How to Plant Organic Vegetables | This Old House: Live!

Starting a vegetable garden is a great activity to share with your kids. It shows them the life cycle of a plant start to finish, it gives them something to care for and attend to every day, and, best of all, it yields produce that they can actually eat and enjoy!

Any organic garden has to start with the garden itself. Stick to a raised garden bed with untreated cedar to ensure no chemicals can leech into the soil. For the soil, opt for an organic raised garden bed mix. Think about it this way: whatever is in the soil you grow your plants in will be whatever you end up ingesting when you eat the vegetables later on.

When it’s time to plant, you can either start with seeds from a seed packet, or you can opt for seedlings that you can pick up from any nursery or the home center.

In general, I like to plant seedlings outside, only because I know they are more established plants that will survive in outside conditions (and I can get veggies quicker!) However, when working with kids, I like starting from a seed, only because it helps teach them about the

How is the Covid-19 Pandemic Affecting Building Projects?

The construction industry has faced steep challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to self build and renovation projects being significantly impacted. But after six weeks of lockdown, some positive news is emerging, and homebuilders can afford to be more optimistic about pressing on with their projects. 

The UK lockdown on 23 March led to many builders’ merchants, DIY stores and home retailers shutting their doors. But in the past two weeks, major retailers such as Homebase, B&Q and Wickes have begun reopening stores (with social distancing measures in place), and merchants are fielding orders through Click & Collect and delivery services. 

While many local merchants are yet to reopen, these major retailers can fill the void. And most homebuilding materials are available providing you know where to look.

(MORE: These Merchants Are Still Providing Essential DIY Products)

We shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves, however. There’s still lots to consider if your project is operational, so if you’re currently in the midst of a self build or home improvement, this is what you need to know.

Which Projects Can Continue?

When lockdown measures were introduced the government encouraged general construction work to

Building As Usual (BAU): LIVE UPDATES on Lockdown, Merchants and More

We’re committed at Homebuilding & Renovating to keeping you informed of anything that matters in the world of self build, home renovation and construction. Because, while this current crisis is anything but usual, we’re sure that you, our community of homeowners looking to create their dream home, and tradespeople, designers and builders, will find a way to keep on building – in whatever format.

Check back here regularly for updates of essential news, merchant openings (and closing), and find out what everyone else is doing to make the best of all this.


UPDATED: Companies Offering Special Services During Lockdown

As part of Homebuilding & Renovating Home School, we’ve been updating our directory of suppliers and vendors which are available to help you during lockdown.

One such company is Architect Your Home, which is offering virtual design consultations designed specifically for those looking to renovate or extend their homes.

During the consultation you’ll be provided with first stage design drawings, as well as in-depth advice about achieving your dream home.


Government Urged to Extend Planning Permissions

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has called on the government to publish legislation to extend planning permissions that are

Western Exterminator Review – This Old House

If you think you need pest control services, don’t hesitate. The longer you wait, the worse your situation could get. There are many professional pest control companies to choose from, but they’re not all worth your time and money. The This Old House Reviews Team created this Western Exterminator review to help you discover if it’s the best pest control company for you.

Western Exterminator is a division of Rentokil, an industry leader in pest control. While Western Exterminator is part of this global brand, the pest control company focuses on just a few states, with regional expertise and tailor-made plans.

We always recommend getting a few quotes before making your final decision. If you’d like a free quote from Western Exterminator or Rentokil, call 610-288-0968.

Pros & Cons

Backed by RentokilVery limited service area
Comprehensive planConnection to Rentokil can be confusing
Regional expertise


Like other Rentokil divisions, Western Exterminator offers the comprehensive Pestfree365 program. This general pest control plan protects against nearly 40 different common household pets, including:

  • Ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Fabric pests
  • Fleas
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Moths
  • Spiders
  • Stink bugs
  • Wasps

Wesern Exterminator offers Integrated Pest Management, with

Service Line Warranties of America Review

TOH Rating: 6.97/10

Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA), a HomeServe USA company operating out of Pennsylvania, offers protection plans for your home’s heating, cooling, water, sewer, gas, and electrical lines. This company is separate from local utilities, and the service contracts it provides will cover damage to utility lines that home insurance and local municipalities won’t. Keep reading this review to learn more about plans, coverage, and pricing.

Compare the advantages and disadvantages of Service Line Warranties of America below:

Pros and Cons of Service Line Warranties of America

You only pay a low monthly premium (you don’t have to pay a service call fee)Plans aren’t customizable and cover systems, not appliances
Customers get unlimited calls per yearCustomers can’t choose their own contractor
A+ rating and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)Not available in much of the country

Service Line Warranties of America Plans and Coverage

Service Line Warranties offers 10 basic repair plans, each corresponding to a home utility system. When you visit the Service Line Warranties website, you can input your zip code and see the available service line protection programs and plans in your area. Since Service Line