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Home & Garden
by Gardengates
10 years ago
Cool weather gardening in the chaparral

Chaparral gardens are usually found in inland areas where there is very low humidity, lots of sun and high summer temperatures. Most chaparral areas -- whether found in California, the four corner states, Texas, Australia, Europe or any other area -- experience relatively warm temperatures even in the winter....

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Building a Barbecue Area

Plan out your barbecue area so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Cold Weather Travel Checklist

Are you ready to hit the road on a cold winter day? Make sure your car is ready, too.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Design Seating into the Landscape

 

 

Seating in the landscape can entice you to actually USE your garden. Even a bland landscape suddenly looks more inviting when you place a rustic bench in the shade or a decorative table with chairs on the patio. A...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Planting California native plants in the winter

California native Zaushnaria (Epilobium) blooms in early winter: Phot by Jane Gates Although some experts recommend planting California natives in the autumn, there are an equal number of experts who feel the winter is the best planting time rather than allowing for vulnerable growth started in the last...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Create a live butterfly garden



Monarch butterfly on milkweed (Photo by GardenGates)
There are a number of plants that attract butterflies to their nectar or are a food source for the caterpillars. Planting some of these plants will encourage butterflies to visit your garden. Both the type...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Build an Outdoor Fire Pit in the Backyard

Have fun with a backyard fire pit. Here are some suggestions on how to build one.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Guide to Drip Irrigation Systems

Tips on putting together a successful drip irrigation system in your garden

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
11 years ago
The art of surviving a cat flea shampoo


Cat sketch copyright: Jane Gates
Cats do not need regular bathing like we do. They have wonderfully adapted tongues and usually enjoy keeping themselves properly groomed without human interference.
Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary to bathe a cat, especially for medical or flea treatments. This requires bravery...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
What about Acai berry cleanse, detox and weight loss?

Acai berry courtesy of Sensational.com
The latest fashion in dieting and nutritional health centers around the acai berry. Like most diet fads, this one is advertised as a miracle cure. To sort some facts from fiction on this emotional subject, here are a few basic...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
Recycled Glass Countertops


Move aside granite and Corian. Back off tiling and wood slabs. A new countertop surface is moving in to kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor barbecue areas and even living rooms. And this one is ecologically friendly. Be on the lookout for recycled glass countertops.

This...

Health
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Is Dizziness Anxiety, TMJ or BPPV?

Dealing with dizziness and vertigo

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Landscape Design: Using Natural Stone and Rock

Stone and rock are practical and beautiful materials to use in a garden design.

Technology
by Gardengates
11 years ago
How to Buy the Best Rated Snow Tires

Time for snow tires....


Whether you are looking for the best snow blower or the best tires for your car, you want to make the snowy winter season as comfortable and safe as you can. Your life depends on the tires on your car so when snow and ice...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Cyclamen Plants: Grow Them Indoors or Outdoors

Cyclamen photo courtesy of Desislava Vasileva The Cyclamen is a highly decorative, winter-blooming plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors if you live where winters are mild. These plants are smothered with heart-shaped green leaves traced with lacy designs. As if that isn't enough, the Cyclamen...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Organic Tomato Gardening with a Difference

Grow your own tomatoes with a twist!

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Build a garden retreat

With all the demands and stresses of everyday living, your garden can help you stay healthy by providing you with an at-home place to unwind. Since you are probably paying taxes on your land anyway, you might just as well make your backyard into something that pays...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
The best way to avoid puppy behavior problems

Avoid puppy behavior problems with socialization
The best way to avoid puppy behavior problems – that will later grow into full-grown dog behavior problems – is to socialize your puppy from the very start. It is best to start socializing your pup at the earliest age possible....

Technology
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Find the Best Electric Blanket for the Best Price




You can keep warm in the winter by spending a lot of money on heating your whole home at night, focusing your warmth in a localized area with a good space heater, or really concentrating warmth on a good night's sleep with an efficient electric blanket. Electric blankets can keep...

Health
by Gardengates
8 years ago
Do I need a Dental Implant or a Bridge?

What's the best way to handle losing a tooth?

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