Exploring The Exciting World Of Gardening Substrates

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Exploring The Exciting World Of Gardening Substrates

Substrates. What does that word mean to you? For me, that word conveys potential and opportunity for growth. After all, the type of substrate you select for your garden drastically influences plant growth and yield amounts. Whoa, wait a minute. I'm getting ahead of myself here. First things first, how about introductions? My name is Victor Yardley and I'd like to talk to you about gardening setups with a focus on soil production. I'm glad you're visiting my site. Did you know that you can mix up your own soil formulas to suit any type of plant you have in your garden beds? Are you aware of the sheer amount of manure types and add ins you can throw into the mix to improve nutrient amounts and facilitate drainage? Those topics are just a few of the ideas I will discuss on this site each day. Thanks for stopping by.


3 Fantastic Ways To Repurpose A Broken Mirror

Uh-oh, you just broke your mirror. Does this mean that you're doomed to seven years of bad luck? Of course not! At worst, you could end up with a few cuts if you're not careful. But if you are careful, and if you're crafty, you may end up with something really creative to decorate your home with. You may be surprised what you can create with some broken mirror glass, a glass cutter and some glue. Take a look at some fun and fantastic ways that you can repurpose a broken mirror and turn it into a work of art.

Shine up Your Old Furniture

Have a scuffed up night stand or a beat up old end table sitting around that you don't want to refinish and haven't gotten around to getting rid of yet? If so, you can give it a whole new life with the pieces of your broken mirror.

First, clean off the table so that the surfaces are dry and dust-free. Then take your glue and start gluing pieces onto the furniture that you want to dress up. You can use the glass cutter to create neat geometric shapes to glue to the top surface of the your end table, or you can simply arrange the broken pieces in abstract patterns on the drawers of your nightstand. Either way, your newly reflective furniture will end up being a conversation starter instead of an embarrassment that you want to cover up.

Create Art Out of Anything

Mirrors can turn almost anything into beautiful art, even something that was previously plain or even hideous. To make this work, you'll need to be able to see the possibilities in things that you currently have around the house.

For example, this wooden wall hanging was once painted blue and yellow and was used to display a picture in the middle. However, with some silver paint and broken mirror pieces, it became a glittery, chic work of art. Or there's this piece, made by simply taking the pieces of a crushed mirror and gluing them onto a piece of poster board in a slightly expanded version of the original shape of the mirror. Once framed and hung or placed on a mantel, you would have a very original piece of art – you may even have your friends asking where they can get a piece by the same artist. Don't be afraid to follow your creative instincts when it comes to repurposing broken glass.

Accent With Lights

It's not uncommon to use mirrors in decorating to increase the amount of light in the room – the mirrors catch the light and reflect it, making the room brighter than it would be without the mirrors. This reflective quality doesn't go away just because the pieces of the mirror are smaller – you can still create a visually interesting interplay of light and mirror.

Use the glass cutter to cut your mirror pieces into small, lightweight geometric shapes. Carefully glue them onto strings of strong fishing wire and allow them to dry. Meanwhile, attach two hooks to the wall and use them to hold a metal rod about the size of a shower rod. String the rod with Christmas lights – make sure that they dangle about the same length from the rod that your strings of mirrored glass will dangle. When you add the hanging strings of mirrored glass, you'll have a simple and original light and mirror display that works well as a holiday decoration or just a way to dress up any bare wall. Make sure that you position it high enough so that pets and children can't pull on it or grab it and cut themselves on the glass.

When you consider how many interesting things you can make with a broken mirror, you'll never worry about bad luck again. You may actually find yourself looking for old mirrors to break so that you can make something new out of them. If you need new mirrors for a project or to replace one that has broken, check out websites like