Growing from seedlings

When instead of planting your own seeds. You can easily buy them from grocery stores during late spring. Here, you are trying to avoid the errors in the seed to seedling transition such as not thinning out plants properly. Thus, it is best to begin by skipping that complicated task.


Picking the wrong varieties to begin with

It terms of the varieties, try to grow fresh basil first. That variety can be the perfect trainer herb. Its advantage is it grows quickly and you are able to observe the effects of your care more easily. Another factor that you can observe is that basil leaves withered visibly when not watered sufficiently. This will help you determine how much water is needed for this variety.


Improper watering method

Remember that herbs need a moderate amount of water every day. For some delicate herbs, the requirement is a moderate and regular watering especially during hot summer months.


Using tired soil to grow your herbs

You can easily identify a tired soil if it looks grey and depressing. Of course, you don’t want your herb to grow in that type of soil. The good type of soil is a combination of potting soil, used coffee grounds, and organic compost. You can also add crushed egg shells or a diluted solution of Miracle to help your herbs flourish.


Lack of or no trimming at all

Basil is an ideal variety to practice pruning. You can cut just above a set of growing leaves. With basil, the originally trimmed stem will no longer grow if you cut it that way. But there will be two new stems that will grow around the original cutting and it creates a V shape. However, see to it that you also leave a few good sturdy leaves on the plant. Meanwhile, if you don’t cut it regularly, it will continue to grow straight up. As a result, it becomes too tall and top-heavy. As the herb continues to grow, also do pruning for approximately every 3-4". You may let it grow for a while and then trim again for about 2-3 inches of the original cut.

you are just new to growing fresh herbs, it is recommended that you grow from seedlings



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If you are planning to sell your home during the summer months, there are a number of things that you have to consider. Take note of the following tips in order to prepare your home for the housing market:


  1. Be diligent about mowing the lawn. During summer, usually the grass grows quicker. Thus, it’s important to maintain your lawn frequently. Maybe, you can mow it twice a week if needed. You don’t want to discourage any interested home buyer with an unkempt lawn.
  2. Set the right scene outside. It is advisable to give your home’s exterior a major redecoration. You can plant a few colorful flowers and trim the bushes as well. You may also consider repainting the shutters. Such improvements are important during the summer since the buyers will spend a lot of their time outdoors.
  3. Don’t forget the backyard! While summer is a great time to spend time with the family outdoors, we can attract home buyers by setting the scene for them. You can have the lawn furniture already arranged for example or setup a vignette of plates and a pitcher of water on the backyard table.
  4. Remove as Many Personal Belongings as Possible. Home buyers will assume that they inhabit the property. With this, have your space opened up and ensure that there are no any references to personal belongings. You may rent a storage unit and try to remove the things from your house as much as possible.
  5. Let there be light. When you are selling a house during summer, you have an advantage of having a large amount of natural light. Try to open your curtains to make the most of it. With this, your house will be more warm and inviting. It will look larger as well.
  6. Make sure your windows are crystal clear. When you open up your curtains, make sure that your windows are clean. You can even hire a professional that will clean your windows. You will realize that it makes a huge difference.
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If you are planning to have painting projects during winter, it should be assigned to take on the interior of your house since the cold temperatures and moisture makes the exterior nearly impossible to work on. But there are some things that you should keep in mind when painting the interior of your home during the colder weather. Here are the following tips to consider:


Painting during this season affects your budget

If you decide to do the painting job during the year’s coldest months, remember that it may affect your budget to spend more. In this season, you have to keep your windows open while doing the painting job in order to let the fumes dissipate and if you let your heater turned on, it will significantly increase your energy costs.


Faster drying times

Winter season also means that the paint dries faster. Aside from the cooler weather, the lack of humidity in the air also adds up to the facto why the paint dries quickly. The best thing you could do is to start your project early enough during the colder season. With that, you can get it done without incurring significant amount for the heating bills.


You can paint anytime of the day

If you are doing an exterior paint job, you are only limited to do it during daytime. That’s not the case with interior painting projects. You can do it during night time as well. By working on it continuously anytime of the day, you can get the job done within a few days as compared to an exterior job that would take longer.


Repainting your interior is good for your home and mind

The winter season may have a depressing nature. For some individuals, it is a gloomy season. Some experts recommend that adding a splash of color to your home can be beneficial for your mind. You may repaint your ceiling or you can just create an accent wall. Aside from refreshing your house, it can also brighten up the spirits of the homeowners as the daylight hours are shorter.


Painting the interior of your house can be done by yourself. However, for your convenience and if you have more budget, hiring an experienced professional would be a great option. These professionals have the ability as well as the resources to help you with any house painting project especially during the winter season when it is more challenging to do it.

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  • To prepare painting a typical room, some of the things you might need are spackle, fine grit sandpaper, putty knife, and a damp lint-free rag. A paintable caulk and wood putty might also be needed if you will be working on the trim.
  • The actual tools you will need are paint, a tool to open the paint can, stir stick, angled paint brush, small bowl (since painting straight from the can is not recommended), roller, roller cover, roller tray, and a roller extension pole (for high ceilings). You can also have painter’s tape and a drop cloth in order to protect the floor.
  • 5-in-1 tool for various purposes.
  • Good quality brushes.
  • Good quality roller cover.


  • If you find a paint color that you like from a particular brand, a paint store can match it for you in whatever brand you like.
  • When choosing paint, select the one that is appropriate for the room and application.
  • Whether to use oil or latex, latex which is a water-based paint is mostly preferred as it dries quickly, has less fumes, and cleans up with water.
  • If you are concerned about paint fumes, you can opt for low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint.


  • Here’s a rule that can help you when choosing a paint color: ‘do not pick a color and then ask for a half-strength or lighter version of it.’ Instead, choose a lighter color if you think the one you are considering will be too dark.
  • With regards to the color of your ceiling, it does not need to be white. For instance, if the wall color isn’t too dark, you can use it for the ceiling too.
  • It is better to try a few colors out before buying a gallon. Take note that most paint companies are offering sample sizes now.



  • First, clear the room from any mess or materials that can obstruct your painting job. Then, prepare all of your supplies and tools needed, and lay out your drop cloth.
  • If required, scrape off those loose paints.
  • If there are nails from the wall, remove it. Also spackle those holes or imperfections.
  • The walls and trim must also be cleaned if you think it is needed. With a damp cloth, clean the baseboards, windows, and doorways.
  • Caulk along the trim.
  • If you prefer using painter’s tape, tape off the room.




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Moe Pourtaghi

"Nothing brings me more joy than seeing my buyers & sellers have success in their Real Estate endeavours. I hope you find the articles on my blog inspiring and educating in your ventures." - Moe Pourtaghi

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