Want to pick up gardening tips? Here are some podcasts, online newsletters to check out

Gardeners often like to talk about their favorite pastime, but these days, folks might find themselves digging in the dirt alone. Still, planters and growers can smile when tips and tidbits about gardening land in their email inbox or make their way through their earbuds.  



a bird perched on a tree branch: Know how to prune live oaks to protect the trees and promote growth. Removing branches all the way to the source is best.


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Know how to prune live oaks to protect the trees and promote growth. Removing branches all the way to the source is best.

From selecting fertilizer to cutting back perennials to growing orchids, gardening e-newsletters and podcasts often cover an array of topics. For those who sign up, newsletters can be received regularly from various gardening organizations, publications, nurseries and others. 

Podcasts likewise are created by numerous sources, from home gardeners to professionals. Podcasts run anywhere from just a few minutes to much longer. They are available through a variety of platforms or on many of these programs’ websites. These programs can be informative and occasionally entertaining. As a bonus, gardeners can enjoy relating to kindred spirits. 

Here’s a sampling of what’s available for plant lovers who are eager to read up, listen up or both: 

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac” (almanac.com): Many people recognize the long-lasting, familiar “The Old

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Millennials Use Online Real Estate Investing To Earn $100k Passive Income

The real estate industry has come out as a winner in 2020 with a stable bullish trend that is likely to continue. While some say that another housing bubble awaits us, the Urban Land Institute’s latest report mentions that the real estate sector is expected to observe peak land appreciation in 2022 with single-family rentals leading the way.

According to the American Modern Insurance Group, over 64 million millennials dream of becoming a homeowner someday, . Given that 56{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of millennials are in debt and behind on retirement savings, the high-capital entry into real estate investing stands in the way of their long-standing dreams.

For ages now, real estate has been controlled by elites. 90{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of millionaires created wealth by owning properties, but the times are changing. Fintechs have made it possible to remotely invest in real estate that generates passive income from day one. Before delving into how you can buy a house outright with your credit card, let’s talk about what you should invest your money in and why.

Why Own a Single-Family Rental?

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Data from the Wall Street Journal estimates that there are over 16 million single-family rental homes in the US. The

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After online house hunt, dated kitchen gets a major remodel

Between the arrival of COVID-19 and the long distance nature of Erin and Aaron Sorrell’s move from Alaska to Houston, house hunting was going to be tricky.

Technology came in handy when the Sorrells could have video calls with their Realtor and, later, a contractor and interior designer to evaluate the needs and wants for the next home for their family of five.

Through video calls, they could talk about their future home and ways to make it their own so the couple could feel more comfortable buying a home they hadn’t set foot in.

Erin and Aaron were high school sweethearts who grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and moved to Alaska for jobs with BP, settling in Eagle River, north of Anchorage.

They were expecting the adventure to last a few years, but they and their three children fell in love with the place, its winter sports, hiking and fishing. When BP sold its Alaskan property to Hilcorp in 2019, the Sorrells had two choices: find new jobs or move with BP to another city.

They chose to stay with BP and in January 2020 settled on a move to Houston. An online house hunting search began

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Leading Online Interior Design Service, Havenly Announces the Addition of Tina Sharkey to Its Board of Directors

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021–

Havenly, the popular online interior design service that makes decorating simple, convenient, and affordable, is pleased to announce that celebrated entrepreneur Tina Sharkey has joined the company’s board of directors. The announcement comes on the heels of a record setting year for the brand, which saw an increased demand for its services as the importance of the home was elevated and technology’s integral role in the future of interior design was emphasized. The addition of Tina Sharkey to Havenly’s board comes as the Denver-based technology company enters its next chapter, seeking to continue further democratizing interior design while simultaneously expanding its footprint in the home category.

“There has never been a more important time to help everybody transform their home into a space that they truly love,” notes Tina Sharkey. “I’ve always been passionate about design and self-expression, so I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Board of Directors to support Lee and the rest of her leadership team as they execute and scale with speed and discipline to meet the fast-growing demand for their products and services. Havenly is building the next great home brand, curating a community of decor enthusiasts connecting them to

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These Are the Best Online Interior Design Services for Every Need and Budget

Online interior design services are a great option if you’re looking to redesign your home or start fresh in a new place, but you don’t necessarily have the time or the budget to hire a designer on your own. But, how do you choose the service that’s right for you, when there are so many—and more popping up all the time, it seems—to choose from? Whether you want to work with a celebrity designer, just need a quick virtual consultation, or want to go through product cards and samples IRL, there’s a service for you. To help you choose, here’s everything you need to know about some of the more popular online design services out there.

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Right for you if… You want to work with a high-profile designer on a budget.

Pricing: $299 per room for the Classic package, which includes working with an up-and-coming designer; $599 per room for the Elite package, which includes working with a seasoned designer; and $1,299 per room for the Celebrity package, which, of

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Virtually gardening: Green thumbs pivot their community online

As Jennifer Carlson logged into her computer on a sunny morning in January, she was itching to do some gardening — or at the least, learn about gardening and commune with like-minded folks. But, like so many events from pre-COVID times, such in-person lectures and meetings were out of reach.

