Solution For Small Living Spaces

What do you do if you are an herb lover, but you don’t have space to plant your favorite herbs?

What can you do if you like to have your fresh herbs always within reach so you don’t have to run outside on a rainy day to get those few leaves for your favorite recipe? A windowsill garden might be the perfect solution to your dilemma.

What are the basic requirements for a windowsill garden? Well, they are quite similar to requirements for an outdoor garden, but on a slightly smaller scale:

1) You need a “plot” where you are going to plant your herbs. In this case, your “plot” is your windowsill. Make sure that your windowsill can carry the weight of the containers and pots.

Containers and pots can be quite heavy when filled with damp soil. Choose a windowsill which gets lots of sun and daylight. We’ll talk about the light requirements for the herbs in a bit.

2) The choice of the pots or containers – clay or plastic – doesn’t really matter as long as they have holes at the bottom to release excess moisture. In general, clay pots have the ability to absorb excess moisture.

That means less frequent watering. The size of the individual pots should be about 10-15cm (4-6 inch) in diameter. If you are planting more than one herb in a container, please consider spacing between the herbs. If the individual herbs don’t have enough space, they won’t thrive as successfully as you imagined.

3) Always choose good quality soil for your herbs to grow in so that they will be healthy and grow abundantly. If you are starting your windowsill garden from seeds, the recommendation is to use a soilless mix to prevent the development of soil born diseases.

The soil has to be light, loose and free draining. Herbs don’t like having their feet wet for too long. Their roots can rot very easily.

4) To grow your herbs successfully, make sure they get enough light. Herbs need at least 5 hours of light daily, so choose a South or Southwest facing window (opposite for the southern hemisphere!). Herbs love sun and daylight. Herbs don’t like the draft, so keep them away from it.

5) Water requirements have already been mentioned – just make sure your herbs are not over-watered. To check if the herb needs watering, simply stick your finger in the soil. You know what to do if the soil feels dry, right?

6) When trimming your herbs, make sure you don’t take too much. Never trim more than 2/3 of the plant; otherwise, your favorite herb won’t be able to recover.

Trimming is important to promote new growth and your herbs will become luscious. Frequent cutting will stop them from producing seeds.

The final and the most important requirement for your windowsill herb garden is the love and care you give to them. Make sure you spend some time with your herbs every day. As with any living organism, they like attention, too.

You won’t regret it, because you’ll be rewarded by having beautiful, fragrant and delicious herbs at your fingertips!

Jaime Wade is a passionate and dedicated herb gardening enthusiast whose burning desire is to encourage each and everyone to experience the joys and rewards of starting their own herb gardens.…

Wicker Outdoor Furniture Is popular Because Their Woven Texture Goes Well With Natural Surrounding

You may live in the country or in the city, if you have a patio or at least a deck, you must have it properly furnished. There is nothing like stepping out to have a cup of stimulating coffee in quiet solitude in the middle of all the chores or for a breadth of fresh air after the day’s work is done. You do not really need much to make such a corner for yourself. A set of outdoor furniture along with an outdoor umbrella as well as heater will be enough. However, if you want to create it as a hub for outdoor activity and entertainment, you ought to pay more attention to the whole scheme.

The first point to decide is what type of furniture you will have. However, before you do that you must decide the kind of ambiance you want to create. There are different kinds of wicker outdoor furniture available today. If you want a casual set up, you can look for loungers and reclining chairs. Sofas made with synthetic wicker can be chosen if the setting needs to be formal. Today sectional sofas made with synthetic wicker are also available for outdoor use. Look through the whole lot before making the final decision.

For use in the patio, many prefer wicker outdoor furniture, maybe because of three main reasons:
• Their woven texture goes well with the natural surrounding. Moreover, such furniture far surpasses other types of outdoor furniture in beauty and elegance.
• Since wicker outdoor furniture is made, not with natural fiber, but with resin, they remain unaffected by natural elements such as rain or sunshine as well as organic elements such as molds and mildews. As a result, you can leave them out of door round the year without any botheration.
• Since the resin fiver is woven around an aluminum frame, they are sturdy, durable, but light and so they can easily be moved around.

Such furniture generally comes fitted with patio cushions. A patio cushion differs from an ordinary cushion in that the former is always made out of water repellent and UV protected material. Moreover, they are dirt and soil resistant too. Side by side, they are easy to clean and hard to tear. In spite of that, they will sometimes need to be replaced and in such a time, pay attention to the above facts.

You can also look for an outdoor area rug in matching color. Such rugs too are made from weather resistant and easy to clean materials. You can use them to provide a touch of warmth to the otherwise bare patio floor. Generally, the patio falls under the hardscape area and so rugs will not only go well with the setting but can enhance the beauty as well. However, you are required to choose that carefully, but that hardly needs any mention.

You can also use such rugs in the children’s play area and even indoors. They hardly need any maintenance and as I said, very easy to clean. However, it is outdoor, we are more interested in right now and so let us continue in that direction only. A patio needs more than just a set of furniture and some cushions and rugs. To have a lovely time there we must prepare ourselves to fight the chill as well as the heat. For the latter, an outdoor umbrella is sufficient and for the former, you must find a suitable patio heater.

Just as in the case of the outdoor furniture, there are different categories of patio heaters and so you must undertake a little shopping around before selecting any. First, decide if you would rather have a freestanding portable heater or one that is mounted on the walls or ceilings. Both of them have certain advantages and disadvantages. Weigh them carefully. Next, you must decide how much area you need to keep warm at any given time. The BTU of the heater will depend on that. Lastly, decide on the fuel to be used.

A gas patio heater is said to give out cleanest heat at the cheapest rate. Actually, as these heaters run on LPG, they create minimum pollution and that is why people now prefer them to other modes of outdoor heating. However, to run such a heater you will need to have gas connection plumbed in the premises and if that is already there you can run the heater day and night without bothering about refill or environmental pollution.…