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French drain and Drainage pipe slope - how to grade. The Best Stuff for Your Home Office Photos. Urban Harvest - GARDENING ADVICE. Cultivating successful gardeners.

Urban Harvest - GARDENING ADVICE

From choosing the right variety of tomato to controlling pests, the knowledge Urban Harvest staff and volunteers have accumulated over the years can benefit area growers and improve harvests. We offer advice in a variety of ways. Gardening classes are offered year-round on an extensive list of topics. Books, including Dr. Bob Randall's Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston, are available at our offices. [Subjects are updated periodically based on new information and timeliness.] Articles on plants that help increase garden production. Articles on composting and vermicomposting. Articles on successful fruit varieties for the Houston area and general information. Articles on bed building, fertilization, planting and other basics.

Blueberries. A second key to success is soil.

Blueberries

Blueberries demand soil quite different from that enjoyed by most other garden plants. For blueberries to thrive, the soil must be well aerated, moist, very high in humus, and—most important of all—very acidic. These conditions are not, however, difficult to create. Start by doing a soil test, then acidifying it, if necessary to a pH of between 4 and 5.5 by mixing in sulfur, a natural mineral, the season before you plant your blueberries. The amount to use depends on your soil's initial pH and your soil's texture, and ranges from one to seven pounds per hundred square feet. Related: 3 Fruits To Grow in Pots Proper Planting Now you're ready to plant. Right after planting, spread a three-inch layer of organic mulch over the ground. Once the plants are settled into their new home, give them a thorough watering.

Pruning + Feeding Your blueberries won't need any pruning at all for their first three years. Related: Black + Blue Berry Galette. How to Grow Lavender in Zone 9. DIY How to build a French Drain. How to drain surface water in your yard or property. Bathroom Design - Choose Floor Plan & Bath Remodeling Materials. If your plan is to turn a master bath into a spa-like retreat, but the mere mention of money brings on an outbreak of hives, take heart.

Bathroom Design - Choose Floor Plan & Bath Remodeling Materials

Figuring out the financials for a bathroom remodel doesn't have to be a stressful experience. We've outlined the steps you need to take to keep your finances in line. Run the Numbers The national average cost for an upscale bathroom remodel is roughly $26,052, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2005 Cost vs. Value report but how much a homeowner actually spends will vary. Next, look at how many more years will be spent in the home. Consider what a remodeled bath will do to a home's value, and then compare that figure to prices of other homes in the neighborhood. What to Add — And Cut If the budget needs a trim, the first things to cut are the extras — little luxuries that would be nice, but aren't essential to the room's function like a towel warmer or a steam shower.

9 Tax Breaks Every First-Time Homebuyer Must Know. Americans' wallets are in much better shape since the Great Recession.

9 Tax Breaks Every First-Time Homebuyer Must Know

And with higher pay and steadier job security, tax breaks for homeowners can make the prospect of buying a home attractive. "Tax-wise, this is a good time to buy," said Yvette Best of tax preparation company Best Services Unlimited. "Homeownership offers tax breaks that renters do not have. " For new homeowners, a house is an asset that can lower their tax liability. First-time homebuyers should be aware of the housing tax deductions and credits that can save them thousands and offset the cost of ownership. 1. "The way that loan amortization works, your first payments will have the highest ratio of interest to principal so you will receive the majority of the tax benefit upfront," said Andrew Christakos, an accredited investment fiduciary with Westfield Wealth Management.

A homeowner will need to file an itemized tax return to claim the mortgage interest payment deduction. Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool.