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Basics of Home and Garden Decor

In our age of instant information, what is on television is a good barometer of what people are thinking about. With several programs scattered throughout both cable and satellite TV regarding domicile improvement and overall decor, it is obvious that home and garden decorating is on a lot of minds.

Sometimes, just making small changes can make a big difference. And you don’t have to have tremendous construction or gardening skills to update your environment. And it can be within budget.

Many folks decorate so that the home and the garden complement each other. Using color, fabric, and decor that can travel outdoors is one step in this direction. Of course, leather outdoor furniture is not an option, but an outdoor friendly fabric the same color will get you there.

If it has been a while, a fresh coat of paint indoors or out can freshen the outlook of your home. Outdoor wood items such as gates, fences, and decks can often use a good stripping and re-staining. Consider using a color close to woodwork in the house.

Trees, plants, and flowers add a lot of character to your home. These are often a reflection of the owner’s personality and should generate lots of color and warmth. If the plants chosen are not winter friendly, put them in a container that can be moved under cover for the cold months.

A timer controlled watering system is a great addition to your garden area. If it gets a bit toasty in your summertime, you know your plants are hydrated. You can adjust it seasonally to keep the plants and your water bill healthy.

Plant containers add a bit of character. Whiskey barrels and terra cota pots are a couple of suggestions. Keep the watering requirements of the plants in mind as you decide what to put them in.

Concrete walkways, a fire pit, a fountain, a built in barbeque, these are just a few of the things that will shape your garden area. Add some embedded lighting for night time use, maybe an outdoor stereo system as well. Solar outdoor lights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be used virtually anywhere in your garden area. Lighting always adds a warm ambience.

Home and garden decor ideas come from all over. TV programs, magazines, internet, and even seeing a home in your area that is landscaped to your liking. Your home is your castle and there is no real right or wrong when it comes to home and garden d├ęcor. But please keep the front yard within the HOA cc and r’s if you have one.

Depending on how massive a project you plan, it may be necessary and a great idea to consult with a landscaper or patio construction specialist before starting in. Sometimes these pros can get you started in the right direction, saving you time and money and you can finish it up yourself. One of the great things about owning a house is the pride of getting home and garden decor done to your own design and goals.

When done, you will have a custom tailored environment that reflects your taste and is a great place to entertain and relax.

Home and Garden Furniture Ideas

Home and garden furniture is furniture that can be used inside as well as outdoors. Some people have opted to enclose a large patio in glass or screen, carpet the floor with indoor – outdoor carpeting, furnish with a fireplace, and install ceiling fans along with an air conditioner. The patio area can be adjacent to the house or separate. The plans of the room or structure can come equipped with a kitchen separate than that of the primary section of the house. This area would require home and garden furniture to furnish the surroundings. When looking for plants for this area, you would still opt for house plants but maybe that of the larger variety.

Home and garden furniture can be made from wicker and wood. Metal and plastic garden furniture can be used, but would probably be considered inappropriate to adorn this region of your home. You would want furniture that is not too elaborate, but on the other hand you don’t want the furniture ill-suited for the region either. You will want it to blend with the surroundings you have created. The enclosing of the back patio area convince visitors that this is just an extra room in the house. You will want the room to give off the look of casual comfort. A room in which to relax and have fun. Home and garden furniture fabricated from wicker have a classic appearance. The simplicity of the designs leans to the casual look of romantic, comfort. Since the home and garden furniture constructed of wicker is made for the outdoors, care and maintenance should be a much easier, simpler task. Consult your retailer for those requirements.

Wicker is also constructed to be durable. It is a good investment in the future of your home. The wicker constructed home and garden furniture comes in a wide range of style, designs and colors. Along with the variety of colors you will have the option to choose one of the dining sets, or from a cluster of sofa, loveseats and chairs. Wicker tables will complete the look of your conversation area of the room. You also have the option of a porch swing a cozy, intimate seating for lovers and friends young or old.

Home and garden furniture is also available an array of wooden pieces or sets. If you want to be able to move home and garden furniture, you may want to browse the teak wooden furniture lines. Teakwood is well known for its lightweight and strength. Its natural finish is a golden color. Wooden home and garden furniture like the wicker home and garden furniture is also built to be sturdy and durable. Wooden home and garden furniture is also available in the same furniture pieces as the wicker furniture from the dining sets to the conversation sets included with loveseat or sofas. The porch swing is also one of the options available in the wooden home and garden furniture line. The maintenance and care for the wooden furniture as with the wicker should be a much simpler and easy task. For requirements for that care, check with the retailer. As with the wicker home and garden furniture, wooden home and garden furniture is a great investment in the future for you and your home.

How to Add Manure to Your Home Vegetable Garden

If you love growing great tasting vegetables in your home vegetable garden then by now you should know that in order to maintain that yearly success your soil needs to be rich in nutrients. There are a number of ways you can add these nutrients to your soil, from decayed organic material, to your food scraps to a variety of chemicals. One of the best ways is to add manure. Certain manures are nothing more than organic matter rich in nutrients waiting for them to be released. When you work manure into your soil you provide a food source for your soil’s ecosystem to feed on. In turn that ecosystem releases the nutrients from the manure that your plants need to grow and thrive. Here is how you can add manure to your home vegetable garden.

It goes without saying that the first step in this process is to actually obtain the manure. There are a number of varieties of manure to choose from such as chicken, cow, horse and green manures such as alfalfa, winter rye and buckwheat. Never use human, dog or cat manure in your garden. The first place to look for manure is the free website Craigslist. Go to the farm and garden section in your area and search on manure. You’ll be surprised how many farmers, horse breeders and so on will just give it to you for free. If you are unable to find free manure you can always buy it at your local home or garden center.

Now that you have your manure you need to understand that the fresher the manure the longer you need to let it sit in your home vegetable garden’s soil before you plant your seeds. A good rule of thumb is to use the manure in the autumn months giving the soil’s underlying ecosystem plenty of time to feed on it so the nutrients can be released.

With your manure added to your soil, now is the time that you work it in. You can use a pitchfork, garden tiller, garden ho, you name it. The tool you choose is completely up to you. I use a pitchfork since my garden is a size I can handle within reasonable physical limits. If you have a very large garden, you may want to consider buying or renting a tiller.

Now that the manure is worked into the soil, wait until a week or two prior to the following season’s planting dates for this next step. Using your tool of choice, work the soil again so that you are mixing in the broken down manure. This helps spread the nutrients around. Your seeds are now ready to plant.

In some cases spreading manure can be a messy (and smelly) job, but the benefits for a home vegetable garden can be tremendous. Follow this every year and you will have great soil for your fruits and vegetables in no time.