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10 Ideas to Use When Creating the Perfect Indoor Garden

10 Ideas to Use When Creating the Perfect Indoor Garden

We all aren’t fortunate enough to have a home where we can have beautiful gardens like you see in the magazines. You know the ones where it’s almost like there is an outdoor oasis in the middle of nowhere. Since there are so many people who are lacking a beautiful oasis, more and more are turning to indoor gardens to bring some greenery inside.

As you read this article, we hope to provide you with some ideas on how to create the perfect indoor garden for your space, and also give you some tips on how to make your garden flourish. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Concrete Wall Planters

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    You can find concrete wall planters at your local garden shop, or you can make your own. If you want to make your own planter, pour concrete into a molds (these molds can be made out of anything). Make sure there are holes or tabs in the mold so that the concrete planter will have enough drainage. When the concrete dries, paint it to match your color scheme.

    2. Rolling Cart Plant Holder

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      If you have a bar cart that you aren’t using anymore, you can re-purpose it into a rolling succulent rack. Add a little bit of mesh to drain excess water and then full the compartments with soil. Finally add moss to the surface and then plant as many succulents and flowers that you want.

      3. Mason Jar Plant Holder

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        Mason jars are great containers for growing fresh herbs. If you don’t have much space on the floor or the counter for pots, you can create a hanging wall planter like the one pictured fairly easily and inexpensively. Simply use a piece of wood (we like reclaimed wood that has loads of character), mason jars, some hooks, and chain. Of course, this is just one option. There are many unique variations on this idea on Pinterest.

        4. Gold Leaf Mason Jars

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          Here’s another idea for mason jars! If you want something a bit fancier, but still like the look of the mason jar, update it by using the special adhesive for gold leaf and paint it onto the outside of the jar where you want the gold. After you have the gold leaf where you want it, remove the backing paper and cover it with a thin coating of Mod Podge that will dry clear. Then once that is all finished, you can plant your herbs inside or use it as a shabby chic vase for the table.

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          5. Indoor Wooly Pocket

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            Who needs artwork when you can have a living and breathing (sort of) piece of art hanging on your wall? These wooly pockets are perfect for homes with kids and pets and lessen the chances of either knocking the plants over and making a huge mess. You can find these wooly pockets online and at stores all over the country. Then you can talk to your local nursery for plants that are easy to care for and have beautiful foliage.

            6. Leather Planters

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              Leather doesn’t have to be for clothing or furniture—it can be used to turn any regular pot into a hanging planter. Grab a scrap piece of leather and make some strategic cuts into it (this will be where the pot will sit). Use some rope to string it up and hang them in your window. These little pots are perfect for small varieties of plants and succulents.

              7. Pop Top Planters

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                If you just want something simple to start your little herb garden with, why not use last night’s vegetable can? All you have to do is use a can and can opener. Remove the label (or not, the choice is yours), and clean it. Add some soil and seeds, and then stick it in the sunlight. It’ll be a matter of time before your can is brimming with herbs.

                8. Tiered Plant Stand

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                  These little plant stands are great if you have potted flowers that need to come inside for the winter. You can find them in made out of wood, metal, or a combination of the two. The awesome thing about these stands is that you can move it around pretty easily and it doesn’t take up too much space. If you are handy and have a creative mind, you can make your plant stand.

                  9. Mini Clay Pot Magnets

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                    Every home looks better with a little bit of greenery. When you’re trying to brighten up your space, why not add some plant life to magnetic surfaces like refrigerators or doors? You can make these fun accessories by taking a tiny terra cotta pot and gluing a magnet to the back. Finish the pot by tucking a tiny succulent or even an air plant inside. It adds that perfect touch of whimsy, don’t you think?

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                    10. Faux Stone Planters

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                      Stone planters aren’t all that special when it comes to gardening, but these small planters can’t be passed up. All you will have to do is glue flat stones together in a bowl shape, fill it with moss and succulents and viola; you’ve got a unique planter for your shelf, desk, mantle, wherever!

                      Now that you have a few ideas of what you could do for your indoor garden, here’s a few things you need to remember when caring for your little plant babies.

                      • Make sure your plants are receiving just enough sunlight. Some plants require more light than others, so it’s a good idea to read up on how much light your plants need.
                      • Remember not to overwater your plants. Most plants are going to need to be in a pot with good drainage so that the excess water doesn’t rot the roots.
                      • Keep your plants clean. Oh yeah! You do have dust the leaves of your plants. Like anything else in your home, they’ll get dusty.
                      • Groom your plants to encourage growth. If there’re any leaves or flowers that are showing signs of dying, you should clip them so that new growth start,

                      Now, go forth and start that indoor garden that you’ve been dreaming about!

