With March just around the corner, it’s about now that every gardener starts getting cabin fever. There is only so much peering at snowdrops, sniffing scented daphnes and admiring frosted leaves you can do before the desire to start sowing seeds with abandon sets in.
Be careful what you sow, though: it’s still too early for many seeds, which need spring to be in full flow before they sprout. That’s where half-hardy annuals come in. These are the more exotic, tender cousins of hardy annuals: both flower, set seed and die in the course of one year, but the half-hardy types need to be started indoors and planted out only once the risk of frost has passed. That means cosseting them on a sunny windowsill and faffing about with pricking out and transplanting; but you get loads of plants for very little outlay, and a tantalising range of colours and forms.
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When plants are becoming too big for their pots, they begin to show a number of symptoms. Identify those signs and learn with this easy 10 steps guide when and how to repot your plants on time:
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Houseplants are a huge interiors trend right now. But never mind how great they look, there is also a slew of benefits to bringing greenery indoors. They purify the air, help boost healing and can even improve concentration and productivity.
There’s a science to getting it right, and lighting, temperature as well as your green-fingered skills all play a part in which plants you should use to decorate with. Indoor plants are a great addition to any house. But, there are simply too many choices out there. Make choosing easier with the help of this great infographic.
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Growing plants indoors can be beneficial to both body and mind. Normal plant processes include absorbing CO2 and releasing moisture into the air. Physically, both of these functions can be beneficial in a stuffy office environment. Humans breathe in air, absorb O2, and exhale CO2, while plants will do the opposite – absorbing the CO2 and releasing O2. This exchange makes having plants around seem like a logical idea. One study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, studied possible benefits of indoor plants, finding that indoor office plants could prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work. Plants can actually make us smarter!
Now, this sounds good in theory, but how does one go about getting their office or home filled with plants in an easy way? You’re at the right place! This infographic shows you which plants are worthy of your selection, along with some informative notes on care. Pothos, Spider Plant, English Ivy, Rubber Tree, Dumb Cane, Fiddleleaf Fig, Heart-Leaf Philodendron, Snake Plant, Jade plant, Cast Iron Plant, Peace Lily, and Ponytail Palm are the gems listed below.
Whichever you choose, you should ensure you adhere to some important best practices when it comes to caring for house plants. The most important of these are not over-watering your plant, and pruning your plant to keep the foliage even.
Originally Published on Huffington Post
Let’s face it: Reducing your home’s negative impact on the planet will likely require a huge amount of work.
But solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren’t the only ways to help your household adopt more eco-friendly practices. There are a ton of easy — and fun — ways to conserve energy.
Luckily for us, UK-based magazine Good To Be Home has some clever ideas on other ways to do it.