Make a Garden, Build a Fence, Fix the Roof, Too – Just Read This Home and Garden Book Review

It seems more and more men are forgetting all the things our ancestors knew, simple things like building a home, doing plumbing, putting on a roof, making a garden, building a fence or installing a pool. But why do you suppose this is? Well, it’s because they don’t have too, once they make enough money to have a home, they just buy one, leaving all the work to someone else. This is good and bad. Good for the home builder companies, but unfortunate that America is losing these skill sets.

Of course, it really doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn how to do all these things, even if you’ve never been involved in doing it yourself. How so you ask? Well, why not by a book that has everything you need to know in it, with step-by-step instructions that even a sixth grader can comprehend. Let me recommend just such a book to you:

“The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia – Everything You Need to Know for Home Maintenance, Home Improvement and Up keeping Your House” by Larry Eisinger (1963).

The editor of this book Larry Eisinger has put together a fabulous collection of how to articles, with complete instructions, all of which are fully illustrated. Want to build a garden on a part of your property that is on an incline? No problem, build a terrace system, steps, fill it in with the right soil, even drip irrigation. How about new solar panels so that you can harvest the Sun’s energy and be a green energy consumer, again, no problem, it is easier than you think.

In fact, just about anything you wish to do from building shelves for the garage or facilities for your dog (a dog house) they are all in this book. Everything you need from tools to hardware all included. You need to buy this book and you’ll save thousands of dollars doing it yourself too. Think on this.

Home and Garden Ambiance With Decorative Water Fountains

There’s really nothing more peaceful than the sound of water running in a sparkling brook. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live where we can enjoy such sounds. Therefore, a lot of people are choosing to create this serene ambiance in their yards or right in their homes themselves. To do this, they are using decorative water fountains. These delightful additions to your home or garden come in many beautiful designs, sizes, and colors and are sure to enhance the beauty of any decor.

Many of the outdoor decorative water fountains are in the form of bird baths. After all, what bird isn’t going to want a little splash in whatever kind of water you provide? One of the greatest things about many of these outdoor fountains is that they require no additional plumbing. Each unit contains an internal pump that re-circulates the water over and over again. Some of are very heavy, so you should keep in mind that when you order one, you’re going to need help moving it into position. You can find lighter-weight fountains made of resin or fiberglass, but it you want a lovely marble or metal fountain it’s going to have some weight to it.

For a fountain within your home, you can choose from either table-top fountains or wall mounted ones. Both kinds are delightful and will provide your family with hours of peaceful viewing. There’s just something calming about watching and listening to water. Table top fountains come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and decorator styles. For example, you can find an exotic Japanese water fountain that incorporates motifs such as Buddhas and bamboo. In addition, you can find contemporary styles, country designs, and nostalgic fountains. There are so many different styles available that there’s bound to be something that will blend well into any decor.

Wall-mount decorative water fountains are a joy for people who don’t have a lot of extra space. Equipped with re-circulating fountain water pumps, they hang on your wall wherever you have the space, indoors or out. Some of these wall fountains are designed to give you a historical look with “carved” lion heads and guardian angels. Other models are sleeker and more contemporary and look like boxes with sheets of water coming down in a soothing continuous motion. Whatever style you’re looking for, you’re certain to find a decorative water fountain that will become a treasured conversation piece in your home or yard.

Seven Teak Chairs and Furniture Pieces For Your Home and Garden

In the world of wooden teak furniture, chairs are key. You want to select something that coordinates well with the rest of the room. You want something with a natural look that will not be out of style in a couple of years. You want something that will deliver on comfort and cost. The problem is not in the fact that you have to look far to find teak furniture choices that fit your tastes and ideals. The problem is there are simply too many options to make for an easy decision.

To help you narrow down the selection process, here are seven great teak chairs for your home or garden.

Sahara Chair

The Sahara Chair, a teak furniture piece with four strong legs and a solid antique brown finish, is a great piece for your indoor or outdoor dining area. No matter where you grill, you can always enjoy your food with support and comfort.

