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Who doesn’t love wood and things made with wood? Most of us have owned a piece of furniture or item that is made of wood. Check out a little something different by reading about what you need to know about wood textiles. Everyone can be under the impression that wood is a hard material. Everyone […] The post What You Need to Know About Wood Textiles appeared first on Gardening...
Who doesn’t love wood and things made with wood? Most of us have owned a piece of furniture or item that is made of wood. Check out a little something different by reading about what you need to know about wood textiles.
Everyone can be under the impression that wood is a hard material. Everyone who touches a tree, tabletop, or a wooden floor knows that wood is rigid and non-pliable. However, not all can experience the beauty of manipulating a wood with a single touch.
This is where wood textiles come in. They are made of half wood and half textile. If you want to know more about textiles, click this link here. Wood textiles look and smell familiar, but they can bring an unexpected feeling.
If done right, they can feel strange to the touch. They provide a breath of fresh air in the world of fashion and design. A lot of product makers have experimented a lot in order to perfect some wood textile creations.
Makers in the Wood Textile Industry
Makers of wood textiles have experimented through the years with geometry and art to create the right product. Some of them have to deconstruct wood pieces and materials. They would then attach these pieces into a textile base which makes the creation pliable.
The shapes or designs that can often be seen on the finished product exterior are diamonds, triangles, or squares. The products are not only usable, they are also very stylish.
Creators in the wood textile industry have always emphasized the beauty of minimalism. You can read more about minimalism in this website: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minimalism. Some of them like to take out unnecessary details.
They make sure that every textile has a mathematical precision that can’t be found on other art objects. What they do is bend the textile into soft and flexible clutches from stiff and brittle wood.
Where Makers Usually Start
Some of them studied 3D printing, fiber science, ecology, industry, and printing in workshops and universities. The creation of a masterpiece usually starts with an idea. The excellent results are a product of the trial and error processes that they have made over the years.
Perfection takes time and plenty of experiments are done in order to get the right texture of the wood. It is important that wearers should be comfortable while sitting on wood textile chairs or lying in their custom-made chaises.
The natural feel and form should be “just right”. It should be nothing too fancy and it should accommodate the contours of the owner’s body.
Indeed, getting the right mixture of the wood that can fit the body’s movement while it is in one piece is really challenging. Breaking wood into small pieces would have been the easiest solution. However, there are makers who wanted to make a creation that does not follow the norm.
It might require great patience but it can be worth it. Everything is handmade when it comes to wood textiles. Each piece is controlled with the utmost care when it was still in the making process.
Examples of Wood Textiles
Wood is always the core material in making excellent art on the wood textile industry. A great example of art and geometry combined is the wooden clutch. These clutches are durable and very stylish. They are very unique to the touch and they are pliable. A single clutch can take about three days to make.
The wood undergoes setting, cutting, polishing, and sandpapering before it is delivered to its new owner. The clutch flexibility is the result of the careful treatment of wood.
Once the manufacturers were able to choose their preferred type of wood, they scrub it from debris and treat it with chemicals in order to soften it. The strengthening part is achieved by adding another layer of wood on the base. A steady hand is required to carve the precise incisions that can be seen in the exterior of the art.
They also took care that they do not splinter anything in the hand carving process. A pair of studs is used to secure the clutches’ sides. These studs are added after drilling the sides.
High-quality leather is used to get the aesthetic look of the clutch. The leather also serves as a barrier for keys, coins, and other things that can potentially damage the interior of the product.
Not all manufacturers create wooden clutches, however. There are plaids, table runners, rugs, and lamps that are made of wood textiles. Some of them are unique. A lot of manufacturers even go so far as to personalize them depending on who the product is for.
There is nothing like mass production when it comes to manufacturers in the wood textile industry. Makers such as Tesler Mendelovitch wood textiles make everything from scratch. Manufacturers often want to complement their clients’ taste to the products that they are making.
Every piece that comes out from the makers’ studio went through a very thorough production process. They also add a personal touch to these pieces.
