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Helen Yemm: how to keep weeds out of raised beds, squishy squash and don't be a lawn-slave

WEED-FREE RAISED BEDS<p><i>My daughter is building a polytunnel in her garden that will have raised beds around the sides. Should the existing vigorous grass (growing on very rocky soil) at the base of these beds be dug up or killed off before the topsoil is put in?
Joan Marshall – via email</i><p>There is not …

8 gorgeous garden before and afters

By Amelia Smith<p>Planning to redesign your garden, or budgeting a garden transformation as part of a renovation or extension can be a great way to make …

These Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups Are a Hit Any Night of the Week

Spicy beef meets the crunch of cucumber, creamy avocado, and the tang of a Cholula® Green Pepper mayo. It’s bursting with flavor and a match made in lettuce cup heaven.

Recipes

Insider Secrets Only Landscapers Know (But Won't Tell You)

Whether it's having hardscape features installed, performing chores, or selecting plants for the yard, it's helpful to become wise to the insider …

We Installed Removable Smart Tiles — Here's How It Went

<i>"Renew your room in less than three hours."</i> That's the tagline on the Smart Tiles website, where you can find their range of self-adhesive and …

How to buy a sofa

Experts dish on the most important seat in the house<p>Buying a sofa is tricky. It will likely be one of the largest pieces of furniture you own, which makes it both an instant focal point in a room—and one of your most expensive purchases.<p>With that in mind, you could likely use some buying advice. We …

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

5 Fundamental Skills for First-Time Managers

New to leadership? Hone these time-tested skills to accelerate your effectiveness and impact as a leader.<p><i>By Mattson Newell (@MattsonNewell), director for partners in leadership, and an expert and author on breakthrough communications, global human resources, and talent development</i><p>If you're like …

8 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Each Spring

The new season means it’s time to declutter your wardrobe, wash your windows and (finally) wipe down your oven. But when it comes to spring cleaning, …

Google Wanted to Know What Makes a Manager Great, So It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. <i>What's a google</i>?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

Top Mobile Marketing Trends For SMEs in 2018

Mobile Marketing Trends For Small Businesses In 2018<p>Mobile is a must-address area of inbound marketing, no matter how big or small your company is, …

Marketing

Ad network uses advanced malware technique to conceal CPU-draining mining ads

Domain generation algorithm allows scripts to bypass ad blockers.<p>The rise of drive-by cryptocurrency mining on a growing number of websites has led …

5 Terrible Management Habits That Will Drive Away Good Employees

I've done my fair share of listening to managers (many of whom are former clients) complain about their employees and losing good people, which adversely affects their ability to perform well.<p>Diving deeper into their organizations to assess culture and morale and "get the full picture," I've found …

Employment

It's So Simple: How to Be the Most Liked Person in the Room

If you want to get ahead in business and life, just make sure you don't behave this way.<p>If you want to get ahead in business and life, inquisitiveness is an essential character trait.<p>Think about the last time someone asked you good questions about your life to get to know you better. Chances are, …

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

11 Actually Easy Bread Recipes to Try at Home

Making bread at home for the first time? Super intimidating. But with a little practice and the right recipe, you can easily make some of your …

Cornbread

100 Inspiring Home Decorating Ideas for Any Style, Any Space

We all need a shot of inspiration from time to time when it comes to decorating ideas. Maybe you’ve moved and don’t know quite where to start making …

The Defining a Style Series: What Is Modern Farmhouse Design?

<i>We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p>There’s a reason …

How To Manage The Four Strong Personalities You See In Meetings

We’ve all got our quirks, and most of us bring strengths and some weaknesses to the teams to which we belong. But there are four strong personalities that stand out for their ability, both positively and negatively, to impact team dynamics, especially when it comes to meetings.<p>There are the</b> …

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success

What matters isn't so much who's on your team, but rather how the team works together.<p>The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out …

Employees Say This 1 Thing Would Make Them Work Harder (And 6 Reasons Why Managers Won't Do It)

Letting employees know that you appreciate them is far more crucial than you think.<p>Contrary to popular belief, fear isn't the strongest motivator.<p>81 percent of respondents to Glassdoor's <i>Employee Appreciation Survey</i> said they're motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their …

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories

Here's how to grow your influence, boost your impression and make a powerful impact.<p>Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership …

6 Behaviors That Push People Away From You

While the right people will always accept us for who we are, there are some behaviors we demonstrate that make it difficult for them to do so. …

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

Here's the Key to Great Conversation in 1 Sentence

In the best conversations, both people are students of each other.<p>One of the most famous quotes about communication comes from Stephen R. Covley. He intelligently remarked that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. In essence, this means that …

This Leadership Book Is One of the Most Critically Acclaimed Ever. Here's Why You Need to Reread It

The lessons learned from this book do not have an expiration date, and can travel with you along your leadership journey.<p>In my job, I spend a lot of time working with emerging leaders. Sometimes, they are leaders making a jump to a VP level role for the first time. Sometimes, I work with companies …

Two-thirds of UK businesses have adopted fintech

Most UK businesses are using financial technology products and services in some way, with cost savings being the main attraction

9 Phrases Bosses Should Say Often to Inspire and Motivate Others

Forty-five percent of employees say words of affirmation are the primary way they like to be shown appreciation in the workplace.<p>We hardly ever think about it, but a leader's words are a powerful means for motivating people at work. But where do you start with what to say, or even how to say things …

3 Things Smart Bosses Do to Effectively Manage Smart People

No matter how smart they are, one of the keys to motivating your smartest workers is to develop them.<p>If you've been charged with managing a group of really smart and savvy employees, you have your work cut out for you. Smart people obviously know they're smart, which works to their advantage. They …