10 Fast-Growing Plants for (Almost) Instant Curb Appeal

By Jennifer Noonan for Bobvila©

Slide 1 of 11: Clematis is a hardy climbing vine that can grow up to 30 feet in just a few months. It will tolerate many soil conditions and does equally well in part or full sun. Festooned with white, purple, or pink flowers during late summer and fall, this bright beauty can spruce up any bland exterior. Available from Burpee; $18.95 per plant. Related: Goodbye Grass: 7 Inspiring Ideas for a "No Mow" Backyard

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Clematis

Clematis is a hardy climbing vine that can grow up to 30 feet in just a few months. It will tolerate many soil conditions and does equally well in part or full sun. Festooned with white, purple, or pink flowers during late summer and fall, this bright beauty can spruce up any bland exterior. 

Slide 2 of 11: A low-growing evergreen ground cover, creeping Jenny is lush with a profusion of small rounded leaves. It comes in both green and golden varieties and looks just as good filling in a planting bed as it does cascading over rocks or walls. If you're going for classic villa charm in your front yard, a smattering of these will surely do the trick. Available from Burpee; $4.95. Related: 7 Ideas to Steal from Real People’s Tiny Backyards

Creeping Jenny

A low-growing evergreen ground cover, creeping Jenny is lush with a profusion of small rounded leaves. It comes in both green and golden varieties and looks just as good filling in a planting bed as it does cascading over rocks or walls. If you’re going for classic villa charm in your front yard, a smattering of these will surely do the trick. 

Slide 3 of 11: This perennial vine boasts coral-pink flowers from mid-June through September and can scale a 10 to 15 foot trellis in one season. For a front yard that overflows with color and sweet scents—not to mention hummingbirds—don't overlook this vibrant bloom. Available on Amazon; $9.99 per plant. Related: 14 Totally Free Ways to Grow a Garden from Scratch

Coral Honeysuckle

This perennial vine boasts coral-pink flowers from mid-June through September and can scale a 10 to 15 foot trellis in one season. For a front yard that overflows with color and sweet scents—not to mention hummingbirds—don’t overlook this vibrant bloom. 

Slide 4 of 11: This rapid-growing evergreen will give you quick privacy when planted along a property line, fostering a cozy and secluded feeling. It grows three to five feet a year, is both drought- and disease-tolerant, and provides lush green foliage throughout all four seasons. Available from The Home Depot; $25. Related: The Invincible Yard: 17 Ideas for Lazy Landscaping

Thuja ‘Green Giant’

This rapid-growing evergreen will give you quick privacy when planted along a property line, fostering a cozy and secluded feeling. It grows three to five feet a year, is both drought- and disease-tolerant, and provides lush green foliage throughout all four seasons. 

Slide 5 of 11: The Cleveland pear is a fast-growing ornamental tree that blooms furiously with white flowers in springtime. It’s a front yard showstopper that will grow four feet a year, reaching 30 to 40 feet at maturity. It is both cold hardy and heat-tolerant, but requires full sun to put on its best show. Available from The Home Depot; $39. Related: Don't Make These 8 Mistakes in Your Front Yard

Cleveland Pear

The Cleveland pear is a fast-growing ornamental tree that blooms furiously with white flowers in springtime. It’s a front yard showstopper that will grow four feet a year, reaching 30 to 40 feet at maturity. It is both cold hardy and heat-tolerant, but requires full sun to put on its best show.

Slide 6 of 11: This flowering perennial is both fast-growing and long-blooming, throwing a party of blue flowers in the garden from May to July. Both deer and rabbit resistant, it attracts bees and its foliage takes on a variegated color in the fall, ensuring that your yard always offers something new to enjoy. Available from Bluestone Perennials; $12.95.  Related: 7 Projects Perfect for a Lazy Summer Day

Geranium ‘Brookside’

This flowering perennial is both fast-growing and long-blooming, throwing a party of blue flowers in the garden from May to July. Both deer and rabbit resistant, it attracts bees and its foliage takes on a variegated color in the fall, ensuring that your yard always offers something new to enjoy. 