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                      Last Updated on July 11, 2019

                      10 Best Brain Power Supplements That Will Supercharge Your Mind

                      10 Best Brain Power Supplements That Will Supercharge Your Mind

                      If you have watched movies like Limitless[1] (both the movie and television series) and Lucy,[2] then you have likely come across smart drugs or nootropics. In the movie Limitless, you are introduced to NZT-48 (known as MDT-48 in the book The Dark Fields), which grants heightened intellectual abilities allowing one to pattern-match at lighting speed.

                      In the movie Lucy, you are introduced to the drug CPH4, which is actually based on a molecule that a pregnant woman produces after six weeks of pregnancy. The director of Lucy, Luc Besson, remarked,[3]

                      “But it’s totally real, and it’s true that the power of this product for a baby is the power of an atomic bomb. It’s real. It’s totally real. So its not a drug in fact, it’s a natural molecule that pregnant women produce.”

                      NZT-48 is fictional and CPH4 is a fictional drug based on a real substance. So, are there any real life smart drugs or brain boosters similar to either fictional drug? The answer is no. But powerful cognitive enhancing drugs do exist. And they are Nootropics.

                      Nootropics

                      Nootropics was coined by Romanian psychologist Corneliu E. Giurgea in 1972. The etymology of the word is nous or mind and trepein or to bend.[4] According to Smart Drug Smarts, nootropics is an umbrella term for a class of chemicals, some naturally-occurring and some man-made, that give cognitive benefits to the human brain. To be a nootropic, Giurgea found that the substance must meet five specific criteria:[5]

                      1. Enhance memory and ability to learn.
                      2. Help the brain function under disruptive conditions.
                      3. Protect the brain from chemical and physical assaults.
                      4. Increase the efficacy of neuronal firing control mechanisms.
                      5. Possess few or no side effects and be virtually non-toxic.

                      Let’s now examine the 10 best brain power supplements that will supercharge your mind and 4 bonus tips (in no particular order – meaning #1 is not better than #2 nor #10). Very few of the brain boosters listed can be purchased in a local brick and mortar store.

                      For most, you will have to place an order online. However, be extremely cautious and diligently research each prior to ordering.

                      For a more detailed breakdown of each brain booster in the form of a wiki, I recommend visiting the website BrainTropic[6]. I will provide a summary for each smart drug below. Summaries will be from BrainTropic unless otherwise stated. In addition, visit my website (you can find the link in my bio) as I regularly write and provide advice on nootropics.

                      *Some of the supplements listed require a prescription and could be harmful. Consult with your doctor before consumption.

                      1. Qualia Mind

                      Qualia Mind is an extremely powerful smart drug created by Neurohacker packed with a variety of nootropics. It is a multi-nootropic leading to potential neurochemical and physiological enhancements.

                      Qualia Mind is specifically designed to lift brain fog, amplify willpower, upgrade energy, heighten creativity, and promote mental clarity. No prescription is required.

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                      Side effects: headaches, sleep disturbance, muscle tightness, and upset stomach.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Multi-Nootropic (crucial ingredients include: Acetyl-L-Carnitine, DL-Phenylalanine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Taurine, L-Theanine, Alpha GPC, Citicoline, Anhydrous Caffeine, Huperzine A, and more)
                      • Good for: Energy, Focus, Learning, Memory, Motivation, and Physical Performance
                      • Typical Dose: 7 capsules per day (maximum of 12)
                      • Half-life: 4-6 hours

                      You can learn more about Qualia Mind in Neurohacker.

                      2. Modafinil

                      Modafinil is a stimulant to treat narcolepsy and has been shown to enhance our cognitive functions. Sold under the names Vigil, Nuvigil or Provigil, has became one of the most popular cognitive enhancing drugs on the market.

                      Bio-hacker and founder of Bulletproof Coffee, Dave Asprey, is just one of many advocating the drug. Some think Modafinil inspired the movie Limitless. For more on this discussion, read I Spent a Week on Nuvigil, the Drug From ‘Limitless’ and Modafinil: My Experience with the Real Life Limitless Pill by Joen Rude Falsner. Falsner remarked about Modafinil, it’s “Sort of like a real life pop-up blocker…”

                      In the US, Modafinil is classified as Schedule IV Controlled Substance and a prescription is required for it. Potential side effects: headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, nervousness, and trouble sleeping.

