Live Plant Lamps

by DIY Maven

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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

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Air Plants and How to Display Them

by DIY Maven

Air Plants and How to Display Them

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

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Leprechaun Crib

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Leprechaun Crib

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.

Via OhDeeDoh

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Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

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...

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Sky Planter: The 21st Century Version of a Hanging Plant

by DIY Maven

Sky Planter: The 21st Century Version of a Hanging Plant

 

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.

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Spot the Brilliant Balcony...

by Lilybee

created on: 08/13/08

created on: 08/13/08

created on: 08/13/08

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.

 

 

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Plant Powered Air Filter

by DIY Maven

Plant Powered Air Filter

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.

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How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

by Chris Gardner

Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.

How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

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...

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How Does Your Garden Grow: Seeds and Transplants.

by Chris Gardner

Read Part I: Assessing Your Soil.

Part II. Seeds and Transplants.

How Does Your Garden Grow: 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...

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How To: Handmade Terrariums for Everyone.

by Chris Gardner

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.

How To: Handmade Terrariums for Everyone.

1. Gather a clean jar.

2. The many aspects of wet.

3. Arrange your plants.

4. Don't kill your plants.

5. Enjoy

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Make a Five Minute Greenhouse.

by Chris Gardner

 

Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.

Make a Five Minute Greenhouse.

Materials:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopstick
  • Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
  • Seeds
  • 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.

 

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How To Plant a Winter Garden.

by Chris Gardner

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.

How To Plant a Winter Garden.
  • 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. 

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