If you’re still thinking of beach bonfires or overnight camping trips when you hear “fire pit,” it might be time to expand your definition. These days, homeowners and their guests are gathering around fire pits in their own yards and gardens. And, they don’t need to wait for spring and summer to enjoy them. A fire pit with a seating area helps you expand how you enjoy your property. It can give you and your sweetie a cozy place to swap dreams in front of the flames. It’s a place to throw an outdoor party in the cool months. You can use your fire pit right up into November some years, or even consider using it as a warming station during snowy play dates in early winter. A fire pit is also an outdoor structure that will improve your home’s resale value. In addition, it will help you enjoy your garden spaces more, and add interest to your landscape. Also, building one is a great DIY project for adults. So, are you sold on the idea of a home fire pit? Whether you opt for a pro’s services or go the self-help or out-of-the-box route, here are four facts to guide your fire pit selection:
Most people look forward to getting out in the garden, particularly after a few grueling months of ice and snow. However, most people lose track of time when working in the garden. As a result, it’s easy to spend too much time under the sun and in the heat. So, before you know it, you could end up with a sunburn or even heat stroke. If you love to spend lots of time in your garden, keep reading to learn some ways to protect yourself from the sun and heat while gardening.
Wear Protective Clothing from Head to ToeTo protect yourself from the sun and heat properly, start at the top with your head. If you’re upright, your head always the first to get the sun. Scalps can burn, even with hair. The hair is of particular concern whether it is long or non-existent. You can quickly overheat because of hair matted to the neck. This is important for children, as well. A hat or a light scarf can protect you from burning, as well as keep your hair up off your neck and shoulders. Choose a cover that will shade you but is not too heavy. A heavy hat or scarf can induce sweating. Choose light-colored clothing of lightweight, breathable material that will help protect your skin, as well as help you stay cooler. And don’t forget the sunscreen.
Stay HydratedIf you are fortunate enough to have a pool or get near water, that’s great. It helps your body cool down. But if you’re not, find other ways to keep your body hydrated. The top way to protect yourself from the sun and heat is to always keep water at hand. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, but you probably don’t want it hot. It’s important to keep other nutrients in your body, as well. Heat and sun can deplete electrolytes which are important to your body’s healthy functioning. Electrolytes, or the lack thereof, were why they developed Gatorade. Some foods that can boost electrolytes include bananas, watermelon, coconut water, avocados and dairy products.
Balance Your Sun Vs. Air Conditioning ExposureAir conditioning is a gift from heaven. However, your body can only regulate so much and so well. Long periods in air conditioning can be hazardous when you suddenly find yourself standing out in the sun. Those who live sedentary lifestyles or work in air-conditioned offices can go down quick. It’s one of the main causes of heat strokes. Heat strokes can happen to anyone at any age and can have lasting, life-altering results. This is important to keep in mind when entering and exiting air-conditioned vehicles, as well. Once your body has cooled, it may not be prepared for a long walk across a black parking lot, into a cool store and back out into the parking lot into a hot parked car. Again, this is particularly strenuous on children, the elderly or those with health problems. Children in car seats often lack circulation and can overheat quickly. Their little bodies are not able to adjust to the sudden temperature changes. And sadly, excessive heat can cause brain damage. So, try to choose the coolest parts of the day, either early morning or late evening to let kids go out in the garden. You don’t have to mow the lawn at three or four in the afternoon. And watering midday is bad for the plants, anyway. A dose of water early in the morning will feed your green friends and leave you guilt-free to enjoy some things indoors during peak temps.
Protect Yourself from the Sun and Heat Every DayIt’s important to get some vitamin D, exercise in the fresh air and commune with Mother Nature, but you don’t want to overheat. With the right tips, you can enjoy your yard and garden, no matter how hot it is outside. Protect yourself from the sun and heat, so you don’t have to be stuck within your four walls.
Juicing is a healthy way to lose weight, as well as add nutrients to your diet. Growing your own herbs and vegetables is not only better for you, but fun as a shared family project. Combine the two, and you can grow a “juicing garden.” A juicing garden should contain all your favorite herbs and vegetables that grow well in your part of the country. Generally, greenhouse nurseries only carry plants during their normal planting season. Plant nurseries often carry varieties that grow in your climate. For example, if you live a tropical climate, plant a grapefruit, lemon or lime tree because citrus is an important part of most juicing recipes. If you’re not sure what to plan, keep reading to learn about some beneficial plans for your juicing garden.
Summer has passed, but if you think the planting season is over, think again. In fact, autumn is a perfect planting time in the home landscape. If you desire bountiful color in the spring and summer, you should start your autumn landscaping now. Fall planting is less stressful on bulbs, flowers, shrubs and even trees as they develop a root system to support them. They are not inclined to produce flowers or foliage at this time of year, so all the energy goes to the roots. So, keep reading for some fall landscaping inspiration.