The same can be said when it comes to other creations like tables and chairs. They come in a variety of heights and widths. They are ideal for a modern look inside your room. This is made possible through geometric patterns that are carefully etched into perfection.
Celebrating Nature through Fashion
One can think of wooden furniture when wood is mentioned. However, wood textiles go beyond the boundaries in the industry. These unique textiles can make hardwood turn into lightweight and wearable clutches and handbags.
Some manufacturers have lustrous collections of handmade clutches, bags, and other products. The pieces of wood that are often used are Birch, Walnut, Ebony, and Rosewood.
Wood is beautiful in its own way and it came from nature. It takes a long time before the resources grow and many wood textile manufacturers certainly respect this fact. There is no waste when it comes making tables and clutches.
The wooden grains and history are what makes each piece unique. Wood feels balanced and beautiful. The designs are not driven by modern trends. There is no need to cut more wood to keep up with the annual trend. You can simply impress your friends and family by getting wood textile inside your home.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own food? It can be challenging, especially if you life in an urban area, but its possible through hydroponics! Keep reading to find out how hydroponics can encourage you to grow your own plants. It seems that an increasing number of people return to the principles of healthy […] The post Canadian Wholesale Hydroponics Encourage You to Grow Your Own Plants appeared first on Gardening...
Have you ever wanted to grow your own food? It can be challenging, especially if you life in an urban area, but its possible through hydroponics! Keep reading to find out how hydroponics can encourage you to grow your own plants.
It seems that an increasing number of people return to the principles of healthy eating. Among other things, this implies increased use of fruits, vegetables, and plants that are grown organically. However, the non-GMO label can’t provide us with security that the products are really grown without poisons and pesticides, in completely natural conditions.
Everything that has ever been interested you about GMO foods, you can find on this page: https://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-a-gmo.
The only way to be sure about what you eat is to grow your own plants. But since most people in the cities do not have a yard, and not to mention, a place to grow a garden, this is a bit tricky. But it is not impossible. With the help of hydroponics, your house, garage or terrace can be quite decent replacement for the “real” garden.
Beside it guarantees us that we will consume more quality and healthier food, vegetable production on small surfaces provides significant savings in the home budget. The concept of hydroponics consists of cultivating plants without soil, using natural fertilizers and basic techniques.
Although you may think that it is impossible to grow vegetables in home conditions, without fertile soil, numerous studies have shown that, actually, the essential components for plant cultivation are water and mineral supplements.
The fresh air and light are of importance to trigger all vital processes in growth and breeding. You have to bear in mind that planting vegetables in the shady, damp areas is not possible. Artificial light can help, somewhat, but nothing can replace the Sun and its energy.
In “standard” cultivation, plants take food and mineral elements from the soil. All these nutrients, the plant can also obtain from water, in dissolved form, which will be easier to absorb. It was established that the plant grows better and more quickly in dirty than distilled water since there’s nothing they can use. Which nutrients you’ll need and how home-made products can help your hydroponic cultivation, check on this source.
In hydroponics, it is essential that the plant receives an exact amount of nutrients; other factors, such as temperature, light, and humidity, should be optimal. When deciding to grow your vegetables, on the terrace or in an improvised greenhouse in your tiny backyard, you will notice the advantage of this technique.
In closed areas, it is possible to control all mentioned factors. Unlike open-air plant growing, where everything depends on the weather conditions. Also, today’s soil is already impoverished, without necessary nutrients; it abounds in pesticides too. Water is a bit more sterile environment, where pathogens and pests (bugs, wild animals, etc.) can’t be found.
Almost all vegetables, but also some fruit, can be cultivated this way. First, you have to provide minimum space and light, containers and necessary substrates. If you have some knowledge of agronomy, even better, but the beginners can handle this too. You can even ask for some online help, like through wholesalehydroponics.ca webpage. Their experts offer consultations about this method of production. Better to ask the way than go astray.
