All Good – April 2016

All Good – April 2016
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In This Issue
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Easy Square Foot Gardening
By Julie R. Holland
Why Walking Is The Most Fun Exercise
By Sohaib Azam
How To Organise A Vintage Style Tea Party
By Viv Eden
Committed Relationships – Tips For Keeping Your Love
By Monica Hinholm
Lovely Links
Words Of Wisdom

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Easy Square Foot Gardening
By Julie R. Holland
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Square foot gardening offers an ideal method for new gardeners.
It is also perfect for busy people, and those with arthritis
or other physical limitations. If you are looking for the
easiest way to garden, this method offers real advantages.
Square foot gardening can even be done in raised beds,
or in containers, to make it easy on your back.

Square foot gardening is simply dividing a well-planned
garden into one foot sections. Each of these one foot
sections is part of a four foot square block. These garden
blocks are designed to be four feet on each side so you
can easily reach all of the plants from outside the planting
bed. When you step in a garden bed, your weight will compact
the soil and make it harder for plant roots to grow. Each
individual square foot is then divided so each plant gets
just the space it needs.

Gardening in simple squares allows you to plant only what
you need instead of having to plant a whole row of one crop.
With this method, you can also plant crops in succession so
they do not ripen all at once. If you have too many plants
it can become overwhelming to care for them.

Square foot gardening works well in raised beds. By raising
the beds 12 inches (or more if needed) it also makes it easier
to reach them. Wheelchair users or those with severe back
problems may choose to have truly raised beds built so they
can tend to their garden without having to lean over.

Container gardening can be adapted to the square foot method
as well, although you will need to take care to select containers
that are deep enough for the roots. When using containers, plan
to use rich soil and water often for best results. Container
plants are dependent on you for nutrients and can dry out quickly
in hot weather.

An example of a four foot block planting for maximum production
might be one tomato plant in each of the first two squares, four
bush squash plants in the next two squares. The next four squares
could hold one eggplant, one cabbage, one pepper plant, and one
cauliflower. Broccoli in two squares, 16 onions in one square,
32 carrots in two squares, a dozen loose leaf lettuce in one
square, four marigolds in one square, and nine spinach in one
square (each square is one foot). As produce is harvested,
short season or late season crops such as baby lettuce or
cabbage can be planted in the empty spots.

Gardening in squares instead of rows saves space too so you
will probably be able to put your garden closer to your house.
You will need about twenty percent less space than with traditional
garden rows. With your garden just beyond your back door, you will
enjoy it more and spend more time tending to our vegetable garden.
A closer garden is also easier for harvesting since you can pick
vegetables as they ripen and use them right away.

You’ll find that square foot gardening is much easier for both
new gardeners and experienced gardeners. Not only will you plant
only what you want and not too much, but you will be planting in rich,
loose soil and in raised beds that are easier on your back. No need
for exhausting double-digging and pulling out excess seedlings.
You can plant closer to the house and you use your space more
efficiently. Once you try square foot gardening, you’ll love
having your own fresh vegetables with much less effort.

Julie R. Holland is the editor of Gardening it Easy blog and
e-newsletter. Want more tips and hints about how to raise a lush,
beautiful garden while saving money, time and your back? Subscribe
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Why Walking Is The Most Fun Exercise
By Sohaib Azam
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All forms of exercise can be fun. However, walking is
such a versatile exercise, that it should be considered
the most fun exercise ever. This article will touch upon
three reasons why walking deserves this title.

You Can Walk With Anyone And Carry On A Conversation

Exercise is usually more fun when you can do it with someone
else. Since walking is an exercise suited for people of all
fitness levels, you have a wide variety of people you can take
with you on your walk. Since walking doesn’t require an extensive
amount of effort, you can carry on a wonderful conversation with
your walking buddy. Those conversations can carry on for minutes
and potentially hours. You can get a lot of exercise in without
even noticing it or feeling bored when you have people with you.

You Can Jam To Your Tunes While Walking

If you are like most people, you probably love listening to your
tunes while exercising. Not every exercise can afford you that
possibility as intense exercises require your full effort and
weight lifting requires your full concentration. Walking, on
the other hand, is an exercise that you can do while listening
to music because it does not require full effort or concentration.
As long as you keep your eyes open for oncoming traffic and take
on an easy to medium walking path, you should be able to listen
to your tunes and get a good workout in by walking. Thus, you
can have a lot of fun listening to your favorite tunes and getting
in a good workout.

