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When I decided that I wanted to make a tiny terrarium of some sort, I immediately thought of using a baby food jar. You might think that baby food jars came to mind because, well, I have a baby. But almost all baby food comes in squeezable pouches these days. What a shame for the crafty world! Luckily you can still find baby food jars here and there. So I fed my son some sweet potatoes and then cleaned out the jar so I could get my terrarium on!

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I am so excited to share this guest post about sprouting (which is a container garden of sorts…) by Phil Nauta. He is a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional and author of the book Building Soils Naturally, coming out in Spring 2012. He has taught for Gaia College and been a director for The Society For Organic Urban Land Care. He was an organic landscaper and ran an organic fertilizer business before teaching innovative organic gardening methods at SmilingGardener.com.

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In 2005, I started intensively studying organic gardening. That process inspired me to leave behind my junk food habit and seek a healthier lifestyle. I learned to grow my own food and I discovered sprouts, one of the most nutrient-dense foods you’ll ever eat. Since then, I’ve been sprouting year round, and especially in the winter when fresh food is not plentiful.

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Fertilize Orchids Weakly, Weekly

February 17, 2011
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My first orchid memory is of taking care of my aunt’s orchids while she was on vacation. She had two greenhouse windows in her kitchen that were filled with tons of orchids. Of course, my aunt has a real way with plants, and orchids in particular. She told me recently that my Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) will be […]

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Grow Your Own Fresh Air!

February 1, 2011
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Here’s a teaser from my latest article on Fiskars.com: In the late 1980s, NASA set about studying how plants can help filter toxins out of the air and replace it with fresh, clean oxygen. More recently, Kamal Meattle gave a TED Conference talk on how to use those plants to clean the polluted air of […]

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The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Indoor Seed Starting

January 10, 2011
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You’ve probably heard of starting seeds indoors, but you may have some questions, like what the heck is the point? Or when should I start my seeds? You can totally geek out on seed starting if that’s your thing, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you don’t want it to be.

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A Radio Virgin No More!

December 16, 2010
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I was thrilled to go on the Here’s The Dirt radio show in Danville, VA to talk about indoor gardening yesterday. It was my very first time on the radio. I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! You can listen to the show here: Indoor Plants with […]

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Hellebores Make Great Hostess Gifts!

November 26, 2010
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I have a new post up over at Fiskars.com. It’s about making a gift basket filled with beautiful hellebores to give to your holiday hosts: Starting with Thanksgiving right through New Years, November and December are filled with holiday parties. Of course, you are a thoughtful guest, and you always bring something special and beautiful […]

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When You Can’t Garden Outdoors Anymore, Grow Vertically Indoors

October 18, 2010
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I’ve had a Wally One from Woolly Pocket laying around for awhile, waiting to be tried out. I had originally planned to order some indoor plants to review as well, but when that didn’t work out, and my one and only indoor plant died, I knew it was time to put up my Wally and […]

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Friday Afternoon Grab Bag

April 2, 2010
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I’m trying something new in an effort to share some of the cool things I come across as well as lighten the load for me (writing 5 full-length posts a week for nearly 2 years is starting to take it’s toll). Basically, on Fridays I’m going to be sharing some links and quick ideas for you […]

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15 Great Plants to Refresh Indoor Air

January 6, 2010
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I think we can all agree that the people who work for NASA are pretty smart. Right? In the 1980s those smart folks turned their attention to plants. Specifically indoor plants. NASA scientists wanted to know which plants did the best job of improving indoor air quality? Houseplants have an advantage over outdoor plants when […]

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