Benefits of Concrete Construction

Benefits of Concrete Construction

Have you ever thought of spending a little extra on the investment of a CONCRETE home? Well, think about this… Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, etc. have demolished thousands of homes, while concrete homes remain standing after the devastation. Natural disasters that we have no control over could easily take away that roof over your head. However, with a concrete home, your investment is well protected. In essence, you get what you pay for… Spend a little more now on a concrete home that is sturdy and reliable; Save more over the lifetime of the home.

The many other benefits of concrete construction include:

Strength

 Ability to withstand hurricanes, floods, and other serious weather conditions, concrete acts as a barrier to these elements and natural disasters.

Beauty

Concrete offers design flexibility with size and shape. Large or small, round or squared, a concrete home can be designed to your liking. Also, designs can be easily stamped into concrete to create beautiful patterns.

Fire Safety

Recognized by insurance companies as being the safest form of construction when threatened by fire, concrete slows the spread of flames. In turn, it minimizes damage caused by fire and could potentially save lives.

Water Damage Prevention

Due to its solidity, concrete has a great resistance to water damage and leakage.

Insect Resistant

Insects are less likely to infest solid concrete structures, in comparison with wood-framed homes.

Quiet and Comfortable

Acting as a barrier to sound, concrete homes are quieter than wood-frame counterparts. Concrete also prevents air leakage, which keeps homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Environmentally Friendly

Ingredients of concrete (water, aggregate, and cement) are abundant in supply and take a lesser toll in their extraction than other construction materials. Processes are energy efficient with minimal waste.

Long term cost savings

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Love Your Hydroponics Garden - Add a Greenhouse

Love Your Hydroponics Garden – Add a Greenhouse

One type of gardening that promotes better yield of harvest is the greenhouse gardening option. By using hydroponic gardening you can multiply the benefits of having greenhouse gardening. A hydroponic system can double or even triple your harvest. An additional benefit of a greenhouse garden is its relative low cost. It does not require investing a ton of money because you can recycle all the materials as well as the affordable construction materials in building your greenhouse garden. Another viable option that you can pick is buying a hydroponics garden kit for your greenhouse garden. This is the best choice, particularly if you do not want to bother constructing for your first go round.

If you decide to buy a hydroponic gardening kit, you will find a boatload of varieties available. Many are simple to put together and others are a bit more ambitious… so it is better for you to become familiar with your options to get most bang for your buck. No matter what type of hydroponic greenhouse that you decide to buy, the majority of them include a water tank, plant holder, a pump, plant nutrients… either liquid or powder and some even include seeds inside their kit. The greenhouse is many times sold individually, but this kind of kit is very common as well as simple to put together. You might decide to build it yourself or, if you are a beginner in hydroponics gardening it might be better if you buy an assembled starter kit for you to familiarize yourself with all the procedures and information.

If you want to plant a crop that can produce food, it is best to start planting low, as well as easy, to maintain crops such as lettuce and spinach. For the newbie gardener, you should stay away from …

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The Organic Rose Gardener

The Organic Rose Gardener

Most gardeners today are learning everything they can about organic paths to plant care, and back-to-natural rose gardening is experiencing resurgence among rose growers. Since ancient times people all over the world have been cultivating roses, and until the past century it had always been done organically. Since man-made pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers were introduced in the 20th century, gardeners have turned their backs on natural methods of protecting and nourishing plants. Thankfully for roses and rose growers everywhere, that trend seems to be changing as a large number of growers rediscover organic plant and garden care methods, and that goes for beginning gardeners as well.

Creating and maintaining a garden organically will actually benefit not only your roses, but the flora and fauna around them as well. Roses are particular about their needs and preferences, and respond to natural cultivation procedures by living longer and flourishing. The added bonus is protecting your family, your pets and area wildlife from the harmful chemicals of man-made pesticides and fertilizers. Earth has managed to maintain its organic balance without the aid of man-made chemicals for millions of years. This natural balance gets thrown for a loop when humans decide that we can outdo nature; the natural system of animal and plant life loses its mojo, and in time becomes dependent on man-made chemicals to survive, since their inherent skills have been eradicated.

Through their roots, plants absorb the water and nutrients necessary to survive, while their leaves stay busy working with sunlight to produce energy. Natural organisms in the soil serve provide pest control, pH, and nutrients in a cycle too perfect to replicate artificially. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers snuff out the soil’s natural organisms, interfering with the productive efforts that occur between the earth and your roses. Chemicals kill off favorable …

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Reasons For Organic Gardening

If you love to garden, you may already be aware of some of the value of fresh vegetables. However, there are many advantages that you might not have considered. That’s especially true if you garden using natural, organic methods and not pesticides.

One reason that organic gardening might be right for you is that such vegetables are much healthier to eat. Vegetables bought at the store are often grown with chemicals that our bodies simply do not need. Although such foods are regulated and deemed safe by the government, why not have complete control over what you eat by growing your own?

Another good reason to grow organic foods is to save money. Yes, you’ll have to buy the seeds or plants, but you’ll have fresh vegetables each season right outside your door, or even in your house if you choose to grow them indoors. So, they’ll pay for themselves the first time you eat some and keep saving you money and time every time you eat them after that.

Another great reason to grow organic foods is that it protects the environment. If you have kids or pets or just plain like watching wildlife out the window, the last thing you want to do is poison them or the land that they play on with pesticides.

You might be wondering how you’re going to keep your plants growing without pesticides. Well, you can grow organic foods and protect them with other foods, instead. That’s because some plants will actually deter pests on their own. All you have to do is look up which plants you need to protect certain vegetables.…

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Composting With Worms at Home

Composting with wormscan be done anywhere, even at home. These soil creatures can certainly help convert your kitchen scraps and garden wastes into a hefty supply of organic resource. Imagine how much you can save the earth just by reducing your household garbage with the assistance of only Red wiggler worms or European nightcrawlers.

Organic scraps that can be converted into worm compost

Whether you choose to do some worm composting indoors or outdoors, the variety of organic materials that you can feed composting worms are plenty. You can feed these worms anything but the following: meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy. Also avoid feeding compost worms substances that will give them health complications such as citrusy products, and other salty, spicy, and oily matter. What they can eat though are fruits and vegetable peels, crushed eggshells, used coffee grounds and coffee filters, tea bags, presoaked newspaper or cardboard shreds, grass clippings, coconut coir, and dead plants.

Setting-up your worm bin with the essentials

For starters, you can use an opaque-colored plastic container, like a Rubbermaid bin for example. Make sure that you choose to use a container that can hold or store more or less 1000 red worms. You should start with this number, as you can always decide on having the worms transferred to a different composter as soon as the population grows.

Drilled holes around the worm bin are important

Your worm composter will need to be drilled with several evenly spaced holes around it, as these holes will serve two specific purposes: as ventilation holes and as drainage holes. The ventilation holes are basically punctured near the top surface. The drainage holes on the other hand are drilled by the bin’s base. Also make sure that a collector tray or container is placed underneath the …

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