You Can Enjoy The Scenery While Walking

One of the most beautiful things about being outdoors is enjoying
the sun and the scenery around you whether it be trees, buildings,
mountains, or bodies of water. Walking allows you to soak in these
wonderful scenic views and get a good workout in as well.

You wouldn’t be able to enjoy the scenery running since you must
put maximal effort into each step. One can enjoy the scenery while
biking, but at such fast speeds you have to pay attention to the
path in front of you so that you don’t crash into anything. You
won’t have as much time or enjoyment as you would like to enjoy
the scenery. But with walking, you can always take time to smell
the roses even while moving. Nothing could be more fun.

Very few exercises, if any, have these three qualities. One of the
most important things about exercise is that it must be fun. That
is what gets people up and moving. This is why I am a strong
advocate of walking as the best exercise ever.

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How To Organise A Vintage Style Tea Party
By Viv Eden
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Picture the scene. There’s a table set for tea with white linen,
flowers, fine bone china, silver cutlery and, of course,
a mouth-watering array of dainty sandwiches and cakes. Elegant
and timeless, a tea party is as perfect a way to entertain
today as is was in centuries past. However, contemporary
vintage style tea parties are much less formal and considerably
more fun than their period counterparts.

It’s vintage style, not set in aspic
While the current interest in all things vintage has no doubt
been fuelled by costume dramas such as Downton Abbey and Great
Expectations, you won’t get complaints if your vintage tea party
mixes Edwardian cutlery with Victorian china, or introduces
non-authentic vintage-style accessories. A vintage tea event
should evoke the style of a bygone age, rather than slavishly
trying to recreate its every detail. Bloater paste sandwiches
and seed cake have made way for canapés and cup cakes in the
brave new world of the vintage tea party.

Tea for two, or two hundred
Whether you’re organising a celebration a deux for a wedding
anniversary, a christening party for a dozen or so family and
friends, or a charity event for hundreds, a vintage tea party
is just the ticket. The tea party against which all others are
often judged is the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace,
when 8,000 guests consume 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches
and 20,000 slices of cake. But your event should be organised
to reflect the formality of the occasion, your style and the
age and interests of your guests. If you’re inviting families
with children, then outdoor games such as croquet or skittles
will keep everyone amused throughout the party, whereas a
corporate event might call for a formal tea with a classical
string quartet playing in the background. To add a bit of
sparkle to the occasion, why not dispense with tea and serve
cocktails instead. What could be more decadent than drinking
champagne cocktails from fine bone china cups?

DIY vintage events
If you’ve a creative streak and oodles of time, styling your
own vintage tea party can be great fun. Beg, borrow or steal
vintage china and cutlery from your friends, or buy them from
antique shops or auctions. Augment your trophies with vintage
style accessories, including bunting, tea light holders and
flower containers. For best effect, try to theme your event
by colour, pattern or period. This will ensure the styling
of your event is coherent and delivers the required ‘wow’
factor for your guests. But, if you’re worried that your
own styling efforts might look like the remnants of a white
elephant stall, it’s time to call on the services of a specialist
vintage stylist.

Vintage styling specialists
An increasing number of companies are offering not just vintage
china hire, but complete styling and catering services for vintage
tea events. The best companies own large stocks of vintage china
and accessories, enabling them to match any theme you choose for
any number of guests. It could be a pink theme for a charity event,
botanical for a product launch or Edwardian for a Suffragette
centenary tea party. Find the right vintage specialist and they’ll
organise every aspect of your tea event, from the styling and the
catering to the flowers and table settings. The only thing you’ll
need to do is choose a venue, invite your guests and your vintage
tea party will appear as if by magic before your eyes.

Viv Eden works for Vintage English, a company which transforms
events into special occasions with its vintage china hire and
styling service. Vintage English also provides event catering
in London for a wide range of clients requiring anything from
an intimate afternoon tea party to a grand corporate cocktail party.