You can turn your terrace or backyard into a tiny, economical and healthy garden. In plastic containers or grow boxes, you can grow tomatoes, cucumbers, all kinds of bulbs, but also mushrooms – depending on how much you want to devote this. Also, strawberries and blueberries have a long hydroponic history. You can also try with spices because the aroma of fresh herbs cannot be compared with those from the store.
We’ll be straight – you should expect higher expenses at the beginning, even if you just want to try it out. Hydroponics requires specialized equipment and automated production, to a certain extent. If you want to develop this production into a serious business, be sure that all investments will be returned really quickly.
It takes some time for the ground to “heal” and cleanse. Both big producers and individuals who want to grow their vegetables think the similar way. Due to the efficient use of land, specialists from the field of agriculture declare that the cultivation of plants in controlled conditions is the future. Especially such techniques as hydroponics provide rapid growth, but also a higher yield compared to standard gardening.
Agronomists emphasize that plants grown on a sterile base (water enriched with substrates and liquid fertilizers) can be planted on the soil; vice versa process is not possible, for the obvious reasons we have stated – the ground is contaminated.
Have you grown anything with hydroponics? Let me know in the comments section below!
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With winter just around the corner, its time to think about how to prepare your garden for the colder months of the year. Some of these tips may or may not apply to you, based on where you live and your weather patterns. Below is a collaborative post on some things to keep in mind […] The post Protecting Your Garden From Damage This Winter appeared first on Gardening...
With winter just around the corner, its time to think about how to prepare your garden for the colder months of the year. Some of these tips may or may not apply to you, based on where you live and your weather patterns. Below is a collaborative post on some things to keep in mind when protecting your garden from damage this winter.
The green fingered amongst us who dote on our backyards tend to spend extended periods of time taking care of our gardens during the summer months. We mow the grass regularly, pull weeds, ensure that our plants are well watered and protected from pests, trim bushes, prune trees, and generally ensure that everything is made presentable.
However, as we start to enter the winter months, we tend to look at the gloomy picture outside and convince ourselves that we’ll carry on our gardening work tomorrow, or maybe the day after. Who can blame us? Nobody wants to spend hours toiling away in the garden when it’s wet and rainy or frosty and icy. Cuddling up in front of the television indoors is a much more preferable option.
But if you want to avoid a mess of a garden and you want to return to a pretty and presentable scene in the spring months, you’re going to have to make the effort to maintain your outdoor space come rain or shine! Now is the time of year when it really does need the most TLC. Here are a few steps that you can take to protect it from damage throughout the upcoming months!
Most of the leaves will have fallen from the trees by now, but if there are still leaves lying around on the ground in your backyard, it’s extremely important that you remove them. Not only will they quickly change from pretty shades of red, orange, and yellow to a decayed brown and black pulpy mess, but they will prevent sufficient sunlight from reaching your grass. This can cause serious damage and can cause your grass to wither and die, as it won’t be able to photosynthesize and maintain itself.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the wind will eventually blow them away somewhere. Your fences will generally block leaves from escaping. Instead, you need to be a little more active.
If you’re feeling energetic, you can use a rake to gather and collect the leaves to then dispose of them. If you want to spend a little less time outdoors, you might want to invest in a leaf blower. While this will prove to be more expensive, it can be used year after year and gets the job done as quickly as possible.
Many of us make the assumption that we don’t need to water our plants throughout the winter. We assume that rainfall is sufficient to keep everything as hydrated as it needs to be. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Rain can be sporadic and outbursts may not be sufficient for your plants. You may still need to top everything up with your watering can or hose. Monitor rainfall and determine whether there have been any dry spells that could see your plants need a little extra water.
If you have deer in your local area, they may encroach onto your land in search of food. Who can blame them? Their main sources of food tend to get scarce during the colder winter months and they’ll become increasingly willing to come into closer contact with humans for the sake of a good meal. However, if you’re not willing to offer up your own plants to them, you might want to install a Garden Deer Fence. This is a humane way to prevent them from stepping foot on your property.
