The little kids that were the appeal here in our neighborhood when our boy and girl were just toddlers are now the reason we have an ADT home alarm system. The abundance of families with children the same age as ours was a huge attraction for us moving here. We wanted the kids to have plenty of friends growing up. Well, this age is a bit different than the era I grew up in. It seems kids today can be significantly different than the kids I grew up with. Some of them are downright scary in their preteens! Granted, the majority of the kids around here are still active friends with our kids. Continue Reading →
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I was looking for ways to freshen up my house because it was looking a little run down. The first thing I did was power wash the vinyl siding off which made a huge difference. I added some wood around my flowers to separate the lawn and the flowers. The last thing that I did to the outside was to add some accent lighting around the flowers and sidewalk. All of the lights are solar powered so it was an easy install and good for the environment also.
I did a lot more to the inside compared to the outside. The first thing I did to the inside was paint every single room. I then decided to gut my kitchen and put up new drywall and brand new kitchen cabinets. Continue Reading →
Nothing adds color and beauty to an outdoor environment like a flower bed with many colorful plants standing tall out of the ground. Not only does a yard with flowers look better, it sounds better because of the birds it attracts, and with luck, they eat the nasty bugs and little critters that keep you indoors.
Sometimes though, the very spot where you want to plant flowers, you can not. The ground might be just bad soil, that will not grow flowers. Worse yet, it could be pavement underneath or solid rock. Well, there is in fact a way to enjoy flowers in any spot that you desire, if you are willing to garden in a relatively low tech and simple way.
Get a bag of potting soil and lay it on the spot where you want flowers. Slit the top open along the center of the longest dimension, and then make perpendicular incisions along the short edges. This should form a letter H that you can use to pull open the top of the bag. Do not dump the soil; leave the bag where it lies. Reach down through it with a tool to puncture the bottom in several places for drainage. Then plant your seeds within the bag where it is.
Build some kind of guard or barrier around the bag. Simple pieces of weather treated lumber nailed together is a cheap way to hold the bag in place and obstruct it from view. No one needs to know you just laid down a bag of potting soil on top of the ground and planted within it. That is your secret trick. Cover it with a thin layer of mulch, compost or other topsoil, and water it regularly. You should have flowers blooming pretty quickly in a very makeshift but effective flower bed that works wherever you build it.