Source: Mother Earth News

By: M.E.A. McNeil

If you’d like to benefit your garden and community and offer a treat to your taste buds, consider trying your hand at natural beekeeping in your own backyard. As honeybees gather pollen and nectar to make 50 pounds or more of pure, wild honey per hive, they pollinate crops nearby — and up to four miles away. This pollination is essential for good yields for some flowering crops. Best of all, honeybees require only simple management once the hives are up and running. Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, says that keeping bees takes “more effort than for your cat, but less than your dog.”


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Source: HGTV

By: Barbara Jacobs

Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The "buzz" about color is usually called "color psychology." But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between "color and our moods," as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

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Build Your Own Pond

May 11
Category | General Advice

Source: Popular Mechanics

By: Joseph Truini

If you've always wanted a backyard pond, you're not alone. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners already have them and thousands more are installing them every year. Why all the fuss over a water-filled hole? Well, for one thing, gurgling waterfalls are inherently appealing. Also, with the growing popularity of "water gardening," many people look at their ponds as an interesting, ongoing project.

But before you can start stocking aquatic plants and animals, such as fish, frogs, tadpoles and snails, you need the pond itself--and a source for supplies and equipment.

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How to Build a Porch Swing

May 10
Category | General Advice

Source: The Family Handyman

Enjoy the gentle sway of a porch swing on a summer night. With these clear how-to instructions and photos, you can build a classic porch swing in a weekend.

Swing design

The smooth, gentle glide of this porch swing will keep you daydreaming for hours. In fact, you may lose your ambition for good!

The swing's simple cuts and no-hassle glue and screw assembly techniques make it a great first-time woodworking project. You can build it in a weekend for a few hundred dollars.

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Source: Huffington Post

By: Tracy Shaffer

Shopping for your dream house can be stressful. If you’ve been house hunting in a hot market, your stress has most likely been compounded by the multiple offer situation. You look long and hard to find a home that fits your needs, wants and desires, you submit your offer and find you’re competing against 10 other buyers. On-in-ten chance you lose. The reality is, you have to fall in love with a house to consider writing on it and when that love goes unrequited, you need the stamina to pick yourself up, get back in the car and start the search all over again. Sounds like dating, doesn’t it?

And just like dating, things don’t always work out.

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