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With the warm weather approaching, everyone seems to be itching to spend some time outside. A great way for homeowners to do this is by planting a nice herb garden in the yard. Not only can you get outside after the winter weather, but the end result includes a beautiful garden, herbs to spice up your cooking, and some time alone with your thoughts. Who doesn’t love that? With many herbs to choose from, there is sure to be some that will suit your preference. A few things to know when starting your herb garden. How to grow and maintain your herb garden First you want to pick a location in your yard that will allow for your garden to flourish. Generally speaking herbs need full sun for the longest period of the day. Pick a spot in your yard that is not obstructed with any shadows. To pick the optimal spot go outside during each hour of the afternoon to scope out a spot that will get at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sun. Got it? Perfect. Prepare the spot by carving out a space and digging into the soil with a large garden fork to loosen said soil. Now it’s time to plant your herbs. Which herbs should you grow? Let’s take a closer look at some herbs you can grow. How much space do they need? What do they taste like and how can I use them? How much maintenance is required? All manageable and valid questions! We can jump right in. Accounting for space so your herb plants are happy and healthy is an important key to their success. We can also take into consideration which herbs you will get the most use out of for your home. 4 feet in diameter
  • Rosemary has a piney taste. Use it to flavor potatoes, eggs, chicken, and pork.
  • Mint has distinct and intense aromatics. Pair it with peas, lamb, chocolate, even water.
  • Oregano has a lemony flavor. Cook it with Mexican or Mediterranean dishes.
2 feet in diameter
  • Basil has high aromatics with a strong licorice flavor. This is a great herb in pastas, pesto sauces, and sandwiches.
  • Thyme has earthy wood flavor notes. This herb is very diverse and can be used in most any dishes you make.
1 foot in diameter
  • Chives have a subtle onion flavor. You can use them in potato or macaroni salads for a milder flavor than a white onion.
  • Dill is a light herb flavor. Use it when cooking fish, pickling vegetables, or with potatoes.
  • Parsley has a grassy flavor. It is often used in Italian dishes like in red sauces.
After your herbs are planted with enough space to grow and live, make sure to maintain those beauties. They should be watered when the soil a few inches below the surface is dry to the touch. This will vary depending on the temperature, so simply check periodically throughout the week. More water is not better: do not drowned your herbs. You’re ready now! With a few tips and insight into the herb world, you can be a master gardener and chef.  


103 Eagle Dr, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Condo

$319,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
First floor garden style unit at Eagles Landing 55+ complex. Park right at your front door and enter into open concept living area. Kitchen with breakfast bar and room for a table too. The seller has upgraded the look and style with Engineered hardwood floors throughout. Thoughtful Split bedroom design. Large master with its own full bath and walk in closet. 2nd bedroom, laundry and full bath down the hall affords privacy for guests. All appliances included. One car garage directly across from unit. Enjoy the clubhouse with heated pool. Close to shopping and Tewksbury Sports Club. The Tewksbury Country club is located next door for golfing and dining. Come buy today!
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103 Eagle Dr, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Condo

