Terrarium Centerpieces The other week, my good friend Stephanie and I planned out a craft weekend. Our mission: Terrariums. Not the kind you keep lizards in, but the kind you can seal up and watch the moss grow. Terrariums are meant to be long lasting, so you can even make some months before the wedding and still have them thriving in time for the big day. So lets get down to the nitty-gritty of how you can actually make them: Step 1: Materials • Glass containers in whatever size you heart most. • Good dirt and rocks. • Figurines or decorative rocks to place inside. • Horticultural Charcoal. • Moss (another one of those things you can find outside, but can also order if you don’t live somewhere it doesn’t grow naturally). • Spray bottle (for misting after wards). Step 2: Wash out your containers and rocks (you never know what animal has probably peed on them outside). Step 3: Then start your layering your base. Step 4: Add your moss, and give it a couple shot glasses (depending on the container size) of water.
In the Garden Online - Techniques - Checking Seed Viability If you have older seeds lying around, it is entirely possible that they have lost some of their viability. As seed ages, the likelihood that it will actually germinate decreases. Sometimes, this isn't such a big deal-just plant more seed than you normally would to be sure that enough germinates to suit your needs. But if you don't have many seeds left, or know for a fact that you need a fairly large amount to germinate, you will want to test your seeds to check their germination rate. There is a simple, cheap way to do this. Testing Your Seed To test your seed for viability, you need four simple things: paper towel or napkins, a plastic sandwich or zip-lock bag, a mister bottle, and your seeds. Tear off two sheets of paper towel and stack them, or stack one napkin on top of another.Using your mister bottle, dampen the paper towels completely. After a couple of days, start checking the bag daily for signs of germination. Germination Time for Common Seed-Grown Annuals
Planera din köksträdgård – gör en planteringsplan – Allt om Trädgård Oavsett om man gillar att planera eller inte, så kommer man att tacka sin lyckliga stjärna för att man lade ner lite tid på att planera vad som ska sättas var och när. Spara både tid och pengar, och en hel massa onödig stress senare under säsongen. Du kan planera på så många olika sätt, men här är några bra tips och lite mallar som du kan ladda ner. 1. Planritning – skissa upp odlingsytor Först ritar man upp sin köksträdgård, om man inte redan har en plan. Tips: Om du ritar för hand kan jag rekommendera dig att kopiera originalet så att du inte behöver börja från början om du gör fel eller vill rita några alternativa planer. Program för köksträdgårdsplanering – Growveg.com Det finns planeringsprogram för köksträdgårdar som man kan ladda ner från nätet, några gratis eller med gratis testtid. 2. Gör inte misstaget att först frossa i frökataloger. Vad äter jag/vi i hushållet? 3. Det är inte helt enkelt att beräkna hur mycket plantor man behöver sätta. 4. Låter det avancerat? 5. 6. 7.
How to Want to Change Your Mind Out of all the cognitive biases and logical fallacies, I think the most pernicious of all is a kind of meta-bias, one underlying tendency that makes us more susceptible to all of the others: simply not wanting to be wrong. It's so automatic that it's hard to notice it coloring your judgment unless you really pay attention, but once you do, you realize how frequently it makes you grasp for a fallacious argument just so you don't have to admit to yourself that you were wrong. I'm definitely no exception -- I can't count the number of times I've caught myself reacting to an argument by asking myself, "OK, why is that false?" Eventually, I was struck with one of the fundamental ironies of rationalism: that if I want to be actually right as much as possible, in general, then I have to stop caring about being right in any particular disagreement. - Divorce your belief from your self. - Think of disagreements as collaborative, not adversarial. - Visualize being wrong. - Take the long view.
7 Cheap But Beautiful DIY Garden Decor Ideas I must be painting a terrible portrait of myself. Lazy gardener. Lazy cleaner. Cheap organizer. Pest poisoner extraordinaire. I'm also incredibly cheap when it comes to garden decor. You can make these pieces from things you have around the house, items you've collected, salvaged, or thrifted, and some of the cheapest supplies your local Lowe's has to offer. Bonus: Nothing here is hard to make. Stepping Stones -- These are deceptively simple to make, and it’s one project where you determine the budget and materials. Luminaries -- These are particularly great around the patio, or in a sitting space you’ve created out in the garden. Bird Baths -- There are nine million ways to make a birdbath. Copper Trellis -- This is one of my favorite pieces to make, and it creates big impact in the garden. Hypertufa Leaf Casting -- Hyper-wha? Tea-cup Birdfeeder -- I love these, especially using thrifted vintage cups -- the really delicate ones -- and putting them in a group at varying heights.
