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.
Garden calendar to keep your kitchen garden growing - vegetables and herbs to sow and plant right now 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.
Vegetables to grow in winter With the help of a bit of cover, and carefully selected varieties of seeds, it is possible to grow vegetables and herbs all year round in the United Kingdom, and presumably therefore in other temperate countries that have frosty winters.In my corner of Scotland, away from the sea and up in the hills, there is only one month of the year that can be guaranteed to be frost free and that is July. Most years we cannot grow courgettes or runner beans outside without cover. In our case, experimenting has paid off and we often have more produce in winter than in summer. Last year by the end of winter we were fed up with salad! Why grow vegetables in winter? There are a number of advantages to growing vegetables in winter: Mature overwintered veg keeps growing until December under cover, stands for the winter then comes away fast in February. Protecting plants from frost We had great success last year with an old caravan window found in a lay-by which we put on top of some lamb's lettuce.
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 How to: create a Planting Calendar I must say that while I’m finding this market garden experiment very exciting, it’s also rather daunting. What are we planting today? What are we planting next week? Where are we going? Who am i and where are my pants? The solution to all this is Allsun Farm’s planting calendar system. Joyce Wilkie devised this garden card system firstly for her market garden at Allsun Farm, but happily she’s the kind of lady that likes to share. The Allsun Farm planting calendar system works in a simple but powerful way: Each month has a designated card. It’s disarmingly simple, and powerful too. Each month has three columns: Grow Seedlings (ie plant them into pots), Sow into Ground, and Pick. If you don’t know how to plant the crop in question, that bit of research should be done first. 12 months of planting and picking at Allsun Farm, all in your pocket September is busy! The other great thing about these cards is that they are portable, pocket-able and powerless. So what are you waiting for?
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.