Herb Gardening For the Urban Cultivator

When we think of starting a garden, the first location to plant that come to mind is the great out doors, usually in a back yard a small plot of land close to where we live. Surprisingly, gardens can also be cultivated indoors in pots or containers of various sizes. Window boxes or hanging baskets provide an excellent place to grow herbs indoors. Growing herbs in this way is just as comfortable as growing them in an outdoor garden.

The same requirements are needed for growing an indoor garden as is for an outdoor garden.

When you get right down to it, all plants need three basic requirements to grow successfully; and they are sunlight, soil and water. Herbs are no different. Sunlight is important to growing any kind of plant, not withstanding herbs, whether they are grown indoors or in an outside garden. When growing herbs indoors, whether in your kitchen or other room, you should place them in a south or west facing window to get the best type of sunlight. Reasonably, various types of herbs will require different lighting, but, for the most part, the sunny location is needed by all. Many home growers make up for the lack of sunlight in their homes by supplementing the source of light with “grow lamps” or fluorescent lamps. This is a must for the city dweller, growing an indoor garden. When planting herbs indoors, you also need soil that is a well drained, but not too rich, to grow in. Blend two parts of sterilized potting soil along with one part coarse sand or perlite for herbs grown in containers. Also, you will need an inch of gravel at the bottom of each pot to make sure the plant has ample drainage. Growing indoors, in pots, also can be supplemented with one teaspoon or 5 milligrams of lime per 5-inch pot to make certain the soil is sweet enough for the herbs. Herbs grown in pots, or “potted” herbs need water as well. Misting the plants with sprayers and moistening the pebbles will assist in keeping the crop in good humid conditions. Herbs grown in containers, will need to have more water then the same type herbs that are grown in an outdoor garden, however, it is important to avoid getting their roots drenched or soggy.

You will find all herbs can be grown in containers, making it convenient to do your gardening indoors or outdoors, like with anything else, some herbs do better then others. An herb that needs to be contained is mint, or it will overtake the garden. It is over all fairly easy to take care of an indoor herb garden. Growing herbs indoors keep the herbs ready and within reach anytime you want them for cooking. With these tips, you will be able to maintain your herbs and ensure a healthy garden whether you choose to plant your herb garden indoors or out. It is recommended you include also periodic light feeding and repot yearly for optimum health of your herbs. Also, don’t forget to replant annuals each year and take perennials outdoors when needed. Use your herbs as much as you like as well as harvest them from time to time. It is no secret, pruning plants promotes new growth. The same also applies to herbs. Use your herbs in your recipes, store them for future use and remember to give some away to friends.

The Urban Style – The Style of Choice for Men in 2011

Lets face it, the last few years in men’s fashion have been somewhat of a roller coaster to say the least. With the year of 2010 behind us we can start to look back at the similarities and differences of the previous years and notice some distinct trends that have evolved. While in the early part of the 2000’s men had somewhat of a conservative viewpoint on fashion and stuck to mainly the essentials. Some men even considered wearing a polo t-shirt and a nice pair of jeans dressing up, however around 2004-2005 something started to change. Men started to become more attentive to their style and appearance and many started to wear items like an expensive pair of jeans with buttons on the pockets, which were probably similar to the same pair that they vowed they would never wear just a year before.

As men began to purchase and wear more expensive and colorful clothing, some designers might have made a mistake in pushing the fashion a little too much on an uncommitted and new audience. With designers like Ed Hardy coming out with outrageous designs that were not doubt masculine, many believe that they might have pushed to envelope a bit. It is important to remember that this trend actually hit right before we experience the financial bubble being popped and being thrown into one of the toughest times economically, the $80 t-shirt just did not seem to be as appealing as it did earlier.

Due to multiple factors men’s style and fashion seems to have slightly started slipping back into a more conservative style the last two years and with the economy recently at one of the lowest spots in the last decade it is only understandable that men have found a wiser and better place for their money.

The good news is that the economy is on the rise and although men are already beginning to purchase nicer clothes and accessories as that money is becoming more available. While every man has it in himself the desire to stand out and feel attractive many do not like to do so in a flaunting way and have no desire to draw a ton of attention to them, especially by the way they dress. There is one thing that is for sure, a more conservative style compared to 2007-08 and a more stylish appearance than the early 2000’s is here. Welcome to the modern and urban style.

The urban style is more of a professional and conservative approach, but that does not mean that it is plain and boring. Men are switching over from the loud and proud bright colored shirts that scream look at me, to a more clean and confident look that is definitely noticeable but does not look like you are trying to prove a point. Item such as men’s shoes are heading back to a manlier and squared toed appearance. While it’s not official just yet, it might be close to the point where can finally kiss those pointed shoes that were pretty much a replica of the girls goodbye.

Without a doubt the demand for stylish and attractive men’s clothing and accessories is on the rise. One thing that is for certain is that men are starting to take charge of their appearance and style. With its masculine attributes minus all the glitter the modern and urban style is already starting to take control of the market and is now sitting on the shelves where the once ever so popular pink t-shirts resided just a couple of years ago.

Will You Benefit From The Freehold Right to Buy?

Many people assume that buying a flat means agreeing to a leasehold arrangement. In many cases this is true. It is why it is always important to read the terms of such a lease before making your purchase, because it enables you to see how long the lease has left to run.

However there is another possibility. Some flats are now coming up for sale on a freehold basis. This occurs when the current or previous owner has decided that buying a freehold on the property is a good idea – and they would be right.

If you could make a list of a similar array of flats, for sale either with a freehold or a leasehold basis – you would no doubt see that the selling price for those with the freehold attached would be higher. It is not difficult to see why this would be the case. A flat with a leasehold arrangement would decrease in price if the leasehold happened to be particularly short. A freehold however means that the freehold right to buy had been exercised and future owners would not have to worry about a lease running out.

There are many reasons why deciding to buy a freehold has become popular in the last few years. The idea of proper ownership is definitely a big plus, and owing to the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make this happen. Buying the freehold is a good decision to make if you can finance it, because it improves the selling price and makes your flat more appealing to potential future buyers. It also means you have more control over the maintenance of your home, since you will no longer have a landlord to control things.

It should not come as a surprise to learn that thousands of flats every year go through the freehold right to buy process. With many advantages to doing so you can see that flat owners are willing to go through the legal process in order to attain their right to buy. Deciding to buy a freehold gives them more security for the future, and it may provide you with more security in many different ways as well. The more you look into the idea of doing this, the more you see how much it makes sense to ensure you own your flat outright. It is definitely preferable to the alternative of leasing it, even if it is for a long time.