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Create a Garden that Can Move with You

Home and Garden March 30, 2017

A mobile garden is something that sounds like an impossible task, and one that would be painstaking, but if you plant your garden in a way that it can be mobile, it won’t cost you too much trouble to take it with you. This is perfect for renters and those who live lives of traveling.

Here is a way you can plant a garden that is mobile:

Of course, the largest garden wouldn’t be a good idea, but you can create a smaller mobile garden that can follow you wherever you choose to live.

Plants in Pots

The easiest way to create a traveling garden is to plant in pots. You need to make sure that these plants are the right kinds that are able to thrive in pots. Yucca and Bergenia, Japanese Pieris and Arborvitae,which has great health benefits. There are many more plants that thrive all year in pots. A florist or nursery will be able to assist you with finding plants that will suit your needs.

Planting in the ground

If you’d rather plant in the ground but still looking to create a mobile garden, you can plant your pot and plant and put it into a raised bed. A raised bed is lifted slightly above ground and surrounded by stone or wood. You see this type of planting on office parking lots because they need to be mobile in case the business moves and want to take the plants with them to the new location. You can do the same moving from home to home.

Plants that Thrive  in Water

The English Ivy and the Philodendron, and Chinese Evergreen are just three common water plants. Certainly if a plant can thrive in water, you can simply move them easily to a new home or new outdoor location. Again, be sure you consult your florist or nursery sales person about which plant will thrive year-round in water. Some water plants, like other plants have seasons in which they may need to be potted or re-potted.

Garden art is becoming truly popular and no matter what kind of mobile garden you choose, you can decorate the area with garden sculptures and all sorts of other garden art, and of course those items are simple to move.

Photo: Inspirations Deco

Source: Plant a Garden that Can Move with You

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Single Story House with Porch and Vintage-style Hip Roof

Home and Garden January 10, 2017

Be in A Relaxing Abode All Year Round

Here’s a house that’s not too big and has a bright, airy interior. It’s by Rivergum Homes, and it’s a single-story dwelling with a stylish hip roof.

This house is said to be ideal for the weather conditions near the tropics — like the sub-tropical zone.

The decor is vintage styled, something that lends a particular aesthetic to being in this house.

The rear patio area also has another zone, a small corner for those who want privacy.

The open floor plan includes places many elements in a single room. The front corner of the living room has a sofa with simple wooden tables. Next to it is the dining table. And a kitchen counter.

The house also has airy bedrooms with large windows. The decor matches the simple concept of other areas in the home.

In total, the house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area of ​​169 square meters. This one was built in Thailand for around 1.9 to 2.1 million baht ($57,000).

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from River Gum Homes and other home and garden builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more home and garden,click here.

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Low-light Indoor House Plants

Home and Garden January 1, 2017

Bringing the outside in with plants, especially during months when your outside garden is dormant, not only freshens the air in your home, it also reduces stress and lifts the spirits. If you don’t get a lot of natural light, you can still brighten darker rooms with house plants. There are many house plants that do quite well in dark rooms and require little maintenance. Here are five of some of the most popular low-light plants that can help bring Nature back into your home.

Boston Fern

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The Boston Fern is a popular indoor plant that does well in shady areas. It’s arching leaves have delicate fronds that gives this lush plant its beauty. It needs to be positioned away from drafts and heat ducts, and to be misted during winter. They can be placed in regular pots or hanging baskets and give any room in your home a natural feel. Only water when the soil feels dry.

Aglaonema red

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Also called the Chinese Evergreen, the Aglaomena is one of the most trending house plats world-wide.  It is perfect for the erratic gardener or someone without a green thumb, as it  does well in dry soil. It can brighten the darkest of corners.

Dracaena tricolor

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The Dracaena tricolor, is a sophisticated and elegant plant that can be kept as a tree or clumped together with other dracaenas for a more foresty look. Of all the dracaenas on the market today this is the most colorful. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch, and pick out any leaves that have faded.

Spider Plant

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The prodigious spider plant comes in a variety of colors, and sends out offshoots which can be planted  as new single plants. It is beautiful as a hanging house plant or, as in the picture above, can trail down a pedestal or stool. It does well in shady areas of your home, but needs regular,  misting to keep the leaf tips from turning brown. Water when the soil is dry.

