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We live in times when trees have become endangered commodities. Whether it is to build colossal apartments or metro stations and steel flyovers, trees are often the silent victims of modernization. While policy changes are crucial to bringing about sustainable change, nature-loving citizens of all ages have taken to greening their surroundings with an explosive idea seed bombing!
A technique of planting trees by embedding organic seed balls in the ground,
seed bombing is gaining popularity in many Indian cities.
If you are building a new house. You may be concerned with a lot of things, such as maximizing floor space and minimizing noise, but the latest architectural trend is making sure that new buildings are environmentally friendly. In fact, new houses in many areas actually have to meet certain environmental criteria. Even if you do not need your house to check any boxes, then you may still want to consider building in some of these features to help to make your home more environmentally friendly. Many of these tips are also low cost, so you won’t have to blow your budget in order to save the Earth.
What do you need to create your own little green space?
Today, we are faced with the conundrum that the space for cultivation is shrinking, but concerns about food safety and availability are increasing. As an increasing number of people are starting edible gardens, however small, on terraces, balconies, in pots and planters, there are a few essential things to consider.
Even if you love that great succulent look, or if the drought has led you to these plants, you may already have had trouble growing them. The cause of death is overwatering, after which rot sets in, and the plants literally melt down into a gushy rotten mess. The problem is knowing when they want water and when they don’t.
Houseplants want to live, and they’ll survive really well with little attention, as long as you get a couple of things right.
The most common reason that houseplants die is because of watering. Incorrect watering (usually overwatering) is because people fuss their plants to death. Under-watering is also a real killer.
We all do love flowers on Valentine’s Day, but fresh-cut blooms tend to become a gazillion time more expensive on that one day, which got you thinking of beautiful alternatives to a traditional bouquet.
Blooming flowers, small plants, and bulbs are all options that are beautiful and vibrant and will last much longer than fresh-cut flowers. These are the types of gifts that would be lovely for a significant other, a beloved teacher, or loved one.
Bags full of firecrackers, fireworks and sparkles are a thing of the past now. The market is abuzz with the novel idea of green gifting. This Diwali gifting a plant to your loved ones, employees, business associates or clients is the new trend. Furthermore, plants make for a lovely Diwali gift and a token of remembrance that will last in the memories of the receiver for a lifetime.
Here is the list of 4 best Plants you can gift on Diwali:
Lucky Bamboo – According to Feng Shui, Lucky Bamboo is the most beautiful and auspicious plant gift and on an occasion like Diwali it is the best way to express the gratitude and warmth for your loved ones.
The plant has beautiful and long green stalks that balance metal, wood, water, fire and earth in your space. Furthermore, the addition of a lovely red ribbon around the stalks brings positive energy. Each stalk of the plant has a different significance.
If you gift a plant with 3 stalks it signifies happiness, 5 stalks signifies wealth and six stalks signifies health. However, a plant with 4 stalks is not considered a gift of good fortune.
It probably sounds too good to be true, or you might think you need a green thumb, but we swear anybody can do this!
We have seen a few source for propagating herbs this way, but if you want to know how to grow basil from cuttings without getting too technical, read on for the easy way we do it — without any unnecessary steps!
1. Start with a big, bushy basil plant. Get one straight from the store — no need to nurture it ahead of time!
2. Snip a cutting a few inches below its top set of leaves, above a lower set of leaves.
Tip: Cut at an angle. This gives the cutting more surface area to take in the water later.
We’re all for helpful household hacks that either make our life easier or better (preferably both). So when this idea about fresh air plants came onto our radar, we were instantly obsessed.
Here’s the skinny: These 3 household plants will actually improve air quality and help rid our environment of toxins. No kidding!
“It is often said that spaces with plants make you feel better when in fact there is actual scientific proof that this is so,” says home-building expert Sabine H. Schoenberg. “At a time when indoor air quality should be a concern to all of us, it is good to know that help can come from easily obtainable houseplants. Good air leads to better health and well-being and greater productivity.”
One scientific case study of a building in the quite polluted city New Delhi demonstrated that an abundance of these plants resulted in measurably cleaner indoor air. See Kamal Meattle’s very informative and impactful TED talk about this study here.
It’s not just that these plants are healthy. Visually, these plants are architecturally interesting and would fit right in to any modern decor. We say get one or get all three… in spades! You’re only growing fresh air, right?
The mother-in-law tongue plant
The mother-in-law tongue plant, also known as “the bedroom plant,” filters air and converts CO2 to oxygen at night instead of taking away oxygen as other plants.
The areca palm
A popular indoor plant, the Areca Palm removes all indoor air toxins and it’s graceful, arching leaves are safe for pets. Areca Palm is the palm we find commonly in stores, even the big box stores … in other words, it’s very easy to get.
The money tree
The Money Tree, scientifically named “Scindapsus aureus,” purifies air polluted with synthetic chemicals from cleaning products. It has been said by Feng Shui experts that this plant reduces stress and anxiety, and even helps prevent arguments and sleeping disorders.
“Believe it or not, plants converting toxins in your home was first studied by NASA,” says Schoenberg. “Important toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene were found to be neutralized and the study provided a detailed list, as to which plants worked on what specific toxin.”
Schoenberg continues: “In my house, I have multiple giant Peace Lily’s which the NASA study points out neutralize all — benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia.”
Before you buy: While most plants are safe to be around, experts recommend doing some research on new plants before bringing them into your home, especially if you have children or pets.
Source: Today news
In A bid to boost the July 1 tree plantation drive, the government employees have been urged to avail a half day off on Friday, provided they click a selfie with the sapling they planted as a proof that they took part in the drive.