If you’re not a professional botanist, a knowledgeable gardener, or just someone who is knowledgeable enough to readily identify different kinds of plant life, you might find that labeling your herbs and other indoor plants is very helpful.
What is it about dining by candlelight that makes a simple al fresco meal more enjoyable? Is it because the glow of light conjures feelings of warmth and
coziness? Or do faces bathed in it exude happiness and health? Whatever the reason, dining outside in candlelight incandescence makes any gathering feel more intimate and more special. There are several options for the perfect outdoors candleholder for your table – the popular glass candleholder lantern, traditional candleholders, hanging candleholders, candle logs, candleholder sconces, tea light holders, hurricane vases, and more. Your particular aesthetic, spatial considerations, and the occasion are all factors in what you ultimately choose as your candleholder centerpiece. Read the rest of this entry »
Foodie and restaurant industry trends come and go, some fading away and some melting into the collective culinary landscape. The non-hamburger slider, small plates, juicing, bacon-flavored everything, truffle oil, farm-to-table, locavorism, the raw food movement, and gastropubs are just some of the most recent fads loved and loathed by many. But one dining trend has had a bit more of a subtle ingratiation into the culinary consciousness – the salt box, also known as the pinch bowl, salt dish, saltbox holder, or salt container. Much more common on restaurant tables of late, salt containers are replacing traditional salt and pepper shakers. You might have noticed in the last couple of years, and depending on where you live and dine, that among the standard set of dining accoutrement – napkin dispenser, bottle of glass ketchup, single flower in a little glass vase, tea light candle – shakers are nowhere to be found and in their place are small dishes of salt and pepper, sometimes with little spoons gently nestled in.
Why Herb Scissors Will Save You Time and Energy in the Kitchen. Chopping stubborn herbs and keeping them from bouncing off of your cutting board is a trying practice that most who cook for themselves at home know well. So what is a fledgling home cook to do without the superior knife skills of a professional chef or culinary school grad? Save time and energy in the kitchen by deferring to a tool that will quickly and perfectly dismantle your herbs – herb scissors.
With access to the internet and sites like Pinterest, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with ideas and intimidated by the seemingly perfect gardens that are commonly found there. At the same time your yard (or lack thereof) is too small, the weather is too unpredictable, or you just don’t have enough time to take care of a proper garden. Well, there’s some good news! Gardening doesn’t have to be large scale, perfect, require perfect weather, or need a ton of time. One of the simplest ways to add color and life to your backyard or balcony is to implement containers into your gardening routine.
Whether you’re looking to plant herbs and vegetables or brighten up your space with some colorful flowers, container gardening is very versatile method and can utilize some of the most common place items!
Going Green with your Green Thumb:
From coffee cans and yogurt cups to egg cartons and milk jugs, recycling your containers has never been easier! Many of these items can easily be turned into plant containers. Egg cartons are perfect for starting a large amount of plants to be transplanted later in the season when they outgrow their space. Teach your kids about gardening by having them paint a yogurt container or milk jug and watch their plants grow or use the smaller yogurt containers for a mini herb garden to add a little spice to your dinners. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try nontraditional ideas!
Cook with fresh produce? Take it to a whole other level with this idea!
If your grandparents are anything like mine, then they have four of everything and love giving you the things they don’t use. This has resulted in the unfortunate situation of owing 10 pots, but only really using two to cook with. I ended up donating mine, but if I had seen what this creative gal did with her found cookware! With the new trend of colorful cookware; pots, pans, teapots, or even coffee mugs and teacups can all make great creative containers for succulents or houseplants. Make sure you provide enough room for drainage though; it would be easy to drown your plants otherwise.
Don’t be dull as dirt, get creative!
There are plenty of really creative ideas that can be executed inside and outside of the home. Using rain gutters as planters along the fence, deck railing, or even hanging them seems to be a big fad right now. It’s a great method for keeping spreading produce contained and looks really cool! I’ve seen a bunch of creative ways to garden with containers either in small spaces or large scale!
Containers that can be used for gardening are literally limitless. As long as it can contain a little dirt and handle being a little wet it can be used for planting! Get creative and start looking at those old canisters, shoes, buckets, and dishes in a new light. Who knows? There might be a perfect pot for that plant you’ve been looking to re-home.
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Mackenzie Kupfer is inspired by things both great and small, whether it’s royal gardens or a shoe-planter. To see more of her writing, check out her twitter.
The benefits of cultivating plant life in your home are numerous – plants produce an influx of oxygen, they moisturize dehydrated air caused by seasonal conditions and dry climates, and they purify the air by plucking out floating toxins, as well as improve mental health and bolster clearer thinking. Plants are nothing short of incredible for their propensity to heal, comfort, and celebrate – evident by their prevalence in hospital rooms and as traditional decorative elements at our big life moments – and can be woven into any design aesthetic with style and grace.
The latest in modern agricultural decor is the glass terrarium, a globe, pot, or case – either closed or open containing a mini ecosystem typically composed of plant life, soil, and a drainage system made from rocks, stones, gravel, or a mixture of any or all three. Terrariums are striking because unlike a planter, they expose a plant’s full scope – its roots and what keeps it rooted – on all sides, creating a modern and beautiful conversation piece for your space. Terrariums are also versatile because you can choose from a wide selection of plants, colors, and textures to fill them with, and in the realm of interior design, they aren’t a big splurge. Read the rest of this entry »
You bought a hanging bird feeder, hung it in your yard, and filled it with seed. You expected to see birds of all kinds flock to the
feeder, hungry and grateful for an oasis of plentiful sustenance. You check the feeder from time to time and the seed supply doesn’t seem to be dwindling. You also notice that there’s also not much bird traffic to and from the feeder. You think to yourself, ‘What did I do wrong?’ Unfortunately, attracting birds to your property is not as simple as placing your feeder in a random spot, filling it with seed, and waiting for the birds to congregate. Check out these five common bird feeding mistakes to avoid.
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Hydrating your indoor plants is not as simple as filling up your watering pot and emptying it into the soil. In reality, watering your plants whenever you remember to or as part of your daily routine are both practices that are potentially harmful to their wellbeing.
Most house plants die for one of two reasons – dehydration or too much hydration. Too much hydration often masquerades as ‘pampering’ – we love our plants, we want our plants to thrive and bear flowers and fruit and improve our spaces, and so sometimes we give them too much of a good thing. An overabundance of water forces oxygen out of the root zone, blocking the roots from delivering important nutrients to the plant. Bottom line, there is no uniform watering rule and researching the moisture conditions of your house plants is essential to their survival. For example, some plants, like cacti, don’t need a lot of water, while plants that come from a marsh or a bog environment love to be water-soaked at all times. Read the rest of this entry »
Does your home need a design upgrade? Before you completely re-work a room, tear up the carpet, paint the walls, or buy new furniture, consider adding a few modern pieces to your space first. A couple – or even just one carefully placed object – has the ability to liven up a room or outdoor space without requiring a laborious and time-intensive makeover.
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Whether you are a neophyte or an avid composter, composting in your kitchen is an incredibly useful and environmentally beneficial practice.
Consider your trash can – it’s stuffed throughout the week with food scraps, cooked and leftover food, cardboard, paper towels, dust, coffee filters, tea bags, and other household expendables. What if you could cut down on a significant portion of your household trash, decrease the presence of fruit flies, and eliminate unpleasant odors?
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