Slide 7 of 11: This fast-growing Japanese shrub is ideal for creating a tailored hedge that perfectly outlines your property. It will grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, and its display of white flowers in the summer gives a bright boost to any facade. It tolerates shearing and shaping well, and does best in full sunlight. Available from The Home Depot; $29.10 per plant. Related: 10 No-Effort Plants for a Foolproof Landscape

Privet

This fast-growing Japanese shrub is ideal for creating a tailored hedge that perfectly outlines your property. It will grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, and its display of white flowers in the summer gives a bright boost to any facade. It tolerates shearing and shaping well, and does best in full sunlight. 

Slide 8 of 11: The colorful flowers of this fast-growing bush attract butterflies and hummingbirds all summer long, making it a power player in your front yard. Butterfly bush isn't fussy when it comes to soil or sun conditions, but it will reseed quickly; be sure to pull out new seedlings early to keep it in check. Available from Burpee; $14.95 per plant. Related: 9 Lessons Learned from Tiny Backyards

Butterfly Bush

The colorful flowers of this fast-growing bush attract butterflies and hummingbirds all summer long, making it a power player in your front yard. Butterfly bush isn’t fussy when it comes to soil or sun conditions, but it will reseed quickly; be sure to pull out new seedlings early to keep it in check. 

Slide 9 of 11: For shade in a hurry, set your sights on a hybrid poplar. The tree can grow 30 to 40 feet in three years, topping out between 50 and 70 feet. Often planted by developers around new homes, a shade tree like this can increase the value of your property by thousands of dollars. And if that isn't reason enough, its foliage turns a brilliant yellow before shedding in autumn, yielding truly charming results year-round. Available from The Arbor Day Foundation; $15.99 for one bare-root plant. Related: 10 of the Best Trees for Any Backyard

Hybrid Poplar

For shade in a hurry, set your sights on a hybrid poplar. The tree can grow 30 to 40 feet in three years, topping out between 50 and 70 feet. Often planted by developers around new homes, a shade tree like this can increase the value of your property by thousands of dollars. And if that isn’t reason enough, its foliage turns a brilliant yellow before shedding in autumn, yielding truly charming results year-round. 

Slide 10 of 11: Red twig dogwood is a fast-growing shrub that is perhaps more stunning once it loses its leaves and berries, as its bright red bark makes a beautiful counterpoint to a snowy winter landscape. If you're hoping for a bold statement, then don't skip over this showstopper. Available on Amazon; $11.99 per 4-inch pot.  Related: 10 Plants to Grow for a Pest-Proof Yard

Red Twig Dogwood

Red twig dogwood is a fast-growing shrub that is perhaps more stunning once it loses its leaves and berries, as its bright red bark makes a beautiful counterpoint to a snowy winter landscape. If you’re hoping for a bold statement, then don’t skip over this showstopper. 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/10-fast-growing-plants-for-almost-instant-curb-appeal/ss-BB17EtY2?ocid=msedgdhp

Purple Heart Day in the United States

The purple heart medal is awarded to those who were wounded or killed while serving the US military.
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The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1782 by the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington. Then known as the Badge of Military Merit, it was awarded to 3 Revolutionary soldiers in 1783.

After the end of the American War of Independence, no medals were awarded until 1932, when the medal was revived on the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington’s birth. According to a circular dated February 22, 1932, Purple Heart Medals were to be awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action on or after April 5, 1917. The United States officially joined the First World War on April 6, 1917.

1.8 Million Awarded

At current estimates about 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since then. Today, in addition to being awarded to those who fight wars overseas, the Purple Heart is also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorists.

A Symbol of Bravery

The Purple Heart is a heart shaped purple medal with a gold border. The front has a profile of George Washington, while the back has the words for military merit inscribed on it. The medal is attached to a piece of purple silk with a silver border.

Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day. Many people fly the American flags at their homes and businesses as a way to show their solidarity with the troops.

Salute!

Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/purple-heart-day

6 Tips for Watering Container Gardens

Here’s everything you need to know about watering your container garden plants to ensure they stay healthy and grow to their best potential.

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COURTESY LAURA DENT

Every garden needs water to grow, but with a container’s small amount of soil, watering is vital for plants to look their best. But don’t overdo it, either. “Proper drainage is just as important as the amount of water added to the container,” says Andrew Holsinger, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Follow these tips for watering your container plants.

Soil Type Matters

Avoid using garden soil in containers because it won’t drain properly. Look for potting mixes that include vermiculite or perlite to help with drainage. And a good balance of organic matter, such as compost, will provide the nutrients that plants need. Psst—here’s how to take your garden from good to great.

Pick the Right Container

Choose your container based on what plants you want to grow. A variety of containers will work for growing vegetables and herbs, but size does matter. Some plants such as tomatoes need more soil to accommodate the root system, so go big. If you’re reusing a container from last year, disinfect it before planting. Always select a container with drainage holes on the bottom so the plants don’t become waterlogged.

Container Materials

Pay attention to the material your container is made out of. Non-porous and porous containers will affect the soil’s moisture level. Potting mix in clay, fabric, and unglazed ceramic containers will dry out sooner than in plastic or glazed pots, so you will need to water plants frequently. Check out more container garden dos and don’ts.

How Often to Water?

Make sure you check containers daily. Most plants need to be watered when half of the moisture is gone. Don’t wait until the soil is completely dry. Use a soil moisture probe or estimate by the feel of the soil. The container will also become noticeably lighter as it dries out. Water thoroughly until you see water drain out of the bottom.

Automatic Watering Options

For busy gardeners, there are solutions available. Self-watering containers include a reservoir of water to lessen the frequency of watering. Drip irrigation provides just the right amount of water to container plants when it’s needed. Learn how to revive your potted plants.

Prevent Water Loss With Mulch

Limit how much and how often you need to water by mulching the top of a container. “Mulch is an effective tool for reducing evaporation, even in container plantings,” Holsinger says. This is why organic mulch is best.

Article by Lori Vanover for Birds & Blooms

Source: https://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/small-space-gardening/tips-for-watering-container-gardens/

OMG. I Missed it !

Yesterday was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Why was I not told of this most important day? (j/k. Every day is national chocolate chip cookie day at my house.)

In case you missed it too, I’ve got recipe’s for you to try out.

Check out this article by Tess Rose Lampert for Cheapism© featuring some of the best recipe’s ever (except for the bacon chocochip cookie. Not my thing.)

Slide 1 of 15: Chocolate chip cookies are a nearly universal joy, celebrated each year on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Aug. 4). They're also easy and cheap to make. Whether you're baking a batch of a classic family recipe or the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, absolutely no one will complain about the tasty and heartwarming result. Still, it might be time to try one of these fun, bakery-worthy versions to mix it up. Related: This Grocery Store Chocolate Chip Cookie Beat Top Brands in Our Taste Test

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Chip Off the Old

Chocolate chip cookies are a nearly universal joy, celebrated each year on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Aug. 4). They’re also easy and cheap to make. Whether you’re baking a batch of a classic family recipe or the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, absolutely no one will complain about the tasty and heartwarming result. Still, it might be time to try one of these fun, bakery-worthy versions to mix it up.

Slide 2 of 15: These indulgent cookies are an ooey, gooey twist on two family favorites. Incorporating toasted marshmallow s'mores into soft cookies is surprisingly simple and especially fitting for summer, the season for cooking s'mores over a campfire. When there's no camping trip on the calendar, a batch of s'mores cookies can be ready in less than three hours.Recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

These indulgent cookies are an ooey, gooey twist on two family favorites. Incorporating toasted marshmallow s’mores into soft cookies is surprisingly simple and especially fitting for summer, the season for cooking s’mores over a campfire. When there’s no camping trip on the calendar, a batch of s’mores cookies can be ready in less than three hours.

