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Sedum Nussbaumerianum – How To Grow, Care For and Propagate

a hand holding a pot of Sedum Nussbaumerianum

Coppertone Sedum has a split personality. It is a dramatic, gold, and coral succulent that grows into short bushes and spreads as ground cover when grown outdoors. Indoors, it is a cute but easily overlooked succulent, with leaves like green bananas just beginning to ripen. Wherever you grow it, Coppertone succulent is a resilient, low-maintenance … Read more

Misen Dutch Oven Review

Misen Dutch’s pot, lid and grill on an electric stove

Misen Dutch Oven Overview The 7qt dutch oven from Misen is one of many cookware options now available from the company. This is their only dutch oven option, which is a shame because we would love to see the same quality and price in various sizes so we can collect them all. This dutch oven … Read more

How To Grow and Care For Echeveria Agavoides

A picture of different echeveria in pots

Lipstick echeveria is a popular, attractive, low-maintenance succulent. It grows well in an arrangement with other potted succulents and looks great in warm-weather gardens, on its own in a small pot, or even in warm-weather rock gardens. Plus, you don’t even need a green thumb to grow lipstick echeveria – all it requires is a … Read more

Misen Knives Review – Our Hands On Test

Misen Knives

Misen Knives Product Overview Misen started with a single chef’s knife after an impressive Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Now the brand sells a steak knife set and six different kitchen knives, including: Chef’s knife Paring knife Utility knife Santoku knife Short chef’s knife Serrated knife Misen knives promise the same excellent quality and functionality as … Read more

How to Aerate Soil in Potted Plants

A gardener using a small shovel to aerate soil in potted plants

Seeing a flower growing out of a crack in the sidewalk may give you the optimistic impression that plants can survive under even the hard conditions (literally), but that isn’t the case for houseplants. Most popular houseplants are reasonably resilient, but only when they’re grown in a suitable environment, and that includes healthy, fertile, aerated … Read more

Brigii M1 3-in-1 Mini Vacuum Review

Featured image of Essential Home and Garden’s Brigii M1 review

Brigii M1 3-in-1 Mini Vacuum Overview The M1 is the third handheld vacuum cleaner released by Brigii. Compared to the first iteration, the Y120Pro, the M1 has greater suction power, weighs about a third as much, and has a much sleeker look. Compared to industry-leading handheld vacuums like Black+Decker and Bissel, this vac has less … Read more

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes – 10 Methods That Work

a mosquito on a fine mesh screen

Few things are more annoying than a persistent mosquito, but it’s easy to forget they are also dangerous. Humans are vulnerable to several potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, and dengue fever. A severe allergic reaction, “Skeeter Syndrome,” can also be life-threatening. Popular synthetic chemical sprays like Deet can deter mosquitoes. … Read more

MAGICCOS FP406 14 Cup Food Processor Review

MAGICCOS FP406 14 Cup Food Processor

MAGICCOS FP406 14 Cup Food Processor Overview The Magiccos FP406 14 Cup Food Processor is the newest iteration of the company’s multi-generation food processor line. This powerful machine features the same high-capacity bowl as previous options, but it now has a simplified control knob, sleeker look, and more functional accessories. In addition to the base … Read more