Have You Been Wondering How to Grow a Mini Herb Garden?

If you want to grow your mini herb garden but do not feel like you have enough room, think again! Herbs are easy to grow indoors and out and add a refreshing and more refined touch to almost any dish. Indoor herb gardening is ideal for people who like to cook and who like to be able to use fresh herbs all year round. If you would like to try indoor herb gardening you should carefully select the type of herbs that are best suited to your home and eating preferences.

For beginning gardeners, the best way to learn about starting your mini herb gardening is by starting with familiar plants, and then branch out to others once you get good at it. To help the learning process, try starting with a basic herb garden using any of the familiar herbs below. The first step to successful herb gardening is deciding on the site. Size depends on the variety of herbs you wish to cultivate. For individual plants in a container herb garden , pots should be at least 6 inches in diameter. Larger pots can accommodate a multiple-plant garden arrangement. When you go to transplant the herb, go one inch up in the size of the gardening container. If the plant is in a two inch pot, go to a three inch gardening container.

Herbs require an inch of water each week. They can also be fertilized, which will encourage bushy foliage; but fertilization isn’t essential. We’ll show you how to improve your soil, fertilize, and recycle soil to give your herbs the best chance at growth. We’ll show you how in four easy steps to cultivate your mini herb garden. Trimming herbs encourages them to grow bushy–and gives you the perfect excuse to cook with your freshly grown herbs! Growing your own herb garden will allow you to sample some of the other more exotic and fun herbs that are out there waiting for you.

With starting seeds, remember its germination and soil temperature rules. If you see the seedlings sprouting, check the plants’ air circulation, humidity and sunlight. Use a soil mix that’s richer than the medium used for germination. A good mix is two parts garden loam, one part coarse sand, and one part sifted peat moss. In short, herb gardening is for everybody and can be extremely rewarding.

Knowing the Right Furniture to Buy For Your Bedroom

The average person spends about 8 hours of each day sleeping. This is about 33% of their entire day. If one were to look at the hours spent in the bedroom engaging in other activities such as reading, the total amount of time spent in the bedroom on average is significantly more than 8 hours. It thus follows that you should take a considerable amount of time to carefully think through the decor and ambience of the bedroom. Nothing is more at the core of accentuating the bedroom environment than the type of bedroom furniture collections you eventually settle on.

The furniture in your bedroom is the first thing you should think about when decorating your bedroom. Everything else (such as drapes, wallpaper, etc) must be worked around the type of bedroom furniture you choose. But getting it right as far as bedroom furniture goes is more than just buying fancy looking or expensive furniture. How you arrange the furniture matters too.

So how do you choose bedroom furniture? Well, the first thing you must consider is what the purpose and size of the room is. Using the bedroom for sleeping is a given, but you might have other things in mind that you would want to factor into your bedroom decor. If you intend to watch television, then look for a television stand. If it is reading, then a reading lamp, night-stand, and/or a book shelf may not be a bad idea. The bedside lamp is ideal especially if you will be sharing the bed with a partner as this will ensure you do not have to leave the main bedroom lights on just so you can read.

The size of your bedroom will also play a strong role in the type of bedroom furniture collections you want to buy. A large bedroom allows you to go for a larger number and larger size of furniture without crowding the room. However, having a small bedroom should not necessarily hinder you from coming up with creative ways of finding and fitting furniture that will make the best use of the existing space.

When it comes to arranging the furniture, the bed must take center stage in the room. It is for this reason that many bedroom furniture collections will focus on having the bed headboard facing the door, thus allowing the bed to first grab your attention when you or anyone walks into the room.

But this does not necessarily have to be the rule – there are people that consider an arrangement with the bed in direct sight of the door as an invasion of privacy. If you are someone who thinks so, you can always place the bed somewhere else. One place you must avoid placing the bed is right below the window as this will expose you to cold (during winter months), as well as bright sunlight entering the room early every morning (at the same time, the headboard will block sunlight coming into the room and give it a drab aura).

If you opt for bedroom furniture collections which include a dresser with a built in mirror, you should place the dresser directly opposite the window. The resultant reflection will shine throughout your room and help you make maximum use of the light from the window.

