A Table That Turns Your Kitchen Into Mini Ecosystem [UPDATED] Convenience and efficiency are king when it comes to product design. What could be more efficient than a natural ecosystem? That's the insight behind a "living kitchen" designed by the brilliant young design studio Studio Gorm. They looked at what we have in our kitchens--fruits, vegetables, organic waste--and figured: That's actually enough to create a miniature system for watering fresh herbs, composting the waste, and generating new soil. None of the elements is brand new to this product, but their integration wins points for ergonomics and ease. Maybe what's most surprising is that Studio Gorm isn't based in the Netherlands or Scandinavia--but rather in Eugene, Oregon. Check out some of Studio Gorm's other designs, including a modular furniture system of pegs and boards; an elegant Egyptian-inspired chair; a handsome adjustable lamp; and an overhead light inspired by--of all things--a falafel container.
How to Make the Perfect Terrarium (and Keep It Alive!) Think of it as an ongoing science experiment. Here are some of the basic materials you'll need and the steps to follow in order to build one that will thrive: First, choose a container. Maybe you already have a container on hand you would like to use in creating your terrarium. Keep in mind, however, that not all containers are suited for being repurposed into terrariums. Whatever you choose, be sure that it is smooth, clear glass. As for plants, choose varieties that thrive in high humidity and low light. Now you're ready to build your terrarium. Water with caution. Terrariums act like tiny greenhouses, resulting in condensation on the inner walls. Pour with a pastry bag: When creating the drainage base, there's no need to pour pebbles, rocks, and soil into the bottom of the container haphazardly. Think long: The narrow neck of some containers can make reaching around on the inside an absolute impossibility. Curious to learn more?
Toddler Art: Marble Painting with Shaving Cream Sweet Girl and I have discovered the neatest way to make marbled paintings! Shaving cream art!! That's right....using shaving cream to make fun swirl-y pictures! All you need is a shallow dish large enough to fit your paper, shaving cream and food coloring. First, you want to cover the bottom of your dish or pan with shaving cream (fyi...I get my shaving cream at the dollar store). Next, lay your piece of paper on top of the shaving cream and push down gently to make sure the shaving cream is covering all areas of the paper. Then lift out your paper and let it dry for about 10 minutes. Here's a couple close ups of the incredible marbling! I loved them so much I framed two of the marbled prints and hung them in our guest bathroom!
NatureMill Automatic Compost Bin | Composter | Compost | Composting | naturemill.com - StumbleUpon 7 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants ⋆ The NEW N!FYmag As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: Bee Balm – Monarda – is a beautiful flowering plant that attracts hummingbirds and, of course, bees. Cadaga Tree – Eucalyptus torelliana – can repel mosquitoes simply by being planted in an area where mosquitoes are not wanted. Citronella
Build a Motorized Barn Door Tracker... Mostly hand tools were used with the exception of a mitre saw to get the ends for the hinge mount nice and square. I also used a drill press for drilling the holes for the sliding motor rails so that they are parallel to each other, as well as the hole for the drive rod to ensure it was nicely perpendicular. Parts A decent hinge with very little play, I went with a solid brass 63mm one seeing as the plank width was 69mm. Lastly, a camera is also a requirement, preferably a DSLR with remote in order to use the "bulb" setting for long exposures. Persephone Magazine | Blog | The Lazy Lady's Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Flip the can over.
AMARYLLIS: YEAR-ROUND CARE A popular indoor plant in the winter and spring is the amaryllis, with large lily-shaped flowers on tall stems. They are becoming a popular holiday gift. As a bulb, it shares some care and growth methods used with other bulbs. The bulb does not require pre-cooling to be forced, as do daffodils and tulips. Pot the bulb with good, sterile planting medium so that the top third of the bulb (including its 'neck') is above the soil. Leave some room between the bulb and the inside of the pot so that a support stick can be placed down through the dirt to support the stem at a later time. Begin the forcing process 6-8 weeks before bloom is desired. Overwatering at the beginning of amaryllis growth is the main reason for failure. Keep the plant at room temperature. When growth appears, it may be thin flat green leaves, a flower stem that is rounded and topped with a 'knob' bud, or a combination of the two. At the top of each main stem is a bud case which contains the flowers.
tea staining Think that staining wood means stinky lacquers, rubber gloves, and long drying times? Think again! I'll show you how to stain wood to look weathered and old, with nothing more than household items, and with results achieved in a fraction of the time. Naturally aged wood has a great faded look that occurs from oxidization; this is usually achieved by leaving the wood outside, exposed to the elements until it has a faded, aged patina. This classic woodworking trick uses three common household ingredients: vinegar, steel wool, and tea. The process is easy: Pull apart steel wool and submerge in container of vinegar for 10 hours or more Steep tea for 1 hour (any temperature water will do) Brush steeped tea onto bare wood, ensure complete saturation - let dry completely Brush vinegar + steel wool solution into tea-saturated wood Why does it work? Have you used this technique to stain wood? 3-month Pro Memberships remaining: 3/10
- StumbleUpon Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Some smaller seeds require light to germinate and should not be sown too deep; otherwise they may never germinate or break through the surface of the soil. Conversely, large seeds planted too shallow may not develop properly. Keep seeds well-moistened while awaiting germination and check regularly. Select a light-weight, well-drained medium for sowing to ensure good seed to soil contact. Growing Tips Most vegetables will produce better results if sown and grown in a soil-medium that is well-drained, rich in organic matter (fertile), and fairly lightweight. Most vegetables will prefer good quantities of natural, direct sunlight daily. Harvesting and Seed Saving Many vegetables will be harvested in the fall, especially if grown in lower hardiness zones.
Gardening Old Wives' Tales: Which Ones Really Work? Gardening wives’ tales, superstitions, myths, remedies, tricks, wisdom and folklore —we hear them all the time and lots of people try them—but do they actually work? Check this list of 25 garden myths and old wives’ tales compiled by legacy.ktvb.com to find the truth behind them. MYTH #1. Peonies won t bloom if you move them. FALSE — Peonies can be moved and transplanted. MYTH #2. FALSE — There s no evidence that water droplets cause sunburn or scorch the foliage. MYTH #3. FALSE — It doesn t matter whether it s a cactus or bamboo, plants still need water to grow, especially until their roots get established deep into the soil. MYTH #4. FALSE — Tomatoes don t get their sweetness from the soil. MYTH #5. TRUE — The black walnut produces a chemical that destroys or deters plants from competing with the tree for nutrients in the soil. MYTH #6. FALSE — Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday, and Easter Sunday occurs at different times in March and April in any given year. MYTH #7.
Map Coasters (aka Coast-To-Coasters) This is a fun little project that doesn't require a lot of materials or tools. The end result is a neat coaster that will give any room more character and a nice vintage look. What you need: -Old map or atlas -Coaster(s) -Glue -Scissors or knife -Pencil or pen -Casting resin Let's get started! Schritt 1: Trace and cut your map The first thing you need to do is to get the coaster(s) you have chosen and lay it/them flat on your map. Schritt 2: Mix and apply casting resin Now, just mix up your casting resin as per it's instructions and pour it over your map/coaster. Schritt 3: Set it on your table Done!
Schefflera - Plant Care grow Tips | Houseplant 411 - How to Identify and Care for Houseplants Schefflera actinophylla Umbrella Plant Schefflera houseplants, native to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, are often called Umbrella Trees because of their large, shiny, dark green leaves that drape down like the spokes of an umbrella. Each Schefflera leaf grows at the end of a long stem and consists of several smaller leaflets.