All posts tagged: Garden

How to Water an Air Plant

Like us, air plants need water too! Air plants are a pretty and hardy plant and this means low-maintenance and relatively little attention; but you cannot just pop them into a terrarium or stick them on a shelf and forget about them.  Air plants need to eat and their natural food is water. Here’s how to water it:   Photo: Monica Melsness    

Small Balcony Decor Idea

Lack of space in your balcony is not an excuse to leave this corner without decoration. With a little imagination and inspiration, you can turn this space with limited footage into a garden, gourmet space, or reading and relaxation area among many other options. Be inspired by these ideas and surprise yourself with these simple, but very beautiful and comfortable projects. Photos: Pinterest and Casa Claudia  

Darling Dahlia

                Tips to have a Dahlia Garden The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico; it is delicate, beautiful, and with an endless variety of color. These plants grow and bloom best in full sun and tolerate most soil types, but prefer a  well drained sandy soil. If your soil is heavy or clay, just add sand and peat moss. Water once a week. If it’s very hot, water more frequently. Do not choose too tall varieties if you have a small garden. Some dahlias can be two meters. Plant then in a sunny place, then the flowers develop well. Plant the tuber in late April. Make sure they covered with five centimeters of soil. Immediately place a stick to support them. Some species get top-heavy flowers and fall quickly. If you want a bouquet, cut the dahlias in the morning when the flowers are already open well.      

Outdoor Kitchen

Green Living trends should be the top priority when buying  a house. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and bring the  green elements indoors to freshen up your decor in a a natural way. How do you do this? It’s simple! Just set up a small kitchen garden! The outdoors is a worth while investment  for combining the happiness of shared meals with the wonder of nature !

Cloches : Growing Under Glass

Cloches originate from France, and are traditionally used to protect fragile garden plants from frost. These  beautiful bell jars ( cloche is French for bell) are a vintage chic piece and now they’ve made a  comeback ( Thanks  to our love of all things vintage). Cloches not only look beautiful -they are practical. Their enclosed environment acts as a mini ecosystem, so you don’t need to worry about watering frequently. Here are  some ideas to inspire you to get in the trend and put your plants under glass!                            

How to Mounted Staghorn Fern

Material  French cleats or other hanging mechanism to hang the board Sphagnum Moss Bucket Nails with heads that are large enough  for wire to be secured around them Screwdriver or hammer Wood board  ( select a board that is a least 20  percent larger than grower’s  pot your plant came in to allow for future growth) Staghorn fern Fishing wire , or  coated wire or  rope   Using French cleats or another type of hanging hardware, affix a hanging mechanism to the back of your board. Soak the sphagnum moss in a bucket of water until it’s fully saturated. Remove the moss and wring it out so that its not dripping prior to use. Secure the screws about 2 inches away from where you are going to place the sterile leaves of stag horn fern.This spacing will allow room for new growth. Leave a small bit of space at the top so you can wind wire around them. On the board, lay most of the damp sphagnum moss in the middle of the screws ( …

Rosemary Wreath

There is something about wreaths that makes my heart go all warm and smile. A house with a wreath on the front door exudes hospitality and welcomes you in. I am extremely proud to say that this year my front door looks like one of those. Believe it or not,  wreaths are a lot easier to make than you might think. The most important thing is finding some lush greens you can use . I have six super overachieving rosemary plants in my garden, so today I decided they will become my wreath.                  

9 Mushroom Types

  Mushroom are a plentiful source of umami, the celebrated “Fifth Taste” beyond sweet, salty, bitter and sour. The rich, savory flavor of umami elevates others ingredients and evokes feelings  of satisfaction–making it essential for special meals!! WHITE BOTTON: MILD AND VERSATIL     CRIMINI: FIRM AND FLAVORFUL       MOREL: INTENSE AND EARTHY     OYSTER: MILD AND SWEET     PORTOBELLO : RICH AND HEARTY     CHANTERELLE: NUTTY AND DELICATE     TRUFFLE: FRAGRANT AND FFLAVORFULL    3 Simple ways to make mushrooms ROASTED   :    Preheat the oven to 425 f. Chop mushrooms into the hearty chunks or stem and  keep whole. Place in a baking pan and toss with a few tablespoons  of broth or vinaigrette.Roast until tender and add to sandwiches or grain salads. SAUTEED :  Heat butter or olive oil in a a large skillet over medium heat. Add a single layer of sliced mushroom with a handful of herbs and aromatics, such as oregano, marjoram and minced garlic. Stir constantly until mushrooms are soft and moisture has evaporated. Serve on pizza or toast. …

Vertical Garden or Living Wall Ideas

            Vertical gardens or “living walls” are a hot new trend among environmentally aware architects, designers, and gardeners. Great option for anyone who wants a garden at home and has no space. Besides being beautiful, they naturally purify the air and create a better living environment.               http://www.westelm.com DirectGardening.com Modern vertical garden    clean line vertical garden http://www.westelm.com Vertical garden CB2  eco-friendly home décor Planter   eco-friendly home décor Planter  vertical garden: recyclable bottles http://www.westelm.com vertical garden  (wall living )  by  Jamie Durie  

How to grow pineapple in pots

  Do you like pineapple ? The citrus fruit contains citric acid and has an acid taste and is refreshing.  The pineapple plant takes over a year to bear fruit, but also has great ornamental appeal in the meantime, making your home more beautiful. The landscape architect Ronaldo Kurita teaches how to grow it in pots. Materials : pineapple / knife / cutting board / medium stones / topsoil / dark container /felt  /water Take a healthy fruit and cut the crown with a knife, leaving about two fingers of the fruit at the base of the leaves. Now put the crown in a container with water just up to the base of the leaves . I recommend the container be dark, to accelerate root growth. However , nothing prevents you from using a transparent  jelly jar if you don’t have a dark one; it’s OK. Note: never let the leaves get wet or submerged . Change the water every two days. The roots emerge after about two weeks and then it will be ready for planting. Prepare …

Decorate With Flowers

                     Flowers Flowers                                                                      This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn step by step how to decorate with flowers. The book teaches how to make small-scale arrangements using either blooms available at a corner market or in the garden. Decorate With Flowers offers busy readers who do not have time to fuss over flowers an opportunity to experiment and have fun !!                          Decorate With Flowers: Creative Arrangements * Styling Inspiration * Container Projects * Design Tips