                      Bonus Tip: Top Modafinil researchers have found that Modafinil combined with coffee can create a powerful combination.[7]

                      Summary
                      • Type: Stimulant
                      • Good for: Energy, Focus, Learning, Memory, Motivation, and Physical Performance
                      • Typical Dose: 50-200mg
                      • Half-life: 15 hours

                      3. Adrafinil

                      Adrafinil is a stimulant that can increase energy and prevent fatigue. It is metabolized and converted into Modafinil. In fact, the effects are similar to Modafinil; however, it is not as strong. No prescription is required for Adrafinil in the US, Canada, or the UK.

                      Potential side effects: headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, nervousness, and trouble sleeping.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Stimulant
                      • Good for: Energy, Focus, Learning, Memory, Motivation, and Physical Performance
                      • Typical Dose: 150-600mg
                      • Half-life: 1 hour

                      4. Noopept

                      According to braintropic.com, Noopept is a powerful synthetic nootropic with cognitive enhancement and neuroprotective properties. It was developed in Russia in the mid-1990s and is used as a prescription treatment for cognitive impairments. Researchers found that, in animal studies, Noopept has been shown to stimulate the expression of two chemicals: Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).[8]

                      Potential side effects: headaches, restlessness, dizziness, and irritability.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Peptide
                      • Good for: Anxiety, Energy, Focus, Learning and Memory
                      • Typical Dose: 10-20 mg
                      • Half-life: 30-60 minutes

                      5. Adderall

                      Adderall is a stimulant used to treat those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall primarily increases the release to two specific neurotransmitters involved with ADHD: dopamine and norepinephrine.

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                      For an interesting read on what Adderall does to the brain – to include a good discussion of the benefits and side effects of the drug – read What adderall does to your brain by Daniela Hernandez. Similar to Modafinil, some think the movie Limitless was inspired by Adderall.

                      For more on this discussion, read Limitless: The Brain-Doping Movie We All Know Was Inspired by Adderall and The Drug From Limitless Is Available for Purchase on Your College Campus.

                      Adderall is considered a Schedule II Controlled Substance and a prescription is required for it. This means anyone caught in possession of it without a prescription could face criminal charges. Potential side effects: irregular heartbeat, paranoia, headaches, restlessness, dizziness, lack of appetite, high risk of dependency, and irritability.

                      Summary[9]
                      • Type: Stimulant
                      • Good for: Energy, Focus, Learning, Memory, Motivation, and Physical Performance
                      • Typical Dose: 5-40 mg (Adderall XR is 5-60 mg)
                      • Half-life: 4-6 hours (Adderall XR is 6-8 hours)

                      6. Oxiracetam

                      Oxiracetam was developed in the 1970s and is a synthetic derivative of the original nootropic – Piracetam. However, according to braintropic.com, Oxiracetam is more potent than Piracetam. Oxiracetam has been studied for treatment with those suffering from Alzheimer’s or memory.[10] No prescription is required for Oxiracetam.

                      Potential side effects: no serious side effects – the most commonly reported side effect is headache.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Ampakine and Racetam
                      • Good for: Energy, Focus, Learning and Memory
                      • Typical Dose: 400-2400 mg
                      • Half-life: 8 hours

                      7. Bulletproof Coffee

                      Dave Asprey (also an advocate for Modafinil) is the creator of Bulletproof Coffee. Asprey contends that Bulletproof Coffee is clean and tested for toxins.

                      However, when you first read about Bulletproof Coffee, you hear about the combination of Butter – Oil – Coffee. That can’t be a good combination, right?

                      Wrong. It is.

                      Bulletproof Coffee has been found to help with weight loss, boost cognitive functioning, maintain mental clarity, and decrease brain fog. For more on Bulletproof Coffee, read What It’s Like To Drink Bulletproof Coffee Every Morning For Two Weeks by Chris Gayomali. Potential side effects: restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, and rapid heart rate.

                      Summary[11]
                      • Type: Stimulant
                      • Good for: Mental Clarity, Decrease Brain Fog, and Weight Loss
                      • Typical Dose: Varies by type of coffee (e.g. Coffee Pods or Brew)
                      • Half-life: Varies

                      8. Cellucor C4 Ultimate

                      Cellucor C4 Ultimate is a powerful pre workout supplement. It provides an instant cognitive boost so that you can not only get the most out of your exercise training sessions, but also maximize your ability to learn (even during exercise).

