Gardening

How many times have we laid down something perfect in our gardens, only to have it change character over time? I mean, we can choose among a billion subjects, really, Trees grow, flowers and perennials double yearly, even ground covers, unless tended, can overrun the areas we had chosen for them to “accent” rather than to “overwhelm”, lol. The garden is an evolving area and we are smart to act as proactively as possible in an attempt to maintain an iota of control.

Paths are totally susceptible to this dilemma. How many times have we seen them wash out from heavy rains or to become distorted from their original shapes, losing their definition and becoming nearly indistinguishable from the garden itself. There are abundant example of paths which are actually no longer paths but more resemble “remnants” of paths. Some of the problem with this lies in maintenance, of course. Obviously, simply everything in our gardens needs at least some attention. But I can safely aver that paths themselves, if constructed correctly, can last for eons (relatively speaking) without much ado, freeing us up for more worthwhile and less irritating maintenance needs – like serving our plants, shrubs, tress and artsy constructions without interference from yet another source.

In the first place, the very best and most durable paths have edging. This edging will serve more than one purpose but one of the primary ones is to retain the composition of the material making up the path within its designed borders. Now, we achieve this by using good quality stakes to hold the edging in place. This factors into any edging material, by the way. A good stake stays put, simply said, and we need to make sure we couple that solid stake to a durable edging material. Naturally, how we fasten the stake matters. I personally believe in screws.

In my experience, frankly nothing at all beats plastic edging. Flexible, yet strong, it’s durability and its variable sizing makes it perfect for maintaining product integrity as well as for keeping such thing as Rhizomes out from under and travelling into the path – or worse – crossing it and growing somewhere else. I always excavate 3-5 inches out for my pathways and then fill with whatever product I want for the garden. At that time, I make my edges secure while I still have an excavated level to swing a hammer or use a drill to screw my stakes into secure positions, holding up the edges. At that time, I try and secure the curves of the path in a universal way, by using a stick of whatever width I am planning on making the path, laying it between the edges and setting all my stakes at exactly that width. This never fails, naturally enough, in that we secure a perfect dimensional width throughout the entire pathway’s length. Something as mind-numbingly simple as a stick cut the right length can make all the difference in the world between an “eyeballed”, casually designed pathway and that of a true professional and, in the end, there is nothing so gorgeous as a well-designed and perfectly-made path.

The satisfaction, of course, comes with the garden’s own products, but we should never underestimate the sense of perfection and of completion which having a wonderful garden pathway can give. Making them the right way saves time and trouble later.

Home Improvement

There are lots of different boiler systems available, including combination boilers (combi boilers), system boilers and open vent boilers. Each of these systems has pros and cons, and when you are purchasing a system for your house, you should always consider all the options before committing to a purchase. However, combi boilers are better sorted to some homes and business than others.

If you have a limited amount of space in your house, a combi boiler may be a great option for your home. A combination boiler is so named, because it combines a water heater system with the central heating system, so there is no need to have two separate devices to do these tasks, meaning that you save a lot of space in your home. This type of boiler does not require a cold water storage tank or a tank to store pre-heated hot water, meaning that you save even more space over a boiler system like an open-vent system. There is also no need to have a large loft area where the cold water storage tank would have to be sited. This frees up valuable space in homes where there is already only a limited amount of space available.

These boilers are also great for people who do not want to have an unsightly boiler spoiling the decor of their home. Although everyone has to have a boiler or other heating device, some people do not like to be able to see them. A combi boiler is small enough to fit into an average-sized kitchen or bathroom cupboard, so it can be kept out of sight, but is also easy to access if you need to get access to the boiler for a service check.

Combi Boilers systems are also good for people who have to live with a very tight energy budget. The boilers heat water very efficiently, and the fact that there is no need to have heated water sitting around in a tank, means that heat energy is not wasted as it escapes from the inactive tank.

Although combi boilers are great for the needs of some households, there are places where this type of boiler may not be the best option available. Although combi systems are great at instantly heating water for hot water taps, there are limitations to the amount of water which can be heated at any given time. If you live in a home where two or more bathrooms may be in use at the same time, a combi boiler system may not be appropriate for you, as it will struggle to produce enough heat for all users. These boilers may also be unsuitable for areas where there is very low water pressure, because all water is delivered at the same water pressure as that of the mains. In some places, it is possible to get a device which increases the water pressure enough so that it is suitable for use with a combi boiler, but this is not suitable for everyone.