Gardener's Supply Kitchen Garden Planner Garden Designer Berries, Rhubarb and Asparagus Blueberries Raised beds are great for growing perennial fruits and vegetables. For starters, a raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. Wind-blown seeds can get into the soil, of course, but the real enemies for these crops are grasses and weeds that creep into the plantings. Some weeds and grasses are very aggressive and will attempt to climb up and over the edge of a raised bed. For More Information Check our Vegetable Encyclopedia for more information about planting and care instructions for each of these crops. Blackberries Blueberries Currants Gooseberries Raspberries Strawberries Rhubarb Asparagus Another advantage of raised beds is that you can start with soil that is specifically tuned to the needs of the plants. Asparagus and rhubarb both want rich soil amended with lots of compost or rotted manure, so they could be grown in the same bed.
Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet It’s the time of year to think about starting your seeds, but how do you keep track of planting dates? I find it a struggle to remember what seeds need to be planted when. I don’t know about you, but every year I have these big hopes for planting all my seeds, and then I find I’m behind on my schedule. Now that I’ve moved to a new area of the country, my old planting schedule has completely changed. Here in Central Texas, some seeds are even started indoors as early as January 1st so they are ready to go outside for March or April planting. I’ve created this handy worksheet to help you determine when your last frost date is, when you should start your seeds indoors, and the best time to plant them outside. Here’s how to use the Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. No worry if you’ve missed the seed starting date, do it anyway. Enjoy! Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet Shared with: From the Farm Hop
Donate for Ebola | National Philanthropic Trust News and Commentary NPTrust Back to Listing October 30, 2014 | AUTHOR: Eileen R. Heisman The ebola outbreak is more far-reaching and concerns about its spread have become global. While American private philanthropy to combat the disease was mostly from mega-donors, like Paul Allen who donated $2.8 million to the American Red Cross and Bill and Melinda Gates who committed $50 million to several different groups, including the World Health Organization, there are now more ways for all of us to help. With three confirmed cases in the US, fighting ebola is now receiving more widespread attention—and charitable dollars—among Americans. As with any disaster giving, there are a few key things that donors should look for when making charitable donations: Ensure that the charity is legitimate. Give cash for unrestricted purposes. Follow-up. The impact that a disease epidemic can have is so much wider than the people it infects.
PlantSF Newspaper Seedling Pots Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape per pot. Very easy and I risk insulting everyone’s intelligence here by posting a how-to, but Ivory assured me that I should do it anyway, so here it is: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Welcome Stumblers! Tagged as: garden DIY, garden projects, green living, newspaper uses, recycling crafts, seedling pot
7 Vegetable Garden Planner Software For Better Gardening If you would like to grow your own fresh vegetables, but don’t know where to start, these 7 planning sites will help you from plowing to harvesting. The free garden planning advice given for home vegetable gardens on these software sites is invaluable to both novice and seasoned gardener alike. 1-Smart Gardener Planner Smart Gardener helps you plan a vegetable garden layout and select the right plants for your layout, growing zones and household size. 2-Kitchen Garden Planner Kitchen Garden Planner will help you virtually build raised bed gardens so you can create a vegetable garden design that will produce an abundant crop in minimal space. 3-Vegetable Gardening Online Vegetable planner provides a grid for planning a vegetable garden online that is customized for your household’s needs and growing zones. 4-Interactive Vegetable Garden Planner GrowVeg.com provides an inactive garden that allows you to plant and replant until you get your vegetable garden plans just right.
5 Ways Creativity Leads to Productivity Business leaders tirelessly chase productivity. Everything we do -- every hiring decision, every software purchase, every reorganization -- all boils down to wringing out just a little bit more. Productivity is the turning of the gears, the day-to-day execution and (hopefully) excellence that keeps the lights on and the numbers in the black. Creativity, on the other hand, is inherently disruptive. Can productivity and creativity really be balanced or are they fundamentally at odds with one another? Here are five ways that fostering creativity in your organization leads to productivity: Related: Productivity and Creativity Often Seem at Odds, But Are They Really? 1. Shaping environments where creativity can flourish turns work into a place without boundaries, where the methodologies and processes of last year can be forgotten in an instant. 2. Related: How Much Is the Noise in Your Open Office Costing You? 3. Related: Want More Creative and Productive Employees? 4. 5.