Fun in and Out of the Garden

by on February 19, 2011

Tea for a Gardener

Arta Tea Leaf InfuserIf you’ve ever noticed how something small can put a big smile on someone’s face, you’ll want to check out this great  gift idea for your sweetie.

The new Arta Tea Leaf Infuser—with a potted flower design gardeners will love—makes brewing a cup of tea an art form. Much cuter than the usual egg-shaped infuser most of us use to make tea, this modern beauty is great for making full pots or single cups of loose-leaf tea.

Just fill the perforated, stainless-steel basket with tea, tighten the stemmed lid, and place the whole thing in a cup or pot of hot water. Once the tea is finished steeping, pick up the infuser by the stem to remove it.

Beautiful Blooms to Brighten Your Winter

Does this year’s long winter have you craving the colorful blooms of your garden? It’s time to brighten things up—indoors. These showy houseplants will add color to your home or office and carry you through to spring.
Flamingo lily

Flamingo lily (Anthurium spp.)

Flamingo lilies are common in tropical flower arrangements because of their long-lasting, bright red or pink flowers. Place in a bright spot to ensure blooms. Allow the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings.

Flowering mapleFlowering maple (Abutilon spp.)

Flowering maples bear small, hibiscus-like blooms in shades of red, white, pink, orange, yellow, and even blue. They’ll bloom on and off all year if they have enough light. Place in a bright spot to encourage blooms. Allow the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings. Trim occasionally to keep them from getting too shrubby or leggy.

Grow Herbs Indoors Without Soil

PowerPlant Professional Indoor Soilless GardenIf you’re a veggie gardener, you know how long the winter seems without some of those fresh veggies and herbs straight from the garden.

No need to wait until spring anymore, though, thanks to the PowerPlant Professional Indoor Soilless Garden. This handy countertop gadget uses NASA technology to grow tasty herbs and salad greens wherever you can find space for it. How’s that for convenience?

Just pop your seeds into the soil-like sponges, insert, plug in, and grow. As the seeds sprout, remove the little domes and watch your herb garden fill out.

Challenged for space in your kitchen? Check out the mini version—perfect for small spaces, or even your desk at work. Mint for your daily tea break, anyone?

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