We've all killed plants. Especially during the winter. We take our houseplants out in May and bring them back indoors when fall hits, but by November many are dead. Why is this I ask myself? Light and water issues. Although I want to blame pests, insects and diseases; I'm at the root of the problem! I'm still sad over a Mandevilla plant that I bought back from down South only to kill. We can't afford to fly to Florida and so we drive. This allows me to bring back tropical plants. They cost a fraction there of what I'd pay locally in Buffalo, NY. Then I get busy and those plants tend to bite the dust for lack of water. Pathetic Laura! So I've also learned over the years to keep it simple. Know the plants' needs and meet them. Now let's talk about houseplants, how-to water them, the light they need and that last under-discussed factor.....drum roll please.....humidity. Let's kill fewer plants starting today!
Time to push the herb easy button. Because you live in an apartment. Or just have a small space. Maybe gardening is a new venture for you and your first taste must be quick and easy. Then let me introduce you to Click & Grow. They make an amazing indoor growing system that allows you to grow fresh herbs, fresh fruits or flowers with zero effort. What blows my mind is having fresh herbs growing in the privacy of my own home in January. I love cooking with fresh herbs, don't you? This was never a viable option for me before as Buffalo, NY is a really cold place right now. So I can vouch for the Smart Herb Garden! Literally within minutes of arrival on your doorstep you will have this unit up-and-running. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know what fresh herbs you miss most during the winter! And international readers, you are welcome to enter! Feel the love.
I don't sleep. Much. Ever since having a baby 7 years ago and being forced out of bed 5-6 times a night to nurse...my body revolted against rest. Now that my daughter is older, I just get up that 5-6 times to pee. Makes me wonder. Does anyone out there actually get 8 hours of straight sleep at night? And I want a natural night's sleep. Agree? No meds. Did you know that incorporating just a few plants in your bedroom can put you out at night by creating a more restful environment? Just think how you feel after a good night's sleep. Like you can conquer the world. Right? But visa versa? Uh-huh...you're tossing and turning unable to catch any zzz's with that racing mind. All you can think about is everything you didn't get done the previous day. Awful. Then you wake up miserable and cranky unable to face the day! Well we have five plants to try today to help you gain a a more natural night's sleep. Here's the rundown!
I'm finally committed to 100% organic gardening. And more recently, I've decided it's time to banish all harmful chemicals inside my home too. When you think of how many chemicals your skin is exposed to everyday, it's time to shudder in horror. So I was on the hunt for an organic, holistic and chemical-free company that made products for my face, hair and skin that didn't have those harsh ingredients. The other stipulation? The products have to work. Otherwise, what's the point? So I stumbled upon Made from Earth and they graciously sent me a few products to review. I'm even more excited that they are giving away my favorite product from the lineup, a face serum...yours for the win! (Are you ready to eliminate a few wrinkles and spoil your face, especially around the eyes?!) To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post you entered by telling me anything about your skin regimen.
Houseplants are hot right now. They really satisfy from potting, growing, watering, rearranging and repotting, plants are fun. To keep you on trend, we've compiled a list of what's in and what's out in the New Year. Of course, lighting is always spot-on in style. You can't get enough of it indoors or out. And in case you didn't notice from the above photo.....the unique is reigning supreme. Trains in the garden? Sure. Why not. Just don't leave them out in the rain or snow. But seriously, this train garden is chugging with innovation. Keep reading to find out what else is going to spruce up your space in the coming year.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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