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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 4 of 4)

Now that we’ve gone over a few of the basics of starting a successful indoor garden at home such as lighting requirements, container options, and general watering tips, it’s time to delve into the important subject of fertilization. Many people spend the time and money to acquire and attempt to grow plants without ever considering that they need to be fed as well as watered.

Just like lighting, watering, and containers, fertilizer requirements will vary from plant to plant. Most generally, plants with a faster grow rate such as tomatoes and many other vegetables, will require a more frequent fertilizing than plants with a slower growth rate, which in some cases, do not even require fertilizer.

Fertilizer comes in liquid, pebble, sticks, powders, etc., as well as many other forms and application types. You will want to read the instructions carefully to insure that you do not over fertilize. If you decide to go with many of the available liquid fertilizers, be sure to double check the label to see if the mix is concentrated. If so, carefully follow the dilution instructions to ensure you don’t shock the plant. Never believe that more fertilizer is always better! One tell-tell sign of too much fertilization is dried or burned leaves.

Now that we have gone over the technical aspects, the only other important thing to keep in mind is that gardening indoors, much like outdoor gardening, is a chore as well as a hobby. This will require your patience, care, and the ability to go through the trials and tribulations of starting a new venture. The more research you do, and the dirtier your hands get, the better. And once you are done, you can sit back and enjoy your living decorative environment that will spruce up any bland or stagnant room with lush greenery for many years to come, as well as provide vegetables and fresh herbs for meals your family will love.

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Fun Winter Bird Feeder Craft For Kids

Winter weather can lead to cooped up preschoolers in need of something fun to do. The next time your little gets a case of cabin fever, try this easy and fun project– it’s for the birds!

Better yet, you probably already have everything you’ll need to help your child create and cute and fully functional bird feeder.

Supplies Needed:
Pine cones
Yarn or twine
Creamy peanut butter
Bird seed
Knife
Plate
*Note: If pine cones aren’t readily available in your yard, try a walk through a local park. If you still don’t come across any, craft stores will usually carry a supply.

Put a big dollop of peanut butter on a plate and give your child a butter knife to spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone. For safety, make sure they stay seated while working. Repeat for however many pine cone bird feeders you wish to make.

Do this next step outside if possible– it can get messy! Pour some wild bird seed into a bowl, plate, or small bucket. Have your child roll the pine cones in the bird seed until completely covered.

Help your child tie a piece of yarn or twine around one end of each pine cone.

If you need to, sprinkle some more bird seed on the pine cones to make sure they are completely covered. It’s the fun part anyway!

Let your child choose where he or she wants to hang the completed pine cone bird feeders and then tie the bird feeders in place. If you can pick a spot where you can watch the bird traffic from inside– even better!
Sit with your child and watch for visiting birds. Keep a bird book and some binoculars nearby so that you can try to spot and name the different birds that frequent your neck of the woods.

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Room Dividers For Teens (Part 2 of 2)

The Japanese screen has the advantage of also adding a clean line to any room, and they fit in with just about any décor. You can choose from dark or light stained wood, and from a variety of styles and materials for the inserts, from paper to bamboo to decoratively carved wood.

Plexiglas blocks are another viable option that will keep a room bright, while allowing for the feeling of separate room. These blocks can be stacked as high and wide as you wish, however, they’re not as easy to move from place to place and even room to room as the screens are. However, they do allow for more light to pass through them, maintaining an open, airy feel to the room, even though it’s closed in. The Plexiglas blocks will give a more contemporary look to a room then most other types of dividers.

If block or screens aren’t your thing, hanging curtains to separate a section of a room is also an option. Simply install hooks in the ceiling and hang a wooden rod from them, from which the curtain will hang. For a more finished look, use a curtain rod with filials. You can find rods– and, of course material– to match just about any style of décor.

Letting your teen make the final decision on what type of barrier to use is what the wisest parents with the most harmonious homes will do. Even if they think it’s less than tasteful. Remember that your children will have to try out different styles in order to find his or her own, and it may take some patience, smiles, and nods on your part along the way.

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Room Dividers For Teens (Part 1 of 2)

Teenager’s crave privacy. It’s typical for a child, entering into their teenage years, to spend a little more time behind closed doors– perhaps with a sign reading, “Private: Do Not Disturb” tacked to their door. Attention from parents is just no longer the goal, and you’ll find that the child that once shared all with you may turn increasingly toward friends for support, companionship, and advice. The more safe space that you can allow for your teen, the better. Oftentimes, the more restrictive a parent becomes, the further away the child will try to pull.

If you have two kids sharing a bedroom, the teenage era can get a little rough. The teenager will be seeking privacy and independence, and yet you can’t build on another room just to meet his or her needs. This is where room dividers can come in very handy and save you and your children a lot of stress.
There are several kinds of room dividers on the market these days, and with a little creativity, you can make one work as a kid’s room divider – and it’ll help keep things harmonious on the home front.

First, there’s the standard-issue Japanese folding room divider screen. Traditional Japanese homes don’t rely on separate rooms the way Western homes do, and so they use these screens to cordon off spaces for privacy. They have the flexibility of being able to be moved according to the needs of the occupants. Plus, they’re lightweight, and relatively inexpensive. For under $200, you could get enough screen to turn a big room into two smaller ones, lending privacy to each side of the shared bedroom. Or is could simple disguise an overflowing toy box or or a closet that’s exuding a clothes-glacier.

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