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Looking for an Apartment I Can Afford

I got down to Georgia a few days ago and right now I have been staying at one of those extended stay hotels. They sent me down here in a big hurry, as though it was an emergency Looking for an apartment I can afford and it seems like I am going to have a little trouble finding something anywhere close to what I had been pay. I was looking at the cost of one bedroom Stockbridge apartments this morning and hoping that it was going to cost me something close to what I had been paying, but the fact is that I had been paying something really below the cost of a place down here. (more…)

Adding a Home Office to Your Apartment Search

With the rise in people working from home, it can be important when searching for a new apartment to take a home office space into consideration in a way that wasn’t done years ago. One of the many benefits of renting is that you are able to move once your current lease expires. If you find you need more space, then it is only a short time before you can move if you need to. When looking for apartments in Lewisville TX you will want to make sure you are considering seriously the amount of space you need to function on a day to day basis.

When considering what you wanted in a home, many always thought about the number of bedrooms needed to sleep, having a kitchen that worked well, and a place to eat. (more…)

I Wanted to Have More Success

Alex SheltonI started my own online business nearly ten years ago. I have been able to make enough money to where I did not have to go out and get a second job, but it was still a struggle. I was spending more time than I liked doing a lot of the work behind the scenes. I knew that there had to be help out there, so I decided to search one night when I was feeling frustrated. My search paid off big time for me, because that is how I found out about Alex Shelton. He is an online marketer who has made a nice living for himself. (more…)

Started Work on a New Shop

Work on a New ShopIt is going take a bit of planning, but we have decided to start work on a new annex for the shop off of the High Road. I have spent a good bit of this morning getting some quotes from half a dozen CE accredited fabrication shops, because we are going to have to build some roof access ladders so that we can do one process up there. Obviously you have to be sure that you follow all of the rules. We are going to put a radio antenna up there as well. (more…)

Why You Should Get an SSL Certificate for Your Website

When our website was just a personal site, we did not need any real security for people visiting. Over time it became a domain for our small business. When you have customers coming to your site, you need to offer secure areas for business transactions of information or money. We were not making a fortune with our online business that was still part hobby and part business, so we needed a way to get what we needed cheap. We got cheap hosting and found an inexpensive SSL certificate. You would be surprised at what some hosting companies charge for a Secure Socket Layer.

The SSL is when you see in the address bar the https://. The “s” on the end makes the content on that page secure. (more…)

Flying in the Face of Danger

When I was younger, I was afraid of going sky diving. There was an event where a sky diving team was giving out sky diving lessons for a reduced price, but I was too afraid to take it. Years later, I’ve gotten over my fear of sky diving and think it’s pretty cool. I wanted to sky dive more than ever, but it became to expensive to do. I thought I wouldn’t be able to sky dive until I saved up enough money in my old age, but thanks to an Ewen Chia review, I learned how to make enough money to pay for sky diving.

All I had to do was a little affiliate marketing, and I had enough funds for my first sky dive jump. (more…)

Habagat, Maring and Our Backyard Garden Now

Just this week we had one of the worst weathers of 2013. So, it’s here again. That dreaded time of the year – ‘tag ulan‘ [rainy season] or ‘tag bagyo‘ [typhoon season].

When typhoon Maring, together with habagat [southwest monsoon] hit the country just a few days ago, the devastating floods affected 15 out of 18 baranggays [similar to suburbs; communities within the city] in our town of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In our area, flood is a mainstay for most families. There were numerous houses affected and we were almost on a panic mode because the flood was gradually rising just outside our gate.

Here’s our garden currently – taken a few days ago while it was raining:

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I was also worried that our plants might die after days of non-stop rain. I know this is not the best time to expect the best from our garden because last year we also had the same experience. I also understand that this is all part of a natural cycle or phenomenon, nonetheless.

Just like in any other country, there are good seasons as there are bad seasons. Here in the Philippines, it’s the typhoon season and the uber hot summer months that I always dread because these extreme weather conditions can cause devastation. But I know I should not be worrying about plants in our garden as there are far more serious situations and issues in the community.

I know that like some garden plants that persist any type of weather, my kababayans will persist any kind of natural calamity that’s thrown our paths. Filipinos are known for this character especially during the tough times.

Home Gardening on a Rainy Saturday

Do you have these ideas that often pop into your thoughts about sprucing up your garden?

As a DIY home gardener and still a newbie at that, I always have these ideas on how to add more plants in our backyard garden. The problem is always the small space we have out there. So I tend to stop myself before I even buy another batch of plants ‘coz I know it would only become a problem sooner or later.

Lately, I only have one solution and it is to add a garden at the front, underneath the main windows, beside the roofed garage. I’ve been doing that since late last year with dish gardens and some relocated Ti plants from the backyard garden.

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from top left, going clockwise: mini fortune plants, papua, dwarf anthurium, miniature croton, pink and green fittonia plants

I’ve always resisted buying plants for several months now. But temptation to buy was so strong last weekend, so I ended up buying miniature plant varieties.

You gotta understand, sometimes, gardening can be a form of release after a long week of working and writing articles. I cannot stress enough how therapeutic it is for me to tend the garden, but it gets better when I’m planting new plants and literally getting my hands dirty. Yep, I crumble the thick garden soil with my bare hand while mixing it with compost and potting mix made of coconut coir and organic matter.

While I don’t recommend you to follow my gardening style, for me it is truly relaxing. I just make sure that I wash my hands thoroughly with soap and water.

And so, the result…

The plants on the windowsill and those that are hanging are the regular views I have while I am writing. This is another reason why I kept on gardening even though I have a semi-green (used to be brown) thumb. It’s no longer just a hobby for me, but a part of what I do to keep my work-life balance in check somehow.

