The Nuts and Bolts: Think You Know Gardening? Prove it! The Nuts and Bolts: Think You Know Gardening? Prove it!

Do you know how green your thumb actually is? Take the quiz to find out. Keep reading for information on the new smoke alarm regulations in California, too.

Take the Garden Trivia Quiz

Hometalk's recently launched Plant ID quiz series provides consumers with a fun, informative outlet to boost their "garden IQ."

"When it comes to collaborative know-how, we've witnessed there's no better industry than gardeners, who possess an inherent desire to share knowledge," said Miriam Illions, Hometalk's Co-Founder and Director of Community Development. "We see this every single day as millions of visitors come to our site and ask each other questions, share advice and ideas all based on planting and flowers. If you're going to combine gardening and tech, there's really no better way to do it than in the form of an entertaining and interactive quiz."

The titles, from lowest to highest scoring, include:

  • Greenhouse Greenhorn
  • Grotto Undergrad
  • Gifted Gardner
  • Genius Germinator
  • Glorious Green Thumb

Find out where you rank at www.hometalk.com/quiz.

15% of Americans Are Afraid to Entertain Outdoors

A recent study done on outdoor entertaining discovered that although nine out of 10 Americans have an outdoor area, 15 percent are afraid to entertain outdoors because of bugs and lack of space. TIKI® Brand is excited to put these fears to rest and encourages people across America to dust off their patio furniture and invite the neighbors over for a backyard bash.

"One of the most important tips for outdoor entertaining is creating an amazing ambience, and you want to do this with your lighting," said Kellie Clements, interior designer and HGTV Design Star fan favorite. "Select torches that serve a dual purpose and are functional, as well as set the mood."

"Make sure the items you select for your patio serve multiple purposes," Clements said. "Garden stools are a perfect example because they can be used as a place to rest a plate and also as additional seating for guests. You can even place a TIKI Brand Glowing Table Torch on them for added ambience."

Find all of TIKI Brand's seven secrets to entertaining here: http://blog.tikibrand.com/

California Enacts New Requirements for Battery-operated Smoke Alarms

Older California residences are about to get a much-needed safety upgrade as a new law outlining smoke alarm requirements takes effect throughout the state.

Beginning July 1, 2014, California Senate Bill 745 requires that all solely battery-operated smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sold and installed in California must contain a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years. The requirement does not apply to any alarms that are hard-wired. For more information on California's new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements, visit www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

"Each year nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires—the vast majority in homes where a working smoke alarm is absent or disabled," said Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for First Alert, the most trusted name in home safety.* "For homes without hard-wired alarms, this law will help ensure that Californians have better protection against such avoidable tragedies."

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How'd you do? Is your thumb as green as you thought? Don't forget to ensure your smoke alarms are up to code!

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