There are two things that I'm currently obsessing over: plants and sparkling water. My love of greenery has been ramping up since the springtime, but my La Croix crush is still pretty fresh. I don't know how it happened - I've never cared for carbonated, unsweetened beverages before this, but I'm literally poppin' a can of La Croix every day now. To combine these two trends, I present to you the La Croix planter project. If you have five minutes to spare, this is the craft for you!
If I have the choice between placing a plant on a shelf or suspending that plant in the air, I'm going to suspend it. Save the precious shelf room! This beaded plant hanger is a cool and unique way to get those plants in the air!
Shari took an ordinary grocery store pineapple and turned it into TWO pineapples. No, it wasn't magic, just a green thumb. She planted the greenery with
It's pretty incredible, really: plants that have developed in low-light conditions in the jungles of South American and Asia, with remarkably clean lines and tight textures that work amazingly in inside conditions in homes around the globe.
Low amounts of work, and quite the domestic payoff. Apartment Therapy has assembled fifteen of their favorite easy houseplant projects from 2009, which add a fun, intentional element with no fears of black thumbin' it.
A succulent is a beautiful thing. "Many of the following projects involve these easy-care beauties, while others are just simple but inspiring gardens and planters, some of them for small spaces, some for low-water situations, and so on. Enjoy!"
Condensation...it's everyone's first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.
So, what's a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.
From DIYNetwork: "No matter what kind of air conditioner you have, whole house or window box, it...
"Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers a beautiful solution to the soggy umbrella dilemma, and allows you to turn that excess, unwanted rain water into nourishment for a plant! It’s a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist - watershed from your soaked...
Instructable-user CarlSandra2005 came up with this clever alternative use for a tomato cage: a tri-level plant stand. And since this only cost, what 25-cents, and you probably have at least three or four unused ones lying about, you could do them in multiples for a Jetsons-like effect. Simply use pliers to shape your cage appropriately, spraypaint a color of your choice, then fill. The only difficult part may be to find containers that will fit...
Also known as the ‘Shy Plant’, ‘Humble Plant’, ‘Sleeping Grass’, ‘Touch-Me-Not’, ‘Sensitive Plant’ and ‘Modest Princess’, the Mimosa pudica reacts to touch as if it is indeed ‘shy’. Native to South and Central America, it’s actually now considered a ‘pantropical weed’. Still, its reaction to touch makes it a bit more anthropomorphic than your basic potted pathos. Want a Tickle Plant of your own? You can order seeds from ticklemeplant.com. After...
The Makezine blog points out this living art/seed starter: a wall-hanging plant holder from Opulent Items. The plants are watered by the included reservoir, and the plants naturally grow forward (out), because that's whence the light comes.
The included diagram (below) makes it seem like they want you to DIY one; which is totally preferable to dropping $250 on a manufactured model.
Materials: Four compact disc cases
1. Remove the front (the clear part) from three of the cases.
2. Tape or glue the three cases in a box shape, and then add the final case on the back, as in the photo.
3. Help your little seedlings thrive by placing the greenhouse over the plant, using the lid as necessary.
Just because it's all frozen outside doesn't mean your green thumb gets to lie dormant all season. Instead, move your green friends inside. Here's ten hearty varieties to get you started.
Aloe (Aloe spp.).
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.).
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia spp.)
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera spp.).
Clivia (Clivia spp.).
Corn Plant (Dracaena spp.).
Jewel Orchid (Ludisia spp.).
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.).
Moth Orchid (Phalaenop...
"Next time you go shopping for home cleaning supplies, consider adding large-leaved plants for every room in the house. They reduce unhealthy pollutants as well as airborne bacteria and fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions."
Top 10 Air Cleaning Plants
1. Areca palm
2. Reed palm
3. Dwarf date palm
4. Boston fern
6. English ivy
7. Australian sword fern
8. Peace lily
9. Rubber plant
"Gardeners, listen up. You need not stand by each fall while Jack Frost kills off your favorite tender plants one by one. You can rescue your plants from certain death by bringing them in for the winter. Coleus, begonias, and even heliotropes don't mind taking a holiday as houseplants. And once your plants are indoors, it's easy to make more with cuttings. On the following pages, we've laid out a strategy designed to keep your plants healthy...
"The bench frame and top are made of 2-by-6 decking. (We used redwood, but you could substitute cedar or pressure-treated lumber.) For a comfortable seating height, choose pots that are about 18 inches tall and wide (no wider than 19 inches for this bench). Look for thick-walled, wide-lipped pots that have been glazed (that is, hardened); avoid unfired terra-cotta. For safety, lift bench top periodically and check pots for cracks."
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I treated myself to an Oxalis Regnelli, a.k.a. a Lucky Shamrock Plant. These are the flowering shamrock-like plants available just about everywhere this time of year, including most grocery stores.
I’ve always considered my thumb green--well, at least chartreuse--but for some reason the luck for these supposedly easy to grow plants run out when they come into my care. Too much water? Not enough sun? I’d like to...
A quick question to coincide with alexrussell's avacado post: Has anyone ever tried to grow a fruit tree by seed indoors? If so, were you successful? Will you share your how-to experience with your fellow Curblians? We who suffer a white winter could use a breath of warmer climes!