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Home and Garden Improvements! Top Tips to a Fabulous Home and Garden

Having the best furniture and the most elegant curtains, classic china and silver ware, most comfortable beds and luxurious bathrooms. This sounds like the perfect home, inside. What does the outside look like? The outside of your house is just as important as the inside. It isn’t just the first thing people see but it’s also a place that you make as homely as the inside is.

The simplest thing you can do is have a nice garden (which you have to maintain too) and a few plants here and there. That again is the simplest, most extravagant which we all would love is a pool and a BBQ area and swings and a fountain and a jacuzzi and a bar and a trampoline even! But that way extravagant and no need to mention expensive. So what are some simpler things we could all get done? Here’s the list.

To keep your lawn nice and green, you can aerate it, you know you need to do this if you have instant pools in the garden every time it rains. Aerating the grass will compress the soil so water can reach the roots. Also feed your grass, it doesn’t take care of itself. If you cut back on fertilizer late in the summer you’ll prevent perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. Applying high-phosphate mix to the lawn in autumn will encourage the roots to turf green early in spring.

Keeping the grass at it’s best is the best thing you can do to keep the outside looking nice and clean, after that the designing is up to you. You can hire a contractor to do simple things outside your home like some landscaping around the plants, or have a nice little patio mad at the back of the house, some roofing and you have a little picnic area. All you need is the BBQ grill and some furniture.

Also make sure furniture you buy is meant for the outside as weather may ruin indoor meant furniture. Keep all the furniture clean and waxed with cleaners again meant for outside furniture. If you’re getting one of those inflatable pools then have the area checked for safety. It would be horrible if you put the pool up then it comes down while you’re in it!

Why Grow a Home Herb Garden?

If you’re like a lot of people, me included, who aren’t real fond of boring, bland food but also don’t like spending a small fortune at the market buying fresh herbs, then the answer just might be to grow your own home herb garden.

Your options are wide open when deciding to grow a home herb garden. If you have the ground space you can plant an outdoor garden with several different varieties of herbs, or you may choose to grow in containers instead – which offers some advantages in that they can be easily moved when the weather turns cold or inclement.

Another option is to grow an indoor herb garden which has the added advantage of allowing you to grow your herbs year round. You can choose to grow in containers in a west or south facing window or via hydroponics – which is a method of growing plants without soil. There are a couple of ways to grow via hydroponics, one of which you can build your own hydroponic unit – or you can buy a ready made easy to use one – the most popular being the AeroGrow AeroGardens.

When starting a home herb garden you also have the choice of starting with seeds, the most common and cheapest way, or buying nursery plants that you will need to transplant at a later time. If you decide to go with nursery plants, try to get them at a reputable nursery that offers a wide variety of plants. This will ensure you’re investing in good stock.

Whichever method you decide to start your own herb garden, you’ll be surprised on just how easy, fun, and satisfying it can be. Even if you’re not interested in adding abundance of flavor to your food, herbs are great to have around simply as ornaments, landscape borders, or just as a houseplant. Their flowers adds beauty to any landscape or garden and the scent of herbs alone is wonderful and relaxing. Some even work well at keeping insects away.

So whether you’re looking to enhance your culinary adventures or just want a nicer looking and aromatic garden, give herbs a try, I think you’ll find it was well worth it.

Growing a Home Herb Garden

Many people want to grow their own herbs, yet don’t have the option of starting a conventional outdoor herb garden. There are many reasons you might not want to grow herbs outdoors. It might be because you simply don’t have a back yard, because you’re not ready to tackle the challenges that come with outdoor growing or maybe its just because maintaining an outdoor garden requires a lot of labor and can be hard on your back. Whatever the reason, you will be happy to know that having an indoor home herb garden is a piece of cake when you know what you’re doing. This article is going to help you accomplish just that.

Growing a home herb garden is not only easy, but cheap. Some 6 inch planting pots should be all you need but feel free to be creative with what you use to plant the herbs in. Remember that whatever you are using for a pot, it’s good to have holes drilled in the bottom so that any excess water can drain from the soil. Herb’s hate saturated soil. That’s why you will want to line the bottom of your pots with stones and wood chips; these will allow proper soil drainage. Using high quality soil is recommended as herbs can be very fussy. Make sure the soil is loose. You can even add sand to the soil to make it drain better. When planting the seeds of your home herb garden, plant them about an inch apart from each other and don’t bury them deep. Herb seeds need only to be slightly covered.

Where you place your home herb garden should depend on where the sunlight is. Herbs thrive in plenty of light so place the pots in the windowsill that gets the most light throughout the day. Windows on the south side of your home will have the longest periods of sunlight. If your pots won’t fit in the windowsill, consider putting shelving up or purchasing one of those windowsill extenders for cats.

You will need to know when and how often to water your home herb garden. Herbs grown in containers do tend to dry out quicker than outdoor herbs so remember to monitor your soil. You can do this by sticking your finger a half inch deep into the soil. If it feels dry, it’s time to water your home herb garden. Though you may be tempted, do not overwater your herbs. When it comes to herbs, sometimes its better to water them too little than too much.

A common problem people have with the home herb garden is that the humidity is too low in their home and the plants suffer from it. Luckily, this is easy to fix. Just mist the herbs with a spray bottle about once a week. It doesn’t seem like much but its enough to keep your herbs healthy. You can also place a dish of water next to a heat source if there is one near your home herb garden. The heat will cause the water to evaporate and add humidity to the air.

There are many advantages to having an indoor home herb garden. The first is that you don’t have to worry about harmful insects and diseases are rare. The second is that you can continue to grow your herbs all throughout the winter. Last but certainly not least, when you have a home herb garden, you have access to wonderful tasting herbs right at your fingertips. Imagine not having to leave the house to pick fresh herbs to add to your meal.