If you have trees in your garden and it snows heavily, you should consider sweeping the snow from their branches. This will reduce the weight that they have to bear and can ensure that light reaches any leaves. Just be extremely careful when doing this – large volumes of snow can be heavy and you don’t want this to fall on you from above.
If you have flower beds, you might want to consider spreading a layer of mulch over the soil’s surface. This will prevent the soil from becoming compacted over the winter months and can consequently avoid water logging during periods of excessive rain. Mulch can also protect the roots of perennials from frost!
Potted plants can become waterlogged extremely easily. So, take the time to ensure that all pots have holes in the bottom that excess water can drain out of and that these pots are raised above the ground. This will prevent plants from becoming overwatered and will reduce the chances of roots rotting.
If you have delicate or particularly vulnerable plants that you want to maintain through the winter months, consider investing in a greenhouse. This will provide them with a safer space to grow in. They will be better insulated and will be out of the reach of snow, ice, and frost.
If you do invest in a greenhouse, make sure to monitor the temperature inside of it. The sun’s rays can still be strong on clear days and you will consequently need to ventilate the space in order to maintain a good temperature.
As you can see, you do have to take various steps to fully protect your garden during the winter months. Don’t be a fair weather gardener. Make sure that you maintain all of the hard work that you have already put into your outdoor space over the summer and autumn months!
What are you doing to protect your garden from damage this winter? Let me know in the comments section below!
With gardening comes many challenges. One of these challenges are the animals that may pay your garden a visit. Keep in mind these tips while reading this collaborative post about The Elephant In The Room: Animals And Gardening. Every gardener happily admits that, while they love wildlife – as it’s a mandatory interest when you’re […] The post The Elephant In The Room: Animals And Gardening appeared first on Gardening...
With gardening comes many challenges. One of these challenges are the animals that may pay your garden a visit. Keep in mind these tips while reading this collaborative post about The Elephant In The Room: Animals And Gardening.
Every gardener happily admits that, while they love wildlife – as it’s a mandatory interest when you’re into gardening – they are not too keen on leaving animals unsupervised in the garden.
Indeed, a gardener creates a decor that brings the best of nature to show, carefully arranging plants together to build colorful and exciting patches of vegetation. Whether you’re a weekend gardener who wants to plant pretty flowers, or whether you’re trying to grow your own vegetables, the last thing you want to see in your garden is an animal frolicking in the plants.
However, managing animals is an essential task of an enthusiastic plant-grower. Indeed, as you bring a little bit of nature into your home, you need to accept that it might appeal to the living creatures around you. Does it mean you have to give up on your dreams of building the perfect cottage garden? No, certainly not. But you need to be smart about managing animals while gardening.
Let’s discuss the first and most important aspect of wildlife: It follows a life cycle. The sweet little birds you see drinking in your garden pond over the summer , can become prays for mid-size predator over the winter. Foxes, raccoons, and opossums can come into your garden in an attempt to find food, namely by killing birds. You can deter them with high fences that dig into the ground. Similarly, you also need to know how to dispose of the dead animals you might find, such as preys that have not been eaten or even a dead deer carcass that has wandered into your garden after taking a considerable hit. Unfortunately, when you create a natural oasis, it attracts both living and dead animals.
Some animals come to your garden for territorial purposes. Cats, for instance, tend to use their neighborhood gardens as a giant litter box as it’s a way of marking the place as theirs. The last thing you want is your efforts to be wasted by the foul smell in the garden. You can find ways to deter cats, such as placing a chicken wire above your veg beg, for instance, as cats don’t like walking on those. But if you don’t want to cover your cover in wires, you can use a motion-activated sprinkler instead. Be careful though; a sprinkler can prove expensive if you need to cover a large surface!
Last, but not least, if you have a pet yourself, you want to make sure that your furry friend will be safe in the garden. You can train your dog to stick to a few authorized areas, which will keep your flowers and vegetables safe from muddy paws! You should add a solid fence that keeps your dog in the garden and avoids distractions from the outside. Additionally, you might need to invest in only dog-friendly plants, which can limit your choices and decor – however lavender and geraniums are permitted.
