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In a typical year, you grow a lush vegetable garden that brings endless pleasure to you and fresh food to your table. But this year you plan to put your house on the market. Do you still grow a garden? Or, you live in a townhome or condominium and miss your old gardening days. So what do you do? Grow your garden in pots.
Veggies in pots
- It doesn’t matter if you’re just short on gardening space or plan to move and want to take all your hard work with you, you can grow many vegetables in pots just fine. In fact, many plants don’t really care where you grow them as long as the soil is good and has water and drainage.
- Growing root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips in pots require the pots to be taller than you want your root to grow. Otherwise, your veggie will bend to adjust to fit the container and won’t look as pretty on your table.
- Many plants can grow in hanging pots: think strawberries, small potatoes, grape or cherry tomatoes and even greens such as spinach and butter-head lettuce.
- Vine plants like cucumbers, squashes, and melons require more width, so a shallow but wide bed works best. You can make a tabletop bed or even use a large plastic tub or bin.
- Climbing plants such as tomatoes and bell peppers need a trellis. Most gardening shops carry round trellises that fit right inside your pot.
- Plant your herbs in small pots and hang them on hooks along the patio wall or terrace railing.
If you’re able to work in your garden every day, keep your plants moist with a watering pot. But, if like many people, your commute is long and your days are short, consider using a drip system to help out. You can adapt a regular hose hooked to your spigot with pieces for a standard drip system available at your big box DIY store. Or, find one specially designed for patio gardens. Put a separate sprayer or drip outlet in each pot and adjust it to match the needs of that plant for a bumper crop.
If your patio doesn’t have a spigot, or if your budget doesn’t run to adding a drip system, use inexpensive watering globes or create your own using empty water or soda bottles. Just poke a hole in the lid of the bottle (bigger holes for plants that need more water and smaller for those that require less), poke a tiny hole in the base of the bottle to prevent it forming a vacuum. Then fill it with water and turn it lid-side-down. Place it in the pot with loose dirt or small pebbles so that the holes don’t become clogged. Now you have a drip system.
Moving your plants
When you’re ready to move, take your plants first or last. Move them inside your vehicle so that you can control the light, temperature, and ventilation. If you’re moving a long distance, or crossing state lines, check agriculture regulations. For instance, there are many plants you cannot import to California. Other states, such as Florida and Maine require live plants to be inspected to certify they are free of pests that could damage crops.
Talk to your professional realtor about displaying and protecting your patio garden during open house days.
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Babies change everything, especially when it comes to your home. If you have a little one on the way then baby-proofing your home is in the near future. Here are a few tips to get your house prepared for that new little addition.
Kids, especially babies, seem to always be in precarious situations mostly because they don't even know they're in danger. Every utility fault should be fixed, sharp corners on furniture need to be smoothed out. A call to a good carpenter or upholster should do the trick. Chipped tiles should be replaced; many details need to be handled. To avoid getting overwhelmed, start by doing a thorough inspection of your house, note down things that need a fix or replacement. Find who and what is needed for the job and delegate duties.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
Babies are highly susceptible to contracting diseases from their environment due to their underdeveloped immune systems. Because of this, surfaces such as floors, kitchen sinks, tables, bathtubs should be cleaned with soap, water, and mild disinfectants. If thoughts of the hassle associated with sterilizing feeding materials are a regular occurrence, then knowing about the benefits may be helpful and motivate you. Health practitioners say most common germs can be killed by washing with warm water and soap, so no more boiling.
Areas Of Concentration
The baby's palace
The baby's crib and room (if a room has been provided), should be scrutinized for potentially dangerous items like plastic wrappers, sharp tools, and even heavy bed covers.
Feeding equipment, pacifiers, walkers, and other baby needs need to be purchased before the baby comes to prevent last-minute expenses.
Create Space And Stock Up
Someone else is going to need space in that wardrobe; new baby usually means new clothes except when an older child's baby clothes are available. Space needs to be created for your child in your clothing storage facilities. Clothing not used or needed anymore need to be given away, disposed or recycled, another option is to buy a hamper for your baby's clothes.
A baby's food is usually liquid and semi-liquid, hence the need for the refrigerator. Clear clutter from the refrigerator and clean its insides with warm water, soap, and a sponge before wiping it down with a cloth. Leave it almost empty for when breast milk, formula and family and friends' meals will go in.