Carlson, 47, a professional assistant in the biology department at Suffolk County Community College, remembered the palpable energy at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s annual Spring Gardening School, long held at Riverhead Middle School. She attended twice, and as a master gardener, volunteered to chair the raffle committee. “There are so many people that are passionate about gardening on Long Island and have so many areas of expertise,” she said. “It was exciting to spend time with them.”

At the in-person events, Carlson perused educational exhibits and plant clinics, browsed the plant sale and ate a boxed lunch in the school’s cafeteria while enjoying camaraderie with friends, new and old. “A big highlight was the Koppert Cress demonstration,” she said, recalling the tasting table set up by the Dutch-inspired grower of naturally aromatic microgreens with greenhouses in Riverhead and Cutchogue. “They had one that made you salivate,

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Extension office to offer free online gardening courses from Feb. 3 to March 11

Lance Ellis, EastIdahoNews.com columnist

ST. ANTHONY — The University of Idaho extension campus announced they are bringing a taste of spring to the cold winter months with free online gardening classes offered every Wednesday and Thursday from Feb. 3 to March 11.

Participants can register online to learn about everything from backyard greenhouse design to basic vegetable gardening methods to successful composting methods.

“These classes are for everyone and anyone, all levels of gardening experience,” said University of Idaho extension educator, and EastIdahoNews.com columnist Lance Ellis. “I have found with our housing boom over the last five years that there are a lot of people from out of state who are trying to garden, but are struggling and not having the success that they would like. These classes would be great for them as well as a seasoned gardener.”

For those only able to attend one or two classes, the free registration and flexible schedule provides an adaptable learning experience.

“Participants sign up just once and that allows them to attend any of the gardening classes they want, even if they change their minds at the last minute,” Ellis said. “Obviously, if they don’t want to attend some of the

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OKC homebuilders will bring ideas back ‘from’ the International Builders Show, as usual, even though it’s online this year, which is not

“To see firsthand the latest in building science and design has allowed us to bring those concepts back to Oklahoma and share with our customers. We are looking forward to the event but also looking forward to the day we can all begin meeting and attending these great conferences in person.”

The virtual format for product exhibition will have ups and downs, said Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

“The pro will be able to go at your own pace and be very selective of what you want to see,” he said. “A big con is that anything online allows one to try and multitask and miss some things. A couple of other cons is missing the interaction with the vendors and maybe stumbling across that one product that catches your eye.”

Means said an “unexpected positive” will be “touching base with folks you might miss if you are wandering around a gigantic showroom. Of course the negative is not being able to socialize in a normal human fashion.”

There probably isn’t any complaining about the online conventions. The National Association of Home Builders, which presents the International Builders Show, and National Kitchen & Bath

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Pick up gardening tips in podcasts, online newsletters

Gardeners often like to talk about their favorite pastime, but these days, folks might find themselves digging in the dirt alone. Still, planters and growers can smile when tips and tidbits about gardening land in their email inbox or make their way through their earbuds.  



a bird perched on a tree branch: Know how to prune live oaks to protect the trees and promote growth. Removing branches all the way to the source is best.


© Contributed by Daphne Richards
Know how to prune live oaks to protect the trees and promote growth. Removing branches all the way to the source is best.

From selecting fertilizer to cutting back perennials to growing orchids, gardening e-newsletters and podcasts often cover an array of topics. For those who sign up, newsletters can be received regularly from various gardening organizations, publications, nurseries and others. 

Podcasts likewise are created by numerous sources, from home gardeners to professionals. Podcasts run anywhere from just a few minutes to much longer. They are available through a variety of platforms or on many of these programs’ websites. These programs can be informative and occasionally entertaining. As a bonus, gardeners can enjoy relating to kindred spirits. 

Here’s a sampling of what’s available for plant lovers who are eager to read up, listen up or both: 

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac” (almanac.com): Many people recognize the long-lasting, familiar “The Old

Read More

Fort Plain NY Real Estate Online Reputation Agency Lead Generation Launched

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McWel Media of Fort Plain NY-based launches its digital marketing services for agents and brokers. It uses market positioning and hyper-local ads to help clients generate more leads.

Fort Plain, NY-based McWel Media announces the launch of its digital marketing and online reputation service for real estate agents and brokers. This offering aims to help them garner wider exposure online so they can generate more leads and increase sales.

More information about McWel Media is available via https://mcwelmedia.clientcabin.com

This offering allows real estate professionals to take advantage of the booming real estate industry. McWel Media notes that the current pandemic has prompted this trend, as people look for bigger homes that are more conducive to working and studying at home.

Given health and safety concerns, however, the marketing agency notes that most people today begin their home purchase process online, underscoring the need for effective digital marketing. In fact, studies show that 90{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of would-be buyers look at listings online first before ever contacting an agent.

McWel Media uses an integrated approach with the goal of boosting an agent or

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