Landscaping

Many Design Options To Consider

When it comes to illuminating your landscape at night, there are so many different options available that it can be difficult to focus on just the most basic landscape lighting ideas. Indeed, with so many different things that can be lit in the landscape, you may not want to stop with only a few. Here are some landscape lighting ideas that will help you get started on your way towards a beautifully lit landscape.

Don’t Think Two Dimensionally

Most people that are looking to illuminate their landscape are really only thinking in two dimensional directions. You can throw light in any direction in order to enhance the landscaping and to really bring out a lot of dramatic effects in the outdoor environment.

Downlighting

Throwing the light onto the ground from low-voltage landscape lighting is an excellent way to dress up an area, but it is not the only thing that you should really be considering.

Up Lighting

Shining light up onto feature objects in the landscape is an excellent way to really make an impression. For example, arbors, trees or anything else that stands above the general landscaping can usually benefit from a little bit of lighting.

Wall Lighting

Along with that, you might try throwing a splash of light against any architectural features that are in the garden area, including the side of the house. Keep in mind, it is not always necessary for you to stick with white lighting although this is preferred by many people. Various colored light filters can bring out hidden characteristics of lighted object that may not be seen with white light.

Submersible Lighting

Do you have a pool or pond in your landscape area? You should try using some submersible lighting in order to add an interesting feature to this area as well. This is a good place for you to try out different colors and lights, and you can even get rotating lights that will continuously change the look of the underwater environment. It is important for you to make sure that these are installed by a qualified electrician however, and that you have everything hooked up properly to avoid shock hazard.

Focus Your Light

Finally, keep in mind that whenever you are looking for landscape lighting ideas that you do not focus on the source of the light but rather, on what it is illuminating. It is far better if you hide the source of the lighting and do not make it a feature in itself. Simply use it to make the outdoor environment more inviting and to create some dramatic effects by spreading the light around and illuminating feature points within the landscape area. Keep light focused on the areas you want to highlight and you will be pleasantly surprised at the result, and at how many other landscape lighting ideas will come to mind.

Home Improvement

Gorilla ladder is a company that manufactures a complete line of climbing equipment items. Gorilla ladders are available at home depot and other home improvement stores. They create awesome multi-position ladders that fold into 28 unique and incredible positions. Owning a gorilla ladder is one of the best investments a homeowner could ever make.

Since a gorilla ladder can be easily transitioned from one position the next you can utilize it in several settings. It can be used as extension ladders if you want to repaint your roof or do any housework outside of your house. You can also use it as a step ladder if you want to paint your walls and ceiling. At the same time, they can also be used as an A-frame and a scaffold.

They also have ladders that serve as hunter stands. These are specialty ladders that both hunters and photographers could use as they go about their work.

The best thing about gorilla ladders is that you avail a multitude of functions that is offered at a lower price. The prices range from $99-$100. It is a very small amount to pay for functionality, comfort, durability, quality and security.

These products are heavy-duty, strong and have durable locking hinge systems. The patented static hinge or locking system of Gorilla allows it to securely hold the ladder in place whatever position it is configured.

These ladders are made of the following materials:

Fiberglass
Aluminum
As mentioned above, these products can be folded into 28 different positions and there are 6 different height options. You are at liberty to adjust the configuration. Other features of gorilla ladders include:

Slip-resistant steps and slip resistant feed
These welded steps are sturdier and more durable than those of a one-size folding ladder

Extra wide flared base
The wide base and oversized feet adds to the stability of the ladder. This gives the users a sense of security and comfort.

Lifetime limited warranty
Aside from the product features stated above, Gorilla also offers a plethora of accessories that you can buy from their website or from the closest home improvement stores. These accessories include platforms, tool holders, trays, static hinge kits, ladder stabilizers and more.

The product does not only focus on comfort but primarily on the safety of their users. With traditional ladders, you are limited by their standard upright positions. So which one would you choose?

Ladders need not be flimsy and hard to use when you are engaging in some of those odd jobs and other special situations that require you to reach higher. A gorilla ladder allows you to do several things with just one tool. It’s probably the best multi-position ladder that you could have as it offers not just 1 but 28 different positions or configurations.

They can be used not just by homeowners or DIY individuals, but basically by all people who engages in all forms of house or building work.

With all the benefits that Gorilla offers, what more could you ask for?

Gardening

High blood pressure is branded as a fearful disease because it can catch a person unaware that he has already a stroke, heart disease or any cardiovascular disease. This occurs when there is clogging of blood in the arteries because of stored fats; thus, preventing the blood to circulate smoothly to the heart.

