Monthly Archives: April 2017

All About Better Homes and Gardens

Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith, the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, founded the magazine. The magazine has kept in touch with the pulse of the changing times, and today it also has a website.

The Better Homes and Gardens website is quite interactive and user friendly. The site offers relevant information on topics related to food and recipes, garden, holidays, health and family and crafts. What I personally do not like about the site is, when you open the home page, there is are special offer pop up windows asking you to sign up. But of course, you can just ignore that, close the window and move on to navigate the site.

The website also has a section devoted to Garden Slide Shows. Here, you can view every garden slide show that the magazine has ever done. Tools and Guides is another a helpful section in the website. Arrange-a-Deck, Garden Flower Gallery, Garden Newsletter, Plan-a-Garden and Plant Finder are some useful features. The site also has a forum with a number of great sections but it does not appear to be too active.

The Expert Advice section of the Better Homes and Gardens is probably the most useful. You will find experts sharing their opinion on flowers, roses, lawns, pests and problems, trees & shrubs, vegetables & fruit and tips & techniques. If you have a doubt about something, just express it here and you will probably get your answer. The website also provides you with the option of joining the club to avail of weekly updates, weekly recipes, newsletters, home improvement ideas and other offers. If you are looking for seasonal e-cards or interesting desktop items or online gifts you may again stop at this site. Some of these offers are fairly priced while others are comparatively a little high.

The Basics to Begin Your Container Garden

Container gardening is fun, easy to begin, inexpensive (you may even SAVE money growing plants or vegetables you would otherwise purchase) and really great for folks who don’t have much yard space for ground-bed gardens. There are few things you want to consider before you set off to the Home and Garden Supply store. Here are five.

1. What Type of Containers to Use. If you are simply thinking functional, then any plastic pot or even plastic bucket or other appropriately sized container will do. If you can re-use pots you already have, even better!

If you are thinking decorative you can use wood (a plastic liner is highly recommended), ceramic (can be beautiful but is fragile), terra cotta (they are porous and dry out quickly so you will need to water frequently) or standard clay pots (but be careful of staining on surfaces).

2. What Type of Soil to Use. For container gardening, you do not want to use regular garden soil, because it does not break apart well and usually does not drain well.

Use potting soil, especially in shallow containers, allows the plant’s roots to spread out easily and allows for proper drainage. If you choose to use a deep pot, still use potting soil but you can mix in a little garden soil, too. Any Home and Garden Supply will have the potting soil you need.

3. What Seeds to Use. Simply put, hybrid seeds are fine. The basic difference between hybrid seeds and heirloom seeds is that plants grown from hybrid seeds do not produce fertile seeds of their own. So, for most, buying new seeds each year at your local Home and Garden Supply store is very easy, but for those who don’t have this option available, choose heirloom seeds and harvest the seeds from the plants they produce.

4. What Location to Use. If you are one of the rare and fortunate souls that live in an area that is warm year-round, putting your containers on your deck or patio or yard is fine. Make sure you have good sunlight exposure (usually South or Southwest is best). If you need to keep your containers indoors, you can put them in a foyer, enclosed patio, sun room, or anywhere you get the best sunlight exposure. Make sure you are careful of wood floors or any other surface you don’t want stained.

5. What About Watering. The amount of watering depends on the plants you are growing. Watering frequency also depends on the porous nature of the container you are using. Material like wood or terra cotta, are quite porous and will dry out more quickly than glazed ceramic or plastic.

Your first watering should be a good one. If you have soil that is really dried out, even watering it well may leave air pockets. A quick trick is to submerge the plant and the soil under water briefly and gently press out the air bubbles. Only do this for a few moments so the soil doesn’t break down and dissolve. This helps remove the air pockets in the soil.

Container gardening is a fun way to grow beautiful flowers and plants, and it’s a great way to have lovely fresh vegetables during winter months. If you are new to container gardening, ask for help at the Home and Garden Supply store, and start out small. You will soon find container gardening a satisfying and healthy past time you can enjoy all year through.

Home And Garden Party

1) Starting Up On Generous Grounds

Perhaps I’m being mushy but during research I found that Home And Garden Party perhaps is one of the most non-threatening businesses around. The couple behind this company is Steve and Penny Carlile. Their story is pretty interesting so we will review it quickly.

In 1990, Steve and Penny sold their oil and gas exploration company. They received a generous amount of stock. Since Marshall, Texas was their hometown they naturally built Home And Garden Party from scratch in 1996 right there.

Their intention was to (believe it or not) create jobs in Marshall so families could stay and thrive without having to move to the big cities.

2) Your HGP Product/Start Up Choices?

Your choice for products would cover hand turned stoneware, candles, bake ware, framed prints and even decorative accessories. These are meant to enhance home and garden party events. Flagship products include be pottery and candles.

You could choose to get started by investing between $99 to $200 but it all depends on your choice. Home And Garden Party encourages you to get “busy” during the fall but I beg to differ. Why?

3) Compensation Plans Or Your Reward

You see, earnings between fall or summer makes no difference even if you start today. Its how you start and what kind of compensation plan you will get with Home And Garden Party. Let’s take a quick look at how you will be paid.

Perhaps one of the most lucrative way is to become a Home and Garden Party Designer. You will then not only be able to purchase goods at wholesale but also to earn 30% – 40%.

You are said to get overrides, sponsor bonuses so you really are leveraging on a network marketing system.

The Best Way

Your best path to success really lies in the way you are able to market your Home and Garden Party products. Generating leads or even making a sale is so easy with the world of online marketing. Invest in a good course or product to help you get started marketing the right way.

Decorating Your Home And Garden

One of most sizzling topics recently is home and garden decorating. You can see TV shows discussing different ways on how to decorate your home and garden. These programs provide interesting and useful guidelines to people who need a home transformation project. Aside from this, they also help people learn about home decorating without breaking their piggy bank. Through this, a fabulous home and garden decoration is not in a slightest way impossible to achieve.

“Beautiful home and garden”

Colors, paint, materials, fabrics and accessories – these things are very essential in home and garden decorating. Some people are doubtful when it comes to decorating because they think that they are not creative enough to do things their own way. In this case, magazines, books, catalogs and programs can be very helpful. These resources can help both beginners and experts to fulfill their home and garden decorating needs by presenting basic to complex ideas of modifying a home or garden’s appearance.

Most decorators and homeowners decorate in such a way that their garden and home match perfectly together. They want to drag the concept of an attractive garden to the interior of their home or vice versa. To accomplish this concept, you can show off freshly-picked flowers from your garden in different areas of your home. If you want the other way around, you can incorporate the country theme of your interior to your garden. It won’t be a problem because the patio can be decorated with ease to follow a country theme or style. You can achieve an inviting, comfortable and cozy ambiance on both interior and exterior of your home.

If you can’t still find what you want on the resources mentioned above, perhaps you can go out and take a stroll or drive around the town. Who knows what amazing things you can see as you take a look around. Get inspiration this way. Gardens with flowers that go well with the season, window boxes and other amazing things can be used in any home.