No, nobody shoved a light up a plant's yahoo to make this lamp. It's actually an orb with Tillandsia, aka air plants, attached to it. The plants need no soil to survive. Just light, air and a spritz of water every now and then. I'm guessing the orb is
Hungry for live plants? How about getting a fresh perspective on things with the Sky Planter? Nothing will lift the winter doldrums like fresh, live plants hanging upside down in your house. The ceramic planters
Air plants might look fake, but they're not. Their genus is Tillandsia, and their family the Bromeliad. They can be grown indoors or out, prefer cool nighttime temps and bright filtered light. They also do well in artificial light as well; florescent is best. Tillandsia grown indoors prefer to be thoroughly wetted 2 to 3 times a week, whereas if they're grown outdoors they may never need watering. For food, an air plant will do just fine with a Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. If all these 'rules' sound stringent, they aren't. Tillandsia are incredibly hardy, which is one reason why so many people think they're not
Designer Kari Elwell Katzander has painted a wall for the PNC bank building in Pittsburgh...
and, it's alive.
Greening it up this week with a clever little project using old vinyl blinds as your plant markers. Wooden paint stir sticks were my previous favorite, but after two good rains, they're a mess.
Photo by Jesse Dill
For some reason this reminds me of the commercial for the tiny burgers that are so cute.
Rick over on Rick's Woodshop Creations tells us everything we need to know to grow our very own pineapple in 5 easy steps. To get you started, here they are:
Why do we love anything in miniature? Maybe because it's so absolutely adorably dinky! Breaking through the undeniable charm of dollhouse interior decor out into the miniature yard and garden is, yet again, some kind of wonderful. Created by John Millman, could this be making ready for leprechauns?
To test your plant knowledge, check out the entire post at OhDeeDoh.
Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor garden/hydroponics store and buy speciality grow lights that mimic the color spectrum of the sun's rays. Or you can make these LED spikes from Popular Science.... Goodness, even the name sounds cooler. "These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the day; however, they’ll also provide enough light after dark to ensure that your plants get the 12 to 18 hours a day they need to...
A new twist on the macrame hangers of the 1970's, Boskke's Sky Planter is an upside down planter. (Much like the inverted tomato plant idea, I'm guessing.) It locks in the soil so there's no mess below, and because you water from the top down, there's no water lost to evaporation. Its 'internal reservoir system' means you water less often too. A conversation starter, no doubt, that will save precious floor space. Not bad! Via.
Well done my neighbours for making the world a bit better with green. I suspect the folks who live here are actually elves, as they have been able to create a lovely green spot for themselves (and us snoopy neighbours) on their North-facing, 11th floor balcony. Their dash of green vastly improves what may be the worlds ugliest building.
This is probably something you've never considered--I know I hadn't. Growing our own lily pads. Think Geek makes the process painless with their DIY lily pad kit ($7.99), which comes with 3 lotus seeds, decorative acrylic rocks and a clear bowl in which to grow them. Frogs are extra.
The Bel-Air Plant Powered Living Air Filter gins up our indoor plants' ability to clean the air. With the help of NASA research, French designer Mathiew Lehanneur has outfitted his creation with a fan that draws air into a Pyrex chamber that houses a plant. The air then is filtered through the plants leaves, roots and humidity it generates. Via thegreenhead.com.
Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.
Simply cut off the top half/the lid of the cartons, and fill each cup with potting soil. Place them on a sheet pan filled with water, and the set the pan in the sunshine or under grow lights. When the seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cartons into indiividual cups, and place the whole things in the soil. The cartons will dissolve, just like...
Part II. Seeds and Transplants.
If you planned on starting your own transplants from seeds, you’re a bit behind for this year. However, the schedule below details the best dates for starting transplants; use it in subsequent years, or to determine whether you should purchase seedlings or try it from scratch.
Early March: onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, morning glory, cypress vine...
Though you can actually beginning planting outside this week, it's still fun to have a little green growth inside. The terrarium is the perfect micro-world, adorable and endlessly customizable. And Jena and Renee from Modish has figured out the trick: using plants with the some moisture requirements.
1. Gather a clean jar.
2. The many aspects of wet.
3. Arrange your plants.
4. Don't kill your plants.
Click the link above for the...
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.
Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.
- Wooden spoon
- Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
- Seed-starting pots
- Loose soil
- Clear plastic container
1.) Drill holes into your plastic container for ventilation.
2.) Fill your pots with seed starting mix, and poke divets with the chopstick. Then, add your seeds.
Read the full how-to from Modish.
So, there still may be snow on the ground, but soon enough, your plants will be going into the ground. Here's nine cool products that may come in handy for you this season.
1. Garden Cart/Lawn Buddy
2. Coil Hose
3. Hose Connectors
4. Watering Wand
5. Multipurpose Electronic Soil Tester
6. Garden Staples
7. CobraHead Weeder
8. Quick-Ties Velcro Tape
9. Compound Action Tree Pruner
Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, "With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round." They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.
- Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
- Use leaves to keep soil warm.
- Keep out bugs and critters.
- All sorts of nutrional benefits.