6 Easy To Keep Plants That Reduce Indoor Humidity

n average, we spend about 93% of our time indoors, which means maintaining an ideal indoor humidity level is a must for healthy living. A moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and too much indoor moisture can also cause damage throughout your home.

When experiencing excessive indoor humidity, we can experience numerous unwanted symptoms, including watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching, fatigue, congestion, dizziness and respiratory infections.

That damp scent, mold, mildew or even rotting frames, don’t create the most appealing atmosphere, and they can even put you in a poor mood or lead to depression. One study found that there are “significant negative relationships between relative humidity and ‘mood scores,’ which represent a measure of happiness.” Other research has shown that feeling healthy, happiness, social affection, and physical strength can all be influenced by relative humidity levels.

Many people don’t understand why they feel ill so often, but it could very well be in the high level of indoor humidity in their environment that’s behind it. The good news is that back in the late 1980s, NASA began researching houseplants as a means of providing cleaner, purer air for its space station, and what they learned was that there are a number of houseplants that can help purify the air and balance indoor humidity, removing that unwanted stickiness and mold hazard. Some can even remove nasty air pollutants and toxins, including the biggest concerns: benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which could lead to serious health problems like asthma, cancer and various allergies.

Who would have thought that by doing something as simple as bringing in houseplants we could get rid of the yeck and improve our health and well-being?

The next time you head to your local nursery or garden store, be sure to pick up one or more of these. Just remember to never let your plants sit in stagnant water as you’ll counteract the beneficial effects – as soon as the water has drained through the soil and into the tray below, dispose of it. You can also discourage mold growth on the top of the soil by covering it with Spanish moss or a bit of aquarium gravel. Continue reading “6 Easy To Keep Plants That Reduce Indoor Humidity”

How To Grow Buckets Full Of Blueberries No Matter Where You Live

Blueberries are sometimes referred to as nature’s candy, with a juicy, sweet flavor few can resist. But there’s really no reason to try and resist them, as this fruit is among some of the healthiest foods you can eat.

These purple berries offer long-life health benefits that far exceed their tiny size, thanks to being packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system, and guard against cancer and heart disease. They’re rich in proanthocyanidin, something that’s been shown to aid in weight loss, fight cancer and help one to enjoy younger looking skin. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, and potassium.

Why wouldn’t you want to grow buckets full of blueberries with all that nutrition and flavorful taste too? Eat them right off the bush, add them to plain yogurt or use them in smoothies and baking.

Of course, you probably just want to know how you can grow your own, right?

The good news is that blueberries are long-lived, dependable, and some of the easiest fruit to grow organically. Certain species are native to particular regions of North America, but some type of blueberry bush can be grown just about anywhere, provided you have acidic soil with a pH below 5.0. They can also be grown in containers filled with a bark-based, acidic planting mix.

Here’s what else you need to know in order to reap those buckets of berries.

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7 Fruits And Vegetables You Can Grow In Hanging Baskets Instead in a Garden

It’s time to take your container garden off the ground. Growing vegetables and fruits in hanging baskets frees up space in your garden (and on your back porch) so that you can grow even more plants in a small space. Or even if you’re not worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging planter is still a fun way to add visual interest to your garden—who says veggies can’t be as beautiful as flowers?
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Of course, not every crop can make it in a hanging basket—watermelons are too heavy and corn is far too tall. But there are still plenty of smaller plants that won’t break your basket. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist at the Rodale Institute, suggests vining crops whose fruits are light enough to handle the drooping action without breaking off, as well as smaller upright varieties.

When choosing your basket, go with one that will be able to support the weight of growing vines and produce, as well as water. A basket that hangs from a chain will be a better bet than a basket with a plastic hook, for example.

Prepare the basket just as you would for planting flowers, with a good potting mix. Saska advises applying a slow-release fertilizer or fish emulsion throughout the summer as it can be difficult for produce to get all the nutrients they need in a container. You’ll also have to be vigilant about watering, especially in the height of summer, because soil in hanging baskets dries out quickly. Consider placement of the basket too, based on what type of crop you’re growing. Hanging your planter beneath your porch roof likely won’t provide enough sunlight for most crops, for example, but a shepherd’s hook or your garden fence will work just fine.

Otherwise, growing produce in hanging baskets isn’t much different from growing it in pots on the ground! Here are a few crops that will do well way up high.

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The 5 Best Houseplants That Help You Sleep Like A Baby

Houseplants are the perfect decoration for your home, but they can also be very beneficial for your overall health. Some plants have powerful calming and cleaning effects, and can significantly improve the quality of your sleep. In this article, you can find 5 of the most effective plants that will help you sleep like a baby.

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

This plant cleanses purifies the air and removes all the toxins and carbon dioxide. Also, it releases a certain amount of moisture in the air, which is especially beneficial in winter when the heating system dries out the air.

Aloe Vera

This plant is considered as the most effective plant for cleaning harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. It releases oxygen during the night which is not typical for other plants. Moreover, it releases volatile, which can boost your immune system.

Ficus Benjamina

 Benjamina is the top air-purifying plant. It has the ability to remove more than 70% of benzene, toluene, ammonia, and other harmful substances from the air that are usually emitted from linoleum, chipboard, and other low-quality synthetics. Also, it destroys half of the existing microbes, significantly improving the quality of your sleep and it is a nice decoration for your bedroom.

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