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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 1 of 4)

One aspect of home interior decorating that sometimes goes without thought is the wide world of indoor gardening. Indoor greenery provides for a very pleasant atmosphere with multiple functional benefits. Many people find that the presence of plants in their home will brighten their moods and give them a sense of accomplishment knowing they are enjoying something that was cared for at home with their own two hands.

Growing plants indoors allows the opportunity for you and your family to grow varieties that you could otherwise not enjoy outdoors due to harsh climates, adequate rainfall or lighting conditions. Because you can grow in such a controlled environment indoors, you are allowed much more freedom to grow anything from herbs and vegetables, to lush decorative greenery and flowers.

Before diving into the fun stuff and getting your hands dirty, there are a few things to consider when planning for indoor gardening. Light sources will be your biggest concern, followed by appropriate containers, plant food, and water. Having these few things implemented correctly will make for a much more rewarding and successful experience, as opposed to just jumping in and buying whatever plants happen to catch your fancy.

Lighting is the most important aspect of growing indoors. Obviously natural light is going to be the best source of light for your garden, and unfortunately, unless you happen to live in a glass house, walls tend to restrict the amount of lighting coming in. Many plants, such as Pothos, don’t require copious amounts of light and tend to thrive better when placed under incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs, or almost anywhere that gets ambient lighting. Other plants will require much more natural lighting. Most herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, and many basil varieties tend to fall into the high lighting category. With these plant types, a big window or sliding glass door that gets decent sunlight for a large portion of the day would be your best bet.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit more about lighting and cover the importance of planting containers that will supply your home and family with beautiful indoor greenery.

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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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