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Committed Relationships – Tips For Keeping Your Love
By Monica Hinholm
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In a relationship, time can work either for you or
against you. When we meet someone we like, we put a
lot of effort in showing the best of ourselves. When
we fall in love, everything seems perfect. After some
time, reality kicks in and we start to see life´s true
colours. Even though our relationship is bound to change,
it does not mean it has to change for worse. Here are
some tips on how to take advantage of time and keep your
love strong.

Create good memories. Try to do nice things when you
spend time together. This is what you will want to remember.
Fights and discussions are not nice memories and will not
help your relationship in any way. Cooking and cleaning
can become fun memories with a little imagination. If you
spend more quality time together, doing things that you both
enjoy, you will want to spend more time together in the future.

Communicate your feelings or your worries when needed. This
can avoid misunderstandings, conflicts and problems in the
future. Communication is essential for a happy and healthy
relationship. Talking with each other is the only way we have
of sharing our interests and planning our time together.
Most important of all, it is the easiest way of getting to
know the person we love.

Give affection. Give each other as much affection as possible.
There is always time for a hug or a kiss. Being affectionate
with each other helps to keep romance alive. Studies have
proven that being affectionate helps against depression and
stress. As to relationships, it helps to create a stronger
bond and can even smooth over the bumps we encounter on the way.

Compromise. There will always be moments when you don´t see eye
to eye. We are all different and have our own opinions and views
about things. We have different backgrounds and different upbringings.
Therefore we should respect each other’s ways of thinking. Don´t
turn a disagreement into a conflict. Compromise and find a solution
you can both live with.

Try new things together. Boredom is a relationship killer. We
become easy victims to routine due to work, family, children
and other commitments. Try to make an effort to find something
new to do together. This is especially important to do if you
feel you are drifting apart or your relationship is cooling down.
This will help you reconnect and perhaps learn something new
about your partner.

Be there for each other. Life is not always perfect and there
might be a time when the person you love really needs your
support. Yo might need to give advice, comfort or simply lend
an ear. It is often in these cases when we are most vulnerable
and we feel the need to confide and seek the support of those
we love. You want to be the most important person in his or
her life, so being there when needed is crucial.

Make each other happy. Do nice things and surprise your partner
with things you know will make him or her happy. Making others
happy will increase you own happiness too. It could be as simple
as writing a loving text message or booking dinner at a restaurant.
There are many small things we can do daily which don´t require
a lot of effort or time.

If the time you spend with your partner has more good moments
than bad, your love is bound to get stronger over time. Use
time wisely and to your advantage. Making each other happy is
the key to a long-lasting relationship.

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Lovely Links
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Vintage at ASOS

Gateway to a super international collection of online boutiques where you can find fashion treasures from all eras. You can also sell vintage clothing and accessories by applying for a marketplace account. A boutique costs £20 per month and, when you make a sale, you’ll pay 20% commission. You get an editable boutique storefront and boutique blog to tailor your boutique to your brand too, so it’s a great way to get started as a vintage dealer. Fur free.


Articles and comment on all stages of pregnancy, birth and parenting,
mixed with beauty, lifestyle, home and travel tips and information.

David Austin Roses

A rose lovers paradise. How to plant, place, prune and purchase hundreds of the most beautiful and often most fragrant roses. You can also request a catalogue, get free design advice, enjoy the gallery and find a link to their inspiring Pinterest page.

House Name Heritage

Lots of ideas and inspiration for anyone considering giving their house a name. Did you know that a well chosen name can increase the value of the house? Peruse the lists of favourite names, unusual house names, celebrity house names and discover house from names around the world.

The Vegan Strategist

If human beings eating animals hurts your heart and you want to be as influential as possible in helping people move to a plant based diet this blog aims to provide “strategy and communication ideas to reach vegan critical mass.” The idea is to help you communicate your views in a way “that opens up the hearts and minds to more compassionate eating and living.”


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Words Of Wisdom
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The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when
you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do
want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Mark Twain

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will
always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the
feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in
nature’s rebirth?”
Edward Giobbi

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the
water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an
evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be
elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these
are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs

But each spring a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in
the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another
little bit of ground.
Lewis Gantt

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier
in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
Nadine Stair

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven—
All’s right with the world!
Robert Browning

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That’s all for this month.
Have an awesome April!