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Finding My Happy Place at Home

When I was renovating my home the one thing I wanted to do was revitalize my old tired bathroom. The hardest part was finding shower doors near me that were the design I wanted, for a good price. I shopped around quite a bit and finally found some lovely matte black metal doors with clear glass that fit my vision. I wanted my bathroom to be somewhat like an at home spa so I also put in a huge soaking tub.

I changed the tiles a semi-gloss off white subway tile for inside the shower and did this beautiful, deep, teal green on the walls and then painted them with stars so it looked like the night sky. I got the inspiration for the walls from a Tiktok video and it looks even better in person.

Next, I replaced the sink with a large vanity that could hold all of the beauty products I use regularly as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste. It’s a gorgeous grey marble with streaks of black and gold through it.

Finally, I worked on the tiles on the floor. It was tough to decide what I wanted but I ended up choosing these tiny hexagonal tiles I’ve seen in several other renovations on Pinterest and Tiktok. They’re about the size of a quarter and vary in colors between white and grey. I put them out in a pattern that resembles flowers and I think the finished product is really nice.

Now when I enter my bathroom it’s a tranquil place for me to soak in my luxurious tub and forget about the stresses of the day. I never knew how much of an effect something as small as a bathroom could have on my moods but it has made quite the difference and I’d recommend a refresh or renovation to anyone.

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A Storm Ruined My Mom’s Tree

When my mom called me a few weeks ago, I knew that I had to get out to her house after our conversation ended. She was having trouble with some things there with the main issue being a tree that was struck by lightning. She sent me a picture of it, and I knew that I needed to get a tree service in Hendersonville to take a look at it. My mom is really nervous around new people, which is why I knew I had to be there in person. I arranged my work so I could do it remotely, not knowing how long I would need to be there as the tree was just one issue.

When I got there, I saw that the pictures really did not relay the true extent of the damage the tree had taken with the lightning strike. Thankfully, the tree was leaning away from my mom’s house, but I knew it was dangerous to have it like that. I contacted a tree company to see if they could come out and take a look at it. I was not sure if we could save part of the tree or not, but I knew they would be able to tell me.

When they came out, they immediately said the entire tree would have to come down. They said they could take off the top part where the strike was, but that the tree had some damage going all the way down the trunk. It would look okay with just a partial removal, but it would still not be safe. I was happy when they said they could come back in a few days and take it down. That gave me time to fix the other minor things that my mom needed fixed, which meant we could just enjoy a good bit of time together. The tree company came out and had the tree completely cut down within hours, and they even removed the stump for her. I wish all of life’s problems were as easy to fix as this one was!

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New House with a Broken HVAC

When I moved into my new home a couple of months ago, I had to get an HVAC repair in NYC because the HVAC system stopped working only a couple of weeks after moving in. This was during the middle of summer, so it was hot while I was looking for a company to fix the system. For a while, I thought the person who sold me the house knew about the HVAC system having problems and just didn’t want to say anything about it so that he could sell the house immediately.

Finding a company to fix the system wasn’t much of a problem and I was able to do it in less than an hour. I took a bit of time to look at as many company reviews that I could find and make sure that the companies had a lot of positive feedback. Some did, and and some didn’t, and I just went with the one that had the best reviews. Some of these people even mentioned the kind of HVAC system they had, what was wrong with it, what parts were needed to fix it, and how much the total cost of repairs and the repair time were.

The repair for the HVAC was done in 30 minutes, because it just needed a new fan and a new capacitor. I thought it would have needed some more coolant, or maybe something more expensive, but it was just those two simple things. The price was really reasonable for the repairs. Since that repair job, I’ve been able to run the system with both cool air and warm air. I think the system has a few more years of life left in it before it will have to be replaced for something newer, but it should be fine until then.

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Squash Gardening Tips for Beginners

Gardening is not exactly easy unless you have been doing it for a while now. However for those who are beginning to learn how to garden the best idea may be to start by growing squash. Crop is one of the simpler crops to grow in a garden. It requires simple know how and decent effort for its cultivation. It can be grown in summer and winter albeit different varieties of it and each of the summer and winter varieties have different shape, size and color. Now, one of the more common problems for people is to know exactly how to grow squash. It isn’t as simple as planting seeds and watering them till they grow into plants that can bear fruit. Here are some very useful squash gardening tips for beginners.

