Showing posts with label cuttings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cuttings. Show all posts

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Dirt: plant propagation science experiment

I’ve been a little discouraged by the cost of plants at the local nursery so I’ve decided to do a little science experiment. Plant propagation or hydroponics is supposedly an easy way to multiply your plants.

In my scientific research (hah – quick google search) I found that woody bushes are the easiest plants to propagate. All you do is cut stems from the bush, strip away the bottom leaves and put them in water. Success rate is not always 100% so it’s suggested you do several of one type of plant.

I starting with 3 each of 4 types of plants; boxwood, ficus, lavender and a mystery plant that I love but I just can’t remember the name of it. I placed the cuttings in a spice jar set that was stored away and collecting dust.

Now I sit back and wait. Maybe I should I be playing them music or talking to them. Singing to them would be definitely not be beneficial.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Upcycling: inspiration vases

You know those days you need a boost and another cup of coffee just doesn’t do the trick? Today, I needed an extra dose of inspiration so I decided to make something that would inspire me visually and with words.

I printed out some inspirational quotes and framed them.

I added four little vases and placed them on top of each quote.

This project can be created with any size frame and any type of vase. You can use a small single frame with a tiny vase for place cards or party favors.

For this project, the frame was purchased at the 99 cent store and the vases were a sweet find at my favorite thrift shop.

The cuttings were borrowed from my neighbors – I’m sure they won’t mind…

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Upcycling: full of beans

I’ve seen this project done many ways, using a variety of materials. Here’s my take on using beans as a candleholder.

I used old jars and filled them with white beans and black-eyed peas. Rather than votive candles, I used tapers. When lit, the wax will drip into the beans so clean up should be a breeze.

I added a few more jars and some cuttings from my yard to soften things up and add a hint of color.

You can use any type of beans; white, kidney, pinto, even coffee beans. This entire project cost less than $5.00. I had the jars and candles on hand. I purchased the tall vase at a thrift store for $1.50 and the two bags of beans were under $3.00.

I like how it turned out and it makes me feel oh-so eco-chic!