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Caring for your Necklaces

April 10th, 2010 Posted in Gardening

Beautifying the neckline is a task performed by a sleek and attractive looking necklace. If you have to please a woman, you must think of gifting her a necklace, as this accessory pleases her the most.

If you are a lucky woman who owns many fashion necklaces but lacks the knowledge as to how to care for them, we have certain points and tips that will help you be enlightened about the right methods to care for you necklace. Take a look:

•Necklaces of gold: Though, it is proven that fashion necklaces made if gold do not tarnish easily but still it is advised to keep good care of them. If you wear these necklaces in daily wear, the shine of these necklaces gets affected by the hand creams, suntan lotions, soap, and perspiration. Whenever the gold necklaces are not in use they should be kept in safe original boxes wrapped in a soft cloth. Also, make sure that they saved alone as storing them with other material of necklaces can make them scratched and tangled. Clean your gold necklaces with a soft cloth.

•Sterling necklaces: Silver sterling necklaces are also known as designer necklaces. These necklaces are affected by the body secretions so need extra care. When it is time to clean them, use a soft cloth that will help the dirt and dust to fade away and will keep your fashion necklaces shining like forever. Don’t rub the necklaces while cleaning as it can spoil the grace and beauty, making them look scratchy. Once you rinse and clean the sterling necklaces, you can store them zip lock air-tight bag to avoid its contact with air. If your necklaces are heavy hand them over to a professional cleaner rather than performing the task on your own.

•Pearl necklaces: Same goes for pearl necklaces. Clean them after every use with a damp dry cloth and then store. You can choose to wash these necklaces with gentle soap and then leave them to get dried on a dry cloth. Never use harsh or ultrasonic chemicals on it.

•Diamond necklaces: The designer necklaces in diamond are to be cared smartly and diligently. Keep them ever shining; prefer cleaning them with gentle cleanser, and afterwards with apt dry lint-free cloth. Avoid wearing these diamond designer necklaces while exercising or gardening. Make sure that your diamonds are out of contact with chlorine bleach.

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Ragweed Allergy: Practical Tips to avoid the Allergic Reactions

April 10th, 2010 Posted in Gardening

As midsummer begins, about twenty percent of the American population catches ragweed allergy or more commonly known as hay fever. The allergies symptoms are just like allergic rhinitis. You will hear people sneezing, complaining of itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose, irritated throat, and some may have trouble sleeping. The allergic reaction also triggers asthma attack for some people.

There are some practical ways to avoid this seasonal allergy:

* Close your windows – It might be as simple as rolling up your car windows when you are on the road or at home, keeping the windows shut until the ragweed season is over. Ragweeds are all over the United States and it will be best if you lock out yourself from the ragweed pollens coming through your shutters.

* Keep track of pollen – The more you know about the problem, the better you will be able to fight it. You can monitor the amount of pollen in your region by watching the news or visiting some websites.

* Don’t go to areas where ragweed is abundant – The solution to any allergy is avoiding its cause. So if ragweed is the culprit you must avoid areas like vacant lots, the woods, roadsides, or even your own backyard. These are places where ragweed grows. If you really love the outdoors and can not resist the colors brought by summer or fall, then it might help if you wear a mask which is designed to catch allergens which might be present in the air.  It might look awkward but it saves you from the allergic reactions.

* Wash ragweed pollen away – You do not see them but the pollens that click off the seasonal allergy time bomb cling to your hair, your clothes, shoes, or other stuffs that you bring. Taking a shower or washing the clothes as soon as possible will help get rid of the pollen which ticks off the allergies symptoms.

* Cut down the ragweed – Protect yourself from ragweed allergy by cutting the ragweed which maybe present near your home or around your yard. Do not cut them by yourself. Ask someone to get rid of the ragweed for you. This way you do not have to worry when you go out to play with your kids, get the morning paper, or when you do some gardening.

* Use an air filter at home – You cannot fully seal off your home from ragweed pollen. They will get inside your house as you open the door, the garage, or the windows. The unseen invaders will cause you to have watery eyes, cough, and sneeze. There are a lot of air purifiers in the market today that you can use inside your home. They are highly efficient in filtering for particulates present in the air so you can get rid of the allergy symptoms.

* Consult a Doctor – If the practical tips above do not work for you, don’t hesitate and consult the experts. The doctor may prescribe some antihistamine drugs which can help control the hay fever problem.

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Flowers & Garden Talk

April 11th, 2009 Posted in Gardening

Flowers & Garden Talk

A simple gardening tool called a bulb planter is great for achieving a more uniform look to the blooming garden. Bulb planters can be used to easily prepare perfect looking rows of flowers. Those gardneres who prefer a more wild and freewheeling look, on the other hand, often dig a single hole and plant several bulbs in it. This approach can lead to spectacular, if somewhat unpredictable, patterns once the bulbs begin to bloom.

It is important to use a small amount of fertilizer at the bottom of each hole you dig when planting bulbs. The fertilizer should then be topped with a thin layer of soil, and the bulb carefully placed on top of the soil. It is important not to place the bulb directly on top of the fertilizer, as doing so could damage the bulb. Bulbs are always planted with the pointed end stick up and the flat, rooted side lying on top of the layer of soil. After the bulbs are in place, the rest of the hole should be filled with soil and the garden should be given a thorough watering.

Even though bulbs are among the hardiest of garden plants, there are a few important things to remember. One important technique to become familiar with is deadheading. The term deadheading should already be familiar to those gardeners who work with perennials. Deadheading is simply removing spent blooms in order to encourage more blossoms to develop. This process is important with bulb plants as well. When working with bulbs, however, it is important not to remove the leaves from the plants until the leaves have begun turning brown.

Taking care of the bulbs over the winter is important as well. In warmer climates, many bulbs can remain in the ground over winter. It is important, however, to remove tender bulbs such as dahlias, even in warmer climates. These bulbs should be stored over the winter in a cool, dry location.

Bulbs are wonderful plants for any gardener, from the newest to the most experienced. Their combination of hardiness, color and beauty make them hard to beat for any flower enthusiast.

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