Garden the Easier Way With Sheet Mulch

Amelia has been an avid gardener since childhood and enjoys experimenting with natural and sustainable gardening methods.The easiest and best way to start a new garden bed or maintain an old one requires no digging and no sod removal. In the end, you will have a garden that doesn& 39;t get muddy or compacted and needs less water and weeding.

The Best Way to Clean the Glass Window of Your Fireplace or Wood Stove
The Best Way to Clean the Glass Window of Your Fireplace or Wood Stove

Steve is the owner of Chimney Works, a Cincinnati, Ohio based company. He also runs The Chimney Outpost, a small business blog.Your wood stove or fireplace insert glass can often have a grey or black film over it. This film can often seem & 34;baked-on& 34; and very difficult to remove. While your first reaction may be to grab a wire brush or some harsh chemical cleaners, you don& 39;t want to damage your expensive fireplace glass or create a fire hazard.

Beautiful Flowers That Will Flourish in Dry Conditions
Beautiful Flowers That Will Flourish in Dry Conditions

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM. Find the Right Flowers for the Space You HaveIf you are planting in a dry area, finding the proper flowers is crucial to your success. Don& 39;t set yourself up to fail by not knowing how each plant is affected when it is forced to have access to very little water.

How to Find Out If Your Furnace and Air Conditioner Are Under Warranty
How to Find Out If Your Furnace and Air Conditioner Are Under Warranty

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.3 Things You Need To Answer If Your Heating and Cooling Equipment Is Still Under WarrantyThe brand of your unit.Who the distributor of your brand of equipment in your area is.

10 Edible Plants for Early Spring
10 Edible Plants for Early Spring

Amelia has been an avid gardener since childhood and enjoys experimenting with natural and sustainable gardening methods.The edible landscape can be rather dull near the start of spring, so it is worth giving this part of the year special attention when planning your yard. Here are ten stars of the early-spring edible landscape, along with planting tips to get you started.

14 Simple Tips for Keeping Ducks Away From Your Pool
14 Simple Tips for Keeping Ducks Away From Your Pool

I am an IT engineer and have been a pool owner for over five years. Are you having problems with wild ducks or geese hovering around your pool? Sure, they may be cute to look at or fun to watch, but problems can arise when you start to find bird droppings or can& 39;t enjoy your pool in peace and quiet.

Vegetables to Plant in the Cold Fall and Winter
Vegetables to Plant in the Cold Fall and Winter

Building a sustainable lifestyle through gardening is something Marlene finds rewarding. Sharing tips with other gardeners is a true joy. It’s Cold OutsideWhen the weather starts to turn cold, the harvest from the vegetables you planted in the spring are likely coming to an end. Warm weather crops are squeezing out the last few veggies you will enjoy for this season.

6 Garbage Disposal Myths
6 Garbage Disposal Myths

Since their creation nearly a century ago, usage myths have been passed down from generation to generation regarding garbage disposals. It is important to be aware of the facts behind these ideas and be wary of their authenticity, especially for the sake of maintaining a functioning system. 1. Garbage Disposals Are Made to Handle All FoodsThere is a wide variety of disposals, some more durable than others, but in general, most systems are made to grind down soft food particles.

Welcome to the Men's Room
Welcome to the Men's Room

I turned an ordinary bathroom into a & 34;Men& 39;s Room& 34; that reflects my own personal style.Tools of the TradeYou can make big changes to your small bathroom with a little splash of paint and some flea-market flair. A trip to your local hobby and craft store can also be a great place to find many masculine accents, as well.

Wildlife Pond Makeovers: Water Features and RGB LED Strip Lighting
Wildlife Pond Makeovers: Water Features and RGB LED Strip Lighting

Arthur has been an online writer for over four years. His articles often focus on DIY home projects. My Wildlife Pond ExperienceI’ve had a wildlife pond in my back garden for over 20 years. During that time, I’ve replaced it four times for something grander; with the occasional makeover in between.This article describes my journey from our first humble pond to our latest adventure incorporating water features, including a birdbath and the newest technologies in pond lighting.

How to Grow Night-Blooming Cereus
How to Grow Night-Blooming Cereus

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. While I was taking the Master Gardener course, a fellow Master Gardener was transporting a gangly night-blooming cereus plant. A piece of it broke off and he offered it to me.

Why Your Brush Cutter Won't Start, and What to Do About It
Why Your Brush Cutter Won't Start, and What to Do About It

Mary is an organic coconut farmer. In her articles, she shares ideas on land management and how to increase the profit from a small farm. What to Check When Your Brush Cutter Doesn& 39;t StartYou go out to start your brush cutter, weed whacker, or string trimmer and it won& 39;t start. If you& 39;ve tried a few times and it still won& 39;t start, and you smell gasoline, you& 39;ve probably flooded it.

How to Create a Beautiful Writing Space at Home
How to Create a Beautiful Writing Space at Home

Sally is a writer, speaker, and communications coach. She teaches her clients how to express themselves with power and impact.Are you part of the creative class that works mostly from home? Are you a freelance writer trying to make a living from your craft or do you write just because it satisfies a creative need and brings you joy?