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Gardening Decor

Gardening Decor – Designing a Garden

Gardening Decor – Designing a Garden

Designing a Garden
Designing a Garden

We love our environment—that’s why we love our Flat Tire Décor products!  Flat Tire Décor, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is committed to offering you long-lasting and hard-working products that help to reduce the impact we make on our planet.  From bags to baskets to planters, our Flat Tire Décor is made from 100% post-consumer material. After tires have become worn and have been discarded, they are given new usability in the shape of tools you can use every day in your home—just because the tires can’t be used on a car anymore doesn’t mean there isn’t life left in them yet! After a life on the road, no two tires are alike, making the patterns on every Flat Tire piece distinctive, and being made from tires, your Flat Tire item is built to last even in harsh conditions. 

Here is a complete selection of Flat Tire Décor.

Tote Bags
Tote Bags

Tote Bags

Combine function and fashion with our Flat Tire Décor messenger bag and tube tote.  Whether you are hauling your garden tools and harvest or school books and work supplies, these bags are the perfect way to get what you need where you need it.  Both bags are 14 inches long, 11 inches high, and 6 inches in diameter. The messenger bag features a fold-over flap with a clasp and one strap to go over the shoulder or head, and is a fantastic bag for school, home, or work applications.  The tube tote features two straps and a center opening for easily gathering herbs, vegetables, and tools. Both bags are extremely versatile, totally unique, and will withstand frequent use and abuse.

Flat Tire Décor
Flat Tire Décor

Planter

The Flat Tire Décor Venice planter is ultra durable and ultra earth-friendly.  At 7.5 inches high, 8.5 inches wide at the rim, and 6 inches wide at the base, this little pot makes an excellent container for herbs, annuals, and small vegetables.  The bottom of the pot includes a large drainage hole to protect your plants from overwatering and provide aeration for the soil and roots. The 100% recycled tire will stand up to weather exposure and won’t break, shatter, or crack like traditional planters made from flimsy or fragile materials.

Flat Tire Décor Baskets
Flat Tire Décor Baskets

Baskets

Flat Tire Décor baskets are definitely more than just baskets—they are organizers, buckets, totes, and containers for just about everything you can imagine.  Aside from all of the applications in the home (storing toys, magazine rack, fruit basket, beverage holder—the possibilities are endless), Flat Tire baskets can be some of the most useful garden tools in your arsenal.  We love to use them as totes for our hand tools, collecting the day’s harvest, and for moving compost, potting soil, or amendments to our garden. The handles on either side of the basket make it incredibly easy to transport flowers, herbs, or vegetables into the home for meals and display, and the recycled tire material is very easy to rinse and clean.  We offer Flat Tire Décor baskets in two sizes: Catalina (4 in. H x 9.5 in. W at rim x 8 in. W at base) and the larger Newport (8 in. H x 12 in. W at rim x 8 in. W at base). 

Pruning
Pruning

Kneeling Pad

Having good support underneath your knees is essential for long days weeding, pruning, and harvesting.  You can use just about anything soft or plush as padding in the garden, but a lot of these materials become wet and muddy, and generally don’t last very long.  Flat Tire kneeling pads give you all the comfort of traditional kneeling pads, but are more durable, longer lasting, and much easier to keep clean. These kneeling pads are made from the inner tubes of truck tires, so, as you can imagine, they are built for pretty harsh use.  You can track these pads through mud every day, and all cleaning will take is a quick splash and rinse with the garden hose. The surface of the pads are no-slip, which is particularly important when using them in the home on tile floors, and the interior features a 1 inch layer of anti-fatigue foam for extra comfort.  When you aren’t using your kneeling pad, a convenient handle on the side will allow you to hang your pad in your garden shed or from your potting bench until you’re ready to work again. The Flat Tire Décor kneeling pad measures 28 inches by 14 inches, and includes a 30 inch long strap.

