9 ways to add more houseplants to your home

February 18, 2019 by  
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Adding plants to your living space is an easy way to add beauty and character to your home. But aesthetics aren’t the only benefit of indoor gardening as houseplants can make your home’s air healthier  and also make you happier . No to mention, you can easily grow useful plants and herbs that work great for healthy cooking and as natural medicines . Even if you weren’t born with a green thumb or have a tiny space to work with, there are ways to go green with your decor. If you choose the right plants and get creative, your indoor garden will thrive. Here are nine ways to add more plant life to your home. Use the Windows For many indoor plants , sunlight is essential. So, placing your plants near windows is a no-brainer. A Beautiful Mess suggests a DIY ledge for the kitchen window to set up your herb garden or hang an over-the-window plant shelf in your living room or bedroom. Instead of hanging a curtain for privacy, you can create a “ plant shelfie ” and group a bunch of plants together or use a large sturdy tension rods to hang plants at the top of the window. Custom shelves around or under the window —  or added to the ledge— also work well, too. Wire Grid Jazz up a plain wall with a wire grid and S-hooks to display houseplants . You don’t need a ton of space for this idea, and it makes it easy to hang gardening essentials like scissors and a watering can. You can find wire grids in different shapes and sizes, and some also have mountable shelves. Kitchen Garden A window in your kitchen is an excellent place to grow an indoor herb garden , however, that’s not an option for everyone. You can still make it happen by hanging small planters on your cabinets .  Also, if you have the counter space,  you can create a small garden for succulents with a two-tier fruit basket and some fabric scraps. Related: How to grow 10 foods from kitchen scraps Pegboard Like the wire shelves, a pegboard is also a great idea for small spaces. They work well in any room, no matter how big or small. You can even use a peg board as a headboard . The great thing about pegboards is that you can use hooks, baskets and shelves to create the look you want. You can also add a pop of color with a few tiny potted plants or cover the board entirely. Ceiling Hangers Speaking of macrame, it has made a major comeback recently, which means you can easily find macrame plant hangers to hang from the ceiling. They are great to hang near windows, or you can use ceiling hangers in unexpected places like in the bathroom or over a dining table . When you live in a small space, ceiling hangers are a fantastic option. You won’t give up any shelf, floor or wall space, and they add a fun, unexpected layer to the decor . Wall Art Turn plants into pieces of living art by adding them to string art or macrame wall hangings . You can find tons of affordable options on sites like Etsy that can quickly turn plants and flowers into artwork. Plants and flowers nestled into different designs look great. Air plants are a great option for wall art because they are super easy to take care of. Related: Sustainable pencil stubs Sprout into plants Bookshelves and Picture Ledges If you have built-in shelves in your living room, bedroom or kitchen, don’t let the high shelves go to waste just because they are out of reach. Add some plants that drape down to add some green to your space. Trailing plants are very popular and they are low-maintenance. If you have the option of adding something to the wall, pictures ledges are perfect for displaying plants indoors because the small lip on the edge will keep them from falling. Picture ledges are usually cheaper than traditional shelves. Just make sure you choose ledges that are wide enough. Carts If there is a small, dull space in your home that needs some love, you can add some plants with a rolling cart . If you live in an apartment and can’t add shelves, grids or peg boards to the wall, a rolling cart is the perfect option for creating a mini- jungle . Or, if you have some dead space in a large room, the cart doesn’t even have to go up against the wall. Plant Corner If you have an empty corner that needs some attention, consider filling it with plants of different shapes and sizes. Place different pots (of various shapes and sizes) in the corner to create a plant corner. You can incorporate your plant cart into the area for some added height. Images via Shutterstock

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Lilo is an easy-to-grow plant system that connects you to your herbs via an app

May 27, 2015 by  
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Lilo by Pret a Pousser is the perfect way to grow your own greens right at home by taking the guess work out of growing. All it takes to get going is to just insert a capsule, water it and watch it grow. A mobile app lets you track your plants progress and can even give you tips on caring for your plants and even how to use them at harvest time. Check out Lilo’s Kickstarter page and help give the idea the boost it needs to come to life (and get one of your own while you are at it). + Pret a Pousser + Lilo on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients

March 30, 2015 by  
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In the wake of a scandal which found that herbal supplements such as ginseng and valerian root sold at major retailers contain cheap fillers such as wheat and soy , Pennsylvania-based GNC has signed an agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General to implement rigorous testing of all GNC supplements. It marks the first time that such a deal has been made, and will require the retailer to perform tests that far exceed the standards currently set by the FDA . Read the rest of After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allergens , allergies , attorney general , dna barcoding , fake herbal supplements , fda , fraud , GNC , GNC supplements , herbal supplements , herbal supplements fraud , herbs , ingredients , supplement testine , Target , Target Supplements , testing , walgreens , walmart , Walmart supplements

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

March 30, 2015 by  
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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

March 27, 2015 by  
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Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to alleviate insomnia, or a peppermint infusion to soothe an upset stomach. In addition to serving as drinkable herbal delights, tinctures can be effective remedies for a variety of health issues, from anemia to PMS, and can also boost your immune system. Many herbs and flowers are now ready to be harvested, so r ead on to learn more about medicinal tinctures, and how you can make your own at home. Read the rest of DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alcohol , alcohol tincture , herbal , herbal medicine , herbalism , herbalist , herbs , plants , tincture , tincture making , tinctures

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Grow Fresh Herbs in Style with the Ecofarm Aquaponics Starter Kit

November 26, 2014 by  
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Growing fresh herbs at home is a popular way to bring greenery indoors, but what if you could turn that spot of gardening into an educational activity for the family? Enter the Ecofarm , an aquaponics starter kit that combines a pet fish tank and grow bed into a single stylish and space-saving design. The Ecofarm works by pumping ammonia rich fish waste into the grow bed, where it is absorbed by the hydroponic plants. Designed by Dutch company Ecobird , the Ecofarm set is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter . + Ecofarm Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , aquaponics starter kit , ecobird , Ecofarm , herbs , kickstarter , organic herbs , reader submitted content , space-saving design

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

September 16, 2014 by  
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Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood “weeds”  and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it’s quite possible that you pass by several other important plants on a daily basis, completely unaware of their awesomeness. Those listed below are usually torn from manicured gardens because some people believe that they’re not as refined or pretty as peonies or hollyhocks, but their healing properties are so spectacular that they should earn a place of esteem amongst the most prized rose species. Take a look at these humble little plants , and if you find them popping up around your own yard, maybe you’ll find a new appreciation for them. Read the rest of Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard plants , backyard weeds , bleeding , coltsfoot , common plants , common weeds , decoction , DIY tinctures , echinacea , gallbladder , healing , Healing plants , healing weeds , herb , herbal healing , herbal medicine , herbal remedies , herbal tea , herbs , home remedies , infection , milk thistle , mullein , thistle , tincture , wild plants , yarrow

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

July 25, 2014 by  
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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

July 25, 2014 by  
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We’re still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated , we’ve been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets , but it’s always fun to try something new, right? If you’ve never had horchata, it’s certainly worth the bit of effort required to make it. Although a hot version of this drink is popular in autumn for  El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) this gorgeous Mexican beverage is just as perfect for summer barbecues, beach lounging, and days spent reading in the sunshine. Read the rest of DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: almond milk , almonds , autumn drinks , chufa , chufa nuts , Dia de los Muertos , Horchata , Mexican , rice , rice milk , rice milk drink , Spanish , tiger nuts , vegan , vegan drinks , wild rice

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Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

August 27, 2013 by  
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Fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs are sprouting in the most unlikely of places — the rooftop of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago , Illinois. The Chicago Botanic Garden began planting on the 20,000 square foot urban farm site in early June and it is already being harvested by Cook County ex-offenders as part of an agricultural training program for dishes served by Savor Chicago, McCormick’s catering service. Read the rest of Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , green roof , herbs , illinois , McCormick Place , rooftop farming , rooftop farms in Chicago , rooftop garden , Savor Chicago , Urban Farming , vegetables        

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