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The multi-colored and heat tolerant Lantanas

Lantana, locally known as Kantutay or scientifically known as Lantana camara, is a hardy and persistent floriferous shrub.  It can thrive in hot and sunny areas, without much cultural concern, almost spreading and growing like weeds.  The plant usually grows to a woody shrub almost 2 feet tall.  It belongs to the Verbenaceae plant family and is native to the American tropics. Flowers form in small clusters, which are often comprised of individual flowers that start out one color and mature to another, giving each cluster a multicolored effect.  It is like a miniature Santan but with a much brighter and more colorful effect.  Some flowers are single color, while others could be two to three color combinations.  Butterflies adore the newly opened florets, making Lantana a favorite and a leading …

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Garden cautious during rainy season

When it rains it pours. During this season, we always complain about how it makes laundry day a challenge, outside activities nearly impossible and how the rain ruins our schedule. But it’s not only us who suffer when it’s pouring. The plants who give out oxygen also do. Going back to our Science class basics, plants need the right amount of sunlight, water, and soil. But with the rainy season coming to us, they need extra attention to survive. Shifting our focus from us to them, here are 8 ways on how to care for your indoor and outdoor plants during the rainy season.   • SUNLIGHT Sunlight is important for plants to manufacture their food thru photosynthesis. Without the proper amount of sunlight, plants will die. Give your indoor plants proper sunlight by …

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Health begins at home

Maintain cleanliness. Disinfect and dust off all sources of germs and viruses in every corner of your house. Attention should be given to areas where shoes are taken off when you come home, where your laundry is done, and where meals are prepared. Regularly replace your dish sponge, clean your bathrooms, and cover all water containers.   Good hygiene for all. Remind everyone of the importance of keeping your hands clean at home. Wash them thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating, playing outside, and using the bathroom help prevent germs from spreading. Please wash like you mean it. Keep towels close so family members can dry their hands. Regularly change hand towels as well. Have hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in your car and in areas of the house that …

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Fresh and clean kitchen

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But a homemaker is made to be tough and could take on any challenge – especially if it involves this territory. In between ingredients preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning, the kitchen is subjected to a mixture of odors and aromas. The challenge therefore is on how a homemaker is able to keep the kitchen smelling fresh and clean. Listed are 8 practical tips on how to make it happen. GARBAGE DISPOSAL Maintain a clean kitchen by having a good garbage disposal. Dispose the trash bag at night and wash the trash bin after. Allow for the trash bin to have an overnight drying and put a new trash bag in the morning. This good habit will lessen ants, …

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The decorative and nutritional value of mulberries

One interesting fruit tree is the mulberry. It can be trained as a bonsai, or grown as an ornamental tree.   Mulberries, which is commonly known as Morus nigra or Morus indica, depending on the species,  is a popular plant provinces with multiple yet not well practiced uses.  The genus Morus comprises about 10-16 species of deciduous trees, usually growing wild and also under cultivation both in the temperate and tropical regions.  The tree belongs to the plant family Moraceae.  Mulberries are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely exceed 10–15 m (33–49 ft) tall, making it a small to medium sized tree. Economically, the tree is commonly grown to produce leaves which are usually fed to silk worms for the manufacture of silk threads.  The mulberry is a popular …

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Make ready for rain

And then there was rain! The downpours certainly bring a welcome relief from this summer’s extreme heat. The weather change also signals adjustments we all have to make. It’s time to bring out umbrellas and jackets. We account for rain to delay our regular commute. Along with preparations for the upcoming school year, this is also the time to act on the pre-rainy season tasks we must attend to at home. A thorough check of its structure and your list of essentials is a must.  To avoid really spending what you have saved for a rainy day, we are listing reminders for homeowners. Check these items off your list to guarantee y   • Attend to much-needed structural repairs. Have a specialist check on the condition of your roof, ceiling, walls, and gutter. …

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Herculaneum Uncovered

As its name clearly reveals, Herculaneum's origins are associated with the mythical figure of the demigod Hercules. Recent historical research has led scholars to attribute an Etruscan origin to Herculaneum, just as with Pompeii. Subsequent events in the two ancient cities were, generally speaking, parallel, up until the conclusion of the war and occupation by the Roman army under Silla, between 89 and 80 BC. Before Imperial occupation, the town had to be equipped with major defense systems. Many parts of these walls and ramparts are still visible today, encompassed by the homes built over the passage of time. When Imperial Rome consolidated its power in the area, Herculaneum (much like Pompeii) became a popular residential area thanks in part to the splendid climate and privileged panoramic location in the Gulf …

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Is your place Airbnb-ready?

Thinking of augmenting your income by renting out your room – or even house – to travelers? These days, booking hotels is no longer the default arrangement for transients, as a growing number is opting for non-traditional lodgings via trusted sites such as Airbnb. The San Francisco-based business founded in 2008 has transformed the traveling experience of many. Through the site, anyone can book an apartment (or even a castle) in over 34,000 cities and 191 countries. With a few clicks, clients can view a place, read reviews, and select which price point is friendliest for them. A cursory search of Manila on its site should be enough to convince anyone to be an Airbnb host. Using the tool that provides an estimate of how much one could earn by offering …

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Hip Kitchen Appliances

Have you ever wondered how a culinary chef is able to make masterful creations? Aside from his culinary degree, an army of chef in his command and years of experience, he’s also getting a little help from kitchen appliances. But it’s not just any ordinary tools; these are powerful, innovative and smart kitchenware that will help ease the process of food preparation. You probably noticed how the contestants in Top Chef rely heavily to these tools. Since it’s expensive to eat out on restaurants, it would be economical to purchase these kitchen appliances so that you can serve restaurant-quality dishes at home. Check out the innovative kitchenware that everyone in the family will enjoy: Keurig KOLD When we speak of Keurig, we usually refer to hot chocolate, coffee, tea, espresso and their other …

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Growing the Fire Orchids

Fire Orchids or Renantheras are beautiful and highly collectable plants because of their intense red flowers. In breeding bright red conventional and inter-generic vandaceous hybrids, Renanthera species are used as parent plants. They are ideal orchids used as accent plants in garden shows. The genus Renanthera was named by Juan Loereiro in 1790 in the Flora Cochinchinensis, and the generic name came from the Latin word "ren" meaning kidney and the Greek word "anthera" or anther. It refers to the kidney-shaped anther of species. Renanthera coccinea Lour was the type species used for this brightly colored genus. Worldwide, the genus has about 15 species, mostly found in China, India, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Borneo, New Guinea and the Philippines. There are four species found in our country, 3 of …

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