Once A Gardener, Always A Gardener: Creating The Perfect Gift Basket For Disabled Gardeners

One of the most difficult issues for those who love gardening is not being able to participate in the hobby they love due to health issues or physical limits caused by the aging process. Giving up the hobby they once enjoyed can be devastating and often leads to discouragement.

If you know a former gardener who has become disabled, why not brighten their day by creating a garden-themed gift basket to show them you care? With a little creativity, you can design a one-of-a-kind gift that will thrill any gardener.

Start with a garden-themed container

Shop for unique gift baskets at online boutiques to find the best selection. Baskets adorned with flowers, birds, butterflies, or vines are good choices.

You may also use a unique flower pot in the recipient’s favorite color. Avoid ceramic pots, which may be too heavy for the disabled or elderly. Plastic pots are available in a range of colors and make nice lightweight containers for holding your items.

Grab some gardening magazines or books

Many gardening magazines are filled with colorful photos of lush gardens, flowers, and plants. Select a few to add to your gift basket. Don’t forget to purchase a subscription for the magazines so your recipient can enjoy receiving them in the mail throughout the year.

A gardening devotional book with daily readings is a nice addition and will keep your gardener inspired all year long. A garden-themed bookmark makes a nice addition to the book.

Don’t forget the birds

Choose a novelty birdhouse to add to your basket. After you deliver the gift basket, offer to hang the birdhouse near a window where the recipient can enjoy watching the birds each day.

Bird feeders are also good options. Choose a hummingbird feeder for the summer months and a regular tube feeder for the winter months. Again, offer to hang the feeders for your loved one, and don’t forget to drop by to fill the feeder on a regular basis if necessary. Larger feeders may work best, as they won’t need to be filled as frequently.

If your loved one can maintain the feeders themselves, you may want to purchase a bag of birdseed and separate the birdseed into individual plastic baggies to make filling the feeder easier for them. No heavy lifting required.

Give them an indoor garden

Small plastic pots, a small bag of potting soil, miniature gardening tools, and seed packets are perfect for starting an indoor garden. Select a small wooden or plastic tray to keep the pots organized and in one spot.

Visit your local garden store and ask which varieties of flowers and indoor plants will work best for your location. Help your recipient plant the miniature garden if needed. Purchase a small watering can to make caring for the garden easy.

Once a gardener, always a gardener is true for most of those who love the hobby. A garden-themed gift basket is a thoughtful and loving gift that will keep your loved one inspired all year long, regardless of their physical limitations.

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Hardwood Floor Care: 5 Golden Rules For Newbies

If you have recently installed hardwood flooring in your home and are unfamiliar with how to properly care for your new floor, it’s in your best interest to learn about maintenance and prevention. To protect your new investment and keep it in optimal condition, take heed and learn what mistakes to avoid and what measures to take for everyday care. The following guidelines will help you learn what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t do to your new wood floor:

1. DO Remove Your Shoes or Boots Before Walking on Your Wood Floor: As a first-time owner of wood flooring, you may not be accustomed to removing your shoes when entering your home. It may seem a little extreme, but removing your shoes before treading on your hardwood floor might help prevent unsightly scratches. It is especially important not to walk on a wood floor while wearing high heels or spiked shoes.

Also, any type of shoe may track mud or dirt onto your hardwood floor, and over time, this may dull the finish. If you must wear some type of footwear while walking on your wood floor, wear soft soled slippers or socks.

2. DON’T Use Abrasive Cleaners or Equipment on Your Hardwood Floor: Unless these are especially made for cleaning hardwood floors, avoid chemical cleaners. Also avoid using household vinegar on your wood floor, as the acidic content may harm the wood. By the same token, avoid steam cleaning your hardwood floor with a steam cleaner. The moisture produced by the steam will eventually seep into the wood, and this may cause warping or damage over time. Most commonly, moisture penetrating into the wood may cause the boards to swell and buckle, possibly resulting in the need for replacement or repair.

3. DO Shield Your Hardwood Floor From Direct Sunlight

If you’ve never owned and cared for wood floors, you may not realize the potential for damage by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most species of wood will fade somewhat when exposed to UV rays. If you allow natural sunlight to hit your wood constantly, you may notice discoloration or uneven coloring after a period of time. A good way to equalize this exposure from the sun is to rearrange your furniture or floor coverings (throw rugs, in particular) periodically. This will help your wood floor maintain a consistent and even shade. Another way to shield your wood flooring from harmful sunlight is to use suitable window coverings and keep draperies closed during the daytime when the sun is strongest. Try using drapes with a blackout lining. Insulating window films that block UV light are another good solution, and these are easily purchased at home improvement stores.

4. DON’T Let Humidity Levels in Your Home Become Too High (or Too Low)

Damage to your hardwood floor may occur from too much moisture in the air as well as on the floor. Monitor humidity levels in your home. Don’t let humidity rise above 55 percent, or the moisture could penetrate into the wood and cause damage. If you live in a particularly humid area, you might want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier.

Conversely, if you live in a very arid region such as the desert, you might want to buy a humidifier to raise the humidity and prevent the wood from drying out.

5. DO Consider The Impact Your Pets May Have on Your Wood Floors

Pet owners need to be especially vigilant when it comes to wood floor care. Cats and dogs with overgrown nails may cause unsightly scratches to the wood, so keep their nails trimmed if they are allowed access to the wood floor. Another good idea is to place some type of mat or covering underneath all food and water bowls that are kept on any wood floor.

If you have any concerns about caring for your new wood floor, refer to your user guide. A good rule of thumb is to follow manufacturer’s instructions for care and maintenance. Not doing so may void your warranty.

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After I spent the time and money to renovate my kitchen, I was a little disappointed with how drab the space still looked. I was expecting it to look young and fresh, but it just looked like a commercial, boring space. To make the area even more exciting, I decided to hire a professional to go through and completely update the interior design. She added great plants, hung up a few nice art pieces, and really made the area come alive. I was really grateful for her knowledge and patience, and now I know how important proper interior design really is. This blog is all about using the right interior design for any space.

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