Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food With Less Work
Combine permaculture gardening techniques and edible landscaping ingenuity in your garden by growing perennial vegetables. You’ll be surprised by how little work garden perennials require when compared with the work you expend growing annuals. Plus, our list of best perennials and resources guide will get you started with this sustainable, practical gardening technique.
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For thousands of years, man has looked to nature to cure disease. In the last decade particularly, medicinal plants have been catapulted into mainstream culture, with the popularity of plant medicines such as ayahuasca, ibogaine and cannabis making headlines for their powerful healing abilities against some of today’s most prominent illnesses. However, these plant medicines come with illicit conditions in most countries.
The good news is, some of the most common weeds in our backyard yield amazing healing abilities, and they are all legal! Here are ten weeds which possess interesting medicinal properties. (Note: Consult with your doctor before self-medicating with these plants)
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Made from used food jars, you can decorate them with glass gems (flat-bottom marbles)—or whatever you like—and place them in the garden.
Tiny toys and secret notes can be hidden inside—like little time capsules in your garden.
Glass garden art projects like this one look really beautiful outdoors with the sunlight shining through. You can also add little solar lights or flameless candles to have them glow in the evenings as well.
The small size of the jars makes this a quick and easy craft for kids and adults.
Full tutorial here
6 AIR PURIFYING HOUSE PLANTS
1. Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) - Bamboo Palm acts as a natural humidifier and removes the harmful chemicals formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from air.
2. Snake Plant or Mother-in-law's Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii') - A study conducted by NASA found that Snake Plant is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality, as it passively absorbs toxins like nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. Because of this quality, it is also known as 'The Bedroom Plant'. Note that it is known to be toxic to cats and dogs.
3. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) - Areca Palm filters indoor air of xylene and toluene chemicals. Wolverton also specified that this plant is an effective humidifier, and is also known as 'The Living Room Plant'.
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) - Spider Plants also reduce indoor air pollution in the form of formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa') - Peace Lily is a clean-all house plant, purifying air from benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene , toluene and also ammonia. Note that Peace Lily is also known to be toxic to cats and dogs.
6. Gerbera Daisy or Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) - The respiratory cycles of most plants decrease in the evening hours and they start absorbing oxygen, releasing carbon dioxide. But Gerbera Daisies continue releasing oxygen throughout the night, which helps you breath and sleep better. These colorful plants also remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from air.
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