Indoor Fountains – How Are They Different From The Outdoor Versions

ndoor water features basically help in creating a dynamic ambiance indoors and they are also very helpful in relieving your stress and calming your senses, whereas on the other hand the outdoor fountains helps in enhancing the beauty of your property as they are very attractive and extremely appealing. In the market you will find myriads of option for both the indoor as well as outdoor water features. Both work is different ways and have different utilities. Before purchasing a good option you must try to gather enough information about the designs, colors, materials and sizes of fountains that you can purchase from the market.

In this article, I would basically like to outline the differences between indoor as well as outdoor water features.

1. Style of the fountain
There is a great difference in the style of the indoor as well as outdoor options. You will see that indoor options are usually pond less and self contained fountains that come in various attractive styles and designs like tabletop, floor and wall mounted accessories. You can purchase these options from any high class home decor shop. These options are highly classy and expensive. On the other hand you will see that outdoor fountains are extremely large and they involve construction. If you are landscaping your garden or outdoor area then you can surely consider installing these structures in the available space. They come in different structures and designs.

2. Maintenance of the fountain
Fountains which are installed indoor require only a small quality of water and they do not even have to be cleaned on a regular basis because hardly any dust or dirt enters the indoor premises. The circulating pump operates in a very efficient manner and it hardly needs any checking. Outdoor water feature need a lot of maintenance, as often dust, dirt, leaves and other things get accumulated on the surface of the water.

3. Utility of the water feature
You will see that the indoor versions are basically used for enhancing the interior of your home and office. Sometimes they are also used for creating a peaceful and relaxing ambiance so that people can relax. You will see that as the indoor features are very delicate, it is not very easy to make them. A lot of effort is put in achieving perfection. If you have a luxury home, or bungalow, then the outdoor accessory helps in creating a colorful ambiance in your backyard. There are some versions also that work with the help of solar energy. A pump device is fixed in the set up that helps in circulating the water.

4. Materials of the fountain
The indoor versions are usually constructed of stone, Copper and slate and their border is made of stainless steel. More durable materials like marble and brass are used for the construction of the outdoor water fountains. There are some special versions of the water features that can be used both indoors as well as outdoors.

Well these are some …

Flower Pots and Their Benefits

Flower pots have various uses, from starting new seeds, moving plants to new locations, indoor cultivation plants, beautifies garden, or charming your room with wonderful flowers. Flower pots have been used since ancient times, the Egyptians were among the first to use pots to move plants from one location to another, later the Romans brought potted plants inside during cold weather. In modern eras, they can be used as a personal gift, kitchen decoration, room beautification, and art object.

Plant pots can be easily found in garden supply stories, grocery stores, home improvement stores and online garden stores. There are different kinds of plant containers, from clay flower pots, plastic, ceramic, fiber glass, hanging pots, window box planters, sandstone urns, and many more; each of them has their own pros and cons. Out of all these, clay flower pot considered as one of the most popular type of pot. Its structure is suitable for maintaining the freshness almost all type of flowers, in addition clay pots are made from organic raw materials, thus these are eco-friendly products.

Before choosing which type of pot you want, you need to determine where do you want to place the pots. Would you like to lay the pot in your garden? Or do you prefer to place the inside your house? Whether in the living room, kitchen or as window decoration in private room, you must plan and decide the placement of your pots. With perfect placement and match with surroundings, it will enhance the splendor of home as well as your garden. Type of plants, sizes of flower, weight, qualities and prices also major considerations before picking the right pot for you. Growing your own flowers certainly bring ultimate pleasure, an interesting activity that enlighten your days.…

Progressed Moon

The Progressed Moon. There are many ways of calculating a chart – everyone has their favourite. Personally, I use the Solar Chart (which puts the degree of the Sun as the 1st house cusp) in this way we take away the ambiguity of the Ascendant (which requires the exact time of birth) in using this system –and there are many systems – your Progressed Moon is calculated. No matter which system you use – the sign of the Progressed Moon will always be the same but the house will be different! As mentioned I have found this system helpful, beneficial and accurate for I’m endeavouring to make the complex art/science of Astrology accessible and available to all, taking away the jargon…

In order to know or ‘experience’ the background of your life for any period by understanding the concept of the Progressed Moon let me say this: your overall mood is symbolised by the Progressed Moon’s Sign. [For example: my Progressed Moon is in Aquarius – giving my temperament to be somewhat Aquarian in nature!] However, the House position is where I’ll be responsive or, able to focus my thinking. Another example: My Progressed Moon (no matter which system I use) is Aquarian now in the 3rd House (Using the Solar Chart) having come out of the 2nd It will remain in the 3rd House for approx 2 ½ years but will change ‘sign’ during this time and become a Pisces Progressed Moon – thereby altering my disposition and response to 3rd House activities. It’s in the understanding of this concept you’ll come to understand the essence of your Progressed Moon.

