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5 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Living Wall

5 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Living Wall
Photo: ELT Vibrant living walls are a striking way to infuse a little more green in urban areas (not to mention the air quality health benefits they provide) -- and having your own is easier than you'd think. No space? 1. ELT started out making living walls for commercial spaces in Mumbai -- but now you can put their expertise to use in your home with the DIY kits. The super-simple kits come in two sizes, single and double, and mount on an interior wall so you can bring a little bloom to any room in your home. 2. Photo: Woolly PocketWoolly Pocket's Wally gardening system consists of bright pockets constructed from recycled plastic bottles, with a design that makes them durable, breathable, and soft -- plus they're modular, so you can combine as many as you need for a custom design. 3. Photo: Plants on Walls The Floraframe living wall kits from Plants on Walls combine modern aesthetics with natural blooms. 4. Photo: Bright Green USA 5. Related:  sarathsiripala

Outfitting a minimalist kitchen Although I am a fairly adventurous cook, I find that I repeatedly reach for the same utensils, pots, pans, and ingredients in my kitchen. You probably do, too. We’re creatures of habit. A friend who is getting married recently asked me what I think are the essential items in my kitchen. I first directed her to the “Creating a multi-tasking wedding registry” post I wrote last year. Making “essentials” lists is a risky endeavor. The minimalist kitchen: 10″ cast iron skillet. I believe anyone can make fantastic meals with only these items. Are there essentials that I have forgotten from my list?

Cheap Do It Yourself Vertical Gardens Vertical gardening is a fun, creative way to grow plants in urban spaces! Below is just a sample of what you can create with ready-to-go planters and kits. The first few images are of GroVert Vertical Gardening Systems by Bright Green. There are two different sized panels (10 and 45), and each are planted, then hung on the wall using their included mounting bracket. The last images are of living walls made from felt pockets. If you’re looking to build one yourself, you can visit Urban Zeal Planters ( to see all your options. Looking For Low Water Usage In Your Tiny Home? Try A Dish Drawer Photo credit Fisher Paykel. Thus far, the search for energy-efficient, beautiful and small appliances for Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment has been, if nothing else, revealing. Manufacturers, while they generally make small models, don't seem to be giving them the attention to eco-effiiency and maximum functionality that a small space deserves and demands. Fridges and freezers, for example are not generally designed with smart interiors capable of handling a lot of food in a small cubic footprint; few single ovens combine a powerful microwave for efficiency with a full-featured convection oven for browning and baking...and come in smaller sizes. That part's fairly easy. Luckily, in the last few years, drawer dishwashers become popular, and a couple of makers have single drawer models. 1. The KitchenAid KUDD03STSS. The KitchenAid KUDD03STSS, according to its maker, allows a user to run quite small loads. Pros: It is EnergyStar qualified, and costs approximately $19 annually to run. 2.

How To Build A Vertical Garden & DIY Guides Urbanization has robbed Mother Nature of space to place her beautiful brood of plants and flowers. Known also as a living wall, green wall or sky farm, vertical gardens are well-suited for an urban environment where space is limited. So if you can’t go wide, what do you do? You go up! Many business establishments are going green in their step towards being both environmentally-friendly in today’s urban jungle. Image credit: shaggyshoo (teesha) / Flickr One of the most well-known buildings that have adopted this greening effect is the Musee Du Quai Branly which is a French museum near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Patrick’s own websites details facts about how there are so many species of plants that do not require soil to grow. While the average green thumb enthusiast may not be able to emulate the scale and grandeur of Blanc\’s work, you can have your own DIY vertical garden in your garden. What You Should Be Mindful of When Building A Vertical Garden The Basics of a DIY Vertical Garden

xAP Tutorial - Setting Up the Open Home Automation Protocol xAP is an open Home Automation Protocol, created by Automated Home readers almost a decade ago. It allows many disparate systems to talk to each other – for example your Caller ID interface could send packets to your Joggler to display details when someone rings. Or perhaps you need your Comfort Alarm system to be able to control to your C-Bus lighting? All do-able with xAP. Recent discussions on our forums have lead to a new beginners guide / tutorial on setting up and running xAP in your own home and with the kind permission of the author, we’ve re-created it here. xAP is a home-automation protocol that is open and extensible, to understand more have a look at xAP Home Automation where you can get an overview of the protocol and applications that have been written already. Install a xAP Hub – First off you’ll need a hub; a hub allows the hosting of multiple xAP applications on a single machine (without a hub the first xAP application to start will hog the necessary ports itself).

Fantasy Name Generator By Samuel Stoddard - Version 1.5 One of the perks of creating fantasy stories -- whether by writing a story or game or by role-playing -- is you get to make up the names. Some people relish the task while others are frustrated by it. In addition, this tool can be fairly amusing to use even if you don't have any name creating to do. You can use the fantasy name generator below. Nest 8 saves space in the kitchen Joseph Joseph’s Nest 8 collection of nesting kitchen items is a fantastic way to save space in your cupboards: The Nest 8 collection includes four measuring cups (sizes 1-, 1/2-, 1/3-, and 1/4-cup), a sieve, a colander, a small mixing bowl, and a large mixing bowl. They also make a nice, lay-flat colander: We’ve written about the Joseph Joseph cheese grater before, and it seems that the new items in their line continue to be space-saving solutions.

A Rooftop Garden is a Fun and Exciting Way to Container Garden. Rooftop Garden Advantages They cool and shade buildings, which reduces the 'heat island' effect of a city. Retains and utilizes rainwater, provides wildlife habitat, and enhances the roof membrane life. Has an aesthetic appeal creating a private haven. Container Gardening The first option for rooftop gardening is container gardening . In rooftop container gardening, few to no modifications are made to the existing roof structure; containers – anything from plastic swimming pools to recycled-wood planters – are placed on a rooftop and filled with the desired soil type and plants. One problem you might face here, is the soil in rooftop containers might thaw on a warm winter day. Also with a rooftop garden, the container material must be carefully considered in places with extreme climates. Green Roofs A great option to explore as an addition to "green houses", is a green roof. This is the second type of a rooftop garden. History Lesson: The Green Advantage: Green Roof Construction:

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