Squash requires a lot of sunlight to grow. It also requires well drained soil with decent moisture levels to allow for optimum conditions to prevail for its growth. Usually squash is grown in fertile soil that is rich in organic material. The seeds are planted around 1 inch deep in such soil. A total square area of 4-5 feet per plant pot is ideal for its growth in a garden. In summer growth for squash plants is usually faster than those grown in winter. Harvesting should be done frequently to encourage more productivity from the plants. Squash Gardening Tips like these when followed properly should be enough to help you grow squash in your garden.

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Advantaged Of Hydroponics Over Traditional Agriculture

Healthy, nutritious and tasty food keeps us going each day. But when we sit with that bowl of greens and other colorful salads thinking we are eating healthy food, are we really sure it’s healthy? It may look fresh, green, and nutritious, but there are also very harmful chemicals like urea, sulfur, chlorides and other chemicals along as well. These nasty chemicals are present in the produce we eat in varying levels due to the fertilizers and pesticides used to grow the crops. But its labeled organic, which means you dont have to worry about that, right? Well, the growers can claim they didn’t spray the crops with these pesticides or fertilizers, but do they have control over underwater tables and air that has the runoff and chemical aerosol from a much polluted environment?

The science of Hydroponics offers an innovative path to a healthy food supply where you know how your food is produced, and what went into it. Hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (as soil) to provide mechanical support. Simply put, Hydroponics is the science of growing plants in mineral and nutrient enriched water without soil. This may sound strange to some, but plants really dont need soil to grow because the nutrients and minerals they need are not part of the soil itself. The most important thing to the plants are the select nutrients that they require to synthesize their food. The mechanical support of soil can well be substituted by coir, wood fibre, gravel, sand and various other media. Hydroponics can be used for large scale agriculture and right in your home as well. Hydroponics has many advantages such as less labor and garden maintenance, pests and diseases are easily avoided as the climate can be controlled, plants are free from weeds and will thus grow healthy ensuring that we get good, wholesome and non-toxic food on our table.

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My Hot Water Tank Completely Failed

When I went to shower, the water would not heat up. I have never taken a cold shower before, but I figured it would have to do since I had to go to work. It was the most miserable experience ever! I knew that I was going to have to find an emergency plumber in Essex County NJ because I was not going to take another cold shower. I had to go to work until six that evening, and I needed my hot water fixed before I left again the following morning at seven.

I called the plumber I had used a few years ago to help with an issue but he was not able to come out for a few weeks. I needed someone a whole lot sooner because I was going to have to rent a hotel room otherwise. I did an online search for emergency plumbers in my area, and I contacted the one that had a lot of positive reviews. I did not know any other way to choose one, but it seemed like a decent way to me anyway. I can understand why this plumbing company had so many great reviews because they told me they could come out when I got home from work that evening.

The plumber did a quick check of the water heater. The news was not good. It had failed, and in a big way too. There was no fixing it, so I needed a new water heater. I had to use my credit card to get one, but he was able to install it that same night. I had hot water again before I went to bed that night, and that is something that I hope I never take for granted again. I also know who will be my go-to plumber for any plumbing needs in the future!

Finding a Stump Removal Service

I had a tree removed about a year ago, but left in it’s place was the stump. I was okay with it, at first, but the longer I left it there the more annoyed I became. I know it was a part of nature, but I was getting sick of seeing it whenever I looked out my window It obstructed my view of my garden which was why I removed the tree in the first place. It was at this point that I knew what I had to do so I searched stump removal in asheville nc. The reason for this is that I live in NC and I also really wanted to get that stump removed.

As I said, I know it’s a part of nature, but I really wanted an unobstructed view of my garden. I had put a lot of work into that garden and was proud of how it looked. Naturally, when one removes a tree from the property your going to have to deal with the stump. It was foolish of me not to keep that in mind, but once I realized it I immediately looked into a tree stump removal service. It didn’t take as long as I thought. Within a week or so the stump was removed and now every time I look out the window I get a lovely view of my garden. It’s great and I wished I had done it sooner rather than mull over it for a couple weeks and feel annoyed that I couldn’t see my garden.

