Container gardens in groupings or as individual specimens can dress up balconies and are nice accents in existing gardens. Apartment dwellers and those who find their teeth grinding while trying to get a shovel through a few millimeters of so called soil may find potted plants to be their only choice if they want to garden at all.
Did you know that many indoor spaces, such as homes and offices, have more polluted air than you'll find outside? In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities.
These 15 plants can clean your air of common pollutants put out by everything from your toilet paper to your dry cleaning to your new carpet. Each plant's entry provides information about the type of pollutant it cleans and preferred growing conditions.
According to the EPA a “growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Since other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, the quality of air in your home and office affects your health. The plants in How to grow fresh air remove chemical vapors commonly found in home and office environments improving air quality.
Wolverton ranks plants based on their removal of different chemical vapors, ease of maintenance, resistance to insect infestation, and transpiration rate. Each plant gets a two-page spread; one page discusses the plant's ideal environment, sunlight conditions, care, and general information about the plant along with a full photo of it. The next page has a zoomed-in full-page photo of the leaves and/or flowers so the reader gets a feel for what the plant looks like.
The Indestructible Houseplant, by garden writer Tovah Martin, eliminates the guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. Like hoya, a low-maintenance plant whose spectacular spring and summer blossoms actually thrive on neglect. Or Ficus elastica (also known as rubber tree), whose pink and gray leaves will brighten even the most challenging windowless environment. And castiron plant, an old favorite that remains beautiful in a shady corner, even after weeks without water.
In addition to plant profiles with concise information on water, light, and blooming times, this gorgeous book includes tips on care, maintenance, and ideas for combining houseplants in eye-catching indoor displays.
Martin's approach is revolutionary--picture brilliant spring bulbs by the bed, lush perennials brought in from the garden, quirky succulents in the kitchen, even flowering vines and small trees growing beside an easy chair.
Martin brings an evangelist's zeal to the task of convincing homeowners that indoor plants aren't just a luxury--they're a necessity. In addition to design flair, houseplants clean indoor air, which can be up to ten times more polluted. Along with loads of visual inspiration, readers will learn how to make unusual selections, where to best position plants in the home, and valuable tips on watering, feeding, grooming, pruning, and troubleshooting, season by season.
Written for the novice home gardener (as well as the seasoned pro) this fully illustrated and comprehensive guide helps you to save on produce bills by growing your fruits and vegetables in pots.
With chapters such as “Matching Your Plants to Their Containers”, and “Who Cares? Caring for Your Plants When You’re Away”, and “The Sky Is Falling: Battling Urban Pollution” Herda addresses many issues specific to urban-area gardening.
This book will turn even the brownest thumbs green!
Houseplants add style, clean the air, and bring nature indoors. But they are often plagued with problems--aphids, mealybugs, mites, and thrips to name just a few. What's Wrong With My Houseplant? shows you how to keep indoor plants healthy by first teaching you how to identify the problem and solve it with a safe, natural solution.
This hardworking guide includes plant profiles for 148 plants organized by type with visual keys to the most of common problems, and the related organic solutions that will lead to a healthy plant.
No yard? No problem. With more than 80 percent of the American population living in urban areas, Urban Pantry author Amy Pennington details how to start your own garden in the heart of the city.
Whether you're a veteran gardener or a novice getting your hands dirty for the first time, this book provides hands-on advice to start using urban space in a sustainable, efficient, and inexpensive manner.
Learn how to creatively grow squash on windowsills, flowers in planter boxes, and cucumbers on trellises: every inch of your home offers an opportunity for something planted, pickled, or preserved. Be a part of the rapidly growing do-it-yourself movement! Pennington's friendly voice paired with Kate Bingham-Burt's illustrations make greener living an accessible reality.
Dive into the ultimate handcrafted, fun way to bring the natural world indoors!
Whether you live in an apartment, are chained to an office desk, or just want to be surrounded by green, living things, creating terrariums is a delightful way to combine the worlds of home decor and gardening. Terrarium expert and teacher Maria Colletti makes designing your very own interior gardens easy with step-by-step photos of over twenty of her own designs.
Get all of the information you need on the "it" plants of today--tillandsias (air plants), orchids, mosses, cacti, and succulents, along with "traditional" terrarium ferns. Learn how to transform basic designs using moss, air plants, succulents, vertical planters, hanging glass globes, and more into an unlimited creative palette. Once you know the basics (the plants, the vessels, and a basic understanding of soil, water, and humidity), you can mix and match for an endless exploration of your own creativity!
Going (and Saving!) Green
You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. These web sites can help.
Don't forget to take the Earth-Kind challenge and find out just how kind your gardening practices are to the planet.
Planning the Home Landscape is one of the most widely accessed educational resources. The Earth Kind Edition of this site highlights additional information that can contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment.