If you’re going for that rustic feel, these old boot planters are very appealing. What about all the old foot-stank nastiness? Should we boil them first?
Never throw away your favorite bra. If it’s worn out, why not plant some flowers where your bulbs used to be?
It appears that Volkswagen are the coolest option for old car gardens. Unless you can show me something cooler?
Does your puppy do enough for the planet? You can always grow some oxygen exhalers on the roof of his house.
Your old fat jeans don’t fit anymore thanks to your juice fast, yoga regiment and raw diet lifestyle. Time to make a dancing garden.
The coolest way to turn old junk into beautiful living art is of course the garage sale guitar garden.
These examples should spark your imagination. I’m sure you can think a few items that would make good planters. It goes to show that before you throw anything away you can always get creative!
So, with all of those positive aspects, here’s three of the best types of raised beds you can go with for your own garden- just be sure to use security screws to secure them during construction, and keep them in place.
To create a wattle raised bed, hammer two foot lengths of rebar into the ground around the perimeter, spacing them about sixteen inches apart and leaving ten inches of the rebar exposed above ground. Cut long, straight lengths of tree or shrub branches. Weave the sticks (or wattle) through the vertical rebar, basket style; trim the ends at the bed corners as needed. Once the bed sides have reached the top of the rebar, bend two foot sticks in half and poke them into the ground over the woven wattle while at the same time holding the sticks in place. Pin the sides every few feet. Line the sides of the bed a material similar to burlap in order to keep soil from sifting through the wattle.
Building a log raised bed is obviously going to be a simpler job than the wattle was. Choose straight logs about a foot in diameter to create the bed edges. Logs of smaller diameter can be stacked for the bed ends. To avoid having to move massive logs, line up shorter firewood-length sections. And just like that, you’ve got your own log raised bed. For beginners, or those who aren’t the best when it comes to building, this may be the way to go.
Last but not least, let’s talk about planks and rebar. This is a bed that can be constructed of leftover lumber of almost any size and shape, so long as the wood is untreated. Hold the planks on edge with short lengths of rebar pounded into the ground every two or three feet.
We know the stuff is bad for us. We’ve heard about the health risks. We know it causes obesity. Now if we can only get them to admit it. Here’s a great commercial that sheds and honest light on Coca-Cola products (and really anything with corn syrup in the ingredients list).
Whether you are eco-minded or not, a garden room should – in all fairness to Mother Nature – be as eco friendly as possible. It is afterall, all about beauty and tranquility found in nature. Take a good look at what you will need and how to go about getting there and maintaining it in an eco-friendly manner:
● Maintenance practices and designs that are ecologically friendly
● The installation of paving or asphalt for walkways and driveways
● Walls and patios (consider a skylight to save on energy/lighting during the day)
● Pools’ and other soothing water features installation, design and maintenance
● Planting and care of all things floral
● Garden/lawn maintenance and treatments
Gone are the days when a room consisted of a roof and four walls. These days a room can be made of nothing more than an overhang, an awning, a two-sided tent, and all of the appliances and accessories that would normally be contained in the traditional room, albeit indoors. This trend has taken hold in a big way and includes not just garden rooms, but kitchens, dining areas and entertainment centers! In the past, the garden room was not just a place of serenity and natural beauty, but a status symbol of sorts. The more elaborate and glamorous your garden room – the richer and more successful you must be!
Now-a-days you can make your own garden room the lap of luxury with the right furniture and foliage touches. Be sure that the furniture you choose is up to the task! Don’t waste money on flimsy, poorly made cheapo furnishings. What kind of peace of mind is that going to promote? Well crafted, sturdy and resilient furniture styling will stand not only the test of time, but last longer and look better. Who knows…maybe – in the distant future – some advanced civilization will dig up the remains of your garden room and be astonished at how well your furniture held up!
Just the process of having surgery is enough to get a person down. There is the pre-operative paperwork you have to sign that states you are aware there are possible complications. Nothing is less reassuring than that, but they must be signed to move forward with the surgery. Then patients who have morning or afternoon surgeries cannot eat after a certain time the day before. So if your laparoscopic hysterectomy is scheduled for 11 a.m. you most likely will not be able to eat anything after 7 p.m. the evening before. For those who are fans of breakfast, this can really be a downer.
Once the surgery is completed you are whisked away to the recovery room for one hour of observation, then taken to your regular room. The last thing you want to hear is your friend or loved one reciting a bad joke or insensitive remark.
You would be surprised how clueless people can be, when they visit the sick. Unless you have been a patient you may not fully understand this concept. The majority of hospital rooms are cold with bland décor. A beautiful plant that can last until you go home is always great gift after surgery.
Studies have been done showing the actual health benefits for patients recovering from surgery who receive plants vs. those who do not. The ones who do have a significant decrease in blood pressure, less pain, and lowered levels of fatigue. They also tend to recover at a faster rate with a more positive outlook than those whose rooms have no plants to view. Some types of plants most favorable to an indoor hospital setting are peace lilies, ferns, vincas, bamboo palms, and Chinese evergreens.
Sticking with plants that are low maintenance and need lower levels of light are best suited to the hospital environment. Not only will it make the days pleasant for the patient, but will also help eliminate hospital toxins in the air. Definitely a positive gift any way you look at it.
By keeping things as simple and natural as possible in your backyard, you can use what nature has given you and make the most of it. Your outdoor room décor should complement nature rather than taking away from it. Beautiful yet sturdy and highly durable, teak wood furniture is ideal for a screen porch, Florida room or backyard patio and/or deck. You won’t have to replace this type of furniture every season, because it will last for years. Its natural wood makes it perfect for accentuating the natural environment of your surroundings. And, in addition to potted and hanging plants strategically placed around your backyard entertainment area you can continue the theme of the nature with your backyard landscaping.
A carefully coiffed backyard is just the beginning of its transformation. Luxurious, thick grass, expertly trimmed and shaped hedges and shrubs, low maintenance green ferns and foliage and a beautifully cared for garden are all aspects of resort like backyard area. A Jacuzzi would of course be an exceptional addition, but a pool or even a small pond/fountain is the ideal way to finish off the all-inclusive picture. The sound of the fountain is relaxing and refreshing both at the same time.
For privacy, natural wood fencing or fencing covered with climbing plants provide isolation, without it seeming stark or unnatural. Especially if you’re going to be doing any kind of midnight skinny dipping in that deck surrounded Jacuzzi, you’re going to want all the privacy you can get. And, if you are skinny dipping in that Jacuzzi at night, you want to be particularly careful around the outdoor fireplace afterwards.
A rollup feature on your outdoor room can be helpful on a sunny day or early in the morning, allowing you to adjust just how much sunlight and fresh air you want in the room. Rollup doors for the sunporch are typically lightweight and easy to install, It’s important to plan ahead, in order to ensure that you can actually afford rollup doors or windows, without putting too much strain on the budget. Installing rollup doors is just one of the first steps that homeowners can take, when trying to remodel or upgrade the sunporch.
It’s always fun for homeowners to change up the decor and setup for sunporch every so often. Some homeowners go as far as to put stylish fridges or other convenient appliances out on the sunporch. It’s important for homeowners to protect these rooms against external forces like insects or the weather. Rollup doors mean that the sunporch does not have to be bright and sunny 100 percent of the time. Some homeowners go as far as to knock out walls of the sunporch, in order to build another wing or addition.
Getting the right rollup doors that match the decor and the furniture in the room is especially important. The sunporch is an extension of the home and should be treated as such. Adding a cool rug or curtains can be an effective way to compliment the rollup door in a sunporch. Local thrift shops and major trailers can be a great resource for finding rollup doors and other things that can fill the sunporch. Putting a TV or entertainment system out on the porch is also a great idea, while you’re already considering rollup doors.