As a plant lover, you need to make room for nature in your garden. From your pets to wildlife animals, your garden welcomes a variety of species who come there to live, eat, sleep and die. Your role as a gardener is also to manage their presence as safely as you can.
What do you do to keep unwanted animals out of your garden? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Buying a new bird box for the garden is an exciting time, waiting for the birds to arrive and to hear the chirping of the chicks – but it’s not guaranteed. If birds are not using the next box you might need to take action by moving its location or making your garden more attractive. […] The post Nest Boxes: Tips on Maximizing Their Use appeared first on Gardening...
Buying a new bird box for the garden is an exciting time, waiting for the birds to arrive and to hear the chirping of the chicks – but it’s not guaranteed. If birds are not using the next box you might need to take action by moving its location or making your garden more attractive.
You need to remember that only certain types of birds use bird boxes so if those species are not already visiting your garden, your bird box won’t get any use. So you need to start by attracting the birds to the garden.
Put up bird feeders, sheltered areas for birds to hide from the weather and regular water supplies all year round, so that birds will start to flock to your garden all year round. Once they know your garden provides sources of food they will look for safe places to nest.
You need to think about the timing as well – don’t put your bird box up in the spring as that will be too late. One pro-tip we got from our friends from Little Peckers, an online source of bird tables – is that you need to put the box up ready in the autumn time as most birds will look for places to roost, shelter and store food in the winter months, and then come back to the same places to build their nests in the spring time.
Make sure your bird box is up and ready in the autumn so they have plenty of time to get used to it and then it will be used by the birds all year round, for shelter in the colder months and for bringing up their babies in the warmer seasons.
The other key is to make sure you use the right bird box for the particular breeds of bird which visit your garden. If you have lots of smaller birds like blue tits in the garden then go for a traditional bird box with a small hole entrance.
If you have larger birds like robins or blackbirds then go for a larger, open fronted bird box for them as that’s the style these larger birds will prefer. You need to make sure neither style of box is easily accessible by predators.
Make sure your box is at the right height – if you put it too high up they won’t use it but it needs to be high enough to be out of reach of cats and rats. Make sure there are shrubs and branches nearby to provide shelter and protection for the box as well.
Buy a box which has a removable lid or back because you will need to remove all the nesting material and clean the box out once the fledglings have left the nest as birds won’t re-use an old nest so you need to keep them clean and well maintained every year.
Make sure your bird box can’t be accessed by predators – if you attach it to a wall or fence, make sure a cat couldn’t reach a paw in from the top of the fence, for example, or that a squirrel couldn’t’ jump onto it from a nearby branch. If the box is vulnerable birds won’t use it.
Keep your bird box as natural as possible – don’t be tempted to paint it or use decorations on it. Firstly the paint could be toxic to birds and if it’s is brightly coloured predators can see it more easily. Ideally it should be plain wood to mimic a natural tree nesting spot.
If you keep your bird box clean and maintained all year round you will find great joy in watching the birds set up home in the winter for shelter and then return to raise their families in the spring time, maximizing its use.
If you are planning to have more than one nesting box in your garden don’t put them too close together because birds can be territorial so if you have them too close to each other it might put birds off using them.
For the same reasons, don’t place your nesting boxes too close to the bird feeders or bird baths because they constant bird activity in those areas will be disruptive to the family looking after their brood in the box, who will be looking for peace and quiet.
If you want to watch the bird activity in your nesting boxes, without disturbing the occupants, why not set up a bird box web cam – that way you can watch the eggs hatching and the chicks taking their first flight from the comfort of your own home.
It’s also a good way to make it easier to see when the birds have left the nest so that you can go in and take the box down ready for a good clean before the next occupants come along to set up home in it.
I am always looking for ways to improve my garden. This can be challenging with the space I have, but has been a fun learning experience. Here is a collaborative post on common hurdles to a better garden. Common Hurdles to a Better Garden If you are always on the lookout for ways to improve […] The post Common Hurdles to a Better Garden appeared first on Gardening...
