GARDENING

Planting garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest kitchen ingredients you can grow in your own garden. Fall is traditionally the best time to plant garlic. A rule of thumb some gardeners use is to not plant garlic until after the autumnal equinox in late September. A member of the Allium family, garlic is sensitive to day length and planting in the fall allows the garlic to get a head start on the growing season. Well-drained, rich soil with a pH of 6.4-6.8 produce the biggest bulbs.

 

HOME SELLING

Listing photos

It's never been more important to have great photos of your house if you are looking to sell. According to a National Association of Realtors' 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 44% of recent buyers start their search online, and 87% of those found listing photos very useful in their search. Sellers should post at least 30 photos of their home, inside and out. Hiring a professional photographer can also attract more buyers and is often free for home sellers as part of marketing the property.

 

HOME RENOVATION

Update light bulbs

If you are caught in a cycle of buying the same replacement bulbs without thinking about it, you might be missing out on saving some money. By switching all the light bulbs across the house to LED bulbs, a typical home save about $1,000 over a 10-year period, according to the Consumer Federation of America. LED lights last 25 times longer and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.