My advice is simple: if it’s in the way then just search for a removal service. It wasn’t hard to find a stump removal service after I did my research. Just do that, compare and contrast, and you’ll be having a lovely yard in no time.

Home Hydroponic Automated Home Gardening

Hydroponic is very common these days that even a 9-year-old child already knows what hydroponic is. In home gardening settings there is what we call automated home gardening with the use of hydroponics. This home hydroponic system is a gardening system that allows us to grow plants without the use of soil. With home hydroponic system you can also grow plants without them actually ever seeing real sunlight. It uses plant light to impact and make use of photosynthesis which is the process by which a plant takes in light and turns it into a fuel. A home hydroponic system can grow any kinds of plants from edible to non-edible plants, from seasonal to off-season plants, and even plants that only grow in certain climates.

Hydroponic is very common these days that even a 9-year-old child already knows what hydroponic is. In home gardening settings there is what we call automated home gardening with the use of hydroponics. This home hydroponic system is a gardening system that allows us to grow plants with out the use of soil. With home hydroponic system you can also grow plants without them actually ever seeing real sunlight. It uses plant light to impact and make use of photosynthesis which is the process by which a plant takes in light and turns it into a fuel. A home hydroponic system can grow any kinds of plants from edible to non-edible plants, from seasonal to off-season plants, and even plants that only grow in certain climates.

We all know that growing plants in soils needs proper skills and experience to achieve success. In gardening, there is what we call green thumbs these are people who are so luck when it comes to growing plants. But with a home hydroponics system you dont have to have a green thumb or skills and even experience in growing plants from soil because home hydroponic system will automatically work the gardening for you. Its as if you are just operating a home appliance which usually only go through a plug and play process. Home hydroponics system is as easy as one-two-three. All you have to do is to place the stating pods of plants into the designated holes in a home hydroponic system, put some nutrient pellets, add water in the system, and lastly turn on the plant lights to start the ball rolling. There are also led lights in a home hydroponic system that will tell you if you need more water or nutrients in it. Plants grow exponentially and you will have to constantly add more water and nutrients as these plants suck up more and soaking up much more. So basically thats how a home hydroponic system works the gardening conveniently for you.

Home hydroponic system is science and an art at the same time. Science since it involves photosynthesis and hydroponics and art because the sense of growing things and gardening is part of the package. It is said that home hydroponic system is the future of growing anything using water and nutrients without the plants ever touching soil and the use of artificial light to jump start the process and make the process of photosynthesis actually happen.

Protecting Trees with Bird Netting

If you have a problem with birds, you have probably tried many solutions. Some of the most popular include plastic animals, scarecrows, wind chimes, or highly reflective tape. All of these things can do a great job of reducing bird problems. I have quite a few cherry trees in my backyard, and I used to struggle a lot with birds. After I applied all of these solutions, my problem went almost completely away. Unfortunately, the solution only lasted a few months.

Apparently, birds have a natural tendency to get bolder as time goes by. While at first my scarecrow scared them senseless, now I look outside and see them sitting on his shoulder. And munching on cherries from my tree. Those insolent little fiends! I’m not saying I mind birds. I love having them around my yard. But you see, I’ve already designated one tree specifically for allowing birds to eat off of. But it seems that birds can’t be content with what they’re given. They always feel the need to go over to my own trees when there is a tree just for them that doesn’t have any scary things around it.

I saw many gardening stores marketing a type of bird netting. I decided to use it. Bird netting is basically a giant net that you throw over the entire tree. The holes are about one half of an inch wide. I purchased enough of this to cover one whole tree. It was quite a hassle to install, but it definitely worked after that. I didn’t have any more problems with birds taking cherries from that tree. But one day I woke up and made my daily rounds. On that day, I found 2 birds caught in the netting that had been choked to death. I felt absolutely terrible. I buried the birds and immediately took down that netting. I didn’t want to protect my tree at the cost of the birds’ lives! Sure, I’ll kill off a few bugs, but birds are a little too nice for me.