                      C4 Ultimate should be consumed 20-30 minutes prior to training. No prescription is required for C4 Ultimate.

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                      Potential side effects: insomnia, diarrhea, dehydration, headaches, high blood pressure, and tingly or prickly sensations. To counter these side effects, read Pre-Workout Supplements: 6 Side Effects and How To Avoid Them by Matt Weik.

                      Summary[12]
                      • Type: Pre Workout (crucial ingredients include: Vitamin C, Vitamins B6 and B12, Niacin, Citrulline Malate, Caffeine Anhydrous, Taurine, Beta-Alanine, Creatine Nitrate, and N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine)
                      • Good for: Energy, Pumps, Endurance, and Physical Performance
                      • Typical Dose: 1 scoop with water
                      • Half-life: Varies

                      You can get Cellucor C4 Ultimate at Cellucor.

                      9. Piracetam

                      Piracetam is the first synthetic smart drug developed and is the compound that inspired the term nootropic. It was invented by the same individual who coined the term nootropic – Dr. Giurgea.

                      According to Brain Tropic, Piracetam works by improving blood flow in the brain, boosts the production of crucial brain chemicals, and increases synaptic plasticity.[13] It requires a prescription in the UK and Australia and cannot be legally marketed in the US as a dietary supplement.

                      Potential side effects: no serious side effects – the most commonly reported side effect is headache.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Ampakine and Racetam
                      • Good for: Learning and Memory
                      • Typical Dose: 1600-4800 mg
                      • Half-life: 4-5 hours

                      10. Qualia Focus

                      Qualia Focus is another product offered by Neurohacker. It too is a multi-nootropic with powerful cognitive enhancements. While it is not as strong as Qualia Mind, it still upgrades your energy, heightens creativity, and promotes mental clarity at a lower cost than Qualia Mind. No prescription is required.

                      Side effects: headaches, sleep disturbance, muscle tightness, and upset stomach.

                      Summary
                      • Type: Multi-Nootropic (crucial ingredients include: Acetyl-L-Carnitine, DL-Phenylalanine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Taurine, L-Theanine, Alpha GPC, Citicoline, Coffeeberry Energy, Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract, Huperzine A, and more)
                      • Good for: Focus and Concentration, Memory, and Energy
                      • Typical Dose: 5 capsules per day (maximum of 9)
                      • Half-life: 4-6 hours

                      You can learn more about Qualia Focus in Neurohacker.

                      While the brain boosters listed above are not the smart drugs in Limitless or Lucy, they still provide you phenomenal results. To find out which of the 10 are the best for you, I suggest you do the following:

                      1. Research each one diligently
                      2. Test them out for yourself
                      3. Try the following Bonus Tips along with your brain booster. In doing so, you will discover a pop-up blocker for your brain!

                      Bonus Tips

                      1. Take antacids to increase potency

                      To increase the potency of a brain booster, ingest alkaline substances like antacids such as Tums or Alka-Seltzer. Read A Brief Guide to Non-medical Psychostimulant Use for more information.

                      You should consult with your doctor as there could be serious side effects.

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                      2. Take on an empty stomach

                      You should take your brain booster on an empty stomach as this will further potentiate both the duration and effect of the drug. The exceptions are Qualia Mind and Focus. I recommend taking both with food as this will cause an upset stomach.

                      However, you should consult with your doctor prior to taking any of the brain boosters listed and to identify the proper way to take each.

                      3. Adderall alarm clock

                      There is an interesting definition in the crowd-sourced online dictionary Urban Dictionary:[14]

                      The Adderall Alarm Clock is defined as setting an alarm for an hour before you have to get up; upon waking, roll over and take your prescription stimulant of choice and go back to sleep. In about an hour, you wake up naturally with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

                      This actually works. Choose one of your brain boosters and try this out.

                      However, you should consult with your doctor prior to attempting this as there could be serious side effects.

                      4. Exercise sparks neurogenesis

                      Exercise alone will provide similar benefits and could be substituted for any of the brain boosters listed. Exercise plus brain boosters provide even more cognitive enhancing benefits.

                      One of the most powerful benefits exercise provides is that it sparks the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which brings about neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain.[15]

                      Dr. John Ratey discusses both neurogenesis and BDNF at length in his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Ratey dubbed BDNF the master molecule and refers to it as “Miracle-Gro for the brain”. Linda Gabriel writes about BDNF in BDNF – Miracle-Gro for the Brain, “BDNF binds to receptors in the synapses between neurons, increasing voltage (yes your brain is electric!), and improving signal strength.”

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