Columnea

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Columnea’s yellow and orange blooms do better in bright locations, but its leaves which are still beautiful, cascading, shiny green and lush, add a natural decor to darker corners. Also called the “goldfish plant”, these lovelies should be watered only when the soil feels dry.

Source: Indoor House Plants for Low Light 

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Creating Winter Wow In the Garden

Home and Garden December 15, 2016

Winter Wow In the Garden

Even if your garden is buried under a thick layer of ice and snow, it can still shine during the winter!

A garden with solid “bones” will look good all year ‘round. The shape of the hedges, the graceful arching of tree branches, or the pop of color from persistent fruit such as ornamental crabapples or mountain ash, all create a multitude of appealing shapes, forms, and textures. Bark color is important as well: think of the brilliant yellows or reds of dogwoods. Include some conifers in your garden landscape for the texture and year ‘round foliage – and don’t forget that not all conifers are green. Look for yellow junipers, or blue spruce. When selecting trees and shrubs for your garden, don’t simply focus on the beauty they bring during the growing season. When they are dormant, they can lend important structure to the landscape.

Although many gardeners perform a fall clean up before the snow flies, it may be desirable to leave some plants intact. Beautiful seed heads from herbaceous perennials and graceful ornamental grasses look spectacular with a dusting of snow. As an added bonus, trapping some snow in the base of the plants will help insulate the plants from severe weather.

Hardscaping materials are important, too: when shopping or designing pergolas and trellises, consider how they will look in the wintertime, when the rest of the garden is covered in snow and these important elements stand out and make a statement. Even the garden gate and decorative fenceposts can make a difference.

Whether you gaze out at your garden from the inside of your house, or from the driveway or walkway out front, you should enjoy the view in the winter almost as much as you do in the summer. If you notice some way to make an improvement for the following year, jot your ideas down and take your list into the garden centre in the spring.

By Sheryl Normandeau

Winter Wow In the Garden

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Garden Refresher Checklist

Home and Garden November 4, 2016

Garden Refresher Checklist

Is your garden looking unruly and overgrown? If you’ve decided it’s time for a refresher, it’s tempting to rush in and get started right away. Before you expend a huge amount of labor and dole out a bunch of money, it pays to take a close look at all the elements of your garden and assess your priorities for the space. This checklist is a good place to start:

Do you know where the slopes and valleys are in your yard? Are there areas where drainage is a problem, and plants will not grow?

What about microclimates? Is there a sheltered location in your garden where you can plant warm-season vegetables, or maybe a borderline-tender shrub? Alternatively, is there an issue with a cold sink anywhere in your garden, where you have to worry about planting frost-fragile squash, for example?

– Are there areas in the garden where the wind batters your plants?
– How much rain and snow falls on all of the areas of your garden?
– Have some of the trees grown in and are now casting a lot of shade on existing flowerbeds?
– Has the pH of your soil changed? Is your soil too saline? Does it have a sufficient amount of organic matter?
– Have some of your groundcovers spread aggressively and become too competitive with other plants in the area?
– Does your garden have winter interest?
– Do you need privacy from your neighbors, or a noise barrier from the street?
– Do any of your plants require pruning or deadheading? Does the hedge need to be shaped?
– Do you need to divide or transplant any large perennials?
– Are you growing any toxic plants that need to be removed due to the presence of children or pets? What about noxious weeds? Check your local weed control act and make sure you’re not accidentally growing anything you shouldn’t be.
– Do you want to focus on growing edible plants over ornamental ones (or vice versa)?

Once you’ve considered the answers to all of these questions, you’ll have a solid foundation to start revitalizing your garden and getting it back into tip-top condition!

By Sheryl Normandeau

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The 1 Acre Farm

Home and Garden October 17, 2016

How to Start Your Own 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead!

Anyone can start their own homestead. If you choose to do so, your operation will be dependent upon acreage. For example, a small backyard would not be able to house large animals. For the purpose of this article we will be working off of a 1 acre plot of land. First, you will need to decide which animals you can manage and commit time to. Then decide what you would like to achieve on your land. It all can seem a bit overwhelming so let’s break it down.

Animals are an important part of having a self sufficient homestead. They are also a lot of work. You should only choose the ones you are able and willing to provide for. One acre could allow for one dairy cow, chickens, rabbits, pigs, or goats. The obvious benefit to a dairy cow or dairy goats would be milk, and the production of cheese and butter. These animals require a little more work then the rest. You would need to be willing to milk your dairy animals and commit a half of your acre for them to graze. Also they would need a small barn to stay in during winter months. A dairy cow will result in more milk than dairy goats, but you will also spend more money on feed. Make sure to keep the manure for fertilizing your garden!

Once you have chosen which dairy option you will be working with you can move on to the other animals. Pigs would allow you to provide meat for your family as well as as extra income with the sale of piglets. They should be kept in a movable house with a permanent pen inside. This provides the necessary shelter they need for part of the year, and gives you the opportunity to move them around your land. They should not be kept inside the grazing area for your dairy animals, so pick an eighth of an acre and call that your pig pen area! In between crop cycles, you should allow your pigs to run on your harvested land to help cultivate. Chickens are a more manageable animal as they will be kept inside their chicken coop. You could create a permanent coop in a moveable fenced area so that they can fertilize the land. This structure is called a chicken tractor, and is best placed near your garden. You can collect eggs for your family and sell the extras!

When it comes to crops, its important to remember that you need provide for your family and your animals. This means that planting fodder crops is just as important as planting fruits and vegetables. It increases your self sufficiency and decreases your feed expenses. A crop rotation is the best option for a limited amount of land. The more land that can be used for gardening, the more you will be able to harvest. Having a small home comes at a low cost and allows you to utilize more of your land for your own benefit!

For more information on maintaining a 1 acre self-sufficient farm, Weed ‘Em & Reap, and Mother Earth News, which inspired this post, find them in our bloggers’ directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Home and Garden Ideas and Plans (Regular Updates)

Home and Garden October 1, 2016

DIY raised garden beds

Every once in a while, we come across a unique or unusual idea that might interest people for their own homes and gardens, so we thought we’d put a page together for these here. We’ll update this page as we go, so if you like the things on it, you might want to bookmark this page and check back in a few weeks or a month or something.

Here are some DIY raised garden beds. One of them is actually a bench / raised garden:

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Swedish Fire Torch Log Grill. The flat, stable cooking surface directs heat into pots or pans, which reduces heating time. Cook for large groups like scout troops, hunting parties, or family gatherings without the need to continuously feed a fire. The MITI-001 is just as effective as a large wood or gas stoves when it comes to heat and efficiency.

Swedish Fire Torch Log Grill Swedish Fire Torch Log Grill

Rechargeable Bug Vacuum Spider Catcher, powered by a built-in rechargeable Battery, already installed in the device, charged with a USB cable which is included in the package. ★Eco-friendly, non-toxic, humane and chemical free.

Rechargeable Bug Vacuum Spider Catcher Rechargeable Bug Vacuum Spider Catcher

Portable woodburning stove, heats up tents, yurts & tiny homes

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Ways to Deal with Weeds

Home and Garden September 26, 2016

Ways to Deal with Weeds

Landscaping and Weed Plants

Weeds are a part of life, but having a good strategy makes them much easier to deal with. Most people don’t love to weed and procrastinate. Then, when their yard totally looks like it needs weeding it can take a long time to weed.

Best Strategy

The best strategy is to weed when they are young seedlings. You can use a hoe and with little effort eliminate the majority of the weeds. If you weed once a month, with a hoe, it will take very little time. The most important weeding is early spring when water is abundant and seedlings are just sprouting.

Weed Killer Applications

Again, small weeds are much easier to eradicate than large weeds. If you start out while weeds are small, you can kill them with one light application. Large weeds take much more poison and even several applications. The main purpose of weed control is that it takes less time than hand weeding. If you have a large pasture or field that has got out of hand, this may be the only viable option.

Most people have found Round Up to be very effective. It will kill any weeds and even grass. Other applications are for the lawn and only kill broadleaf plants; like dandelions. If you hire a lawn fertilization company like Chem Lawn, you can have them spray the weeds for you.

Large Gravel Lots – Ground Killers

There is a weed killer called Pramatol that you can get at Intermountain Farmers Association. It comes in a white granular form. You can put it on the ground and it will take care of all the weeds for one year. However, if you read the container it will make the ground sterile for up to three years. We have only seen it work for one year, but it works very well with only one application. This product must be used with caution.