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Slide 3 of 15: Sprucing up regular chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&M's is an easy way to bring a classic to the next level. It's a common upgrade at the holidays, thanks to the festive look from seasonal bags of red and green candies, but it can add extra fun anytime. There's no special technique: Simply supplement the chocolate chips with M&M's. Recipe: Crunchy Creamy Sweet Related: The 20 Best Classic Cookie Recipes

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M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprucing up regular chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&M’s is an easy way to bring a classic to the next level. It’s a common upgrade at the holidays, thanks to the festive look from seasonal bags of red and green candies, but it can add extra fun anytime. There’s no special technique: Simply supplement the chocolate chips with M&M’s.

Recipe: Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Slide 4 of 15: Chocoholics unsatisfied with just a few morsels will gobble up this cookie, which takes a good thing and makes it better — by adding more chocolate. This recipe has a 4.5 rating (out of 5) from thousands of reviews, with 80% of users giving it top marks.Recipe: Allrecipes

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocoholics unsatisfied with just a few morsels will gobble up this cookie, which takes a good thing and makes it better — by adding more chocolate. This recipe has a 4.5 rating (out of 5) from thousands of reviews, with 80% of users giving it top marks.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 5 of 15: Adding visual appeal to a dish can greatly enhance its enjoyment, which is part of the idea behind these cookies infused with three kinds of chocolate chips: white, milk, and dark. The different chips also create richly layered flavor.Recipe: Allrecipes

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adding visual appeal to a dish can greatly enhance its enjoyment, which is part of the idea behind these cookies infused with three kinds of chocolate chips: white, milk, and dark. The different chips also create richly layered flavor.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 6 of 15: Using bacon in sweets is a trend that has thankfully stuck around. The interplay of the umami-rich and salty bacon offsets the sweet chocolate, making all the flavors pop. These piggy cookies are sure to be a welcome cap to barbecues and other savory meals.Recipe: Serious Eats

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (?)

Using bacon in sweets is a trend that has thankfully stuck around. The interplay of the umami-rich and salty bacon offsets the sweet chocolate, making all the flavors pop. These piggy cookies are sure to be a welcome cap to barbecues and other savory meals.

Recipe: Serious Eats

(OK, Maybe you’ll like it.)

Slide 8 of 15: Cookie cakes — really just giant, communal cookies — are fun for celebrations and make a big impression using the same inexpensive ingredients and without being much more complicated than a batch of traditional cookies. A specialized pan is required to pull off a cookie shape, though. Recipe: PopSugar Related: 17 Scrumptious Cake Recipes for Chocoholics

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Cookie cakes — really just giant, communal cookies — are fun for celebrations and make a big impression using the same inexpensive ingredients and without being much more complicated than a batch of traditional cookies. A specialized pan is required to pull off a cookie shape, though.

Recipe: PopSugar

Slide 10 of 15: Chocolate and coconut have had a long love affair. Adding coconut flakes to the classic goodie is an easy way to lend richness and decadence. One reviewer reminds bakers to store the cookies in tins to retain crispness, rather than let them soften by putting them in Tupperware. Recipe: Allrecipes Related: 20 Essential Baking Tools That Every Aspiring Pastry Chef Needs

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate and coconut have had a long love affair. Adding coconut flakes to the classic goodie is an easy way to lend richness and decadence. One reviewer reminds bakers to store the cookies in tins to retain crispness, rather than let them soften by putting them in Tupperware.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 11 of 15: Caramel lovers will rejoice at the way soft, creamy, buttery caramel enhances a tender chocolate chip cookie. The main trick is inserting a caramel candy inside each cookie-dough ball before baking, but there are a few other details that make this recipe diverge from conventional chocolate chip cookie making. Recipe: Chef Savvy

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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel lovers will rejoice at the way soft, creamy, buttery caramel enhances a tender chocolate chip cookie. The main trick is inserting a caramel candy inside each cookie-dough ball before baking, but there are a few other details that make this recipe diverge from conventional chocolate chip cookie making. 

