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Essential Gardening Supplies to Start an Indoor Garden

  • Posted on January 3, 2017 at 11:32 am

If you are considering starting a small garden in your apartment, opt for beautiful glass terrariums. Miniature terrariums look great in limited spaces and add another dimension to your home decor. To start your own terrarium you will need to choose the right garden planters, a wholesome potting mix and some essential gardening supplies to help it flourish. Follow these easy tips to help kick-start your indoor garden.

Depending on the local climatic conditions, you can determine if you want humidity-loving plants or ones that thrive in drier conditions. Create ideal growing conditions for your plants by choosing the right garden planters. Glass planters that come with a lid are ideal for creating humid conditions for moisture-loving plants. Top-open vessels, on the other hand, are great for creating drier conditions. You can transform old glass aquariums and glass vases into beautiful terrariums for your indoor garden. If these vessels are not at hand, you will also find glass vessels that have been designed specially to be used as terrariums online.

Potting soil is one of the essential gardening supplies you need to stock up on while starting an indoor garden. Potting mixes that have been formulated for the indoor plants you have chosen for your terrarium would be ideal. All-purpose potting mixes also work well with most plants.

To make sure that your terrarium always remains well-drained, create layers before you add your potting mix and plant. A layer of sand or pebbles at the bottom will help with drainage. Follow this with a layer of activated charcoal. This is especially helpful for closed glass garden planters as it keeps the air inside fresh. Use a thin layer of sphagnum moss to separate the potting mix from the charcoal to help with proper drainage and also keep the soil in place. Decorate the terrarium after you have decided on the positions of the plants. Place a few rounded pebbles around the plants to add to the overall look of your indoor terrarium.

If this is the first time you are trying your hand at indoor gardening, make sure you are stocked with essential gardening supplies that include tools like pruning shears, trowels and a mister. A good pair of gardening gloves and an apron are also accessories you can consider when you begin gardening.

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Japanese Garden Furniture

  • Posted on January 3, 2017 at 2:11 am

Asian-style decor has become quite popular among Westerner’s in recent years. Japanese gardens are influenced by Buddhist, Shinto and Taoist philosophies with the thought that such influences will bring spirituality to the garden. It is with this hope that Japanese-style gardens have pieces such as garden benches, fountains and shoji screens. A Japanese-style garden is a place to meditate, relax and enjoy nature.

Japanese garden benches come in several styles. There are stone benches that have curves rather than straight lines. Rolls, swirls and carved dragon faces are some of what decorate these backless stone benches. Place by a pond with bamboo surrounding it and you will feel as if you have just stepped into a true Japanese garden. Opposite of these rounded benches with dragons carved on the side are simple teak benches, also backless. The teak slats are so close together that it almost looks like a single piece of wood. Stained a honey color, these benches are subtle and invite one to sit and enjoy the garden.

For a garden with lots of space you might consider an outdoor dining set. A slatted teak table, a perfect square in amber tones, compliments 4 teak chairs with a black stain. This set has clean lines and is very contemporary, yet the amber teak hints of Japan. Place a shoji screen at one corner, a fountain nearby and a statue of Buddha to set the scene for many serene dinners outdoors.

The sound of water is often present in Japanese gardens. Water represents serenity and purity and is therefore often used in gardens whether it is a pond, a small stream or a fountain. Whether it is the sound of flowing water, trickling water or the sound of water falling into water is a matter of preference. Consider a Japanese-style fountain. There are many styles to choose from. One popular style is a stone fountain that has a column with a lantern at the top. Water spouts out just below the lantern and lands in a large stone bowl. There are several patinas to choose from and each one is made to look aged and weathered. The soft lighting with the sound of water trickling into the stone bowl will make evenings outside a serene and relaxing experience.

Whether you choose a single piece of Japanese inspired outdoor furniture, or many pieces, your garden will most definitely be enhanced by it, and will become a much more enjoyable area to be in for you and your family, as well as an guests you have in your home.

Decorative Outdoor Lighting Will Create Charm And Ambiance To Your Home

  • Posted on January 3, 2017 at 1:19 am

The interior of any home or business place should complement the exterior, and vice versa. This could be done by creating an artistically balanced appearance by using decorative outdoor lighting fixtures at different angles and points.

For instance, a canister sized lighting fixture would produce a loud and crass effect for a small garden or deck. To find the correct balance the area should be highlighted by utilizing smallish lights closer to the ground, on tree trunks or eaves of structures around.

Light designers along with manufacturers recognizing the potential of decorative outdoor lighting introduced shapes, styles and finishes in consonance with changing times. Decorative outdoor lights in neo-classical models, informal or fashionable and stylistic, produce a harmonious setting coordinating the inside with the exterior. Purpose also determines design of decorative outdoor lights..

For paths, lighting fixtures using top covers or shades are recommended as lighting is directed out and down but not about the face. There is nothing more painful than to be momentarily blinded as a result of instant glare. One doesn’t want a beacon on private property but a decorative light to concentrate on special features from the house as well as protect it.

In business places for instance hotels, malls, clubs, schools, colleges, the decorative outdoor lighting should be creative as well as practical. Compact fluorescent lighting, ground level moon lamps, post lanterns are generally some of the styles that help control glare as well as spill.

One more change from old to new is the effective use of decorative outdoor lighting with timers and photo cells. One can picture the gas-burning lights of 1800’s widely used to light streets. We have come a long way, but nostalgia plays a part because the same concept is incorporated in electricity bulbs that is today obtainable in flame shaped styles. , No matter what the pattern or style from opal shaped to diamond, vintage lamp posts and shades, lights with frosted exterior, guests and visitors ought to not be inconvenienced by faulty positioning and design selection. Instead of being inspired by neighbors, shop magazines or particular shape and color look at requirement, budget and suitable lighting.

If your pathway is lengthy and dimly lit then hang Chinese lanterns or if you are wanting to create a partition in the lawn, then plant tiki torches available in different sizes and color.