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Archive for month: February, 2017

Disappearing Feature

How to Build a Disappearing Feature

Water features bring a garden to life, adding peaceful sounds of water flowing and a pretty focal point.  The sound of flowing water has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels.  There are many different varieties of water features to chose from.  Ponds create an oasis, teeming with fish and floating plants.  Smaller scale features like waterfalls and fountains are beautiful, moving, decorations that create music with their flowing water.    Read More

Spring Pond

Dreaming About Spring

The seemingly endless months of snow and cold weather have us dreaming of spring (unless you live in Florida and put on a jacket only once or twice this season).  Our fingers ache to dig into the soil, tear out weeds, and scoop out fish feed.  The poor gardening tools haven’t been touched in months.  Our koi are still sluggish and don’t greet us beneath the ice.  It can be a little disheartening.  We still have about a month until March 20th, the official start of spring, the Spring Equinox. Read More

5 Ways to Live Well Through Winter

Each season has it’s own beauty and allure.  Winter is a great time for cuddly clothes and rich foods.  People tend to spend more time indoors and out of the sun during the fall and winter months, sometimes leading to agitation and depression.  While too much sunlight can be damaging, in the right amounts, it lowers blood pressure and provides necessary vitamin D. Read More

DIY Bird Feeder

Birds bring a yard to life, a blend of nature and beauty with their various personalities, colors, and sounds.  They also enjoy munching on bugs, worms, even spiders, and help with pollination.  You can watch them for hours, allowing your mind to still, as they flit from one tree to the next, communicating with one another.  They induce a state of peace and relaxation, as watching them forces you to live in the moment.  It can help ease stress and make your problems seem less monumental, observing how large and intricate the world truly is, while breathing fresh air.   Read More