1. Open the windows for 10 mins a day:
Doing this every day will increase the air circulation in your home, reducing lung irritating indoor air pollution by 20% or more.
2. Pick pump bottles for your lungs' sake:
Virtually anything you normally buy in an aerosol can is now available in a pump bottle - and making the switch significantly reduces the number of lung irritants released into the air.
3. Use an air purifier to banish germs:
Consider buying an air purifier to keep airborne germs - such as a cold or flue bug - from reaching you. Tests show that even smaller purifiers can filter out as much as 99% of a rooms mold, dust, pet dander and airborne germs.
4. Decorate with potted plants to soak up ozone:
Of course we think this one is totally necessary. If you are prone to unexplained headaches, coughing and the like, problem could be ozone, a common pollutant. Not to worry: Decorating with colorful potted flowerpots filled with houseplants can keep ozone levels low 24/7, studies have shown.
5. Opt for healthy cleaners:
Pick products made with vinegar or other gentle cleansers that are free of harsh chemicals that give off gases. Safe brands to try include Seventh Generation and Method.
You can't avoid all indoor pollutants! According to researchers eating a few carrot sticks and an apple every day can shore up your defenses again inhaled irritants, cutting your risk of related health hassles as much as 63% So, who wouldn't place a potted plant around your home or open the windows a few minutes a day. Your health is important to you and we care! Give these a try!
Have you ever thought about growing colorful chili peppers in a flower pot that can be placed in the kitchen, on a window, or a patio table? They are beautiful, colorful and yummy good to eat and cook with!
Few potted plants get the attention of both you eyes and taste buds as spicy chili peppers. Grow in summer they are easy to pot and grow along with fun to add to any of your bbq or summertime suppers. Maybe you just need a burst of bright red, yellow or green to add that little spark to your patio table or kitchen island.
Select a natural clay flowerpot that is made of rustic terracotta clay. The combination creates a rustic, almost hispanic look that is beautiful and decorative. Maybe you want to really pack on the color. Then choose a red high shine color bowl that will only explode in more color when you pot up the red peppers.
Once established, pepper plants require moderate water and fertilizer. With full sun and plenty of warmth, the potted chilies will grow all summer long. These spicy little pups do not like wet, damp conditions so be careful when transplanting them from the pot to the ground later in the year.
Whether you pick them green or leave them to ripen to a bright red on the vine, they can be used raw, cooked, or preserved by drying or freezing. Maybe you just want dazzling color and don't care to eat them. That is fine also. They will provide all the color you need in a very small flower pot size.
Potted herbs don't just smell great but they are loaded with nourishing anti-aging compounds that can restore radiance and smooth skin, thicken your hair erase dark marks. Growing them is as easy as purchasing the seeds from your local garden center along with some potting mix and small flowerpots from Arizona Pottery of course!
Potted Thyme: White up a purifying scrub. Dry 1 - 2 sprigs and remove the leaves from stems and light mash with spoon. Mix with 1 Tsp baking sod and a few drops of water to make a paste. Massage over clean, damp skin in small circles. Rinse and pat dry. Use 2 times a week. Enough for 1 treatment.
Potted Rosemary: Everyone knows how great rosemary is in the kitchen but here is a recipe hair growth. Place 4 springs of rosemary in a clean jar. Pour 2 cups warm water over the springs. Infuse for at least 4 hours. Strain into a clean spray bottle. Then add 2 T of vegetable glycerin. Shake and mist over scalp and hair. Massage then style. Keeps 2 weeks in the fridge.
Potted Parsley: Fine chop 8 washed parsley sprigs. Mash in a bowl with spoon. Cover with 1 c Hot water and steep 1 hr. Strain into spray bottle and chill in fridge. When ready, mist the liquid over cotton pads and place over closed eyes. Relax 15 mins. Erase dark under eyes.
Not interested in starting herbs from seeds, then purchase the beginner plants from the store. All you need to do is repot them into a Arizona Pottery decorative or terracotta flowerpot. Just make sure the pot has a drain hole since all herbs need well draining soil. Keep them around the house for cooking, sleeping and all of the above beauty treatments.
We don't talk much about Modern garden designs in the Pottery Post blog but today we thought we would share some thoughts and see what you think. Since modern garden designs are generally geometric, abstract, and use little plant materials they are not what most would consider when designing a patio or yard area. Mostly contemporary they are designed in the minimalist approach where less is more. The garden containers used now become the main focus with artistic touches or where opposite happens and the plants are the accent point and the pottery is mostly hidden and minor.
It's not that you don't like traditional gardens and landscaping it's that you desire a more simple, feel and look that reflects your personal desire for outdoor living. Since many modern garden containers can be cold, abstract and plain looking they will need a plant that will add something to the design element. Like for an example a concrete wok planter with no pattern or even rolled rim edges is fairly simple and plain. But place a spiky cactus or succulent in the center and it can explode out the top creating a lively display.
Try to consider a Modern garden container a joining of two design elements. Simple, plain, abstract all matched with color, unique plants and minimal displays. Usually you wont see a lot of plant materials mixed but a few displayed distinctive. Plants are not just tools meaning just stick one into a pot and hope for the best. Try to provide a variety of choices that make sense. Example - different succulents, all colorful flowers or evergreens with no color.
Instead of just trying to fill space think of modern designs as an art form. Maybe use a few garden containers that stand tall, proud and empty. Display them as artwork instead of a garden planter. A cigar jar shape usually fits this need. Size matters here. You do not want a small planter sitting in the center of a display that is undersized and gets lost in the surrounding plant materials.
Lastly, when starting out a great place to begin your planning is visualizing the term "Negative Space". This means the space between things. It truly creates a space for the mind and the eye to rest because it is the area where the lest is going on. It allows you to be able to sit there and breathe. There are no hard rules when it comes to designing this way. Just take a deep breathe and get creative.
We want to provide some fresh container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas. Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.
If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home. Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home. By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.
When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider. Start with the plants needs. Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need. You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery. Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.
Choose sunny spots if necessary. When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs. Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time. Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.
Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth. When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible. Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.