There are contributory factors to high blood pressure. These include obesity, poor exercise, high sodium and salt intake, smoking, and the use of alcohol and drugs. Regular exercise is needed to reduce obesity. This exercise may include jogging, walking or strolling, gardening, bicycling or participation in sports activities like basketball, volleyball, lawn tennis, golf and other sports activities.
Sodium and salt can be minimized if mixed with cooked foods. Processed and even fast foods are rich in sodium and salt. These should be avoided to lower high blood pressure. Smoking, alcohol and drugs should be gradually eliminated if it cannot be done immediately. The use of contraceptive pills can increase blood pressure levels. Smoking as well as taking alcoholic drinks too can increase high blood pressure. Try to minimize the number of cigarette sticks per day. Limit also your alcohol intake to have lower blood pressure. Prohibited drugs as well as regulated drugs should be avoided since these can cause hypertension.
More of high cholesterol food intake makes our heart overworked especially on how blood is distributed to our body. This is due to clogged arteries which prevents the free circulation of blood to the heart. So, the best remedy for this is to have a healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise and meditation.

For a healthy and balanced diet, it is necessary to include food which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and less fat. Whenever foods are cooked, always include garlic in it. But garlic has also negative effects especially if one is maintaining medications prescribed by the doctor.

Fish should always be part of the diet because of its omega 3 fatty acids component which may lower cholesterol levels and burn restored fats in the body.

If these are not your daily food intake before, its now time to change it for the health of your heart. Coupled with this are the regular exercises and physical activities normally performed for the purpose of lowering high blood pressure. Aside from sports activities, deep breathing can make you feel relaxed which is good to your blood pressure.
Meditation can be done for twenty minutes. When you do this, the muscles become more relax, making them function smoothly. Meditation is done in a room where nobody can disturb you. Just sit comfortably with your eyes closed and make your mind empty by focusing on a single word. Meditation is like a breathing exercise which is also good to ease pressure as well as depression, distress and anxiety. This does not only improve the mental health but also the physical health

These are costless ways of treating high blood pressure. This does not involve much money. You only need enthusiasm and determination for the exercises and physical activities. All of these can fight high blood pressure.

Home Improvement

There are several home improvement projects that you might be itching to do but unless you plan to live in your current home forever or if money is not an issue, choose those home improvement projects that add value to your home rather than decrease from it.

How can home improvement projects decrease value from your home? This can happen if you choose to personalize your home so much that no one else wants to buy it or if you install such archaic elements in your home that it takes you back in time instead of in the future. So, if you have home improvement plans in mind, chalk out a realistic budget and go for those areas which will pay back the time and money of the project plus give you some profit too.

Flooring

Fashions change and now people are turning back to solid hard woods and laminate flooring like Pergo as oppose to carpeting. While carpet may have been very popular a decade ago, now apart from bedrooms, it is no longer in vogue. If you do have some money for home improvement, get wooden floors for your home. That will increase the value of your home, make it appealing to prospective buyers who may have allergies and it will save you money in the long run as carpets always get dirty no matter how much you care for them.

Kitchen

Research shows that kitchens make and break deals to buy homes. Even if all American families do not cook as much as they used to, the kitchen still is the focal point for all members to convene to for homework, bill paying, snacking and of course meal preparation and consumption. If you can invest in stainless steel appliances, do so. This home improvement idea will surely pay you back as stainless steel refrigerators and other appliances are the rage right now. If you can save space with over the counter built in microwaves add other such ideas, go for it. No one has ever said they do not like extra kitchen counter space.

Replace countertops with granite as it fives a very posh, regal look and hides many scratches and other spillover effects of regular kitchens. Do not go for a very new granite color; stick to the neutral tones as found in your kitchen cabinets and flooring. Add a tile backsplash for easy cleaning and some pull-out drawers in lower cabinets and you have a kitchen to die for.

Gardening

Do you like to eat melons? With a little bit of a green thumb you can grow melons yourself. It isn’t as hard as it might seem. Here are 5 tips on how to make it work.

Tip 1 – Cultivation
High-quality melon seeds are offered in garden centers in local green stores. They need to be first sown in small pots on the windowsill or in a greenhouse, similar to tomato plants. Ideally, about 4 weeks before you plant them outside, put them in seed starter pots or containers with potting soil and cover them with a plastic wrap or transparent foil.

It is important that the containers or pots are kept warm. New seedlings don’t like getting “cold feet.” You can place those starting containers or pots in front of a window with sunlight coming in or alternatively on top of the refrigerator. To avoid those containers from getting cold, you can place them on a piece of Styrofoam.