For a while I felt too guilty to prevent the birds from eating any more. I thought that I would make it up to them by letting them feast on my cherries. I even took down my scarecrow. But a few months later I saw something in a fabric store that made me rethink my generosity. Almost every fabric store sells a material called “tulle”. It is very fine netting with holes too small for any bird to fit its beak or head into. While it is easy to find, it is also extremely cheap. Buying enough to cover one tree ended up costing less than half of what it cost for the lethal bird netting.

I installed the tulle onto my tree (I’ll admit it was a lot harder to install than the bird netting was. I had to attach several large pieces together at the seams) and watched it for a day. I wanted to keep an eye on it every second, so that if a bird got caught I could quickly help it out. Fortunately, no bird ever got caught. Tulle is a much safer and cheaper alternative to bird netting, and I suggest it if you have any problems with birds. Just remember to let them have at least one tree for themselves! Sharing with birds is an essential part of being a good gardener.

Types Of Orchids For Collections And Gardening

Besides roses, there are some beautiful ornamental plants for gardening. One of these flowers is the orchid flower. Most of the orchid types are beautiful and use as ornamental plants. If you love gardening in your home, then you can add orchids as one of your plant collections. There are many types of orchids in the world, and I will explain some of them here.

  1. Orchids based on the growth place.
    In this category, there are some orchids, which are specifically living in certain places. Some of them are: Soil orchids: This orchid life and grows on the ground. Some of them are: renanthera, rynchostylis, vanda sp and aerides Epiphytic orchids: This type grows by riding other stems or plants, for example: phalaenopsis sp and dendrobium sp. Saprofit orchids: These flowers grow easily as long as you have good fertile grounds containing compost or organic fertilizer in your garden. Some of them are calanthe and goodyera sp. Litofit orchids: This is a unique type of orchid, because it grows on the rocks, for example, cytopdium and paphiopedilum.
  2. Orchids based on the growing of flowers.
    Some types of orchids have unique and different ways to grow their flowers. This can be classified into one of their categories in the world. Some of them are: Krante orchids: This type will grow the flower stalk from the rod tip, for example, epidendrum and arundia. Pleuranie orchids: it will grow the flower stalk from the side rod; some of them are vanda and arachnis.
  3. Orchids based on stem growth.
    If you ever go to the orchids garden, maybe you have seen some orchids with tall stem. If you have, then this type is including in the third category. Monopodial: As I explain above, this type will grow their stem upward as tall as possible. Some of them are renanthera, arachnis and rynchostylis. Simpodial: This type only can grow their stem limitedly at certain sizes, for example, oncidium, cattleya and cymbidium.
  4. Orchids based on places to grow perfectly.
    Several orchids need special places for their growth phase. Some of them need high places with fertile soil but the others only need medium or just low ground to blossom perfectly. For more detail, I will explain below: Orchids that grow on 0 up to 500m above the sea are perfect for endrobium and arachnis. For phalaenopsis, dendrobium and oncidium are suitable to be planted at 600 up to 700m. The last one is orchids that need to be planted in the high area or above 700m. Some flowers of this type are cymbidium, cattleya and phaleonopsis. So, these are some of orchids categories that usually choose as ornamental flowers in the garden. You should choose one of these flowers based on your area, so you can get beautiful flowers in the blossom season.

Picking the Right Orange Tree

If you live in a hot, humid sub-tropical zone like Florida or California, you have many options for growing fruit trees. You are lucky enough to be able to support almost any type of plant as long as you prevent pests from taking over. You should consider growing an orange tree, as these are usually easy to maintain and produce some of the most delicious fruits. The orange is one of the most popular fruits worldwide due to its sweetness, juiciness, and distinctive flavor.

The orange tree can reach up to 50 feet in height towards its later years, so you should definitely take that into account when planning. Even if you’re starting with a very small tree, plan ahead and place it in an open area so that it will have plenty of room to expand. If you make the same mistake I did, you will end up having to renovate your yard to some extreme measures, such as taking out an entire shed. Just take the necessary precautions beforehand and avoid all of this trouble.

The ideal soil for growing an orange tree would be fine sand with great drainage. The soil should be deep enough to allow for extensive root development, since the trees are known for reaching monstrous sizes and requiring lots of support from down below. If you have shallow, easily saturated soil then you should either do something to remedy it or move onto a different type of tree. It is most likely that attempting to grow an orange tree in these conditions would be disastrous.

