Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Today, “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine is one of the most popular home magazines sold. For years it has been showing people everything from how to get clutter out of a house to which plants can be grown in doors. It also has shown countless recipes and quick-fix meals. Various crafts have also been show cased.

History

This magazine actually started off under the title of “Fruit, Garden and Home” in 1922, and was published by the Meredith Corporation. This was a family and home service magazine. Then in 1924 the name was changed to “Better Homes and Gardens”. When it first hit the newsstands one could buy it for $.10 a copy. The price for a subscription for a year was only $.35

Several years later in 1930 to be exact, a cookbook under the same name of the magazine was published. Building Ideas was published as a special interest publication under “Better Homes and Gardens” in 1937.

Then in 1978 a real estate service was launched under the Better Homes and Gardens name. Also the Australian version of the magazine was published. A quilting magazine under the Better Homes and Gardens name came out in 1993 offering even more information for people on home activities.

Circulation

The latest circulation figure for this magazine is a whopping 7,688,000 people. Now that is quite a following!

Content

Since early in the publication of the magazine the content has been based on the home and its garden areas. Included in the topics for the home have even been craft ideas people can make on their own. Also various ideas on home décor have been included to help one decorate their house. Tips on planting seeds and taking care of plants are even included in one current issue of this magazine.

From a 1940’s information on how easy ironing was then to January 2010 article on how to cut down the clutter in the house among other things, this magazine strives to be of help to people. This magazine has had recipes on various items from cookies to bread puddings.

The recipes are all kitchen tested to make sure they work. This magazine has offered even a food guide in the past. It is quite a job to plan meals for a family and magazines like this one make the job much easier.

In the July 1963 issue had an article “How to Stay Young and Look Great”. It seems like the public does not change in what they need to read since many articles are written today on that same subject. In 1965 an issue came out showcasing which campers were the latest on the market.

Where to Buy

The Better Homes and Garden magazines are sold in most bookstores that carry magazines, grocery stores, drugstores, and on a home subscription basis. The subscription price today is $5.99 a year with 12 issues. That is only $.50 a piece. In stores the price is $3.99 an issue in the USA. You can also order a Better Homes And Gardens magazine subscription online.

Rehoming a Shelter Dog – Preparing Your Home and Garden Before You Bring Your New Dog Home

If you are serious about rehoming an unwanted dog, please read the following before you bring your new dog home. It will save you a lot of money and distress if you take some simple precautions. You have done the right thing by choosing a shelter dog but you have to remember the dog doesn’t know this. If its had a history of abuse or neglect or both you are going to have to prove yourself as a competent pack leader it can trust. This will take time and patience from you but it is well worth the effort.

Choose which rooms your dog will be allowed in and make sure all the family agree on this. It is OK to ban your dog from certain rooms if you are worried about dirty paw prints or any other mess. However, you will have to allow your dog in to at least one area of your home. This will help your dog settle quicker. If you leave it outside alone on its first night, it is more than likely to bark, howl and/or run away.

Make a bed for your dog from old towels or use an old one. Don’t worry about buying it a new, expensive bed at the moment. It may soil its bed or rip up the bedding from stress. Place some toys, treats and other things you think the dog will like near its bed. Normally a dog won’t soil in the area where it sleeps but stressed and unhealthy dogs may do so you might be better off letting it live in the laundry for a while.

Get a water bowl and food bowl ready. When your dog arrives home, give it some food but not a lot.

Be prepared, the dog may scratch at the door and damage it. It might try to get out or it may want to be closer to you. Fix thick cardboard to the door along the edge where it opens. This will have to be replaced and may make a mess at first but it will save the paintwork and you a lot of time and money.

A new dog may go to the toilet inside because it hasn’t been trained properly or because it wants to leave its mark. There is information at regarding toilet training which will be useful. In particular, cleaning up the mess and not making the dog more anxious which may cause it to repeat the behaviour.

