Introducing Ikea’s New Flatpack Garden

Swedish architects, Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, on its new flatpack vertical garden, called ‘The Growroom,’ which will allow city dwellers to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food.

The DIY garden is spherical shaped and ideal for growing plants, herbs and vegetables and is designed to be low cost and affordable, encouraging people to grow their own local and healthy food, regardless of whether they have a garden to grow it.

And the food produced by The Growroom is not only enough to feed a household, but an entire neighbourhood, with Space10’s website stating:

“Space10 envisions a future, where we grow our own food much more locally, to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future, we teamed up with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum to create The Growroom. Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.”

You can find out more about Ikea’s new flatpack garden here.

 

5 ways to increase your home value on a budget

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Whether you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the future, it’s helpful to know which projects will increase your home’s worth before renovating. Here are our top fixes.

Spruce up the front and back garden

Particularly if you aren’t planning on selling your house right away, it’s a good idea to plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time, for example, by planting shade trees, although bear in mind that large trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views and darken interiors. Short fixes include mowing the lawn, trimming overgrown shrubs and applying a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds.

Give your walls a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to transform a room and give your home the appearance of being clean and updated. Whites and off-whites tend to attract the most buyers, since they are neutral and work with most furnishings. Although in a lot of cases, rooms with simply need a touch-up on chipped areas or a magic eraser rubbed over dirt marks, so spending hundreds on new paint tins might not be necessary.

Make the most of your space

Opening spaces up in your home gives the appearance of bigger rooms and will therefore appeal to potential buyers. If you’re looking for a project, knock out a non-structural wall, or remove your kitchen island. Quick fixes include replacing drapes with blinds or shutters to let light in, or adding a large mirror to an empty wall.

Deep clean your home

Buyers will have a hard time imagining themselves in your home if it is full of clutter and dirt. To give them a great first impression, make sure your home is sparkling before someone walks through the door. Hire a professional cleaner, or do it yourself, but make sure you do it thoroughly.

Upgrade flooring

Although some creaky floors can be fixed by repairing a broken nail or patching damaged floor boards, in some cases, a new floor is needed. Choose hardwood flooring which holds value, or tile. And make sure to enlist professional help if you haven’t tiled your floors previously.

Are you mowing your lawn at the right time?

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If you’re an early riser and enjoy completing your chores early on a Saturday morning, you may want to hold off on the lawn mowing. We’ve outlined the best times of day to mow your lawn and why.

Early morning

Grass can be wet because of dew, causing your mower to get clogged up. You can rip up grass more easily when it is wet, but lawn disease is more likely to spread when your blades and the lawn are wet. If your turf is too wet, your mower may also leave tracks. So morning is out.

Mid morning

This is a great time of day to mow your lawn, since the dew and irrigation will have dried and the heat hasn’t yet set in. Yes for mid morning!

Midday

When the sun is at its peak, mowing can cause your lawn stress. This is also the time of day your grass is busy photosynthesizing and trying to keep in moisture. So midday is also out.

Late afternoon

Again, temperatures will have cooled down, so this is also a great time to mow your lawn. It will also have time to recover before nightfall. Procrastinators, rejoice!

Evening

Your lawn needs time to recover before nightfall, so mowing your lawn at this time may cause it damage through fungus and turf diseases. Thankfully you don’t need to worry about disturbing neighbours because evening is not a good time to mow your lawn.