I am not always the most attentive person when it comes to matters of the home. "What do you mean you're supposed to clean the ceiling fan and the light switches and the oven racks? Who does that?" So you would think having houseplants around would be a disastrous idea.
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While you were chomping on Easter bilbies and eggs for a weekend, there were hundreds of plant species across the country celebrating with hearty meals of their own. They might not be able to take down something the size of a human (thank god, we don't need more things that can kill us here), but the Lovecraftian horrors trap and slowly drown insects to get the nutrients they need.
These are Australia's murderous plants.
Among the many benefits they bring to your home, plants help clean the air. Are you returning the favour?
Video: Winter is the ideal time to plan your garden. If you're planting outdoors, it's also a good time to clear out weeds to keep them from seeding in your soil when the weather turns warm. It's also a great time to sow next year's seedlings.
Some people are less active in winter and so are some plants. They go dormant in extreme weather, such as freezing temperatures, then come out when conditions are better for them to grow. While dormant, a plant's leaves fall off and it might look dead. There's a good chance it isn't, though.
Terrariums are having their biggest moment since Queen Victoria was in power. A popular way to exhibit plants in the late 1800s, terrariums, called "Wardian Cases" in the Victorian era, were elaborate affairs that could take up an entire side table. These days, the smaller, simpler iterations line the windows of trendy shops and office desks. Here's how to build your own for a fraction of the cost of those fancy kits.
"Hygge" is a Danish word that essentially means the quality of cosiness, contentment and well-being. If you want to attain hygge in your household, one simple and cost-effective way is to invest in some plants. Unfortunately, they need to actually survive for it to work. This infographic looks at the types of houseplants first-time buyers and non-green thumbs should consider.
If you want to brighten up your home with some lush greenery, it's important to consider what level of lighting those houseplants will need. This trick will help you determine whether an area in your home is suitable for certain plants.
If you don't have a lot of gardening space, growing up instead of out makes the most of what you do have available. This three-tiered planter is easy to put together yourself and will help turn your vertical space into a lush garden.
When you've worked hard to cultivate a thriving garden, the last thing you want is critters to invade and eat everything you planted. This simple netting and masonry ladders setup will deter birds and rabbits, and it's easy to make.
There are many plants out there that are mutually beneficial to each other, but some attract insects that are natural predators to pests in your garden. Take advantage of those properties to both protect and pollinate your garden.