Don’t leave the dog inside on its own for very long. You are only asking for trouble. I did this once and came home to find every curtain ripped and shredded. Remember your new dog may not have had much experience being inside a nice home. The best place is to leave it in a room where it can’t do a lot of damage like the laundry or bathroom, but don’t forget to remove all chewable and poisonous objects.

Check the fences then check them again. I know of a dog that jumped on the rubbish bins, the neighbour’s garage and then got itself stuck in a tree when it first arrived home. Don’t ever under-estimate how high or low a dog can get to run away. Remember, it is only running away from stress and loneliness. You have done the right thing by rehoming it but it will need some time to adjust.

If you are worried about the dog digging out, place dog proof wire along the bottom of the fence about 30cm out from the fence and about 30cm up the fence. If you are worried about the dog jumping over the fence, place a piece of string 1/3 of the way down the fence and 30cm out from the fence. This will break the dog’s line of sight and it will think it won’t be able to get over the fence. Remove anything from the fence, shed or garage that the dog can use to jump on and get over the fence. These things can be taken down later on.

Remove anything and everything from the yard where the dog will be staying. Again this is only temporary but you don’t want the dog developing the habit of destroying your property. This would include shoes, boots, mats, pot plants, garden furniture, hoses, garden tools, ornaments and any other feature that can be chewed or ripped up.

You can use strong pepper or citrus smells to keep dogs away from certain areas. This may include gardens or verandahs. Some shelter dogs are used to going to the toilet on concrete because they’ve had little choice to go anywhere else. A light sprinkling of red pepper powder will deter the dog from going near this area but remember to take your dog to the area where you want it to go so it has an alternative.

Make a safe area outside for your dog. Wild dogs are den dwellers so a kennel would be the perfect choice. If not, a dry area with a bed off the ground is just as good. You may want the dog to make the choice, it after all has to sleep in the area and it will choose a place that it feels safest in.

Ask your neighbours to report to you any barking or howling that might have gone on while you are not home. Record the time and see if there’s a pattern. Ask them for help and to keep an eye on your new dog until it has settled in. If any problems occur, get onto a dog trainer straight away. Don’t allow your new dog to become aggressive or destructive. Don’t allow them to get worse because they won’t get better on their own.

Home and Garden Supply – The Basics to Begin Your Container Garden

Container gardening is fun, easy to begin, inexpensive (you may even SAVE money growing plants or vegetables you would otherwise purchase) and really great for folks who don’t have much yard space for ground-bed gardens. There are few things you want to consider before you set off to the Home and Garden Supply store. Here are five.

1. What Type of Containers to Use. If you are simply thinking functional, then any plastic pot or even plastic bucket or other appropriately sized container will do. If you can re-use pots you already have, even better!

If you are thinking decorative you can use wood (a plastic liner is highly recommended), ceramic (can be beautiful but is fragile), terra cotta (they are porous and dry out quickly so you will need to water frequently) or standard clay pots (but be careful of staining on surfaces).

2. What Type of Soil to Use. For container gardening, you do not want to use regular garden soil, because it does not break apart well and usually does not drain well.

Use potting soil, especially in shallow containers, allows the plant’s roots to spread out easily and allows for proper drainage. If you choose to use a deep pot, still use potting soil but you can mix in a little garden soil, too. Any Home and Garden Supply will have the potting soil you need.

3. What Seeds to Use. Simply put, hybrid seeds are fine. The basic difference between hybrid seeds and heirloom seeds is that plants grown from hybrid seeds do not produce fertile seeds of their own. So, for most, buying new seeds each year at your local Home and Garden Supply store is very easy, but for those who don’t have this option available, choose heirloom seeds and harvest the seeds from the plants they produce.

4. What Location to Use. If you are one of the rare and fortunate souls that live in an area that is warm year-round, putting your containers on your deck or patio or yard is fine. Make sure you have good sunlight exposure (usually South or Southwest is best). If you need to keep your containers indoors, you can put them in a foyer, enclosed patio, sun room, or anywhere you get the best sunlight exposure. Make sure you are careful of wood floors or any other surface you don’t want stained.

