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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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                      Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

                      Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

                      We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

                      Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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                      Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

                      Looking at images of loved ones

                      While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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                      In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

                      Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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                      Exercise

                      Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

                      Meditation

                      Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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                      In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

                      When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

                      With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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