1Unplugging a Clogged Toilet Nobody likes it, but sometime or another, every homeowner is faced with a toilet that backs up. Consider it a rite of passage. Toilet problems are stressful because there's usually some urgency involved. The first order of business is not to panic. Instead, become a detective and determine whether or not any foreign object may have ended up in the toilet bowl by accident. Households with young children are very prone to toilets that play host to all manner of toys. If this is the case, you may be able to put on some sturdy gloves and just fish the object out. You can also try waiting for the water in the toilet to drop to a normal level and then pour a bucket of water into the bowl. The added pressure will often dislodge blockages and send them on their way. If that doesn't work, use a plunger to clear the toilet. Flanged plungers are best for toilet clogs because they make a better seal and increase the amount of pressure you send down into the … [Read more...] about 5 Home Repairs You Really Should Know How to Do Yourself
Some produce, like rhubarb, is expensive to buy in markets but can yield a large harvest in a home garden. Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock Is there anything better than a fresh heirloom tomato picked from a backyard garden? For more than 40 million American households, there's not much. Growing one's own produce is a long-standing tradition, and the home craft has seen a rise in popularity in recent years [source: Mother Nature Network]. A number of factors draw homeowners and apartment dwellers alike to gardening. For some, gardening is a restful pastime that offers a connection with the natural world. Others see it simply as a good economic move, producing healthy food at a fraction of what it would cost from the grocery store. But does homegrown produce really save money? And how can a cash-conscious gardener get the most out of the garden, both in terms of leafy greens and greenbacks? There's no one-size-fits-all answer for whether gardening saves money, but asking … [Read more...] about How much can you save by growing food at home?
different tastes and climates. See more vegetable garden pictures. Whether it's a garden-fresh tomato on a sandwich or corn on the cob direct from the garden to the stove, you know it's true: The tastiest vegetables come from the home garden. Much enjoyment comes from producing your own crisp vegetables, and it's an activity where everyone in the family can contribute -- even the very young. The best gardens come from careful planning. Winter is a good time to plan your garden. Few things are more enjoyable on a cold winter evening than thumbing through seed catalogs while awaiting spring's arrival. But whether you plan to plant a large garden or just a few containers of vegetables on the patio, gardening is more than just planting seeds. There are many elements to consider for a successful harvest. These articles give you information about the essentials of planning a successful vegetable garden. Assessing Your Climate for Starting a Vegetable Garden Your local climate will … [Read more...] about Starting a Vegetable Garden
Installing a water garden pond is simpler than most people think. See more pictures of famous gardens. Installing your own water garden pond is easier than most people expect. With the two alternatives to traditional pools available today to home gardeners -- flexible liners and prefabricated pools -- installing a water garden pool is no longer exclusively for the professionals. The information in this article will give you everything you need to get started on installing your own water garden pond, including tips for installing your own water garden pond, installing a flexible liner for a water garden pond, installing a prefabricated liner for a water garden pond, how to build a waterfall for a water garden pond, how to choose a pump for a waterfall, and how to build a waterfall with a flexible liner. Famous Gardens Image Gallery In the next article, you'll learn tips for installing your own water garden, including choosing a liner and determining the proper calculations for … [Read more...] about How to Install a Water Garden Pond
Weeds, such as these dandelions, should be controlled early in the season. See more pictures of vegetable gardens. Cultivating, or weeding, is probably going to be your most demanding task as garden caretaker. Weeds are both resilient and persistent. At times, you'll probably feel that if your vegetables grew as well and as fast as your weeds, gardening would be child's play. It's important to keep down the weeds in your vegetable garden. They steal light, water, and nutrients from the vegetables, and they shelter insects and disease. To successfully control the weeds in your garden, you have to learn to recognize them when they are young. It helps to understand how and when weeds grow to keep the garden clean and weed free. When weeds are small, regular cultivation will control them easily. If you let them become established, getting rid of weeds will be a struggle. Annual weeds are like many of the vegetable varieties. There are cool-season annual weeds, and there are … [Read more...] about Weeding a Vegetable Garden