5. What About Watering. The amount of watering depends on the plants you are growing. Watering frequency also depends on the porous nature of the container you are using. Material like wood or terra cotta, are quite porous and will dry out more quickly than glazed ceramic or plastic.

Your first watering should be a good one. If you have soil that is really dried out, even watering it well may leave air pockets. A quick trick is to submerge the plant and the soil under water briefly and gently press out the air bubbles. Only do this for a few moments so the soil doesn’t break down and dissolve. This helps remove the air pockets in the soil.

Container gardening is a fun way to grow beautiful flowers and plants, and it’s a great way to have lovely fresh vegetables during winter months. If you are new to container gardening, ask for help at the Home and Garden Supply store, and start out small. You will soon find container gardening a satisfying and healthy past time you can enjoy all year through.

7 Reasons You Should Host Your Own Home and Garden Party

No matter what time of year it is, making their home and garden area comfortable, stylish and inviting is a goal of almost every homeowner. But for most of us, it’s difficult to even get started on a home or garden decorating plan.

What is the best theme for your lifestyle, budget and likes? How do you choose the right color scheme? What are the latest decorating trends? What goes well together? What are the best home décor choices that will spotlight your own individual style, tastes and mix well with your lifestyle?

Part of the problem is, we are faced with an almost endless variety of choices. And if you don’t have any training or background in home decorating, all those choices can seem more than a little overwhelming. Here are 7 reasons why you should host your own home and garden party:

1. Hosting your own home and garden party is a great way to find answers to all your questions in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and all from the comfort of your own home. Just think – no more driving all over town, hunting for a parking space, fighting crowds or standing in long checkout lines!

2. Best of all, your home and garden party consultant has received training in home and garden decorating. She knows the latest trends, and is familiar with many different products that are available. (She can also steer you clear of making glaring and rather embarrassing mistakes!) But more than that, on the day of your party, she will bring a wide variety of products, giving you and your guests the opportunity to see, touch and try different products together, so you can see how the different pieces or colors look and fit together!

3. Having a home and garden party is like getting the services of an expensive interior decorator, all for free! You can even ask decorating questions about different rooms in your home or outside in your garden. With everything from flower arrangements to framed art to candles, your home and garden party consultant can show you how to use the existing pieces in your home with one or two new accessories – and end up with new décor that perfectly expresses your individuality, style and decorating scheme!

4. Want to get your family away from the “boob tube” and outside enjoying the great weather of summer? Your home and garden party consultant can show you how to create an outdoor living or family room on your patio, terrace or garden area. Add a splash of color and whimsical accessories and your family and friends will be love spending quality time together.

5. Need ideas for holiday get-togethers? Your home and garden consultant can show you some wonderful and long-lasting accessories that you’ll enjoy using year after year!

6. Winter blahs got you down? Holding a home and garden party in the winter is a great way to lighten your mood. Not only will it help you to start thinking of the warmer days of spring and the fun you’ll have out in your garden, but you can also find many home décor items that will put some pizzazz back into the dark, dreary corners of your home. You’ll be able to see – and smell – the latest candle scents, find cozy comforters or wraps and even cute accessories that will brighten your days. And don’t forget being able to do all your holiday shopping from the convenience of your own home!

7. Planning a party has never been so drop dead simple! Depending on the product line, your home and garden party consultant can give you some great ideas for planning your party – things like themes, games, decorating ideas, even recipes for the refreshments. Your guests will enjoy the personalized attention, opportunities to win fun prizes and have a good time and find exactly what they’re looking for to make their own homes and gardens reflect their own tastes and styles.

Here’s one last really good reason to host your own home and garden party – hostesses receive exclusive hostess gifts that aren’t available for any price in the catalog, and you can also earn other gifts or get great discounts for the products you want to buy – so you save money at the same time you create beauty in your own home and garden!