2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… read more

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens can be cultivated in many forms, and indoor vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to work in a fresh, green space nearly anywhere. Some restaurants and commercial businesses use large indoor garden designs to add ambiance and to improve indoor air quality, but they are also great for home interiors, adding aesthetic and air cleaning properties. A study which examined the effects of indoor plants over time at the workplace found that indoor gardens helped promote cleaner oxygen in indoor spaces and can reduce volatile organic compounds that can be found inside from paint or construction materials. Besides being visually enticing, they… read more

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Flowers have been used in culinary applications for centuries. They can be put in nearly any food or beverage, used as garnishes and can be candied or added to sugar for a delicate, naturally sweet touch. Flowers that are truly edible must not be treated with any preservatives or pesticides, and be certain they are actually consumable and not poisonous. Edible flowers can normally be found at specialty stores, bakeries or gourmet food shops. Typically the flowers found from florists are not of a consumable nature. You can also try growing your own culinary flower garden. Cut flowers will last… read more

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

Organic produce and food items may be preferred by many, but they are also unaffordable by many, too. Often times, selecting organic means that you will pay more at the checkout. Much more. When you are buying for a household on a budget, sometimes choosing organic isn’t a choice at all. So, what are the options if organic items are out of range? It is still possible to make the most of healthy and conscious food selections while staying on a budget. To start, incorporating tips that stretch a dollar will allow grocery money to go further, which will let… read more

Beautiful Sustenance

Beautiful Sustenance

Seeds are one of nature’s many miracles that may often go unnoticed, though their importance is paramount in sustaining human life. One look into some of the issues surrounding the seed industry is called Open Sesame The Story of Seeds. This film discusses a growing seed movement, but also brings focus to the significance of food supply preservation. To start your own seed supply or to enhance a home garden, check out seed conservation tips from Native Seeds, a nonprofit organization. From pollination to storage, their instructional page will provide an idea of some of the basics of caring for seeds. Try… read more

Buy A Share of Your Local Produce

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a program that connects citizens with local farmers. Unlike a farmer’s market, where you simply purchase local produce, CSA enables you to buy a “share” from local producers. Shares usually consist of a portion of the season’s produce. In this scenario members receive a weekly shipment of fresh, local produce to their front doors. The produce arrives, minimally packaged, in a reusable container. Often, this means a wooden or cardboard box, though bags and baskets are also used. Each package is filled with a vibrant assortment of fruits and vegetables, with enough to provide two… read more

The Crown Of Spring

The Crown Of Spring

Handmade floral headbands made with fresh or crafted flowers are a nod to spring and reawakening. These require few materials and can be made using items from around the house and flowers or other natural items from outdoors. Also, other choices for decorative materials, like recycled papers or fabrics can be used to make them. The crowns can be made in any size and can be tailored for children and adults. They also make great gifts, and little hands can learn how to craft them too. They make sweet gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day and other special events. If making… read more

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

When the weather is nice outside, there is usually one thing that isn’t very pleasing – insects. They are annoying and can be worrisome. Keeping them out of your yard and off of your skin can be done without using ingredients that may be questionable. Keep outdoor pests away naturally with these DIY mixtures. Mosquitoes can sometimes be harmful and are definitely always irritating. Many over the counter chemical applications include the ingredient N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though effective for keeping mosquitoes away and approved for use by the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency, there are specific application recommendations and it has many concerns when applied… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more