After about 10 days you will be able to recognize that the seeds have germinated and grown into little seedlings. Now you can remove the foil. From this point you need to water the melon plants regularly, but be careful to avoid water logging. This will prevent building mold around the delicate roots. It is also important to move the seedlings away from direct sunlight, unless you have a greenhouse with special foil or glass that breaks the sun rays.
If the plants seem to grow slowly too big or are growing too close to each other in the pots or containers, then you may want to re-pot them again to allow a proper growth and development.

Tip 2 – Transplanting in the garden
After about a month or so, or with an outdoor temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (typically mid May), the melon plants can be transferred to the outside. As for the choice of location in the garden, you should select a sheltered, but sunny spot where your melon plants are protected from forceful winds. Assure a planting distance of about 2-3 feet apart. Take good care of those sensitive roots when moving the seedlings outside.

To prepare the new environment, loosen the soil well and add some compost or manure to help the plants getting a good start in their new location. If you use compost, I recommend incorporating it in the soil about 2 weeks before planting. If you expect some cold nights, you can also cover the plants with a frost protection blanket or a garden foil.

Tip 3 – Fertilizing
Add some previously well-enriched soil or manure. You can also use fertilizer just before flowering and when the fruits are just developing. Use a specialty fertilizer for fruit trees or alternatively a tomato fertilizer.

Tip 4 – Melon plant maintenance
You have two options. Either have the melons grow vertically on a trellis or let them branch sideways which will require more space. If the latter one is your choice, you can promote entwining by cutting the main stem after the 6th leaf. Assure your melons get watered regularly, but not excessively, because they do not tolerate constant moisture too well. You must also be sure to avoid water logging. If possible, water the melon plants in the morning. Slightly lukewarm rainwater will make those plants really happy!

Once melon fruits are recognizable, it is important to prevent the fruits from resting on the moist ground. Also here, you can use those Styrofoam sheets. Place the sheets under the melons to avoid rot.

Tip 5 – Harvest
Depending on the plant variety, the melon fruits ripen differently. Fruit ripening is recognizable by the wilting of the leaves, the incomparable melon scent and the sound. Tap on the fruit. If it sounds like a low dull tone, then it’s a sign the fruit is ripe. If the fruits are ready, use a sharp knife to separate them from the branch. To make sure the melons will last longer, cut an inch or two of the branch to leave on the fruit.

Home Improvement

Home improvement could be a very enjoyable and advantageous endeavor that any one can pretty much get pleasure from doing. Nonetheless, for a beginner, understanding what tool to use or understanding when you want a zoning permit and what the normal regulation codes are, might be rather intimidating. So, what will need to a novice do to learn all they can about them? Well, to start, read the suggestions that are beneath, obviously!

Trimming your hedges, bushes and trees could not be the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating home improvement though it can significantly increase the appearance of your property. It is often a swift day employment for you to undertake, that will result in a nice, finished look.

Before you commence your next home improvement project, take the time to assess the current state of your home. Walking via the residence & figuring out what assignments are necessities will assist you plan your time & permit you to be more productive with your work. Any tasks that are not quickly necessary could be saved for a later date.

If you are painting your home, be sure to clean off your brushes as soon as you’ve finished employing them. Letting paint dry on the brushes can damage the bristles & make them less useful. Also, in the event you fail to clean brushes entirely and then move on to paint yet another room, flecks of the 1st paint color could end up in the new color.

One way to improves ventilation inside your home & at the same time cut down on electrical bills is to use battery operated fan or battery powered fan. These fans can run on small batteries along with normal electrical energy. If you have the money, go for solar powered fans. These fans run on solar power & in the lengthy run can enable you save a ton on your electrical bills.

Find your true style before you start your customizations to your home. Identifying your decorating style will have a serious impact on the options that you make. It is simple to alter styles mid-stream without recognizing it till it’s too late. Then the time to make adjustments & adjustments will be expensive.

Know your building codes. In the event you plan on doing work yourself, you need to often be aware of how that work should be done, and what wants to accompany it. You don’t need to finish a employment only to have a building inspector tell you that you violated a code in the process.

Updated homes typically sell faster & for a greater level of money than people that have had small or no renovations. Updating dark and dated kitchens is by far the finest thing that you can do to boost the value of your home. It also is the most positive way to get back the most of your investment.

Analyze your reasons for remodeling before you start any project. Should you are remodeling to improve the likelihood of a speedy home sale, focus your efforts on the kitchen and bathroom. These two remodels frequently have the highest return on financial commitment. Should you are remodeling exclusively for personal reasons, you can begin anywhere you like.