Recipe: Chef Savvy

For more recipe’s like Expresso, Salted, Nutty, and Oatmeal, just click below. As for me, I need to find a cold glass of milk and try some of these goodies.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/fun-recipes-for-national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day/ss-BB17y9Am?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

This ‘4-7-8’ Breathing Technique Will Help You Fall Asleep Faster

By Philip Ellis  for Men’sHealth

a man lying on a bed: Doctor Jo, a YouTuber and doctor of physical therapy, demonstrates how the '4-7-8' breathing technique can help you fall asleep more quickly.© Kevin C Moore – Getty Images Doctor Jo, a YouTuber and doctor of physical therapy, demonstrates how the ‘4-7-8’ breathing technique can help you fall asleep more quickly.

There are few things as frustrating as being unable to fall asleep, especially if you have a big day ahead and need your rest. In a recent YouTube video, Doctor Jo, a licensed physical therapist and doctor of physical therapy, demonstrated a simple breathing exercise that she recommends to clients, claiming it can help you drift off nice and quickly, rather than spending hours in bed, staring at the ceiling or counting sheep.

She calls it the ‘4-7-8’ technique, and it consists of inhaling for 4 seconds, holding that breath for 7 seconds, and then exhaling for 8 seconds.

“When you’re breathing in, you’re just going to breathe in gently and normally through your nose, then you’re going to hold that 7 seconds,” she explains. “Then when you breathe out, you’re going to purse your lips and kind of make like a whooshing sound as you breathe out, so it’s a pretty forceful breath for that 8 seconds, and sometimes you might not make it to the 8 seconds, but the more you do, you’ll eventually be able to get there.”

Jo advises lying down on your back while doing this exercise, even if you usually sleep on your side, in order to get its full benefits.

“Starting out doing it, you’ll probably only want to do 2 to 4 repetitions, but eventually you’ll work your way up to maybe 8,” she says. “When you’re doing this at first, it might be hard to get that pattern down, but eventually it really does help you fall asleep quicker. It takes some practice the first few times, keep working at it, make sure you’re safe and comfortable doing it.”

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/fitness/this-4-7-8-breathing-technique-will-help-you-fall-asleep-faster/ar-BB17BnN1?ocid=msedgntp

August Journaling Prompts

August can be the most miserable time of the year what with excessive heat and humidity. There’s a name for this time of year: The Dog Days of Summer. Not even a dog wants to do outside in August. But, we writers are happy as clams inside because we have some prompts to challenge our writing creativity. Who doesn’t mind a challenge if it helps us better know ourselves also. I hope you enjoy it and personally learn something about yourself from your writing.

Download this August journaling prompts printable and stick it in your BUJO for summer writing inspiration! #bulletjournal #journal #journalprompts

Source: https://justbrightideas.com/august-journaling-prompts/

10 Tips for Soundproofing Your Home Office

By Glenda Taylor for ©Bobvila

Sound Effects

Sound waves carry through air and, to a lesser extent, through certain types of construction materials, such as metal and wood. While good construction practices will reduce sound transfer, they won’t completely eliminate it. The solution to a noisy room is to incorporate sound-dampening objects and materials, which will help absorb sound waves and keep them from becoming irritating or overwhelming.

Slide 2 of 11: Hollow-core doors are found in many of today’s homes because they’re affordable, but sounds easily pass through these doors. If you have a hollow-core office door, consider swapping it for a solid wood door that will provide a better sound-absorbing barrier to block noise that originates on the other side.  Related: 9 Top Tips for Blocking Out Noisy Neighbors

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Switch to a Solid Door

Hollow-core doors are found in many of today’s homes because they’re affordable, but sounds easily pass through these doors. If you have a hollow-core office door, consider swapping it for a solid wood door that will provide a better sound-absorbing barrier to block noise that originates on the other side.