The House position of your progressed Moon indicates areas of life where you’ll be ‘pulled’ or, become more ‘conscious.’ The ‘journey’ of the Progressed Moon often causes or manifests a decisive event or experience (more so when entering or leaving a house or changing sign) re-shaping your life in some way- taking you up and outward or, down and inward! Focus your attention on where your Progressed Moon is located (by sign and house) in order you become conscious (in control) of the process and not unconsciously reacting (out of control) to the process going on within…

The Progressed Moon triggers reaction, awakens memories and awakens your potential – ‘activating’ any planet in any house it enters. Your Moon will be experienced in your own way, channeled by the sign and house placement and any aspects it makes with other planets and points in your chart. No one can have a pure experience of the lunar archetype because nothing exists in isolation. The information offered will give you some idea as to what kind of experiences – peak or otherwise – you’ll encounter. Even though there are many born to the same date of birth we are all different – not having the same mother, nurturing, life-style, education or background, etc.

This is the ‘secret’ of understanding Astrology for we are all born to …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Container Vegetable Gardens

Not everybody is lucky to have a yard at the back or a big garden. But it is heartening to know that with the help of container vegetable gardens, garden enthusiasts have the option of growing vegetables at their own sweet will. The box vegetable garden is a gift for all who have a passion for gardens but do not have the required space.

The indoor garden for vegetables is not only a secondary option to the yard but it is a positive choice for a variety of reasons. Firstly these containers or urns are easily found in the kitchen making the whole show environment friendly and safer for the little ones in the family. Apart from being productive these box vegetable gardens serve two other purposes – they add to the décor of the home and also makes it look stylish The small garden pots can be arranged around the porch giving it a verdant look to the dull urban image.

Understandably there are some restrictions to the expectations from a pot vegetable garden – the first one being the size of the plant that will grow in it. The best choices are radish, carrots, lettuce and the like. Small crop plants can also be grown in an indoor garden. For instance tomato and pepper do not require much space. A plus point is that one container about 24″ to 30″ can grow at the same time plants like tomato, parsley and cucumber without requiring extra sunlight or moisture. The urn thus doubles up as a veritable fresh live salad bowl.

No extra arrangement is required for these urn vegetable gardens. The containers can be anything – a jug, pail, basket, wooden box or the typical flower pot. Discarded bushels, washing tubs, big food cans, window plants as well as nursery flats can also suffice to build up the indoor vegetable garden.

Following the same principles of a indoor gardens, water plants too can be grown. The prime purpose however of the indoor green patch is decorative. Depending on the size of the pot, sweet or yellow flag iris combined with a giant arrowhead of calla lily can be planted. Unlike the vegetable gardens there are no fixed specifications for water gardens. Both of these – water gardens and container vegetable gardens are fairly easy to grow and are definitely worth giving a try for those who have a passion for gardening.…

Advantage and Disadvantages of Indoor and Outdoor Weddings

Getting married is probably the most important event in your life so you want to make sure that everything goes right on your big day. Preparations for the wedding can be so exhausting and even confusing sometimes especially if you don’t know where to start and what task to do first.

Take a hold of yourself and breathe slowly. Remember that you can’t do all these things at once thus start on the very basic. Decide first on what kind of a wedding you want to have, an indoor or outdoor wedding. When you are able to decide what kind of wedding you want to have then all things will just follow.

There are advantages and disadvantages in having indoor or outdoor wedding that you have to consider before your decide. Of course nothing can beat having a garden wedding or or poolside wedding but then again the weather might not be agreeable to you on the very day of the ceremony so that an indoor wedding is better

If you decide on having an outdoor wedding, check out the place where you want to hold your ceremony to see if you really like the location and if you feel your guests will be comfortable. Check if they have any contingency plans if the weather won’t allow outdoor wedding on the day of your wedding. But if you live in a place where it’s sunny and warmth all the time then outdoor wedding is perfect for you but if you have a rainy climate all throughout the year then indoor wedding is the only option for you.

Outdoor weddings are really beautiful but the weather is the key factor to consider so if you want to be stress free and want your wedding to go on with no problem then having it indoors would be the best option.…

Disguising Your Oil Tank in the Garden

Domestic heating oil tanks are essential for many properties, especially rural homes, as they are used to store the oil needed to heat their homes. Regardless of their necessity, heating oil tanks aren’t the most attractive of objects to have in your garden.