One of the more popular types of orange is the “Washington Navel”. It probably came about as a mutation of other oranges. It originated in Brazil around 1820, and had moved on to Florida within fifteen years. It is characterized by being one of the largest of all available oranges. The peel or rind is easily removed. Usually it is not as juicy as other oranges, but has an intense flavor. These are the most popular orange trees for commercial growing. If you decide on one of these trees, you probably won’t have to water as much.

Another type of orange is the “Trovita”. It was invented sometime in the early 1900s at a lab in California devoted to experimenting with new types of citruses. It started being publicly marketed around 1940. It doesn’t have a very strong flavor, and has more seeds than a Washington Navel. However, it was designed to be more adaptable to harsher, hot and dry environments that would not be acceptable for other types of orange. Some of the more popular oranges in Florida right now are mutations of this type.

The ‘Valencia’ is one of the most juicy and flavorful oranges. It is most popular in South Africa and the southern USA states. Until about 20 years ago, Valencia oranges made up a strangely large portion of the orange market due to its popularity. It is thought to have been invented in China. It has almost no seeds. Another subgroup of Valencia oranges are the “Rhode Red Valencia” oranges. These were created around 1960, so they are slightly more recent than other types. Various mutations occurred and the trees that grew as a product of them were large and extremely hardy. The oranges themselves are more juicy and less acidic than the standard Valencia oranges.

Orange trees are a great thing to get planted, because with just a little effort in the planting process you will be able to enjoy hundreds of delicious fruits every year. Just pick whatever orange sounds the most delicious, and go with it! Before you purchase a tree, you should of course consult a local expert to make sure your desired type will flourish in your area. Usually this won’t be a problem, but it is always good to make sure before you spend the money and time.

Caring For Plants With Watering Tools

Proper watering for proper growth

Gardening is one of the various hobbies that people enjoy doing. Since gardening has become a very popular hobby, gardening products make good sales in the market. These days gardening tools are being made available online. One can order from catalogues and they are delivered at home. Gardening products cover a very wide range of items from seeds to heavy duty equipment. Some basic gardening products every gardener should have are spade, rake, hoe, shovel, and digging tools etc. Watering tools such as water hose and sprinklers also form an essential part in gardening. Watering the plants is as essential as for us. People think that a watering can is very easy to choose as a hobby. But its not so easy. Proper watering is the sole requirement for proper growth of a plant. One should know the adequate amount of water required by a plant because excess of water will make their roots loose and thus resulting in fall or scanty of water will hamper their growth making them dry.

Need for watering tools

As a matter of fact, every trade has its tools which are really vital for the trade. Similarly, in gardening, watering power tools prove weapons as well as defense for plants, as their growth becomes normal if soil is properly mixed, weeding is regularly done, and sowing of seeds has been done in the right place. Gardening is considered as the favorite time pass for many because one feels really relaxing and rewarded to watch his own hard work grow into those beautiful plants. Also, a well maintained garden adds to the beauty of house. It gives a different look to it. For maintaining a garden one needs to use proper tools. These include watering tools, weeding tools, pruning tools, sowing tools, mixing tools etc. So, the importance of gardening tools must not be over looked. One must pick an appropriate gardening power tool according to the type of gardening. Some of the watering tools are discussed below:

Garden spray head

Supplied with brass male connector, the spray gun delivers eight patterns – cone, fan, flat, jet, mist, soaker, shower and quad – by turning the front facing selector nozzle to one of eight positions.

PVC reinforced hose

A reinforced hose irrigation system is very beneficial for watering plants. It improves the growth but also discourage diseases.

Spray gun kit

It is an ideal starter kit. Its adjustable nozzle gives three types of spray pattern: mist, jet and cone.

Spike sprinkler

Mounted on a tough spike for use on lawns and borders, this is a high performance twin arm spike sprinkler with 8 jets efficiently water turf and plants.

Online power tools make it possible for us to avail all the watering power tools we need for our garden. Here, one can experience a whole new range of watering tools stocked by leading brands like Abus, Big Wipes, Apache, Bosch power tools, Black & Decker, CKtools, DeWalt power tools, Draper, Britool, Fein and many more. It is one of the leading firms in providing power tools in UK.