Slide 3 of 11: In addition to swapping out a hollow-core door with a solid one, you’ll get better noise reduction if you seal the space under the door with a sweep such as the Suptikes Soundproof Under Door Seal (available from Amazon). This will dampen the sound that sneaks under the door. You can further reduce sound transfer by installing weatherstripping around the sides and the top of the door.

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Install a Door Sweep

In addition to swapping out a hollow-core door with a solid one, you’ll get better noise reduction if you seal the space under the door with a sweep such as the Suptikes Soundproof Under Door Seal (available from Amazon). This will dampen the sound that sneaks under the door. You can further reduce sound transfer by installing weatherstripping around the sides and the top of the door.

Slide 4 of 11: A well-built wall offers moderate sound reduction, but if it has holes, such as gaps that are commonly found around outlets or ducts, you’ll be more likely to hear sounds that originate on the other side of the wall. By sealing the holes with all-purpose caulk, you can reduce the amount of sound that enters your office.  Related: 10 Fast Fixes for Annoying House Noises

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Seal Wall Holes

A well-built wall offers moderate sound reduction, but if it has holes, such as gaps that are commonly found around outlets or ducts, you’ll be more likely to hear sounds that originate on the other side of the wall. By sealing the holes with all-purpose caulk, you can reduce the amount of sound that enters your office. 

Slide 5 of 11: One of the best ways to damper excess noise is to install acoustic panels on one or more of walls in your home office. Bare walls create an echo chamber, but by installing sound-absorbing panels, such as these ADW Acoustic Panels (available from Amazon), you can update the look of your office while reducing the noise level in the room.

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Install Acoustic Panels

One of the best ways to damper excess noise is to install acoustic panels on one or more of walls in your home office. Bare walls create an echo chamber, but by installing sound-absorbing panels, such as these ADW Acoustic Panels (available from Amazon), you can update the look of your office while reducing the noise level in the room.

Slide 6 of 11: Sound waves bounce around in rooms with hard flooring, such as tile or laminate, but you don’t have to install wall-to-wall carpeting to get some soothing sound relief…just add some rugs. One or more area or throw rugs—the thicker and softer, the better—will absorb harsh noises and prevent a resounding effect so you can concentrate on getting some work done. Related: 12 Reasons Hardwood Floors Might Not Be Right for Your Home

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Add Rugs

Sound waves bounce around in rooms with hard flooring, such as tile or laminate, but you don’t have to install wall-to-wall carpeting to get some soothing sound relief…just add some rugs. One or more area or throw rugs—the thicker and softer, the better—will absorb harsh noises and prevent a resounding effect so you can concentrate on getting some work done.

Slide 7 of 11: Just as insulation offers noise-reduction, so will hanging a quilt or an ornamental rug on a wall in your home office reduce sound transfer into the office from the other side of the wall. The thicker the item, the more sound-absorbing ability it will offer. Think creatively with this one, a snuggly baby blanket or even a crib comforter can make a big difference in reducing unwanted noise.

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Soft Wall Hangings

Just as insulation offers noise-reduction, so will hanging a quilt or an ornamental rug on a wall in your home office reduce sound transfer into the office from the other side of the wall. The thicker the item, the more sound-absorbing ability it will offer. Think creatively with this one, a snuggly baby blanket or even a crib comforter can make a big difference in reducing unwanted noise.

Slide 8 of 11: Get rid of hard wooden chairs and bring in a padded desk chair and an overstuffed chair or loveseat (if you have the room) to further reduce annoying noises. While you’re at it, dress up your office furniture with a couple of soft pillows for added sound absorption.  Related: 7 Simple Soundproofing Solutions for Your Bedroom

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Opt for Upholstery

Get rid of hard wooden chairs and bring in a padded desk chair and an overstuffed chair or loveseat (if you have the room) to further reduce annoying noises. While you’re at it, dress up your office furniture with a couple of soft pillows for added sound absorption.