As well as making your tank more aesthetically pleasing, disguising your tank can also help to prevent oil thefts.

Here are a couple of tips on how to disguise your oil tank:

  • Build a shed around your heating oil tank. The shed will need to have large doors so that the entire tank can fit through, in case the tank needs replacing, and preferably not be of a wood construction in the event of a fire. The tank also needs to be well lit and easily accessible for filling, including sufficient roof height. Making the shed bigger than required for the tank will also ensure there is enough ventilation around the tank.
  • Put a trellis fence around your oil tank. Trellis is a great way to disguise a tank and can be incorporated with your garden theme and colours. Make sure you have a gate or entrance on one side so that the tank is easily accessible for filling and maintenance. You could even cover the trellis with hanging vines to create even more of a disguise.
  • Build a wall around your domestic oil tank. Using concrete blocks or cement you could build a wall around your oil tank, but be sure to leave plenty of space for ventilation around the tank. Be sure not to block the tank in as it’ll need to be accessible for the driver to inspect before his delivery and for filling and maintenance. Once the wall is in place, you can decorate the area with plants; however these you will need to move these out of the way before your delivery is made to ensure that there are no hazards to your delivery driver. Potted plants would need to be moved before the delivery. If any plants are put in permanently, they need to not be of a height that would impede the delivery, and not have thorns that would cause injury to the driver during the delivery.
  • Surround the tank with tall plants. You’ll need to leave adequate space around the tank, but plants and bushes such as holly and boxwood provide good coverage when they are fully grown. Grasses such as pampas grass are also quite popular as they don’t take long to grow. Pots in plants would need to be moved before the delivery.
  • Get creative. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could choose to paint your oil tank – although done poorly you could attract even more attention to it! We’ve seen everything from Dougal (the Magic Roundabout Character) to giant watermelons and marrows, to Thomas the Tank Engine!

Whatever disguise you opt for, accessibility and safety is key. Let us know your favourite option below.…

Organic Gardening – A Speech for Teachers

Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers at every grade level find themselves teaching it to students, and sometimes being called on to give a speech to a group of parents. As a career educator and principal, I know the difficulty of opening up time for speech preparation, and offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs.

Organic Gardening Speech

How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how selfish would you rate yourself? If you are the least bit selfish, you might be interested in organic gardening.

An organic gardening speech might seem more appropriate coming from a Home Economics teacher, but I am just selfish enough that I love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and with your children.

Imagine

I want you to come with me, in imagination, to a time and place before the Industrial Revolution. The year is 1707. It is late summer. We find ourselves walking the streets of a small town. Houses are spaced well apart for privacy. Land stretches out behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is taken up by gardens. Here and there, we see both adults and children actively engaged in gardening. The plants are beautiful.

You call to one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks, and through the smile come the words, “Feed the soil, and the soil will feed the plants.”

You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know about that miracle combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. That’s the easy way to grow spectacular plants!

Dinner

The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal, and we accept. At dinner, we join in the prayer of thanks, and then watch in amazement as the children, one after another, begin eating fresh vegetables.

You yourself are not that fond of vegetables, but you politely take a small serving of each. You bite into a leaf of steamed cabbage, and your eyes open wide in amazement. It is sweet – twice as sweet as the cabbage you buy at your local market! You watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green kale, and shudder. There’s a small spoonful of the nasty vegetable on your own plate, and you pick at it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! It, too, is twice as sweet as any kale you ever ate. The same seems true of every vegetable on the table. You decide that if your supermarket vegetables were this good, you would eat a lot more of them.

Our imaginary trip ends at that dinner table, and we return to the present.

Organic Gardening’s Benefits

Organic gardening has many benefits. If you are completely selfish, you …

Garden Gnomes – The History Of Mythical Garden Ornaments

Our charming decorative outdoor gnomes have found a place in the heart of most Western cultures. We can find the first stories of gnomes showing up in European folklore. These mystical creatures were understood to be creatures of goodwill. Under the cover of darkness they would reward the efforts and enterprise of farmers, merchant traders and wives through lending assistance in the garden fields, stores and in home gardens.

Ceramic gnomes were first crafted in the countryside of Germany. Their creator was Phillip Griebel and gnomes first came into being in the mid-nineteenth century. The gnomes were purchased for superstitious and metaphysical reasons as they were believed to fend off thieves from grain and vegetable supplies.

