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Tips For Building And Running A Greenhouse To Be Proud Of

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

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By Gerald Mason

Building your greenhouse can be a family project, or you can get professional help to erect all or part of it.

A cement contractor built the foundation and walk for ours, and we did the rest ourselves.

Your first profit-making greenhouse can cost you as little as $200, or it can run into hundreds and even thousands.

You can build with inexpensive second-hand materials from an old dismantled greenhouse, buy all new material, build a plastic greenhouse or construct your house with completely or partially prefabricated sections.

What to Grow

Your very first year of under-glass gardening (a term that now means under-plastic, too) can show a profit, even if you are not an expert gardener. Indeed, the plants that are easiest to grow may be the very ones to click in your neighborhood.

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Wax begonias, ivy, marigolds, philodendron, petunias, coleus, and cacti can be real profit-makers. Today every city has supermarkets, dime stores, and roadside markets, and these are all potential outlets for such plants. In Minneapolis, some of the drugstores carry small plants, and there are cafes where you can buy a pretty pink begonia as well as a blue-plate luncheon.

Many new home owners know little about gardening but welcome colorful plants if they don’t cost very much, say 49 or 98 cents each. These may or may not be profitable enough for local florists, but suit to a T your kind of business.

Mail Order & The Internet

Your choice of profit-making plants may be dictated somewhat by your indoor gardening experience and the time you have spent as a hobby gardener or collector. As you gain experience your horizons will widen.

Many amateurs have learned through round robins (correspondence groups) what collector friends through the country are buyingor trying to buy. If you plan to go into the mail-order business, it would be a good idea to join one or more of these groups.

They will give you some good leads. Some garden magazines and many of the plant societies sponsor round robins. Membership in plant society round robins is free with membership.

The addresses of various plant societies will usually be found at the back of any magazine which sponsors round-robin groups. But the most complete source of addresses of all kinds of plant and garden organizations is the “Directory of American Horticulture”.

If you enjoy growing uncommon or exotic plantsthe so-called collectors’ itemsand yours is a small community where sales for these would be limited, you can solve your dilemma by carrying on a mail-order business. Doing business through the mail is not difficult. Later I will tell you about shipping restrictions and packing and how to develop a customer list for this type of business.

Without Heat

Heat is not essential for all kinds of greenhouse gardening. Although gloxinias, for instance, usually are grown in a well-heated house, a Minneapolis man has found out how to make a tidy profit from them without heat. In late February, he starts seedlings in his kitchen windows and in his basement under fluorescent lights.

When the weather warms up in late April, he moves the seedlings to an unheated pit greenhouse. By August, when the local market is just right for selling gloxinias in flower, he has quantitiesand florists clamor for them. Actually he could sell many more if he wanted to expand his little project. And this is carried on in a greenhouse, without heat, in Minnesota’s cold north country.

Another friend makes money from an unheated greenhouse by using it as a potting shed and starter room for potted roses, daylilies, and iris. She also has a heated greenhousea glassed-in extension of the south portion of the basementwhich she uses for starting seeds of tender plants.

She has found that this is also the perfect place for a few potted orchid plants whose blooms are always in demand.

There are lots of types of greenhouse to choose from. There is the low-cost (often heatless) pit greenhouse; the lean-to; the attached-to-the-dwelling greenhouse; and the free-standing greenhouse which often has a handsome exterior.

The outside design, however, no matter how beautifully executed, is of minor significance when it comes to profits. In greenhouse growing, it’s the interior that counts.

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Soap Vs. Shower Gel Vs. Bath Salts The Pros And Cons

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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By Criss White

Most people use soap by default to clean their bodies when showering, but shower gels and bath salts are two other very popular bath products. Asides from daily cleaning, these are also popular gift items that can be used for just about any event. Before choosing which to use for your daily routine or what to give out as a party favor or gift, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of using each bath product.

If soaps are part of the souvenir gifts then know that the three different kinds of bath products – soap, gel, and bath salts – may be agreeable to some and not as agreeable to others. Here are some of the pros and cons of each item:

Soap

Pros: Soap can come in bars, soap chips, and sheets. The bars can come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors, which make them great gifts for themed parties. The soap chips are great for they can be placed in cute sealed jars and beribboned. Then there are the soap sheets. These sheets can be shaped into flowers. Some are even made into roses and presented to girlfriends as a gift. They not only look like roses but they are rose scented too. Soap is very easy to store. They can be used for the bathroom, the powder room or the kitchen and are usually the least expensive bath product.

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Cons: There is some soap which can be very harsh and it is really best to find out exactly what the main ingredients are in the soap. There are some people who react strongly to lye while some can react strongly to some oils in the soap. Hypoallergenic soaps are also a tad more expensive than the ordinary ones and fancily shaped hypoallergenic soaps are harder to find. Soap is also the least glamorous bathing item when compared to gel and bath salts.

Gel

Pros: A lot of people prefer receiving gels in dispensers as gifts for they are colorful, attractive, scented and are just plain pretty. The gels are really attractive packages and there is no denying that someone who receives one will definitely use it. So far, gels are one of the more popular forms of the soaps. Since they come in a body, they are also easier to transport when traveling.

Cons: Some containers can break as most are made of thin plastic. Having one break will result in leakage. Also, some people may not like the slimy texture and it is a little harder than just running a bar of soap over your body as you have to keep pumping the gel when you need more.

Bath Salts

Pros: Everyone loves bath salts for they can be used in times when the need to relax the muscles is a must, especially after a stressful day. Soaking in a tub of warm water and bath salts will surely inspire everyone and knowing that the salts are there will make them even more grateful. Bath salts are colorful as well so they make beautiful gift items when placed in clear jars.

Cons: Bath salts needed or not, are always welcome for they are the kind of gift that could be kept for times of emergencies and knowing they are there and not having to rush out to get some is more a pro than a con. Bath salts are typically the most expensive bath product. Another downside is that they can sometimes clog the drains in your shower if the salt pieces are too big.

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