$319,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
First floor garden style unit at Eagles Landing 55+ complex. Park right at your front door and enter into open concept living area. Kitchen with breakfast bar and room for a table too. The seller has upgraded the look and style with Engineered hardwood floors throughout. Thoughtful Split bedroom design. Large master with its own full bath and walk in closet. 2nd bedroom, laundry and full bath down the hall affords privacy for guests. All appliances included. One car garage directly across from unit. Enjoy the clubhouse with heated pool. Close to shopping and Tewksbury Sports Club. The Tewksbury Country club is located next door for golfing and dining. Come buy today!
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Have you admired dry stacked stone retaining walls and would like to add a similar hardscaping element to your landscape? Dry stacked stone walls are relatively easy to build and provide a natural looking retaining wall to control hillside erosion, define a property boundary, or provide an attractive edging to flowerbeds. However, if improperly designed and constructed, stone walls can be a lot more trouble than they are worth. Prone to collapsing, poorly constructed dry stacked stone is often in need of re-stacking. To avoid problems when building a dry stacked stone wall, it is wise to keep a few points in mind. Selecting Stones Whether you gather stones from your property, harvest stone from a public area or order stone from a masonry contractor, be sure to choose a stone that compliments your home’s building materials. If you have a stone fireplace or stone trim on the structure, choose a matching stone. Sort Out Your Stones Go through your stone pile and make separate piles of the largest stones for cornerstones and building the base. You will need a good supply of long, narrow stones for anchoring the wall, and a healthy supply of smaller stones to fill gaps and crevices. A Solid Base To retain structural integrity, a stacked stone wall needs to sit “in” the ground, not “on” it. Dig a four to six-inch deep trench where you intend to construct the stonework. The trench should be at least six inches wider than the wall, allowing approximately three inches on each side of the base. Line the trench with landscape fabric. The width of the fabric should be two times the width of the trench. Add two to three inches of gravel to the trench. Tamp down the gravel and level with a garden rake. After leveling the gravel, wrap the excess fabric over the top of the gravel, placing the first layer of stone on top of the gravel layer. Wrapping the gravel layer in landscape fabric prevents soil and root intrusion, which can hinder drainage and cause frost heaving. When laying down the first layer of stone, select large, flat stones to create a solid base that is easy to build upon. Fill spaces between the larger stones with smaller stones. Anchoring The Wall In Place Failing to anchor the wall in place is the most common mistake made by do-it-yourself homeowners. To effectively anchor your wall to a hillside or slope, start with the third layer, and in each successive third layer, placing long and narrow stones as anchors. Position the anchor stones with the narrow side flush with the front of the wall, and the long side jutting out perpendicular to the wall, into the hillside or slope. Position anchor stones about six feet apart. Lean Into It A dry stacked stone wall needs to lean. The wall may be required to hold back thousands of pounds of soil, which requires an inch of angle for every 12 inches of vertical height. Fill In Gaps As You Go Failing to fill in the gaps between stones is another common pitfall in stonewall construction. Gaps between stones allow soil to build up and moisture to collect, causing the wall to buckle and collapse, so fill in the spaces between rocks as you go.

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Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. We are creatures of habit and moving to a new home in a new town puts us totally out of our comfort zone overnight. Being uprooted from our communities and day to day routines can leave us feeling a little lost. If you plan to or recently have moved to a new town keep reading for some tips on how to feel at home in your new community. Introduce yourself. A great way to do this is by hosting a housewarming party and inviting new neighbors to attend alongside your family and friends. For the shy, taking a walk around the neighborhood and introducing yourself, if you happen to run into a neighbor, may feel like a more natural way to make your introductions. Explore the area. Whether it’s by car, bike, or foot get out there and discover your new neighborhood and town. Discover hidden gems and familiarize yourself with different routes you can use to get around. Shop local. Stop into the local restaurants and shops in your area. Becoming a regular at a spot to your particular liking can be a great way to become a part of the local community and even put you in a position to make some local friends. Play tourist. Get to know your new town by becoming familiar with the sites and places of note it is famous for. Check out the visitor center, community center and/or town hall for information on the attractions that make your town unique. Meetup. Hop online and browse the site Meetup.com for any groups in your local area that are interested in the same hobbies and/or activities as you. This is a great way to find your niche in your new community. If you are shy it is a great way to make friends in the area since you will have something in common with group members right off the bat. Go off the beaten path. Research where the local trails are in your area and pick a day to explore one. Being in nature is a great stress reliever, which is perfect after a big move. A lot of areas offer group walks along their trails which are a great way to meet other community members. Volunteer. Another great way to meet others in the community is by volunteering for local organizations. Not only will you be helping those in need within the community but you will be working side by side with others who enjoy helping as well. Read local. Pick up the local paper or join some of your area’s related Facebook pages to find out about events happening in your new town. Attending ones that pertain to your interests or even some that push your comfort zone will get you out and socializing with your fellow townspeople. While immersing yourself in the community of your new town can leave you feeling a little bit like the new kid in class, it doesn’t have to be quite so painful. With a little bravery and willingness to get out of the house, you will be sure to feel at home in your new community in no time.

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