The Raised Vegetable Garden Conquers Our Homes As Guerrilla Gardeners Take Our Cities

The fact that garden centres in the UK have started installing a raised vegetable gardens in their stores is a sign of the overwhelming boom of growing your own veggies.

2009 has been the biggest year ever for the home grown vegetables market, with around 3 times the sales of seeds compared to the previous year. The garden centres say that the surge has been caused by the credit crunch, as people look to save money wherever possible. However, this trend has been on the rise for several years as consumers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and eat more organic produce.

The raised vegetable garden has taken centre stage in many garden centres in order to provide gardeners with advice. It also gives a good idea as to what you can expect from a packet of seeds.

As the raised bed needs little maintenance, it is ideal for a busy shop. Not to mention, it can be put anywhere regardless of the ground.

Vegetable plants and seeds are constantly out of stock across the whole range. People are not just growing the usual, but trying everything from tomatoes, to melons and peppers.

Waiting lists for allotments is so long that people are having to use any space they can get their hands on – even if it belongs to someone else!

In Glasgow so called “Guerrilla Gardeners” are planting in small patches of ground around the city. Just a few yards from the M8 motorway a secret garden has onions, garlic, potatoes, and rosemary growing. This is not a one off though; around the city small vegetable gardens have popped up mysteriously.

Could this be another sign that there just isn’t enough land for enthusiastic gardeners these days? Perhaps it is an secret art installation to encourage people to grow vegetables at home?

A website has been setup to arrange meet-ups. On their about page they say, “Many have been inspired by Richard Reynolds ‘On Guerrilla Gardening’… It has now arrived in Glasgow”. seems to be the initiator (if one exists) of this fascinating movement. There are some cool photos on the site – my favourite is of sunflowers planted in a concrete clad estate in South East London. Well worth a look.

Photos of Celebrities With Cellulite Show That Anyone Can Suffer From This Skin Problem

Photos of celebrities with cellulite make us realize that anybody can be a victim of this awful skin condition. Though it is more prevalent in women as compared to men, anyone who has attained puberty can suffer from this condition. Many girls envy to have perfect body and unblemished skin like those of celebrities. However, some of the known faces of the showbiz world such as Britney Spears, Eva Longoria, Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian had this problem.

All over the internet we can find awful photos of celebrities with this dreadful skin condition and you can imagine how ugly they look. If you have not seen one, then search on the internet and you will get good image results of such celebs. Among celebrities, ‘Kim Kardashian cellulite’ has been one of the most searched queries on the internet. Like these celebrities, even common women face this problem and try their best to get rid of it from their body.

Many women with cellulite dislike their bodies and feel embarrassed about having this skin problem. If you are having this problem, you are certainly not alone. Movie stars, ordinary women, and women of all sizes and ages suffer from this condition. This clearly shows that this is a common problem for many women, and there is nothing wrong with you if you have this condition.

Cellulite contains toxins in the form of fats and fluids, which if not treated on time, may damage your skin. This skin condition normally affects the lower part of the body where women tend to naturally store excess fat in the body. When your skin has this condition, it does not look nice. The skin has dimples and is not smooth.

Celebrities can spend a huge amount of money to get rid of this skin affliction by undergoing laser  treatment, liposuction, mesotherapy, etc, but what if a woman does not have much money to spend on such treatments? The answer is simple – go to the gym, follow a healthy diet and use effective creams that can get rid of this problem.

It is also known that such high paying treatments show only temporary results. Even though celebs with this skin problem undergo expensive treatments, they also have to follow a strict exercise regime and diet. Eva Longoria believes in exercising, drinking lots of water and catching good adequate sleep. Indulge into any activity that ultimately burn fats from your body such as jogging, brisk walking, swimming, etc. What you must avoid are food items that have high fat content or eatables that are laden with sugar. Start eating fruits, vegetables and other food items that have rich protein and fiber content. If you have unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking, then quit it! Celebs who used to suffer from this condition have all done it; what are you waiting for? Without seeking advice from doctor, do not take any diet pills that promise to get rid of this skin condition.

Even after going for some expensive treatments, you can still see photos of some famous women with this problem. This shows that this skin condition can be stubborn to get rid of. When you remove this problem, it can still come back again if you stop exercising and if you start eating unhealthy foods. I am sure you have seen photos of famous women with smooth and glowing legs and thighs, and a few months later you see their photos showing their legs and thighs full of cellulite.