Get all the help you can and delegate efficiently. Oh! And relax.
Selling a house may prove to be a long, complicated process. Fortunately, those who craft a house selling strategy can determine the steps they will need to take to accomplish their desired results.
A home selling strategy may prove to be a must-have. Because if you enter the real estate market with a plan in place to sell your residence, you could boost the likelihood of getting the best price for your home.
Ultimately, there are several factors you need to consider as you develop a house selling strategy, and these include:
1. Your Home's Condition
For those who want to speed up the home selling journey, it generally helps to perform property upgrades. That way, you can ensure your house stands out to dozens of potential buyers.
To upgrade your home's curb appeal, you should mow the lawn, trim the hedges and repair any cracked or damaged siding. These improvements usually are simple to complete and may help you make your residence more attractive than comparable available houses.
Meanwhile, to enhance your home's interior, you should clean as much as you can. With a neat, tidy home interior, your house can make a positive impression on buyers as soon as they walk through the front door.
2. Your Initial Asking Price
The initial asking price for your home may have far-flung effects on your house selling experience. Because if your initial home asking price is too high, you risk alienating potential buyers. Worst of all, your home may linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months, and you may need to lower your residence's price to facilitate a sale.
To price your home competitively, it typically is helpful to study the local housing sector. Find out how your residence stacks up against comparable available houses in your area, and you can determine how to price your home.
You also may want to conduct a home appraisal. By doing so, you can obtain a property valuation to help you decide the optimal initial home asking price.
3. Your Home Selling Timeline
Consider how much time you have to sell your residence – you will be happy you did. If you understand your house selling timeline, you can find ways to maximize the time and resources at your disposal.
If you need to move from your current home as soon as possible, for instance, you may need to be aggressive to promote your residence to buyers. On the other hand, if you can afford to be patient, you may be able to take a wait-and-see approach to obtain the best-possible offer to purchase your residence.
Lastly, as you get set to sell your home, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can teach you what it takes to sell a home in any city or town. He or she will even help you craft an effective house selling strategy, thereby ensuring you can quickly and effortlessly sell your house any time you choose.
If you’re looking to make some big updates to make your home more stylish and on trend today I have four of some of the most popular trends on Pinterest right now. Pinterest is a goldmine for finding new and exciting projects but don’t just let them sit on your boards as a “that would be nice” idea. Bring them to life!
These updates aren’t for the faint of heart and definitely more for the trendsetters. If you’re looking for a style that packs a punch and makes jaws drop keep reading.
Herringbone patterns - And not just for wood flooring, though this classic form is certainly finding their way to many people’s Pinterest boards. Give the currently trendy subway tile a fresh take by installing in a herringbone inspire pattern. Another clever placement? Take it outdoors to your paving stones. This will give your yard a chic and very unique touch.
Statement ceiling - Or as some are calling it, the fifth wall. If you’re ready to go bold adding color to your ceiling won’t let you down. The most popular color cropping up on Pinterest boards everywhere is pure black. It might seem counterintuitive but doing so actually creates the illusion your room is larger than it is. The truly eclectic are going, even more, daring and wallpapering their ceilings. And today it’s easier than ever thanks to peel and stick wallpaper. You’ll have any pattern you can dream at your fingertips and far less of a commitment than wallpaper of yore.
Mixed metals - Every rule is made to be broken. Especially when it comes to mixing metals. It’s been in fashion for jewelry for years, now it’s time to bring it into the home. The trick is to balance finishes with each other. Get creative with which metallic elements you bring in. Think picture frames, end tables, coffee tables, brackets, hardware, serving trays, and bar carts. Keep in mind this isn’t to mean mixing up hardware to have different tones and finishes. Instead, look to pieces you can add to the room (and easily take out again) that will add a much welcome contrast.
Terrazzo - And last but not least the trend that has everyone talking is an old favorite. We’re reaching back to the 70’s with this one people! Terrazzo is being used everywhere from walls to flooring to counters to the decor. Which is good news! You don’t have to go all in on this bold trend by replacing those coveted granite countertops. Because hey, they might not be on trend but they are classic for a reason! So instead look for terrazzo ceramic vases and “faux” terrazzo print fabrics. And if you’re especially creative make a weekend project out of creating a statement wall painted to mimic the print and texture of terrazzo.