Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

We hear it all the time, that gardening is really good for our health. Speaking from experience, I have to say, not only is it good for my health, but gardening has been the best preventive medicine available for me. Does my back and hands get sore from yard work? Sure it does! But the sense of deep fulfillment and accomplishment acts as drops of healing oil on me. Being in nature has healed me and it continues, as I engage myself in variety of...

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Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

There are some amazing reasons and benefits with gardening. Just thinking about gardening, makes me believe I can smell fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables. And that thought alone, makes my hands start itching to go out and play in the soil. I remember living in our small town-home in Sweden with a yard that was about 0.05 acre (202 square meter), basically a tiny plot. We pulled out a small area of lawn, and planted a row of onions and ...

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Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Luther Burbank was a botanist who knew what he was talking about when he said.. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful, they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul”. Famous actress, Marilyn Monroe once said “Diamonds are a girls best friend”. From day one, my husband has known that, that is not the case with me. I could care less about diamonds and sparkly stuff. But you tell me I can buy or...

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Winterizing Your Yard

Winterizing Your Yard

My favorite time of the year is Spring, when everything comes to life. Spring is awesome, even though I know perfectly well, every season has its own beauty and benefits. That may be the case, but putting all my plants, especially my flowers to bed in the late Fall is really hard for me. I realize that probably my over the top excitement of Spring is due to my longing of my colorful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables, after a long Winter.  ...

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Simple Horticulture

Simple Horticulture

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about gardening. She approached me regarding her yard and the care she needed to give to it. She expressed few thoughts and frustrations that she had with gardening and basic plant knowledge. Her need was simple instructions on how to take care of her yard, and also how to make it more attractive yet functional. I got a bit anxious and felt I needed to teach her everything I have learned so far,...

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