Australia is a tropical country, but the largest part of the area consists of desert land. In fact, Australia is one of the countries that experience extreme drought. This summer season, let us help you relieve the heat by giving you tips on how to build your own outdoor showers.
The demand for building outdoor showers have increased in the past decade, and, aside from that, it is a basic amenity used for pools and water-related outdoor activities, it is also needed at home. In gardening, an outdoor shower is useful for washing off mud and dirt. Outdoor showers are also best in small cabins and retreat houses. It is not only for hygienic purposes, but it also gives a calming effect to bathe with nature. Before you start, here are things to consider when building an outdoor shower:
Petrichor is a term that describes that pleasant earthy smell when rain hits the ground after an extended period of dryness or drought. Aside from that calming smell of nature that most people love, rain also brings a soothing feeling from the sound of raindrops, and the cool breeze that relieves heat and promotes relaxation.
The rainy season may have its many advantages, but every positive thing comes with a negative side. Some of the downsides that a rainy season brings are pests, drainage management issues, and dirt. Don’t you hate it when mud gets stuck on your shoes? Especially on that walk from the curb to the lawn that leads you to your doorstep. Cleaning up for the rainy season is a strenuous task, indeed.
Although it has a prickly and robust structure, a cactus plant can look harsh and intimidating. But if you take a closer look, its rigidness is only a defence mechanism, and most cacti have a soft and fragile body. Due to a misconception, it has made others conclude that maintaining a cactus garden is difficult, but contrary to popular belief, starting a cactus landscape garden has never been this easy. You’ll only need to plant them according to their specific environment, water it a few times to let it settle in its new environment, and then you are good to go!
According to researchers, it was hard to determine when and how exactly the fad of cacti gardening and collection started. Humans have been using cactus for consumption purposes as early as 15,000 years ago. Today, succulents have a wider variety with purposes that range from alcohol manufacturing, pharmaceutical concocting, to ornamental gardening.
One of the features that bring beauty to gardens is water landscapes. Fish pond, waterfalls, and water fountains bring a peaceful aura in our lawn area. They do not only add appeal, but they also have a spiritual and metaphysical healing effect. In Chinese beliefs, a body of water found in homes can bring positive energy; proper placement of water fountain and ponds is said to bring prosperity to one’s home.
In architecture, fish ponds help humidify an area, and water fountains and falls in fish ponds diminish unwanted noise from outside, and sounds made from inside our home. It is proven that listening to trickles of water can put you in a relaxed state. Therefore, it helps your mind to unwind which further reduces stress.
We love our pets. They are an extended part of our family. We take care of them, we give them food with proper nutrition, and we keep them clean and safe. But as much as we want to have our furry friends inside the confines of our home, our pets still need time to play, run, interact and discover the wonders of the outside world. Nature help animals stimulate their brain, heighten their senses and help develop their natural abilities. Our backyard is the right candidate for a safe place for our pets’ daily activities without having to supervise them.
But you may ask yourself, “what kind of plants should I avoid?” “Do I need to hire a landscape artist?” “What is the best alternative as ground composites?” “Is there any landscape supply near me?” Let these questions guide you in deciding what is best for pets and the type of backyard landscape to apply.
A proper gardening setting must consist of the necessary elements to support plant growth. For plants to have a healthy life, appropriate amounts of the needed components are enough—sunlight, air, water, ground, and attention, because too much of everything could risk the life of your plants.
Sunlight and Air
When we were young, we learned the importance of sunlight exposure in all living creatures. In the case of plants and vegetation, the sunlight is a part of its food process. Photosynthesis, as it called, is a method of processing the energy absorbed from the sun to produce a sugary chemical called glucose, with the use help of carbon dioxide and water. The glucose formed in plants will serve as a source of nutrient (food).
Don’t you miss the smell of fresh air from the countryside? Or the natural taste of organic fruits and vegetables? We are living in the city where land properties are occupied with paved roads and concrete buildings, busy streets filled with all types of vehicles and processed food from fast food chains. All of those things can contribute to stress and an unhealthy lifestyle. How can we detoxify from the pollution caused by city living without travelling away from the vicinity?
Indoor vegetation was introduced to homeowners several centuries ago. Its sole purpose is not for interior beautification but sanitary reasons. The motive why people started bringing plants indoor was to purposefully draw out the unpleasant odour from hygienic areas. But as time progressed, the use for indoor plants have evolved, and they are incorporated in basic home care activities to interior designing.
According to Dietitians Association of Australia, “Malnutrition is a major public health issue in Australia. Known as the silent epidemic, malnutrition is estimated to affect 35-43% of patients in Australian hospitals.“
Malnutrition is the most common reason for some health issues we encounter in our daily lives, problems that may lead to a low quality of life. But there are many treatments to malnutrition, with proper and healthier food selection intake such as protein, low carb, less sugar diet combined with vegetables and fruits and daily exercise, we can stop the root cause of malnutrition.
According to fengshuiaustralia.com, “Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art, which has 5000 years of history. Feng Shui is classified under the study of Physiognomy, which refers to the observation of appearances done through formulas and calculations, these assess the potential and outcome of a person in relation to his/her living and working environment.”
Feng Shui deals with elements present in our environment, and nature brings a kind of positive energy. With proper execution, it can bring good luck and fortune.
Four general aspects used in Feng Shui are Directional, Form Schools, Flying Star School, and Ming Gua.
In this generation where everyday living is a form of challenge, the majority of the people frequently experience stress. According to SBS News, “Australians are feeling more stressed than ever, with a lack of sleep, work pressures, and even social media playing a role, a survey has found. The number of stressed Aussies has jumped by about a third to 4.9 million during the past decade, research by health fund Medibank shows.”
From the type of work to environmental factors and the food we eat, it all contributes to the causes of many health problems including stress.