Stubborn

Some weeds can be sprayed repeatedly and don’t die. In addition, you can pull them by hand and almost never get out the roots. One example of this is Morning Glory. What is a homeowner to do?

You can wait until they die back and next spring hit them hard while they are first sprouting. And, since most of you don’t like this answer, I will give you an option to immediately get rid of them. You can take concentrated weed killer and very carefully, with heavy duty rubber gloves and eye protection, you can put concentrated weed killer on the plants with a paintbrush or rag. The high concentration is sure to kill the weed. Don’t ever just dump it on the weed. This would be dangerous to humans and is in violation of Federal Law. The goal is to use as little as possible and get the job done.

Another option is to use a propane torch. You can buy specialized propane torches that are made just to burn out weeds. It’s an easy and quick method that works well.

In reality, you should stay away from poisons as much as possible. They aren’t good for humans or the environment.

Whacking

You may have the idea to just weed whack down everything. This will definitely give the property an overall uplift, but the weeds will come back soon. The best way is to spray the weeds first and wait a week or two; then weed whack. Not only does the poison work down to the roots better, but the added weed whacking will make it more difficult for the weeds to survive.

Fumigants

Fumigants kill the soil. They are used when the soil is contaminated in some way. For example, Fairy Ring in lawns. Fumigants are best left to professionals and are usually a last resort. In most cases, it’s better to replace the soil.

Why Do You Have Them?

Many people hate weeds and yard maintenance. They have a constant barrage of weeds every year. Usually, the problem is the yard plant design. A good design will produce few weeds. The biggest mistake is that people don’t plant enough plants in their yard. If flower beds are full of wanted plants, it’s difficult for the weeds to take root. The same concept goes for a lawn. Lawns that get a lot of weeds are those that aren’t cared for properly. Healthy thick grass makes it very difficult for weeds to become established.

Do you have weed barriers? Bark, wood chips, and compost make it more difficult for weeds to take root. In addition, there is weed mat that keeps out weeds. Make sure you have a high quality commercial grade weed mat. The most important barrier is curbing or metal edging between lawn and flower beds. It keeps grass from growing where you don’t want it.

Identification

There are lots and lots of varieties of weeds. Most people are familiar with that they have in their area. If you have question, take some of them to a local nursery for identification and recommendations.

Landscape author Kristy Snow recommends visiting Plant Life or Roach Killer to get unique landscape ideas.

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Backyard Sauna – With a View

Home and Garden June 18, 2016

Backyard Sauna – With a View

How would you like a backyard sauna with a view? Also, you probably already noticed the flowing lines of the wooden interior seating. Summer saunas are good. Winter saunas can be great. And if you live up north, the cold season lasts a long time, so there are plenty of occasions to use one of these.

This sauna design is by Studio Smeets (note: it’s not “Studios Meet”). The design brand is the work of Thijs Smeets, who founded the studio in 2007.

He designs a lot of interior furnishings and decor. Chairs, tables, couches, stands, bowls, and a lot of other things. You can see his work at his website (click here).

The sauna design, however, is meant to NOT look, in Smeets’ words, “like a Finish wooden box.”

He designed the sauna “as a piece of furniture that enriches the interior or garden.”

I guess this sauna could well be placed inside a house, as a sort of modular unit, and could be transported the way modular construction is transported. However, having a ton of steam inside your house is something you’d want to research and understand first.

Some sauna’s are quite plain, and even slipshod — because they’re sometimes just backwoods throw-togethers, they can look a bit unsightly perhaps. But then there’s ones like this.

The sauna has a main steam room with wooden slats that form a recliner-style seating area. Beside that is a shower area, and outside the building is a porch. It has large glass windows that would provide a view of the surrounding nature — although it would get a bit steamy and streaky.

sauna design

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Country Style House

Home and Garden June 7, 2016

Country Style House

Would you believe this house was built in 1949? Yes, its an old farmhouse that has been converted to make a new updated home.

The house is a 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms for a medium to large family. I’d go into details but there are so many pictures of the interior of this rebuilt house there’s probably not a lot I could tell you that isn’t already shown.

By the heart of the decoration is the simplicity of the eye, so choose white as the main color of the home. Contrasted with light brown wood floor Combined with contemporary furniture in simple color scheme. To find a simple definition, I must say. Simple but nice It would be suitable for this house .

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from companies and builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more home and garden,click here.

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