Oh no! There are webs on your houseplants. What could it be? This time of year our plants have been indoors for a while so why are we seeing webs now? On first glance, you probably can’t see any insects, but my guess is you have spider mites. The easiest way to check for mites is to hold a sheet of white paper under the plant, gently shake the plant and then run your hand over the paper. Spider mites will show up as coloured streaks, usually red, but they could be yellow, orange, brown or grey.
I always feel my home is a bit naked after I put away the holiday decorations. This time of year I go room by room and sort through all the stuff that has accumulated during the year. I often rearrange furniture and either sell or give away unwanted stuff. As I clean each room, I give my house plants a good cleaning or, as I call it, a spa day. I start by removing all dead leaves and flowers, and then, whenever possible a good bath is in order.
The hustle and bustle of Christmas has finished and we are in the lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I find this is the time of year that I reflect back on the year and all that has happened, both good and bad. I journal about my garden all year long and over the years I have become a bit of a weather enthusiast. So not only do I write about my garden but also the weather that is happening at that time.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".