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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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                      5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

                      5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

                      Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

                      All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

                      The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

                      “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

                      The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

                      “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

                      The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

                      “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

                      So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

                        Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

                        1. Build a Memory Palace

                          What is it?

                          The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

                          How to use it?

                          Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

                          “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

                          Example

                          An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

                          • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
                          • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
                          • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
                          • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
                          • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

                          You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

                          2. Mnemonic

                            What is it?

                            A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

                            How to use it?

                            Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

                            Example

                            I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

                            I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

                            Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

                            Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

                            Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

                            Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

                            C

                            J

                            H

                            D

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                            P

                            Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

                            Cubs

                            Just

                            Hate

                            Doing

                            Push-ups

                            Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

                            3. Mnemonic Peg System

                              What is it?

                              According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                              How to use it?

                              The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                              Example

                              Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                              0 = hero

                              1 = gun

                              2 = shoe

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                              3 = tree

                              4 = door

                              5 = hive

                              6 = sticks

                              7 = heaven

                              8 = gate

                              9 = line

                              Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                              4. Chunking

                                What is it?

                                Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                                How to use it?

                                In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                                Example

                                Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                                Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                                081127882

                                Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                                081 – 127 – 882

                                Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                                “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                                5. Transfer of Learning

                                  What is it?

                                  Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                                  “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                                  How to use it?

                                  There are two specific ways to use it:

                                  1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                                  2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                                  Example

                                  I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

                                  Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                                  We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                                  Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                                  “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                                  Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

                                  Reference

                                  [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                                  [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                                  [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                                  [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                                  [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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