How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

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How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden –

Plus an Easy Recipe!

Want to try growing something and then actually use your results in the meals you prepare? How about growing your very own herb garden? Well you can, and here are some helpful tips on how to create your own little garden of herbs.

First decide which herbs you want to grow. Would you like to try sage, rosemary and thyme? How about including dill, mint, chives, and cilantro? Now that you’ve chosen what you want to plant in your herb garden, you need to know a little bit about the herbs. For example, coriander, dill and basil die after one season. Parsley lives for two; and chives, thyme, mint, marjoram and tarragon bloom every year. Next, ascertain how large your herb garden will be. Ensure to keep the annuals and perennials separate from each other.

Drainage is the key to a successful herb garden. After you choose the site for your garden, make sure you consider drainage and soil fertility first. Without proper drainage, your garden will fail. So, improve drainage at the garden site by removing the soil to a depth of 15 to 18 inches. Place a 3-inch layer of crushed stone on the bottom. Mix some compost or peat and sand then refill the site higher than the original level to allow for the settling of the soil. Since the soil does not have to be fertile, it does not require additional fertilizer. Once the site and soil are ready for planting, you can proceed to purchase the seeds.

For parsley, sow the seeds in the latter part of spring directly into the ground. Work the soil surface to achieve a really fine texture; then wet it slightly. Sow the seeds in very shallow rows with soil over them. Do not sow the seeds too deeply. It is important to cover the seed bed with either wet burlap or paper to keep the soil moist during germination. Water the seeds with a fine spray to prevent the washing away of the soil.

In order to protect your perennial and biennial herbs, use mulch about four inches deep to protect the plants. Place the mulch after the ground has frozen in early winter. Do not remove the mulch until the plants show signs of growth in early spring. Early removal could result in some early frost damage. You can check online or ask your gardening supply store for more information on what herbs you can grow now and later on in the year. Create your own herb garden and be proud of your accomplishment!

Here is a tasty and easy recipe that you can try once your herb garden is in bloom. Enjoy!

tomato and mozzarella salad

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

2 lbs ripe tomatoes
12 slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs marjoram
10 basil leaves

Cut up tomatoes and place on a plate with the mozzarella. In a bowl, whisk the salt, vinegar, and honey, then add the olive oil, mixing well. Pour over tomatoes. Using kitchen scissors, cut the fresh herbs into the salad. Salt to taste.

Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Windows

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Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Windows

In the old days, washing windows simply involved taking some soap and water and cleaning the windows, frames and sills; the top and bottom of the casing, and you were done. With the advent of glass cleaners, it certainly made cleaning windows much easier. Now that we have become environmentally aware of toxins and chemicals; we are returning back to the old days but with a slight twist.

Using vinegar and water is one way in which you can clean your windows. The process begins with removing window shades, blinds and curtains. Use a clean rag to wipe away any dirt or grime from the frame and sills. Use a wet rag to rid your windows of dirt and grime as well. Then using water and vinegar; clean your windows from top to bottom. Go over the glass with a clean cloth; then proceed to wash the frames and sills with a damp cloth. Dry and you’re done!

Some people who have used this method claim that using vinegar left streaks on their windows. The remedy is to add a minute bit of dish soap to the vinegar and water. Voila! No more streaks! Read more

Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Great

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Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Great

When you buy new carpet for your living room, or any room in your house, you probably are extra anxious about keeping it clean. Some people love that “new carpet” smell. But, just like in a new car, that smell can quickly turn to “ewww” if you don’t take care of your new carpet. A home is meant to be lived in; just because a new carpet has been installed doesn’t mean rooms should be roped off and only used on certain occasions. There will be the occasional spills. Families with pets will have even more mess. It’s inevitable.

So, to help you avoid accumulation of dust or other crud that gets packed into the house, here are tips for cleaning your carpet:

* Vacuum often
* If you spill anything on the carpet; take a paper towel and pat down on the spill until it is absorbed onto the paper towel.
* Whenever possible, use door mats to have your family wipe their shoes so nothing is tracked onto the carpet.
* Be careful when using certain cleaning supplies*
* If you choose to have your carpet shampooed; be sure to ask if the scotch guard will be removed in the process.
* Do not allow anyone to eat in the living room.

While these are just a few tips for cleaning your carpets, you may certainly have your own tried and tested methods to keep your carpet clean. Preventative measures are the best way to avoid soiling your new carpet. Read more

Legitimate Home Business Ideas to Consider

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Depending on your experience and current skill set, there are several viable options available for starting a home business. Keep in mind, not everyone can immediately start out as a web designer or graphic designer, but there are online courses available to teach you the skills you need. Don’t let your current situation determine where you will be later on. Bettering yourself through education and training is the best way to achieve your goals. If you want to start a Virtual Assistant business but you aren’t sure if you have the skills yet, then research what VAs typically do and then find courses to learn those skills.

There are other home businesses that you can start without needing a ton of experience, however. Want to blog for a living? Then find an online course on blogging as a business and get started. Affiliate marketing is another idea that doesn’t require a lot of experience. You can also learn what you need to know about affiliate marketing from online courses. Some of the information may even be free online. Just do your research and be wary of scams or “get rich quick” websites that promise the world but deliver very little.

Home Businesses You Can Start

Here are some common home businesses that people start. None require a huge investment, and like I mentioned above, a lot of the information needed to learn how is available online.

Web Designer – If you know about design, and understand the popularly used software today like self-hosted WordPress then you can earn a lucrative income designing websites for local and distant business owners.

Graphic Designer – If you’re good at making book covers, website banners, and other types of graphics like logos you can make a very good income. Many designers charge by project and others charge hourly.

Virtual Assistant – You can specialize depending on your skills and earn a larger hourly rate. Many specialties VAs such as speaker’s assistants, author’s assistants and so forth earn from 45 to 100 an hour. You can hire a team to help, or charge by package to up your income. You can learn more about earning as a VA from VaNetworking.com. Read more

Thinking About Working From Home?

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What is Your “Why” for Working From Home?

Working from home is a dream that many people hope to achieve for a variety of reasons. However, for those of us with children at home, the idea of having more flexibility and time with the kids is a major reason. The work at home parent demographic is huge as more and more parents start thinking about ways to make the dream a reality. If you’re not yet sure if you should start working from home, take a moment to look over some additional reasons for “Why.”

10 Good Reasons for Parents to Work from Home 

No Business Clothing Required – Wearing business clothing is a pain for a new mom. You try to get ready for work and before you know it the baby has spit up on you and you have to change clothes. This will end.

You’ll be More Productive – No one is really super mom or dad, but if you have your own home based business you can be a lot more productive. You can fit everything into the time you have if you have control over your calendar.

No Distractions from Co-Workers – While you will have some distractions from your children, they are a pleasure, you won’t have any from co-workers stopping by your desk to gossip. Baby hugs and kisses are so much better.

You Can Balance Your Time Better – Having control of your calendar is an amazing thing. You can write in all the important things you need to do as a parent and arrange work around that.

You Can Be Healthier – Everyone knows that sitting all day long is bad for your health. When you work for yourself you can schedule in exercise to combat the damage done by sitting all day long. You can also eat more home-cooked from scratch meals which will make you healthier as well. Read more