Slide 9 of 11: If your home office is tucked away in a basement, sounds from overhead are likely the biggest noise culprit. For permanent noise reduction, consider installing a drop ceiling and fill the space between the old ceiling and the new dropped panels with high-density insulation, which will create an instantly quieter office.

Noise-Proof the Ceiling

If your home office is tucked away in a basement, sounds from overhead are likely the biggest noise culprit. For permanent noise reduction, consider installing a drop ceiling and fill the space between the old ceiling and the new dropped panels with high-density insulation, which will create an instantly quieter office.

Slide 10 of 11: Having an office with a window that looks out on a busy street, can be a major source of unwanted noise, especially if the window is an older single-pane model. If it’s in the budget, consider replacing the old window with a newer double- or triple-pane unit, and hang thick draperies or install interior window shutters to block even more sound.

Soften Window Noise

Having an office with a window that looks out on a busy street, can be a major source of unwanted noise, especially if the window is an older single-pane model. If it’s in the budget, consider replacing the old window with a newer double- or triple-pane unit, and hang thick draperies or install interior window shutters to block even more sound.

Slide 11 of 11: If you’ve taken the previous steps to reduce noise but you still find yourself being distracted by sounds, consider investing in a white noise machine, such as the Homedics White Noise Machine (available from Amazon). Unlike erratic noises caused by cars driving by or planes overhead, a white noise machine emits a continuous soft stream of soothing sound, such as falling rain or the surf breaking on the beach, which helps you tune out unwanted sounds in your environment.

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Consider a White Noise Machine

If you’ve taken the previous steps to reduce noise but you still find yourself being distracted by sounds, consider investing in a white noise machine, such as the Homedics White Noise Machine (available from Amazon). Unlike erratic noises caused by cars driving by or planes overhead, a white noise machine emits a continuous soft stream of soothing sound, such as falling rain or the surf breaking on the beach, which helps you tune out unwanted sounds in your environment.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/10-tips-for-soundproofing-your-home-office/ss-BB17r4Jf?ocid=msedgntp#image=11

Gardening jobs for August

Find out which jobs you should be doing in the garden in August, including watering, harvesting and sowing winter crops.

By BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

August can be a busy time in the garden – there’s lots of harvesting to do, including crops such as runner beans, potatoes and raspberries.

If you can’t eat all of your crops at once, you can preserve them in a variety of ways.

Depending on the weather, you may be doing lots of watering. You might be going on holiday, and will need to prepare for time away from your plot.

Here are some gardening jobs for August.

Harvesting

Lots of crops can be harvested in August, including carrots, runner beans, beetroot, globe artichokes, cucumbers, courgettes, and second early potatoes; maincrops may be ready from the end of the month. You can also harvest onions and shallots – leave them to dry in a sunny spot before storing.

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Prune trained apples and pears

Some fruit trees can be pruned in summer, including plums, to avoid the development of silver-leaf disease. Trained apples and pears can be pruned in summer, as can spur-fruiting, established apple trees. Find out how to prune apple trees in summer.

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Watch out for pests and diseases

Watch out for flea beetle on brassicas and related plants such as Swiss chard and rocket. The tiny holes they create don’t affect the vigor of established plants but make the leaves less appealing to eat – cover plants with fleece. Also look out for blossom end rot on tomatoes, which is caused by irregular watering.

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Sow crops

You can still sow lots of crops in August, for harvests into autumn and beyond. They include lettuce (keep out of the glare of direct sun), rocket, spring onion, radish plus winter salads, including mibuna, mizuna, mustard leaf and lamb’s lettuce.

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Cut back summer-fruiting raspberries

Once they have fruited, the canes of summer-fruiting raspberries can be cut down to the ground. Read our guide to pruning summer-fruiting raspberries.

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Prepare for a holiday

Going on holiday? Give the plot a thorough soaking before you go, and harvest as many crops as you can, even if they’re small. If you can, get a friend or neighbor to water for you while you’re away. Read our guide to summer watering to let them know what to prioritize.

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Source: https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/allotment-jobs-for-august/