How To Take Care Of Your Dance Floor

If you have an entertainment joint, you have a dance floor. For it to retain its looks for a long time you need to provide it with properly maintenance. There are many ways in which you can do it. Some of these ways include:

Watch the shoes

It will be hard to control the people getting on your floor, but it’s imperative that you be cautious of the type of shoes that people wear while dancing. To avoid damage to your unit, ask people to dance in rubbers or barefooted. For an easy time, hire a dedicated person to stay in the dancing area and ensure that no one with pointed shoes gets on the dancing area.

Clean the dancing area

Just like any other unit in your home and place of work, you should regularly clean the dance floor for it to not only look good but also last for a long time. When you clean the unit, you get rid of dirt and debris that would result to damage if left there for long. The manner in which you clean the floor depends on the type of material used in the construction.

If you have a wooden floor, you should vacuum, sweep, or dust it. You should also ensure that it’s always dry to avoid damage to the wood. At least once a week you should mop the surface with a microfiber mop head. For ideal results, avoid using soaps or detergents. You should also avoid paste waxes, silicon-based polishes, or pine based cleaners in your work.

For a vinyl floor, you should use a Ph neutral cleaner to do your work. You should avoid cleansers made from ammonia or abrasives as they will damage the floor. To complete the work fast, it’s recommended that you use an automatic floor scrubber. When cleaning, you should be cautious that the cleaning solution doesn’t seep between the floor seams.

Recoat the dance floor

Even with the best care, it’s common for the floor to get damaged. To restore its original look, you should consider recoating the dance floor. If you are doing it for the first time, you should apply the first coat after 18-24 months. For the second coat, you should apply it 12-18 months after the first coat. After this, regularly inspect the floor for damage and determine the right time to recoat it.

To increase the chances of the dancing areas to look good for a long time, ensure that it’s installed by a professional. If you have to buy it, buy from a reputable store.

Music Technology – A Brief History of the Electric Guitar

For the A2 music technology exam you are going to need to know a lot of information about the history and development of various music technologies. Below is enough information to give you all 16 marks if a relevant question comes up on the development of the electric guitar but remember your response will need to be well written.

1920s – The first attempts at an amplified instrument came in the development of electrical amplification by the radio industry.

1924 – One of the earliest innovators was Lloyd Loar, an engineer at Gibson Guitar Company. Loar developed an electric pickup for the viola and the string bass.

1928 – The first commercially advertised electric guitar, made by the Stromberg-Voisinet company which utilized a similar pickup to Loar’s, with vibrations being picked up from the soundboard.

1932 – The first electromagnet pick up which registered string vibration from the strings themselves. The first commercially successful model, the so-called “Frying Pan,” was developed and marketed by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker.

1939 – The first artist to develop a playing style unique to this instrument was Charlie Christian

1950 – Les Paul, who was already a well-known acoustic guitarist, built a guitar on a four-by-four piece of pine and nicknamed it “The Log.”

1950 – Leo Fender, a former radio repairman, introduced a mass-produced solid-body guitar

1952 – Gibson introduced a model endorsed by Les Paul himself. The solid-body guitars didn’t have the feedback problems that characterized hollow-body electric guitars, and they had greater sustain.

1950’s and 1960’s – rock stars secured Gibson and Paul’s designs, as well as Fender’s famous Stratocaster, a permanent place in American culture.

1960’s and 1970’s – The introduction of effects and more powerful amplification

Key artists include:

Jimi Hendricks – Was a prominent artist during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His use of the electric guitar included massive use of distortion and delay effects. Purple Haze is one of his most popular songs.

Jimi Paige – Lead guitarist, producer and composer for Led Zeppelin and contributed to their success in the 1970s

The Edge – Lead guitar for the band U2 (1980s) Successful albums include The Joshua Tree and War

Possible Question for the Electric Guitar:

  1. In which ways did Jimmy Hendricks use of the electric guitar affect modern popular music?
  2. Describe the development of the electric guitar from the early 1950s
  3. Describe the components that make up the inner workings of an electric guitar
  4. Describe the history and development of guitar effects and how they have influences modern popular music