Sunday, October 24, 2010

5 Pointers for Moving Plants Indoors for Winter

1. Check plants for bugs. Squirt dishwashing liquid into top of soil and water thoroughly before bringing indoors. This will help to eliminate bugs before moving indoors.

2. Check for size of plant. If plant's roots are pushing out through the bottom of the pot, repot into a pot about 1" larger in circumference. Water thoroughly.

3. Move plants inside at night and then back out during the day so plants can get used to indoor lighting.

4. Remove dead branches, dead leaves and any other dead growth before moving indoors.

5. Once plant is moved indoors keep away from heat registers, drafty windows, etc. You will need to "mist" your plant to keep leaves hydrated and protected from dry indoor air during the winter.

Melissa Wittenborn,
Landscape Designer, Author, "GOING GREEN WITH YOUR SELF-ESTEEM"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ecological Responsbility for Yourself

In my book, GOING GREEN WITH YOUR SELF-ESTEEM, I challenge people to go within themselves while being in nature, to look for answers to their difficult life's challenges. Are you a weed? Are you a flower? Are you a storm? How do you perceive yourself? Do you hold other people's opinions of you in high esteem? OR is your self-esteem intact?

In this age of ecological responsbility, we constantly are doing the "right thing". We recycle our papers, we recycle our plastics, we buy fuel efficient cars and fuel efficient appliances, we install solar panels to reduce our energy consumption and we even try to plant native plants back into our environment.

But are you doing the "right thing" for yourself? Do you take care of your self-esteem? Do you place a value on yourself that is higher than anyone else's opinion of you? GOING GREEN WITH YOUR SELF-ESTEEM will give you some tools that will help you boost your self-esteem when those life's challenges are thrown your way. When your life's road takes an unexpected twist or turn, you will be able to quickly regain your confidence by using the tools provided in this book to help you move through your challenge.

So be ecologically responsible for yourself and treat yourself to a walk in nature when the going gets tough! Take all of your life's challenges and view them as blessings, as you bless and release obstacles in your life.

Blessings, always!