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BestNest.com Newsletter
October 11, 2006

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Sales & Specials
  • New at the Nest
  • Compost Basics
Sales & Specials
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, October 23rd.


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Akro-Mils Antique Round Planter, Pewter, 17.5" dia.
AKM-93117PWT
Reg: $54.99
Sale: $39.99 thru 10/23 EST



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Farm Innovators Ice Chaser Floating Pond Deicer, 1250 Watts
FI-P-418
Reg: $42.99
Sale: $38.99 thru 10/23 EST




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Farm Innovators Submersible Bucket Heater, 1000 Watts
FI-W-449
Reg: $44.99
Sale: $39.99 thru 10/23 EST




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Gardman Glazed Sunflower & Nut Gard Bird Feeder, Large, Blue
GAR-BA01206
Reg: $15.99
Sale: $11.99 thru 10/23 EST




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Gardman Oriental Gazebo Bird Feeder w/ Stand, Antique Bronze
GAR-BA03040
Reg: $41.99
Sale: $34.99 thru 10/23 EST




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Gardman Coach Solar Light with Shepherd's Crook, 2 Pack
GAR-L6006
Reg: $29.99
Sale: $23.99 thru 10/23 EST




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Gardman Four Tier Mini Greenhouse, 27"W x 19"D x 63"H
GAR-R687
Reg: $49.99
Sale: $34.99 thru 10/23 EST



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Whitehall Filigree Arch Welcome Doormat, French Bronze
WHP-5018
Reg: $125.00
Sale: $99.99 thru 10/23 EST



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Woodstock Castings Branch Doorbell, 17"L
WOC-CBD
Reg: $29.99
Sale: $25.49 thru 10/23 EST


New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve you. In an effort to better meet your needs, BestNest aggressively adds products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Oregon Scientific Thermometer
ORE-RAR232
Reg: $29.99
Now: $19.99




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Oregon Scientific Travel Alarm Clock
ORE-RM832A
Reg: $19.99
Now: $12.99




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Panacea Three Panel Arts & Crafts Fireplace Screen, Black
PAP-15121
Now: $54.99




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Panacea Deluxe Log Rack with Cover, Black, 8'
PAP-15205
Now: $96.99




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Panacea Log Tote with Stand, Black
PAP-15216
Now: $19.99




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Panacea Cast Iron Fire Grate, Black, 30"
PAP-15430
Now: $51.99




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Panacea Curved Fireplace Toolset w/ Rings, 4 Piece, Black
PAP-15924
Now: $39.99




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Panacea Three Panel Basic Arch Fireplace Screen, Black
PAP-15936
Now: $33.99




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Panacea Cameo Round Plant Stand, Brown, 15"H
PAP-89155
Now: $11.99




Compost Basics
We all need to do our best to minimize our impact on the environment. Composting is a great, easy way to do just that. Compost is a natural process, wherein decaying organic material is broken down by microbes and bacteria, creating rich nutrients and soil. You can reduce landfill waste by composting your garden cuttings, kitchen waste, and dead leaves into nutrient rich soil. By following some simple guidelines, you can compost to create keep both your indoor and outdoor plants healthy.

Beginning a compost pile is simple. Create an area where you would like to begin collecting organic material. Place a compost bin or bucket in the desired area, or gather material around a freestanding pole. You can even create a bin by stacking hay bales into a box shape. This type of bin will decompose over time, enriching the soil even more.

The best compost is created from a good mixture of "greens" and "browns." Grass clippings, live weeds, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and tea bags are all greens. Browns include dead leaves, straw, hay, or dead weeds. A good mixture of both of these will create the best compost. Ensure that the pile is well aerated, as the beneficial microbes must have air to properly break down the organic matter. All compost piles should be moist. A thin layer of water should cover each layer as moisture is another element necessary for proper microbial growth. You may wish to cover your compost with a tarp to prevent it from becoming too dry or too wet. The ideal temperature for your compost is above 50 Fahrenheit, as a hot pile will decompose faster than a cool pile. If your climate is cooler in the winter, the pile may go dormant, but will reactivate in the spring.

Though many of our perishables can be added to a compost pile, some items should never be added as they can introduce disease or hinder the beneficial microbes. Never add fatty foods, meat, or bones to the pile. These food scraps will attract pests, and do not break down quickly. Chemically treated wood products should also not be added to compost as they often contain elements that become toxic when the wood breaks down. Neither human nor animal feces should be introduced to compost piles as they contain elements which could make you sick and also add an unpleasant aroma to your compost.

Once your compost pile reaches a dark, rich color and has an earthy smell, you may use your compost. Mix the compost into your soil prior to planting in raised planters or gardens, or spread it around the surface as mulch once you've planted. Mix in with indoor planting soil to provide additional enrichment, or dilute it in water for a nutrient rich fertilizer. This compost tea will help seedlings grow, or help boost unhealthy or newly transplanted plants.

BestNest carries a full line of composting items, such as planter beds, composting bins, and accessories for your composting needs. Please visit our Plants & Lawn Care Page to view our exciting products. For more personal assistance, call our customer service line toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.



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Dura-Trel Compost Bin
DUR-11134
Reg: $268.95
Now: $221.97



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Dura-Trel Two Board Raised Planter/Sand Box, 4'L x 4'W
DUR-11180
Now: $162.95



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Dura-Trel Three Board Raised Planter/Sand Box, 8'L x 4'W
DUR-11183
Now: $345.95




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EarthWay Tubular Steel High Wheel Cultivator
EWP-6500
Now: $72.99





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Gardman Pop-Up Garden Barrel, 18"
GAR-R622
Now: $19.99




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Gardman Fold-Away Garden Wheelbarrow
GAR-R626
Now: $49.99




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