Now you must be in a position to realise why home improvement could be such an enjoyable endeavor to participate in. Get the complete family involve in the planning stage. It is positively more fun once you are trying to boost on your own home with the entire family. Treat this as a family activity. With these guidelines in mind, you could start enhancing your home together with your family relationship.

Home Improvement

Almost everywhere in the world, the concept of living room goes beyond the decoration of furniture. It is a space, where most people find relaxation. Besides, it is the first room into which guests are invited. After arriving at home, owners tend to sit down in the couch spread out in this room. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the living room designs are a facet, representing the maintenance of the entire house. This space has its uniqueness in a lot of senses. It is also one of the most attended spaces in the house, by the architectural point of view. People should therefore get the Living Room Designs from experts, who have been in this business since long. With the convenient help from online architects, people can get a number of tips, to ensure that they have in their hands, the best living room designs.

For most people, space is a major decider for the living room designs and ideas. Therefore, when consulting the architect, the specifications of the space in the house, needs to be clearly put forth. The need to express the basic purpose like relaxing room or entertaining guests should also be exemplified.

Focal point of the living rooms designs is a must for coming up with good design ideas. By focal point is meant the place, where most of the activities would be concentrated on. People can define their living room interior design based on the focal points. These can include the couch, the piano, art and paintings and even the much liked television. With a focal point in consideration, it becomes extremely easy to come up with best living room design. In later days, such ideas and points can be altered with convenience to give a different look.

De-cluttering is one of the commonest advices by architects. Even though it is advised by many, this is the point where many people falter. Having minimalistic furniture and less number of shelves and tables is the best idea. Modern living room designs by online renderings can be seen by clients. They will find that variety of colour combinations can be drawn up, provided there is sufficient space, to let the colours become visible.

Colour combinations are very much essential in the living rooms designs. Through the Best Living Room Design in computer generated renderings, people can settle for the best looking colour. Using drapes or curtains to compliment the dominant furniture in the rooms, is one of the best modern living room designs. At the same time, contemporary living rooms can be created by putting up columns and elevations. Clear demarcations can be drawn by use of rugs and carpets.

Putting up art works and paintings, on the wall, also requires the idea to decorate living room. These kinds of living room designs and ideas can be observed through online architect renderings. Putting up more number of furniture or tables near to the artwork is a faux pas. Such ideas can be best provided by the living room design specialists and their assistance can be obtained through online means.

There are plenty of things to be decorated in the living rooms. Some people also have the power to expend as much as required, while others can get the best modern living room designs by doing the least bit of expenditure. Some factors have to be seriously considered before they decorate living room. Seeking assistance from the online architects can be of help in designing the modern or contemporary living rooms, with lots of compliments in flow.

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Gardening

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. Despite its current legal status it only became criminalised within the last century, before which it was both a regularly used recreational drug as well as a medically prescribed drug for dealing with a wide range of ailments from glaucoma to cancer and multiple sclerosis. So if merely a century ago Marijuana was a widely used and medically acknowledged drug how did it manage to reach the criminalised status that it now holds?

In America the criminalisation of cannabis began as a relatively slow and understated process with certain states outlawing its use starting in the District of Columbia in 1906. A couple of states followed this example and outlawed the use of cannabis throughout the 1910s and 20s but it wasn’t until the 1930’s that the criminalization of cannabis became a major issue.

The reason that cannabis became such a huge issue was the launch of a massive smear campaign against marijuana lead by Harry J Anslinger from 1930 to 1937. Harry J Anslinger started his career as the Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition before he was promoted to the position of Commissioner in the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. Anslinger held this position for 32 years, but it is his campaign against marijuana, which dominated the first 7 years of his tenure, that he is most widely remembered for.

Anslinger made heavy use of the mass media in order to spread his anti-cannabis message. Anslinger notoriously fabricated a number of stories tenuously linked to police reports that he published in his “Gore File” and used to turn the public against the drug and gain backing for its criminalisation. Among the accusations he levied were “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”; “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”; “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.” These accusations were designed to pray on the worries that many American’s had about the number of immigrants entering the country.

A more interesting point relating to this is that Anslinger wanted the growth of all marijuana plants outlawed; including those that yield no intoxicating chemicals and can only be used to produce the extremely versatile textile hemp and cannabis oil which can form a cheap and effective base for fuels, paints and plastics. Anslinger and his primary supporter, William Randolph Hearst, both had considerable interest in the petrochemical industry and it has been suggested that the anti-cannabis campaign was primarily designed to eliminate hemp as a competitor.

No matter the reasons it is clear that Harry J Anslinger and his anti-cannabis activism played an enormous role in the national criminalisation of the drug, something which is still strongly debated to this day.