Gnomes were brought into England by Sir Charles Isham and this happened in 1847. Isham was wanting to spice up his garden with a burst of color and he found that the gnome was the ideal way to go about it. One of Isham’s surviving gnomes is valued at over two million pounds sterling.

Griebel was originally only making statuary in the form of deer and fairies. When he began manufacturing the gnomes, demand skyrocketed. Demand exceeded supply and the gnomes were a hit amongst the German customer base.

Manufacturing the humble gnomes continued until the start of World War I. The ability to maintain production was affected by the German war efforts but production resumed in the mid 1940s. Communist police had suspicions that the garden gnomes were being used as conduits for smugglers but the gnomes went on to become the leading export of Eastern Germany.

The fall of Communism lead to the market becoming flooded by cheap imported Czech and Polish imitation garden gnomes. The legacy of Griebel’s original garden gnome design continues on today with the family’s original manufacturing plant still standing in Central Germany.

Garden gnomes today can be found frozen in many positions such as riding a motorcycle, wearing roller skates or even holding solar lights. They have been completely revamped to suit the variety of peoples’ modern day interests and hobbies.

Garden gnomes remain to be one of the most popular garden ornaments on the market today. Garden gnomes are now being manufactured from a number of different materials – resin, concrete, cement, and ceramic. These endearing little garden gnomes are traditionally made to be less than 14″ tall although they do come in a variety of different heights.

Gnomes have been used as decorative garden ornaments since 1847 and their popularity continues today.…

Enriching Your Snakes Life

Unfortunately, many snake keepers do not actually think about their snakes’ psychological issues. It is well known within the hobby that a vast number of snake species are fairly ‘lazy’ creatures, perhaps only venturing out of their hide for food, water, or a mate. This is a true statement for many species, and this habit will most certainly be the same in the wild as well as in captivity. However, in the wild the snake may spend hours or perhaps days hunting for food, may travel some distance to find water and may spend weeks courting females and perhaps fighting males in the process. This article describes the many ways possible to keep your pet snake healthy and active, ensuring little chance of obesity or behavioural problems caused by boredom or inactivity.

The first and foremost point is to ensure that the basics are in place. That is; an adequate sized vivarium, appropriate temperature levels allowing for thermoregulation, adequate humidity levels if necessary, enough food and water and a hiding place where the snake may retreat to. Once these are all in place, it is possible to expand on each area, making life more interesting for your snake and therefore a more pleasurable viewing experience for yourself.

Many experts in the reptile industry will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time explaining to beginners and interested people that snakes do not actually need much space. It is widely accepted that snakes will live happily in a terrarium smaller than its own length, and I do not disagree completely with this statement. In fact, many individual snakes will suffer dramatic consequences when placed into a terrarium too large. They often become so stressed they will not feed, become very timid, rarely venture out of a hide, become overly aggressive and will not control their body temperature adequately leading to further problems. It is important when changing terrarium size for your snake that you are comfortable with your snakes feeding habits, and that it is comfortable with you as the handler. If it is, I urge everyone to expand the size of terrarium offered to their snake. The larger the vivarium, the more hiding areas and décor there should be. This will allow more interest and the opportunity for more exercise. If however, your snake does not take well to the move and refuses food, do not move the snake back into its original enclosure straight away. Instead, try for 2-4 weeks to let your snake settle in, ensuring the heat levels are appropriate and that there are enough hiding areas. I suggest for the initial move that the décor and hide areas from the old terrarium are moved into the larger one. This will make your snake feel more comfortable and speed up the transitional period.

The terrarium furnishings will play a very important role in enriching your snakes’ life. You could try offering various substrate depths, types and levels. For instance, you could build the substrate up to 20cm …

Composting Tea Leaves and Teabags

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

  • Reducing waste
  • Enriching your soil for free and without using any synthetic fertilizers

Composting Tea Bags:

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of nylon teabags. Nylon is a synthetic material which will not break down if added to compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. Many tea companies claim that their teabags are biodegradable and compostable, but say nothing about the amount of time required for decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Break Open Tea Bags:

Breaking open teabags is a good practice whether your teabag is biodegradable or not. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. A time-saving trick for breaking open tea bags is to let them sit overnight to dry out; when dry, the leaves will no longer cling to the inside of the bag.

Drink Loose Tea:

Lastly, if you are interested in sustainability, drink loose tea. Not only does it taste better and save money, but it also saves energy. The packaging process for making teabags is involved and uses energy and materials that are unnecessary. Not only will using loose tea make it much easier for you to compost your tea leaves, it will improve your tea-drinking experience and help you promote sustainability in other ways as well.…