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What is the Best Time of Year to Start Planting?

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If you’re working on your garden over the next year, what is the best time of the year to start planting? Depending on what kind of effects you’re trying to create, and on the size and location of your garden, different times of the year can have different benefits. For most gardens, planting and trimming during early spring, and after a frost, will set up your garden for the summer.

You can also plant evergreens and perennials during the summer, while bedding spring flowering plants like daffodils in the autumn. Different times of the year can similarly be used for planting vegetables. Paying attention to the condition of plant pots and containers, as well as to unseasoned weather, can ensure that you’re not damaging the growth chances of your plants.

It’s possible to plant most of your garden in the springtime, which can also be the time for checking and trimming annuals and herbaceous perennials; the latter can be thinned out prior to flowering. A mild spring is also good for planting evergreens if you want to see their full effect in terms of color during the spring and autumn; a similar approach can also be taken for planting flowering shrubs during March and April.
During the summer, you might want to focus on planting and potting new annuals, as well as wallflowers and flowers like petunias; hanging baskets and plant pots can also be used for this approach, while you can keep on top of flowering shrubs and perennials by trimming them regularly throughout the warmest months of the year. Lilies planted in the summer can flower in the autumn if the weather remains cool.

Towards the end of the year, be more careful about frost and planting, and if looking to grow plants, focus on early autumn – when planted in time, perennials can flower in the spring, while bulbs can be used with containers as long as they’re properly bedded and protected from frost. Summer flowering plants in the autumn can also be an option for annuals that can stand up to the cold, and can include ammi majus and consolida, or larkspur. Daffodils can similarly be planted for spring flowering.

raised-garden-beds-2With vegetables, focus on spring planting for crops like cauliflower and cabbage, as well as asparagus, tomatoes, and most green vegetables. Runner beans can be planted in the summer, as can pumpkins, while lettuce can be put down in the summer for a winter harvest. For most vegetables, you can sow them through the spring and summer, and even in winter in hardy varieties that will withstand frost.

It’s also important to use the right containers and fertilizer throughout the year; larger plant pots and containers can provide depth for plants, while organic fertilizer and mulch can offer nutrients and moisture throughout dryer months. If you’re experiencing a particularly cold spring, consider investing in a greenhouse to protect your crops and garden, while also looking for tough perennials that can be planted in deep areas to flower when the weather does become warmer.
Author Bio
Sophie Wiggins is a gardening blogger from the UK, and a strong believer in producing organic fruit and vegetables. She also recommends finding high quality plant pots to keep your garden crops in their best condition throughout the year.

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Creating a Romantic-Style Bedroom

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These days bedroom decor is moving away from the traditional style of the usual bed with two night tables and dressers in all the same materials and style. Instead the trend is a more romantic feel using furnishings that create an ambiance of romance and escape.

Getting the Bed Right

Nothing adds an ambiance of romance to a bedroom quite like a canopy bed. If your bed doesn’t have a canopy frame, you can still create the same romantic effect. Attach curtain poles to the ceiling at the head and foot of your bed. You can now hang drapes or lace from the pole to create a romantic effect.

Bedroom Furniture

If you want to create a truly amorous atmosphere, the next important aspect after you have chosen your bed is your choice of furnishings. Romantic Amish and Shaker style influences from www.amishoutletstore.com are currently very popular. All of their quality furniture is hand-crafted and made from hardwoods like white oak, maple, hickory and walnut.

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Bedding

The bed is the focal point of all bedrooms. The way to make your bed really romantic is to make it look as cozy and inviting as possible. You will definitely want to add soft sheets and plump, comfortable pillows to your bed, but don’t forget that the mattress is the most important part of the bed. Without a good mattress, a good night’s sleep is impossible.

Lighting

Bedroom lighting should not be overly bright and stark. The best way to light your boudoir is with soft lighting that is filtered. You can achieve this by putting low watt bulbs into your existing fixtures or even using lightly tinted, opaque bulbs to give the room a rosy glow. A dimmer switch is great for the main light — that way you can adjust the light to set your own ambience. Of course you can’t beat candles for a truly romantic feel.

Sound

If you live in the city and there is a lot of noise outside from traffic or your neighbors have noisy children, choose thick drapes and curtains for your windows. Material such as velvet will help to keep those outside noises from creeping in.

Don’t Kill the Romance With Clutter

Nothing douses a romantic mood like clutter. Make sure you have adequate storage so that clothes, shoes and other accessories are not scattered over the floor or furnishings. If your bedroom is on the small side, keeping clutter to a minimum will also help it appear larger.

With these tips, you can take your drab bedroom to a comfort zone you’ll look forward to spending time in.

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Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway

photo printsRecently I got a chance to check out Easy Canvas prints. I received a free print to check out there service and I have to say the ordering process was really simple. I just did it the other day so I don’t have the canvas yet, but I of course will do a product review when I get it for you.

What I loved about Easy Canvas print is that is was actually easy. I picked out a photo and the size canvas I wanted, then I uploaded the photo, chose what type of border I wanted around the canvas, I choose to just continue the picture, and I was done. It was that easy. They do have some cool upgrades like framing for you to choose from as well.

What really impressed me with Easy Canvas Prints is that my picture was not really the best picture I could have chosen, but it’s a cute one and I really wanted to use it. Easy Canvas Prints contacted me about the picture and let me know it may be blurry. I then asked if there was a way to zoom out more on the image as the website wouldn’t let me. They checked it out and got it all fixed so that I could use the image I wanted. Lets just say I was impressed!

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3 Ideas You Can Use for Decorating This Summer

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If you’re like me, now that the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer, you’ve got an itch to make some changes around your home. Even if you aren’t currently interested in undertaking a major renovation project, you can still make significant changes to the look of your home with some simple but fun undertakings.

To help you get inspired about your summer decorating, here are three ideas you can use as jumping off points for whatever you ultimately decide to do:

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Light It Up

One of the best things about summer is that it stays light well into the evening. What’s even better is thanks to the consistently warm weather, even after the sun goes down you can still enjoy sitting outside with your friends and family. Turning your backyard into an area where you can host fun summer evenings can be as simple as illuminating it. The cool thing about outdoor lighting is it’s lots of fun to choose in addition to being practical.

String lights that can hang among the trees are very popular. Small solar lamps on stakes are another possibility you can consider. With solar lights, all you have to do is place them wherever you want, and then they’ll automatically come on when it gets dark and shut off when it gets light again.

Combine Stencils, Paint and Your Floors

The right carpet can make the inside of your home warm and inviting. But if you’ve been thinking about getting rid of your current carpet for some time now, the warmer weather may be all you need to take this plunge.

Once you pull up your carpet, chances are you’re going to see concrete or plywood. While there’s nothing wrong with leaving either surface as it is, they may be a little too plain for your taste. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to spice them up.

All you need to do is paint your floors with a solid color like blue or grey. Then when you’re done, you can give your floor personality by using stencils and additional paint colors. Not only will this option look great, but getting rid of old carpet can also help repel rats that may want to get inside.

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Create an Outdoor Bar Area

If you decide to move your decorating back outside, another fun idea is to create a bar area. Although many homeowners assume that they need to have an entire structure built, you can throw together a much simpler setup and it’ll still look great.

What’s cool about this approach is in addition to letting you decorate with any theme you want, you’ll also be able to test out if an outdoor bar is a good fit for your yard. If it is, you can always upgrade to a more permanent structure whenever you want.

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