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It was also during this rainy weekend that I decided to replant some dracaena cuttings from an ancient mother plant. I’ve already done a couple of replanting with the first batch of cuttings and you can see those together with the Ti plants on one of the photos above. The cuttings have already grown in one of the pots, while the recent batch are still growing steadily together with the younger Ti plants.

For now, I am content with our gardens at the back and front of our house. They may not be perfect and a few older plants have perished, but both gardens are still teeming with life.

So, what have you done lately in your own garden this past weekend?

I hope you enjoy gardening despite the weather; and no matter how busy you are, do find time in tending your garden.

Our Other Garden

We now officially have two gardens – our DIY backyard garden and a windowsill garden. I truly feel it is necessary to have this ‘other garden’ because we stopped putting curtains on our front windows and we’ve removed the blinds after that. The house we live in is along national road and dust and smoke from outside usually land inside this house.

The least I can do to fill in the gap and remove the boredom of a curtain-less window is to surround it with plants. And since our backyard has had several makeovers (relocating plants, adding some more plants species, killing a few plants but not on purpose, etc.) and the space isn’t big enough, I have relocated some of the plants to the front and made sure the dish gardens are only located at the front of the house as well.

The dilemma of buying plants when I (or my mom) cannot resist is where to put the new plant/s at the backyard garden. It has become a chaotic garden when I haven’t pruned and rearranged and relocated the plants. It is constantly a work in progress. But now it looks better –>  this update will be on my next post.

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I did not leave the windows behind. I’ve always wanted to use those green plastic soda bottles as plant containers because they look great. I ran out of green soda bottles, so I used clear plastic bottles and a broken blue drinking glass (the bottom part).

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This is the view I see from where I work at home. It’s not much, but I really enjoy looking at these plants.

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Now, let me ask you…

Have you done that ‘long-standing’ gardening project already?

It’s 2014, don’t wait another year.  =)

UPLB Garden Show

There was still a bit of a drizzle when I left home last Saturday morning. It was already the second day of the UPLB Garden Show which is currently being held at the Seniors’ Social Garden at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna. We always make it a point to go to the garden shows on the very first weekend -usually a Saturday – because the plants and flowers used on every garden/landscape design are still fresh and in their best conditions.

It was cloudy and it also rained at the university. Nevertheless, the plants did not budge and continued to show off their glorious beauty. Too bad we do not have a replacement yet for our busted digital camera, so we still resorted to using my sister’s camera phone.

Despite the technological constraints, we managed to take good pictures of the landscape designs and their featured subjects. The rain was all worth it because we enjoyed everything we saw. There weren’t as many as last March’s participating landscapers and garden designers this time, maybe because they know the rain won’t be of help during setup time and show.

Here are the best photos we took during the garden show:

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Windowsill Garden, Backyard and Front Garden Updates

This post is a bit overdue. And so does this front garden that we have right now. I’ve decided to transfer one of the plant stands, the pot with Ti plant and low Chinese bamboo, croton, green/pink aglaonema, the rectangular planter with coleus, and the welcome plant from the backyard garden in order to fulfill this project.

Right after we went to the garden show, my mind’s been poking me to accomplish the extension project of having a garden at the front of our house which is beside our roofed garage and at the back of the defunct mini store.

From the garden show, we bought maiden hair fern; two small ti plants; pink and green aglaonema; two types of colocasia; a tillandsia and a few small dish garden plants (from Del’s Garden); and Italian oregano. We wanted to buy other plants that day, but it would it be inconvenient since we’ve only commuted from the university going home. I resorted to buying a couple more from Inang’s Garden in Binan when I went there to buy a sack of garden soil. I bought a Golden Garland (Nong Nooch Vine), a White Petioled Aglaonema, and pandakaki.

Here are the plants at the ‘front garden’ together with our age-old evergreen vines:

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from left to right: pot of ti plant with Chinese bamboo; new small burgundy/brown and rainbow ti plants; maiden hair fern; Italian oregano; pink/green aglaonema from the backyard garden; pink/red/green colocasia plant

 

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from left to right: welcome plant, croton and coleus from  the backyard garden; white-petioled and pink/green aglaonema;  new pandakaki plant; angel-face colocasia

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our old evergreen plants — we trim them and just throw away the excess vines and outgrowths…but these days, I save most of them and replant in the PET bottles just like the ones below

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seedlings: marigold and cosmos (hoping these will last)

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additions to our ‘front garden’ are these cute dish garden plants — they make up the windowsill garden now which is a sub-project of the front garden project

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this golden garland or Nong Nooch vine is placed at the backyard garden because it needs more sun exposure…the tillandsia joined the older tillandsias out at the back as well

Of course, I cannot leave the backyard garden. I’ve also updated it a bit. Trimmed what needed to be trimmed. And transferred other plants at the front to free up some space. By August, the backyard garden was too overcrowded. The rainy months caused a lot of damage and unsightly overgrowth and legginess to some of the plants. The coleuses had to be trimmed down, even though we have no choice. The constant trimming also hurts the plants’ appearance and health, but we had no option, or else their stems will give up and topple the rest of the upper parts. As much as I want to maintain more coleuses, we refrained from purchasing when we went to the garden show. We just had to do our best to maintain whatever we have at the moment.

With the reduction of one of the plant stands, the backyard garden became more spacious. We had to keep it that way for now since it seems to help the plants as well. The two taller and older ti plants were relocated beside the wall and at the back of one of the plant stands. It gave the backyard garden a better appearance, in my opinion.

Here’s the backyard garden now:

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Now, my main concern is if the seedlings I’ve planted will grow and be alive until maturity. I am known to have a brown thumb when it comes to growing plants from seeds. My next update would include the plight of the seedlings. I’m keeping my fingers crossed… again.