What Herbs Do Well in Shallow Soil?

Most herbs don’t require deep dirt to be productive. They can even grow well in containers on balconies, patios and sunny kitchen windowsills. Depending on type, herbs that do well in shallow dirt require no more than 3 to 12 inches of soil for rooting. Outdoors in the ground , they might stretch their roots…

Date Palm Habitat

Do not be deceived by other trees using “date palm” in their common names. The only tree that grows dates is the real date palm (Phoenix dactylifera). This palm is regarded as native to North Africa, but grows around the world in dry, warm, frost-free regions in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9…

Flowers for a Shaded Flower Box

If you enjoy container gardening but do not have a sunny spot, you can still have colorful blossoms in flower boxes by picking plants that prefer shade. Your choices include tall plants with impressive flowers, bushy specimens that fill space well, trailing plants that cascade over a planter’s border and brief, mat-forming bloomers. Mix and…

Does Ammonia Take Wax Off Vinyl Floors?

New wax makes your vinyl floor shine, but old wax accumulates dirt and makes the floor look prettier. That is why you should clean old wax frequently — and the more frequently you do it, the easier the job. Ammonia is an effective wax remover, particularly when mixed with light detergent. Wax Removing Solution Ammonia…

Inside A Interior Design Match Made Right Here

Dana and Patrick Knorr didn’t know anyone in Seattle after moving there from Kansas and purchasing a 1970s home. So when they wanted a designer to help them redesign, they didn’t have a community of friends or tools to tap. Patrick got a couple of referrals from coworkers, but the professionals he contacted offered only…

Emerging Virtual-Reality Home Systems Might Blow Your Head

If you’ve seen one of those advanced games games that have come out lately, such as Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite, you are aware that they’re evolving into incredibly sophisticated, almost cinematic spectacles that create artificial worlds that are believable. The largest restriction has been that they’re confined within the TV. All that’s going to change,…

Weep Hole

A weep hole is a perforation in brick or masonry buildings in which trapped water can escape. Water accumulates in masonry and brick through flows in the facade, condensation and seepage from the ground up into the foundation. Weep holes serve to circulate air to those moist areas and to supply an outlet for water…

Fantastic Design Plant: Fringe Flower's Star Rises

Seems like just yesterday that fringe flower, or Loropetalum chinense,was hardly understood; it was generally described as a quiet, dignified evergreen shrub. Now, after a rise in obscurity to the top as fast as actor Bradley Cooper’s or Dodger Yasiel Puig’s in June 2013, it’s become one of the most highly utilized flowering trees —…