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How to Bubble Wrap Windows for Winter Warmth
How to Bubble Wrap Windows for Winter Warmth

Athlyn Green is interested in common-sense approaches to health, quality of life, and planning for the future. Bubble Wrap . Really?You may have heard of using bubble wrap on your windows and wondered what all the fuss was about. Is this is a new craze or a practical, workable idea to keep cold out and warmth in?

How to Grow Poinsettias for Christmas
How to Grow Poinsettias for Christmas

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Everyone loves colorful poinsettias during the holiday season, but once the holidays have passed, even if you have kept your plant alive, it won’t bloom again the following December.

What Are Rembrandt Tulips?
What Are Rembrandt Tulips?

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Bulb catalogs are filled with colorful photos of spring flowers, including tulips, in myriad sizes and colors. Among the most colorful are the tulips referred to as Rembrandt tulips.

Tips for Applying Garage Wall Paint
Tips for Applying Garage Wall Paint

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Why Paint the Interior of a Garage?If friends and family enter your home through your unpainted garage, the bare walls probably aren& 39;t very welcoming. Painting the walls can turn an ugly garage into a pleasant space that looks a lot better when the door is opened for everyone to see.

Pollinate Your Garden With Native (Mason) Bees
Pollinate Your Garden With Native (Mason) Bees

Tritrain is an avid gardener and aspires to have a homestead of several acres in the USA.About the Mason BeeMason bees are native throughout the Americas, and there are over 300 species in North America alone. They are part of the Megachilidae family in the Osmia genus. They took the name & 34;mason& 34; due to their tendency to use mud or & 34;masonry& 34; when building their home.

What to Do With Your Old and Used Compost
What to Do With Your Old and Used Compost

To avoid waste while I grow my own vegetables in containers outside our front door, I devised this great trick for using up old compost. What to Do With Old Compost?Towards the end of the growing season, you may be faced with the dilemma of what to do with all the old spent and used compost from your plant containers and grow-bags, especially if you only have a small patio or garden.

Toxicity of Black Walnut Trees in Ohio
Toxicity of Black Walnut Trees in Ohio

Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist.Black walnut trees growing in Ohio yards and landscapes can be a plus or minus, depending on where they are located. Although black walnut trees produce edible nuts for people and wildlife, they may also harm nearby plants, gardens, and shrubbery.

Easy-to-Grow Garden Plants for the Columbia Basin of Washington State
Easy-to-Grow Garden Plants for the Columbia Basin of Washington State

Nancy has experience training her cats to talk and has learned their various vocal cues.Purple Bearded Iris Is a Garden Staple in the Columbia Basin Garden Staples in the Columbia BasinThere are many perennial plants that do well in this area. Gardeners sometimes refer to these plants as staples of the garden.

Planting Garlic at Home
Planting Garlic at Home

Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.If you are a garlic lover, you can plant garlic quite easily in your own backyard. Space can be made in your own garden for this tasty vegetable. Garlic bulbs can be planted into the ground or in a pot.

How to Grow Red Twig Dogwood, a Native Plant, for Winter Interest
How to Grow Red Twig Dogwood, a Native Plant, for Winter Interest

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. If you are looking for a shrub that has four season interest, look no further than the red twig dogwood. In the spring, it sports white flowers. The flowers turn into waxy white berries during the summer.

Your Decorating Style: Interior Design Styles for Your Home
Your Decorating Style: Interior Design Styles for Your Home

Michelle Jackson has studied art and interior design since 1983. She has attended design school and worked as an artist/visual artist.Trending StylesThe year is almost over. It’s been an interesting year in home decor as HGTV has spurred the design trends and fads that most certainly have impacted the home decor market.

9 Reasons to Use Evergreen Shrubs in Your Garden
9 Reasons to Use Evergreen Shrubs in Your Garden

Juli often overlooks evergreens in summer because they are more like backdrops. In winter, they& 39;re center stage with snow clinging to them. Evergreens are the compelling masters of the winter garden. Comforting backdrops in warm weather, in winter, they take center stage. See the many ways they serve your garden all year long.

Tips for Painting Maple Cabinets
Tips for Painting Maple Cabinets

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Can Maple Cabinets Be Painted?Maple is a hardwood with a closed grain and a smooth surface. Unlike oak, which is a ring-porous wood with an open grain, maple usually doesn& 39;t have any surface cracks, or even much grain pattern.

My Review of the Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel
My Review of the Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Is Porch and Floor Enamel Durable on Concrete?Porch and Floor Enamel is a versatile wood-floor paint that is ideal not only for floors, but also for window trims and concrete. The paint is available in a satin and gloss finish that, in my experience, is very durable with two coats and good preparation.

The Joy of Tabletop Mushrooms (Yum!)
The Joy of Tabletop Mushrooms (Yum!)

Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs.I Made That! Several years ago for my birthday, my husband took us to a Mother Earth News conference in Pennsylvania. So that we could attend more seminars and share what we learned with each other, we split up.

Zinsser BIN Primer Review
Zinsser BIN Primer Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. What Is Zinsser BIN Primer Sealer?Zinsser BIN is a white-pigmented, shellac-based primer that seals surfaces to keep sap and tannin from bleeding into paint when painting wood. BIN is what I use the most for priming kitchen cabinets and tough stains on drywall.

Tips for Growing Rosemary
Tips for Growing Rosemary

I love using rosemary in many different ways, such as recipes, homemade beauty products, & potpourri.Rosemary Is an Easy-to-Grow PerennialIf you are looking for an easy herb to start your herb garden, in my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with rosemary. Rosemary is one of my all-time favorite herbs because it is so easy to care for as well as use.

How to Grow Forsythia for Spring Color
How to Grow Forsythia for Spring Color

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. When I was a child in the chilly climate of upstate New York (zone 5), I never understood my mother’s fascination with forsythia. To me they were just scraggly bushes with a few pathetic flowers in the early spring.

How to Get Rid of Foam in a Swimming Pool
How to Get Rid of Foam in a Swimming Pool

Barack is an expert pool chemistry guy and experienced online-based pool maintenance assistant via in-depth articles that top search resultsWhat Are the Causes of Foam, or White Bubbles, in a Pool?White foam or bubbles can make a swimming pool look like a bigger version of a bathtub, which can be so embarrassing for a public or private pool.

Getting Your Winter Swimming Pool Ready for the Summer
Getting Your Winter Swimming Pool Ready for the Summer

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Water Temperature MattersIn warmer climate areas, most pools are not & 34;winterized,& 34; meaning that the pool is still operational. Although costly, some pool owners may run a heat pump during the cooler months in which the chemistry would be maintained the same as it would be during the warm months.