As far as this skin condition is concerned, the reality is that there is not much difference between a film actor, a fashion model and an ordinary person. There is no point in spending huge amount of money on expensive treatments when you can get good results using cheap and highly effective creams. Exercising regularly, drinking lots of water and eating lots of fruits is also some of the best ways to naturally banish this problem.

Cellulite creams can give you good results provided you use a reputed cream such as Revitol which is made up of natural ingredients. This  cream works by penetrating through the skin pores into the under layer of the skin and acts against all the extra deposited fats and fluids. Revitol is a wonderful product that has shown long lasting results in reducing cellulite, and is available at a reasonable price.

Start A Home Photo Business With Little Money

Are you looking to start a home based photography business but think that you need a lot of fancy equipment to start? Do you dread having to create a website? Not to worry, you can’t start a home photo business with little money.

My wife always had a knack for photography and was told that she should do it professionally. We decided that it might be nice to bring in a little extra income doing something she enjoys. We had very little money to purchase the equipment we needed.

We had already purchased an inexpensive DSLR camera, a Pentax, for around $400. We also bought a tripod (don’t use it much but nice to have just in case), a lot of extra batteries, and Photoshop CS3 (very expensive when it was first released). My wife splurged a little on the editing software, you don’t need to spend as much as we did. You can get less expensive versions of Photoshop that will fit your needs.

Spending money on a nice flash was not an option at the time so we borrowed one from a friend. You can even borrow a friend’s camera while doing your first couple of jobs until you can save to buy your own camera. We did eventually upgrade to a Canon but kept the Pentax around for a backup. This worked out great for when my wife did her first wedding. She used the Canon for the more formal poses and I used the Pentax for action shots throughout the day.

When you start earning a little money you can invest it into your business, but no need to rack up a lot of debt when you are starting out. Your customers don’t care if you have an older DSLR or the newest Canon. Nor will they know the difference.

As far as a website, you will want your own eventually but not necessary when starting out. Companies like Smugmug will host your pictures for a very reasonable yearly fee.

All of the photography that we do is on site and not at a studio. We either take the pictures at the client’s house or meet at a scenic location. Some places you can go: lake (or ocean if you are lucky enough), county/state park, or a zoo. The winters are brutal where I live so we found a local community center that has a lot of vegetation and water falls that make for a great backdrop.

You too can start a home photo business with little money. The equipment isn’t what is important, it is your skills and passion for doing what you love!

Growing the Easy Way With Container Vegetable and Herb Gardening

Surviving in this economy continues to be an on-going uphill battle for everyone, in today’s disrupted and out of control country.

There are many articles and ebooks that cover the art of gardening but to many this can be a time consuming and sometimes fruitless undertaking.

There are many systems like raised beds and hydroponic systems that look great and produce fine vegetables but still require many hours of maintaining and care.

I recall way back in time to my days on the farm prior to WW2 and working in the family Victory gardens to provide fresh inexpensive vegetables for the table.

Preserving the produce was an ongoing procedure so that during the non growing season and winters we would enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Working the garden was a labor intensive and back breaking job by having to clear a plot, remove old vegetation and have to dig the garden by hand as we had no gas tillers in those days.

In drought periods it was hard to get enough water to the plants and with all the weeding, insecticides and hoeing required to produce edible vegetables it became a laborious effort.

Now I am growing my own vegetables, herbs and flowers after all these years by using a method called “wicking” in which the plants are watered continuously from the bottom up! Some wicking systems are sold commercially but if money is a problem you can make your own for about fifteen to twenty dollars using materials you may already have in your shop or garage.

The initial labor involves taking materials you already have or are readily available for free at certain places such as checking landfills (free) friends and home suppliers if you need to buy items.

Containers are made and filled with a medium or mix and a reservoir of water supplies water and fertilizer to the plants 24 hours a day.

Eliminate the chore of having to water virtually the whole conventional garden every day.

It takes several days before you have to refill the reservoirs of your containers.

Take a trip for a couple days Your plants will be automatically taken care of by the automatic wicking system.

The “old ways” that we employed many years ago in maintaining a garden seem very out dated since using the methods I describe above. This method is a great way for older or handicapped people to still be able to grow their own food.

People who are handicapped can wheel up to their boxes and be at the level they can work them without being assisted or getting out of the chair and still enjoy the ability and independence to do it themselves.

Interested in this method? See my resource box for more information and Happy Money Saving Gardening.