Feathery Asparagus Ferns Are Actually Fairly Indestructible

It’s always good to find plants that tolerate low light and won’t wither up in dry, indoor air. Get to know asparagus ferns, one of the hardiest houseplants around. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

These Minuscule Wingless Springtails are Easily Mistaken for Fleas

I’m not typically squeamish when it comes to bugs. Until they get inside my house where they don’t belong, that is. The creepiest are usually those teeny tiny ones—like springtails—that are so hard to see I start getting paranoid that they’re everywhere. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Biggest Mistake I Made in My Kitchen Renovation

About five years ago my husband and I bought an old, decrepit house, and renovated it top to bottom. (My whole renovation story is here, if you want to see!) Part of that renovation included adding on an open kitchen that we outfitted with a semi-custom IKEA kitchen. I loved designing my kitchen from scratch, and we saved a ton of money by doing most of the design and work ourselves. But let me tell you—when you go the DIY route, you do run the risk of missing details that can make a big difference. Here’s the biggest (yet surprising) Read More

$14 Watering Spikes Are a Forgetful Plant Owner's Secret Weapon

See if you relate to this scenario. You go to your local nursery and excitedly select a houseplant to be your new companion. After you bring it home, you fuss over its placement on the windowsill, worrying if the sunlight might be a bit too harsh for its delicate leaves. You water it faithfully like clockwork every Sunday morning, lovingly rotating the pot each time so it doesn’t become leggy. Fast forward a few months: the waterings become a bit less regular, the pot rotating less frequent, until eventually its once bushy green foliage is spotted with yellow from dehydration Read More

The House Centipede: Get Rid of Them, or Let Them Be?

The house centipede is a fairly common household pest. That said, it’s also pretty heinous. When you’ve had one crawl up your leg in the middle of a lecture in a 200-person auditorium, you know that screams often follow their arrival. If you’ve seen more than your fair share of them at home, and aren’t sure what to do, here’s some good info. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Kalanchoe Is the Most Popular Succulent You’ve Never Heard Of

There’s no denying that leafy green foliage plants add a calming and homey touch to your decor. Sometimes, though, we want to mix it up with a splash of cheery flowers. Unfortunately, coaxing plants to bloom indoors, where the light is dimmer and the air drier, often requires a more advanced level of green thumbery than many of us possess. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Creepy Carnivorous Plants Actually Make Great Houseplants

If you’ve ever seen the cult classic film Little Shop of Horrors, you might have a hard time shaking the feeling that carnivorous plants are out to get you while you sleep. But it’s time to put those images of creepy, singing, human-swallowing alien plants out of your head for good, because meat-eating plants are a beautiful, interesting, and entertaining addition to your houseplant collection. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros

A couple of months back, I gathered some tips from the pros for ways to round off an unfinished room. It seemed to hit a chord with our readers, leading to many commenters weighing in on their favorite piece of advice or offering up their own tips that have worked for them. Since we’re focusing on reining in our budgets this month, lets see what insightful pointers the masters can offer up when it comes to bargain decorating! READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Why You Should Put Ice Cubes in Your Flower Pots

This past Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend gave me a potted orchid instead of the usual bouquet of carnations and roses. Having never owned an orchid before, I checked the tag for care instructions and learned I was supposed to water it with three ice cubes, or about ¼ cup of water, once a week. I’ve been feeding my orchid its ice every Friday, and it’s been blooming spectacularly for the past three months. But are the ice cubes really the secret to orchid success? READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico