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5 Things to Know about Aquaponics

5 Things to Know about Aquaponics

According to Google, roughly 50,000 searches are conducted per month for the term “aquaponics.” Despite all of these searches, there are still millions of people who have never heard of it or, even if they have, could not tell you what it involves. Aquanponics is a fairly new and quickly growing form of sustainable gardening. The more people learn about the ins and outs of it, the more likely they are to want to get involved.

“Most people that we introduce to the concept of aquaponics are intrigued, and many want to get started with their own garden,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source, and author of the book “Aquaponics Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “This is a form of gardening that is going to continue to grow in popularity because it simply makes sense.”

What’s Hot in Outdoor Living This Fall

What’s Hot in Outdoor Living This Fall

 

As summer winds down and the days begin to cool off, hot new trends in outdoor living for the fall and winter are heating up.  As autumn quickly approaches, the majority of Americans begin to shut down their outdoor living space in preparation for the cooler months. However, there are several minor improvements that can make a big difference in turning your outdoor living space into a lavish retreat that can be enjoyed all year long.

“Many homeowners are interested in utilizing the convenience of their outdoor living space during the colder months. With simple changes, like adding heat and lighting, the colder and darker days of winter no longer have to seem so dreary,” says Bob Dallas, CEO of UltraOutdoors.com, a company specializing in connecting homeowners with manufacturers, contractors and designers to help them create the perfect outdoor living space that can be enjoyed year-round.

5 Tips for Finding the Best Outdoor Living Contractor for Your Home

5 Tips for Finding the Best Outdoor Living Contractor for Your Home

 

Home improvement is big business. In fact, according to an Echo Research survey on behalf of American Express, roughly 72 percent of surveyed homeowners plan to undertake a home improvement project this year. Many of those people plan to make improvements to their landscape and outdoor living space and until now finding the right contractor has not always been an easy task for homeowners.

“How well your project is going to turn out largely comes down to the company you hire to do the work,” explains Bob Dallas, the chief executive officer at UltraOutdoors.com. “Take the time to make sure you are hiring a good designer and contractor that does quality work, and you will be happy with the outcome. Plus, it will add to the value of your home.”

UltraOutdoors.com Launches Largest Outdoor Living Site

UltraOutdoors.com Launches Largest Outdoor Living Site

UltraOutdoors.com has launched their comprehensive site to bring everything in outdoor living under one roof. The site features over 100,000 pages and over 150,000 listings, making it the largest “outdoor living” site worldwide. Created to highlight the growing outdoor-living market, it offers ideas, inspiration, and quality sources for contracting work. Currently, the site covers 65 major metro areas within the U.S. and in Canada, with more being added.

“Increasingly people want to find ideas and quality contractors to transform their landscape or yard into a great outdoor living space,” explains Bob Dallas, the chief executive officer at UltraOutdoors.com. “That’s the idea behind the site. It helps people do exactly that. They can find everything they need in one place.”

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES - PLANT A TREE, GET $10 UTILITY CREDIT

Is Sourwood, Red Maple or Green Ash under your Christmas tree this year? City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works has a gift idea that keeps on giving for years to come----trees. More than 40 tree species have been selected as part of the national Tree Power Program to help beautify the Manassas community, increase home value and improve air quality. Ten dollars will be credited to customers’ utility accounts for each tree that is planted and approved by the Manassas City Horticulturist. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The National Tree Power Program is part of a nationwide public power program to help improve the environment and reduce energy costs. Trees help improve air quality, provide shade in the summer and help break the wind in winter. The program is offered all year. Customers can pick up a Tree Power brochure with a validation card attached and a full list of approved trees.

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

One thing that most people can agree upon is that autumn is the perfect time for soup. Millions of people around the country eat soup in the fall, whether they make it at home or eat it while dining out. Those making soup at home are often in search of the perfect way to make theirs taste every bit as good as those they eat while dining out. With some attention paid to detail, they too can have amazing fall soups.

“People are often intimidated when it comes to making tasty soups, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it may seem,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Great tasting soups are within reach for everyone to make. It may just take a few extra steps to make it happen.”

Here are 5 tips for making amazing fall soups:

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Attendees enjoyed Praline Bakery & Bistro sweets, Black Elk wine and light bites in the beautiful Italian kitchen and bath showroom.

Jessica Waters, assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Society at American University, along with her husband Doug Ward, held a fundraiser for the Children's Law Center (CLC), www.childrenslawcenter.org, at Boffi Georgetownwww.boffigeorgetown.com, 3320 M St. NW in Cady's Alley on Saturday evening, November 3rd.