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Guide: Choosing Terracotta/Ceramic Pots verus Plastic Pots

Choosing the right pots to contain your plants is a difficult choice to make when there are endless options available in the market.  One needs to not only decide the type, form, and aesthetics of the container but also the material of the containers. The two widely used materials are terracotta/ clay (glazed and unglazed) and plastic polymers. You need to choose a container not only to suit the budget but also suit the plant’s requirements and your upkeep practices.

Terracotta and ceramic glazed pots have always been the traditional favorites and have been used for centuries now. But the in the current age, plastic pots taking over.  Both the materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the factors to consider while making a choice.

 

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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 2)

…Continued from Part 1

5.      English Ivy (Hedera helix):

It is one of the easiest to grow plants which can drastically improve the air quality of your room. It is known to absorb toxins in the air and reduce airborne molds, thus proving beneficial for those with respiratory allergies.
Care & Maintenance:
English Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine which has a tendency to spread as long as it has some support. It requires medium to bright light and can’t tolerate standing water.



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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 1)

Ever wondered if the plants you placed indoors can be more than just for beautification? Yes, indoor plants can improve your quality of life in many ways. Here I’m listing the eight plants that can be grown indoors to give you beauty with many other benefits.

1. Lavender:

Lavender is an aromatic herb which purifies the air. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as slow down your heart rate. Lavender oil is extensively used, but why limit to just that when you can plant Lavender indoors and take its benefit all through the day and night. The lavender plant will make your place feeling fresh, relaxed and purified. It also repels insects.
Care & Maintenance:
Lavender grows well in hot and dry conditions, so make sure the pot has good drainage with slightly alkaline soil and is placed in a sunny location (ideally towards a south facing window). The best part is that you can propagate lavender from plant cuttings.

Related Post: Guide: Choosing Plants for Your Roof Terrace and Balcony


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8 Easy Ideas to Give Your Small Balcony a Makeover

It’s that time of the year when you can enjoy outdoors the most.  If you do not have a garden or a backyard, or not even a terrace; you can still enjoy the outdoors by giving your humble and neglected small balcony a much-needed makeover.

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Guide: Choosing Plants for Your Roof Terrace and Balcony

If you long for a roof terrace garden, or a relaxing balcony nook with plants, but you are not sure about the plants to plant, well, then this quick and concise guide to choosing plants can get you started.

Selection of plants can be a difficult task if you are beginning with it. They come in all shapes, sizes and color. There are endless varieties to choose from.  But what is important is to choose plants according to their characteristics and factors that can determine that they flourish. Here, I give you the essential factors that can determine the plants you choose and some plant varieties that you can opt for your terrace garden or balconies. Continue reading

Points to Ensure Before Designing Your Terrace Garden

Terrace garden series (Part I)

If you are lucky enough to have a rooftop terrace, why not make the most of it? Turning your unusable terraces into Terrace gardens can act as an extension of your homes or offices.  A terrace garden can bring you close to nature. They can be an active or passive recreational places for your family and guests.

But before starting to design and build one, ensure to keep in mind the points listed below.

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How to Design a Terrace Garden?

Terrace garden series (Part II)

If you are lucky enough to have a rooftop terrace, why not make the most of it? Turning your unusable terraces into Terrace gardens can act as an extension of your homes or offices.  A terrace garden can bring you close to nature. They can be an active or passive recreational places for your family and guests.

Now that you have checked the Points to Ensure Before Designing Your Terrace Garden, it is time to start designing your terrace garden.

 

Layout

The first step is to finalize the layout of your terrace garden. Keep in mind the purpose for which you are designing a terrace garden. It is needless to say that,  simple layout design works best for small areas. Adding too many features or activities within a small area will not let you enjoy the terrace garden to its fullest. A simple concept sketch is all you may need to work out your terrace garden design layout.

For larger terraces gardens, try to zone various activities. Incorporate various seating areas at strategic locations on the terrace garden.  Hire a professional if required.

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