The Surprising Devil’s Ivy

devil's ivy

I have Devil’s Ivy for years. It is one of those plants that keep on growing no matter what. It is so resilient that I have it for almost 18 years and it still grows. It uses very little water and it always green.

For a house plant to live so long it is quite an achievement for me. But what is more amazing, is the fact that it is one of the best house plants that efficient at removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.

A study conducted by NASA to examine natural ways to clear the air in space stations from toxins, discovered that some house plants and potted flowers are very useful at filtering the air. One of these plants is Devil’s Ivy.

Another amazing fact about this plant is that in tropical environment it can grow to be HUGE: (See my hand compared to the leaf?)

giant devil's ivy

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Project Cucumber

During the summer vacation we planted a vegetable garden at the back yard. It started as a fun project for the kids to do during the summer, and grow up for a cheap way to eat organic food.

The cucumbers surprised us, they grew up so fast and I pictured their growth. It took about a month until we were the proud parents of an edible cucumber.

The sprout

organic grown cucamber sprout

 

The plant

Home grown organic cucumber plant

 

The flower

Cucumber flower

 

The Baby

organic grown baby cucumber

 

The first cucumber  

Home grown organic cucumber

Inspiring Eco Planters

I love the way we can use and reuse some everyday materials, here are some inspiring eco planters from across the web:

 

Eco DIY wine barrel planter by designsponge

Blue painted cans act as a wall container, Toronto, CanadaBlue painted cans act as a wall container by happy sleepy


Artistic planter made of tires by casasugar.com

Self watering pots by senseandgrace.com

Eco upside down planters by designsponge