I am always looking for ways to improve my garden. This can be challenging with the space I have, but has been a fun learning experience. Here is a collaborative post on common hurdles to a better garden.
If you are always on the lookout for ways to improve your garden, you will probably find that there are also often just as any things getting in the way of you doing so. This is something which you will find can be particularly frustrating. As long as you manage to identify these common hurdles, you will also find that it is fairly easy to overcome them as well. The truth is that there are a number of especially common problems which can get in the way of you trying to improve your garden as much as you would like to. The more aware of them you are, the more equipped you can be to manage them and deal with them.
Hopefully, this will lead to a much better garden in the end. It is therefore well worth considering if you are hoping to create a garden space which you can truly enjoy. Let’s take a look at some common hurdles to having a better garden, and what to do about them.
Arguably one of the biggest problems people have is that their gardens are not quite as big as they would hope. Therefore, it is harder to do everything you want to do in them. If your garden is much smaller than you would like, it can limit you in many ways. You will not be able to grow quite as many plants and trees, for a start.
Because of this, you will also find it is much harder to be able to keep the variety of your plants high, which can be vital for ensuring a beautiful display. You will also feel that beginning in the garden is not quite as comfortable or cozy, or even enjoyable, as when the garden is much bigger. If you do have a garden which is too small, you might feel that there is not much you can do about it. You might be surprised as to how much there really can be done.
For a start, you might want to think about making the space feel bigger by removing some of the bigger plants and trees, or at the very least trimming and pruning them so that they are not blocking the light so much. That will make a huge difference to how much you can enjoy the garden and how spacious it seems to be, so it is something you should be careful not to overlook. You will also be able to improve the feeling of size in the garden by providing more space in between items and plants. This too can be easily done even if you don’t have much experience.
As you can see, it doesn’t require landscaping or stealing space from your neighbors’ gardens to be able to improve the apparent size of your own garden. Once you have done so, you will find that it is then easier to enjoy the space. Improve the garden in a thousand other ways too, and so make sure that your own garden is going to be considerably more enjoyable as well. Size is not everything, but it can certainly make a huge difference, so it’s wise to pay attention to it at least a little.
If we are being honest, there are plenty of everyday real life concerns which can get in the way of you having a much nicer garden. One of the most common ones has to be a lack of sufficient finances. It takes money to improve your garden, almost always, and you need to make sure that you can afford it if it is to go as well as possible, so this is another huge concern which you need to be aware of.
If you feel that you are not able to do your garden justice merely because you don’t quite have the resources to make it happen, then that is a real shame. There are likely going to be things you can do to make that situation better. Funding and financing your garden might even be a little easier and simpler than you might have thought.
Firstly, it could be worth setting up a fund for your garden which you add to over time. That can be as simple as a jar in the kitchen, or it might be that you need to think about opening a savings account and using that instead. However you do it, you should find that it is perfectly possible to make it happen.
You might also want to consider going out of your way to get larger amounts of money if you are thinking of making particularly big changes to your garden. For that, you could turn to a loan or a credit card. The best credit cards are those which allow you a time with zero percent interest, and that can be useful for purchasing items for your garden now so that you can improve it later.
However you do it, you should see that it is always possible to improve your financial standing, and that you can always hope to improve your garden as well therefore. Just make sure that you are budgeting it, so you are fully aware of how much you are going to need and when.
Perhaps you just don’t have that much experience in gardening, and it is this lack of skill which gets in the way of you and a perfect garden. Fortunately, if this is the problem, it is a particularly easy one to fix. It’s something which you will need to think about if you are to try and get your garden a little better looking and more enjoyable to be in. The best way to improve your gardening skills – the only way, in fact – is to practice, to make a point of getting out there and just giving it a go.
You might also want to think about learning from someone experienced, whether via a book or in person. Do that and you will find you can create a much better garden space.
Who is ready to improve their garden after reading about common hurdles to a better garden? How will you do it? Let me know in the comments section below!
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