Keeping a planted aquarium tank or aquatic garden, compared an empty or artifical one, provides a healthier and more stable environment. Starting one is easy, and you'll be drawn back to it daily to document the rapid growth of your plants and watch the playful antics of your fish and invertebrates. To get started, all you need is a tank, dirt & sand, some plants, and a light source. This comprehensive guide outlines everything you need to know to start and maintain a healthy tank!
Ever walk into a home filled with plants, inhale deeply, and feel that bounce in the air? Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but house plants can dramatically improve the air quality inside a home or an office. What kind of plants are the best at cleaning the air? It depends on what you mean by best, but according to an old NASA study and papers by Dr. Wolverton, peace lilies and pot mums are two of our universal chemical removers. (Photo by Dora Meulman)
Vines can be used to create a privacy screen on an apartment balcony, a backyard deck or patio, or to accent a fence or wall. Whether you have an existing structure that you'd like to see come to life, or you're planning a home improvement project, vines are an easy and low maintenance way to bring a little green to your space.
How big should your aquarium tank be? The following table provides a list of commonly available tank sizes, their dimensions, and filled water weight. When choosing a tank, be mindful of your space, lighting, and how much weight your structure can support.
Many terrestrial gardeners have never delved into aquatic plants, the main concern given was unfamiliary and high maintenance. On the contrary, most aquatic plant species are hardier, grow faster, and require less maintenance than their terrestrial counter parts. The key to keeping low maintenance aquatic plant vessel is balance. In this article we teach you how to start your own "Walstad" bowl.
Avocado plants make great indoor plants, and outdoor trees! Germinating an avocado plant is incredibly easy. Just stick a pit in water and add a little light, we give you the step by step below.
Red ones, yellow ones, green ones. There are over 250 species of these soft bodied insects that reproduce rapidly and asexually. An army of aphids can weaken if not kill your plants.
There are countless insectides, poisonous and organic for control; others recommend diatomaceous earth, lady bugs, and herbal repellants. Only the poisonous ones really seem to work, but that renders my plants inedible, and shortens my life span. The others, depends on your garden conditions. Let's run down through my list of successes and failures: