Happy New Year! Don’t you get a bit sad when Christmas time comes to an end? I do! Eating those last sweets in January, storing boxes full of decorations, seeing your poinsettias lose their leaves like crazy… While we can’t make Christmas last longer or buy Christmas sweets all year round, we might be able to keep our poinsettias alive until next December. Seems impossible? Well, it isn’t!
Tag: gardening without a garden
Growing a plant directly on the ground is a great pleasure, but not all of us have a garden to dig and love. Pots are sometimes the only option for us. But, never mind! The variety of forms, shapes, materials and colors and the possibility of easily moving the plants around gives us a lot of landscaping possibilites. Yes, your balcony is a landscape, too. Even your windowsill. However, it’s easy to get lost among the different options, so today I give you some hints to choose wisely.
It’s common to worry about the air pollution in cities: traffic, industry and some heating systems team up to create an unhealthy environment. Although we tend to think about our homes as a pollution-free space, this is not completely true. Nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide levels may be lower indoors, but other toxic compounds known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are higher indoors than outdoors. Paint, furniture, printers, nail polish removers and other household products are common sources of VOCs.
Have you ever wondered how many people are currently residing in cities? The answer is more than 50% of the worldwide population, according to the United Nations. Urban areas keep growing, removing arable land for good. And, have you ever wondered how many resources does it take to maintain a city? Think about water, food, recreation space and possibilities, breathing air, construction materials… Ecological footprint might be an interesting concept to consider.
I am in love with indoor plants. Not only are they interesting and fresh element, but also purify the air. What else can you ask for? I guess if they watered themselves, it’d be just perfect. However, not all of us live in one of those dream-like, Pinterest worthy houses: huge and full of enormous windows; with the soft breeze of spring caressing your skin and the light inundating the place like a silk veil. You know what I mean, right?