Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. According to Healthline, if your body water percentage is too low it can lead to fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate. No wonder folks say you should drink several cups of water per day!
However, did you know that you can fill up your hydration requirements – not just from glasses of water – but also from the foods on your plate? Here are the best vegetables to consume to increase your daily water intake!
With a water content of 98%, lettuce has a bunch of properties to promote your health. A cup of lettuce will give you 5% of your needed folate intake, 1 gram of fiber, and ¼ cup of water. Lettuce is a great food that you should eat more of because it has a low-calorie count. Moreover, lettuce is high in vitamin K, and A. Both of these vitamins are known to keep your bones and immune system healthy. Also, the fiber provided by lettuce has many benefits including normalizing bowel movements, lowering cholesterol levels, and controlling blood sugar levels.
If you have a pond in your garden, you will know that it already has multiple benefits. From attracting wildlife to boosting the aesthetic of your outdoor space, ponds are a very popular addition. Adding a small outdoor water fountain to your pond can help to heighten these benefits, and create new ones that you may not have considered. Here are just a couple of the advantages of adding a fountain to your pond.
Did you know that installing a fountain can actually increase the quality of the water in your pond? If that water in your pond is still, micro-organisms can grow, causing the water to become stagnant. This can lead to a whole host of issues such as unwanted insects, bad odors, or water contamination. If you have fish or plants in your pond, stagnant water can have a negative effect on them, as well as being unpleasant to look at. Fountains and filters from water-garden.co.uk can help to keep the water in your pond moving, therefore decreasing the risk of it becoming stagnant and full of bad bacteria.
There are many ways to increase the value of your home, so if you are considering selling, don’t forget about your garden. Adding a fountain can help to boost your property’s value by boosting the aesthetic appeal of your backyard. Water is a huge key to adding value, with fountains, ponds, and other water features being popular additions. Water can even help to make your backyard look larger, as the surface is reflective. The many different types of fountains also mean that you can choose one that is perfect for your pond, whether this includes light features or floating fountains for larger ponds.
If you’ve followed the blog for any amount of time, you know we live in a farming town in Central Florida. While we are not farmers ourselves (well, except for my experimental garden that continues to surprise me) we are literally surrounded by farmland. If you were to come sit on my front porch with me right now, you would smell the sweet sweet aroma of strawberries from fields across the road from us, behind us, and just down the street from us. And these days you would even be able to see the pickers dashing up and down the rows of fruit, snatching up the best options from each plant. Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself not to take this life for granted; it really is amazing.
However, with the somewhat warmer weather, a bit of rain, and wide open spaces come a few issues. Mainly mice, frogs, mosquitos and ants.
Granted, the circle of life is alive and well out in these parts. The hawks and other large birds don’t let too many mice or frogs get away, and the frogs are huge fans of dining on mosquitos. However, when the mice DO get through, they come in our garage and wreak havoc. When the frogs DO get through they pile up behind the wreath on our front door and PEE everywhere. And the ANTS. Oh my word at the ants.
So we try to stay on top of our pest control around here. As soon as we notice an issue, you can find my hubby outside with his trusty sprayer, barricading our abode with his secret pest control mix. (I seriously have no idea what he puts in there.) And typically to do that he uses a small pump sprayer that he picked up at our local hardware store.
Finally you decided to become a plant parent. And we understand that looking for your first potted green is no walk in the park. That’s why you’re here. Good thing we’re close to the OG plant moms and dads from Hello Blooms who gave us a list of the best house plants for newbies like you. These species are low-maintenance plants and will probably make you want to do this endeavor full-time!
These are in no particular order so let your plant mommy instinct do its magic!
Living out in “the country” as we do, we’ve run into a great many more “pests” than we ever encountered in our previous cookie-cutter neighborhood. We expected this, of course. But we’ve had to be creative about how we control pests in our area. First and foremost, because safety is a big deal to us. We have pets and kids and we grow things that we eat, so we don’t just want to be destroying our property in order to keep the pests out.
How does it feel having pests or rodents roaming around your home? It’s not a great feeling! Some pests such as termites can cause material damage while others such as wasps can be a matter of life and death when they bite you (if you have a child who is allergic as we do).
There are many ways of controlling pests depending on the extent of infestation. The use of chemicals can come with negative effects, but the good news is that you can still use various natural approaches to control pests. Let’s explore some of the best natural approaches for pest control as we learn from pest control experts from Flanders (New Jersey):