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Indoor Herb Garden

Indoor Garden

Ikea has it right when it introduced the Socker, an indoor cultivation unit for those who doesn’t have space outside of their home. It followed other mini-conservatory/greenhouse units for more specific purposes.

Krydda

The Krydda came before the Socker and is probably not in production anymore.

Hindö

Hindö

A conservatory you can use inside and outside, as pictured above, in a balcony.

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The Most Useful Plants in the World

The Most Useful Plants in the World

Plants are very important to humans. It is vital as a source of food, textile for clothing, medicine, wood and other materials that are needed by our modern civilization. Without plants to provide those materials life as we know it would simply not be possible.

Important Plants

There are many different kinds of plants in the world. Some have practical uses to humans while others have no value to us. Still there are some plant species that are still waiting to be discovered. Even in today’s modern world there are still some plant species that remain unknown.

So that you can gain more information on plants and the role that they play on our lives, here are some of the most useful plants today:

Coconut

Coconuts belong to the palm family and most people are aware of it through the coconut products that are mainly processed from the fruit. These are mostly food products, but there are some herbal products that are processed from it as well. Cooking oil that is sold in many countries are processed from coconuts. One of the good things about coconuts is that there are so many things that can be produced out of the fruit.

In the countries where the coconut is quite abundant, the coconut tree is used for producing many things. In fact almost every part of the plant is used in a practical way. For example, the leaves are used for wrapping food and trunk is used as lumber.

Bamboo

There are over 1400 species of bamboo and as you can expect there are many types and varieties of the versatile plant. They can grow in cold regions and in the tropics as well. Bamboo is classified as a grass and is known as the fastest growing plant in the world.

In many cultures especially in Asia, the bamboo plant plays an important role in the culture and society.  It is used for building materials, food and decoration.  Many Asian countries use bamboo for building their traditional homes. Even in modern construction bamboo is used for making scaffoldings that can reach great heights.

The Most Useful Plants in the World

Hemp

Hemp is a rather controversial plant. Though it is used for many things it is also identified as a source for marijuana, which is an illegal substance in many countries. But there are varieties of the plant which have very low levels of the psychoactive substance in it.

Hemp is used for making cordage and ropes. It is very important for this purpose because of its strength as a material. The fibre of the plant can also be used as textile and as a replacement for wood on furnishings.  The oil produced from the plant is important in making paint.

Hemp is also used as a food source. The seeds can be eaten raw and it can even be processed and turned into milk in the same way that soy beans are turned into soy milk.

These are just three of the most useful plants in the world today. For more information on how you can brighten up your life with plants check out the Gaddys Indoor Plant Hire site.

This article courtesy of Bee Burnell, a man with an enormous green thumb from Sydney, Australia.

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Organic Garden: A Small Step to Bigger Eco-Friendly Goals

Organic Garden: A Small Step to Bigger Eco-Friendly Goals

Individuals who want to turn their homes into a green or eco-friendly one may find themselves faced with a challenging project. This may entail a lot of changes in both the physical environment and the lifestyle of a person, particularly if one has just started getting into the green habit. There should be a conscious effort to ensure that every product you use and that every choice you make is aligned with your eco-friendly home objective. To make it easy for the whole family, one can simply begin “greening” their home from the outdoors. Working on your garden is a good place to start in helping save Mother Earth.

Having a garden offers plenty of benefits for homemakers. It adds aesthetic value to your property, promotes healthy eating habits, and provides savings on the food budget. If you really want to save Mother Earth, then going organic is the key. Naturally homegrown fruits and vegetables are known for their health benefits and for their great taste too. This means that the family can enjoy healthy and great tasting food without denting the budget because it can all come from your home garden.

Here are some ideas that can help you start an organic garden:

Plan Your Garden Setting

There are two components that you need to consider for your garden setting, location and lay-out. First, you need to choose an area in your backyard that is ideal for the garden. These are spots that get plenty of sunshine and have easy access to water. Plants that get enough sunshine and water everyday tend to grow better than those that don’t. Once you have chosen an area to work on, you can start planning the lay-out. Plants that need to be watered frequently should be placed near the water source to save on time and effort in watering them.

Nourish Through Compost

You can score double green points by having a compost pit in your garden. It allows you to recycle organic wastes and to use them in nourishing the garden soil. There is no need to buy artificial fertilizers that may contain chemicals that are harmful for both humans and nature. Your compost pit will ensure that all your crops are grown from naturally enriched soil.

Get Tips from the Experts

Those who want to be successful in their organic gardening experience should get their facts from credible people who have success stories of their own. The internet offers a lot of organic gardening resources from blogs, websites, newsletters, and online forums that can help beginners in the field. This can also minimize the risks of green horns committing the common mistakes in organic gardening.

One can learn a lot in growing and nurturing an organic garden through a combination of research, practical application of theories and experimentation. As a beginner, you will find yourself relying in other people’s advice but in time you may also find yourself in a position to share your own best practices. It is our responsibility to take care of our environment for the future generation. Starting a garden can be a small first step to help the environment today which can evolve into bigger eco-friendly steps for a greener and brighter future for our kids.

 

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Upgrading the Outdoors with Expertly Made Landscaping

 

Keeping the front lawn and the backyard neat with regular mowing, trimming, and cleaning is a basic home maintenance task that every home maker shouldn’t neglect. The outdoor areas of the house create the initial impression for the property which can affect its market value. Adding these areas in one’s home improvement plan can increase its property value and create some use for your extra lot area. Getting a trained landscaper to fix your yard can transform it into versatile areas where family members can rest and relax, entertain guests, or host parties.

Doing the landscape for one’s property can be quite simple, owners can decorate their outdoors with plants, tiles and garden accessories that suit their tastes. It is understandable why there are homeowners who venture into landscaping projects on their own and get satisfied with the results. However, a landscape job that looks good doesn’t necessarily mean that it is properly done. A well executed landscape project that is easy to maintain and long lasting entails knowledge in flora and fauna, basics of architecture or structural design and artistic skills. A task that is best entrusted in the hands of an expert, the landscape artist.



One of the skills that are possessed by most landscape artists is the expertise in horticulture. Homeowners who opt to hire a landscaper can take advantage of this in selecting the foliage or plant species that is best for your design and the local climate. It can save you time and effort on researching plant varieties and the care instructions for nurturing your greenery. You can also ensure that your funds will not be wasted on plants that wilt away or die easily. Trend conscious homeowners need not look further for the latest designs. Landscapers are often up to date when it comes to these matters.
They can even prepare a visual presentation of the landscape project that is designed to fit your taste or specifications. There are landscapers who work with virtual images during the selection and design phase. This allows you to see how the actual landscape will look upon project completion even before starting with it. One can make changes in the design even before purchasing the project supplies and materials thereby promoting efficient logistics for the project. It can also save you time, effort and funds from redoing the landscape in the middle of the project or after completion as in the case of poorly visualized projects that didn’t meet up to the owner’s standards.

The home is considered as extensions of the owner’s personality. Creating a good impression or image for the immediate surroundings or outdoors of the house is just as important as keeping a good reputation for the family. Hiring a landscape expert to design and upgrade the lawn and the backyard can go a long way in establishing a positive impression for the family and boost the value of one’s property.