Veracruz Chair

The Veracruz is one of the best teak chairs for the pool or the beach. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver, comfortable on your skin, and with its unfinished look, striking to the eye. It is without doubt a classy way of getting a tan or drying out after a soak.

Prada Stackable Chair

The Prada Stackable Chair is a piece of teak furniture that gives you all the comfort and mobility of other teak chairs. In addition to this, it will also save you space, as you can easily stack one atop the other for increased storage and capacity.

Port Smuth Bar Chair

Not all teak furniture pieces have to stay outdoors. The Port Smuth Bar Chair can look good anywhere, but is especially appealing when pressed up to the bar. Enjoy drinks and conversation over low music and good company with Port Smuth.

Dakar Chair

The Dakar Chair has a classic unfinished look that will give your kitchen a great look for guests and daily use. It is one of the best teak furniture pieces that you can buy for the money, time, and placement.

Alaska Arm Chair

The Alaska Arm Chair looks perfect sitting on the edge of a pier or fishing dock, where you can go at your own pace and reel in the big one, or check out the latest edition of National Geographic. This piece of teak furniture also carries with it the beautiful unfinished look that draws the envy of your fellow fishermen.

Campania Chair

The Campania Chair is one of the best teak chairs for your dining room. A full set of the sturdy antique brown Campania will have your guests in awe of the style and comfort you have chosen to add elegance and grace to your dinner parties.

Your choice in teak chairs makes all the difference when setting up the look of your home or garden. Make sure you choose wisely by picking something that is both pleasing to you and inviting to your guests.

Home and Garden – A Magical Place

Do you have a special tree in your backyard? One that is big enough to sit under? Perhaps big enough to sit under with several of your friends? We have a Chinese elm on our property that we have taken care of over the years. This particular type of tree is notorious for limbs breaking off over the winter and, for city dwellers, is considered a nuisance tree because of the falling branches, seeds and invasive roots. But for those of us that live in the country, the peculiarities of this particular species are easily overlooked. Especially now that we have cleaned up the branches and all the surrounding area and made it into a favorite party spot – not only our favorite but the favorite of our friends and family as well! Depending on where you live, it might be an oak, maple, sycamore or a hundred other varieties. There is nothing quite like a tree to add privacy, value and comfort to your home garden or patio.

After treating our sacred Chinese Elm with the dignity it deserves (the clean-up), each year we string rope lights throughout its canopy. We like to think that the particular way in which we string them up is reminiscent of the Greek ferries that make their way throughout the Greek Isles, that trip being one of our favorites! Our guests are mesmerized by the effect as well. The lighting is just right. Not too bright but just bright enough that everyone can see each other and easily navigate around the site. There is a string of lights over the buffet table, another extending over the bar and strategically placed lights over the tables. Add a campfire to this scene and it’s just about perfect. Plenty of light and warmth plus just enough smoke to keep the mosquitoes away. In this setting, no one is in a hurry to run off because it’s “too dark” or there are “too many bugs.”

Because we live in the country, you might be thinking that the campfire is easy for us to do but that you can’t do that because you live in town or in the suburbs. Not so! A self-contained fire ring or fire pit, either of the wood variety or powered by gas, will allow you to achieve the same effect. One of these units will allow you to safely and easily integrate fire into your backyard patio or garden experience. We have had people of all ages sit around our campfire. It’s amazing how the conversation changes. Old, childhood memories of past camping experiences come flooding back, people wax philosophical about life in general and children are always fascinated by a fire. Sitting by a fire and staring into it just has a way of making us all more reflective and relaxed. It’s kind of like looking back into the origins of the universe… See what I mean?!

Now, to really put the finishing touches on your magical garden or patio experience, add the sound of falling water. Bringing the symphony of water into your space rounds out the experience of being surrounded by Nature. A fountain allows you the sensation of a river or waterfall without leaving your backyard. Sitting next to a fire with the sound of water gently falling in the background soothes the soul and transports one to that feeling of inter-connectedness that we can miss as we work to meet our busy schedules and take care of all the demands of our modern society. A fountain can be a simple, table top affair or it can be a centerpiece of your garden. Combining all of these elements into your backyard garden under your favorite tree(s) makes for a truly “magical” experience!