Pack Plant Pot Risers
Pack Plant Pot Risers

Pot Lifts 

When it comes to potted houseplants, there is always a concern about damaging floors, counters, or other surfaces in the home.  Flat Tire pot lifts are small and do a simple job, but it can really protect your furniture. Pot lifts are small disks that act as coasters for your potted plants.  Slide four pot lifts underneath the planters in your home to act as a buffer between a rough terracotta or plastic pot and your beautiful wood end table. Pot lifts are particularly useful with large palms or potted trees that might scratch tile or wood floors as you shift them around to maintain your plant.  Pot lifts don’t stop being useful when you take them outdoors—using pot lifts with outdoor plants can greatly increase the drainage and aeration of your pots, preventing rot and disease that can occur with too much moisture. But, don’t let your imagination stop there. As with all Flat Tire décor, pot lifts aren’t limited to strictly gardening applications.  Use pot lifts to add protective pads to sofas, shelving, pianos—anything heavy in the home can be lifted with pot lifts so as not to cause damage to carpets and flooring. Each Flat Tire Décor pot lift is 1 3/8 inch by 3/8 inch, and each pack includes 12 pot lifts.

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Gardenia

Gardenia – beautiful plants for the garden

Gardenia – beautiful plants for the garden

Gardenia Flower
Gardenia Flower

Who can resist bending down for a sniff after walking past a blooming gardenia? Those gardening in the southeast can tell you that there is nothing like a warm summer breeze perfumed with the fragrance of gardenias, named by Carl Linnaeus for fellow naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, a resident of South Carolina. Though a favourite of the South, gardenias are not native to the States. Lovers of water, heat, and humidity, varieties come from places like Japan and China in East Asia, India, South Africa, and Polynesia. Nevertheless, gardenias have dedicated fans all over the world.

Gardenia – many species of plant

Philadelphus Coronarius
Philadelphus Coronarius

The gardenia genus includes more than one hundred species, and the look of foliage and flowers can vary greatly between them. Leaves are waxy, shiny, thick, and a rich dark green. Flowers may be small or quite large, and can come in single or double varieties. The crisp white colouring of the flowers has made gardenias a very popular addition to wedding and sympathy arrangements, and, of course, the fragrance is a knockout. The scent of a gardenia is heavy, tropical, and warm, and for fans of orange blossom, honey suckle, hyacinth, and jasmine, the gardenia is intoxicating. Depending on the variety, the plant can be a dwarf size of only a foot or two or several feet tall forming a small tree. Flowers bloom as the weather becomes warmer in mid-spring to summer, and in the cooler months, the gardenia forms seedpods that add interest to the plant when flowers are gone.
Gardenias have a rich history, especially as a medicinal plant.

Taking Careof Gardeni a Bushes
Taking Careof Gardeni a Bushes

In China, the plant is called zhi zi, and herbalists and experts in traditional Chinese medicine typically administer gardenia via tea to cool hot blood that causes bleeding and irritability. Poultices of the fruit are used topically to ease swelling and treat bruises, abscesses, and sprains. Gardenias have also been used to create yellow dyes for edible and inedible applications. The essential oil produced from the flowers is used heavily in the cosmetic industry—gardenia-scented soaps, lotions, perfumes, and candles are extremely popular throughout the globe. Fans of Billie Holiday will recall her iconic and signature up-do of beautifully cascading gardenias. Use of gardenias for adornment is still popular—it is a traditional flower for corsages and boutonnières.

Difficult plant to maintain

Gardenia Bush Flower
Gardenia Bush Flower

Gardenias are, sadly, notoriously difficult to maintain, especially for those attempting to make houseplants of them. Though varieties thrive in large containers, replicating the humidity, light, and water requirements of the plant indoors can be tricky. In general, gardenias are happiest in full to part sun, and at temperatures around 70 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. Acidic soil is a must, so regular application of an acidifying fertiliser, sulphur, or peat is essential for those that live in areas where soil tends to be more alkaline. Gardenias love water, but they don’t like to marinate in it. Plant them in soil with excellent drainage, and water regularly. To keep them moist without drowning them, they should be mulched and composted to increase water retention. When planting, gardenias should be spaced far enough apart that they won’t crowd as they grow. Those growing more hardy varieties in cooler climates should consider using some method to protect their gardenias from frost and harsh winter conditions. Gardenias, unfortunately, are susceptible to many pests and diseases. Keep an eye out for whiteflies that can cause sooty mould, aphids, mites, and mealybugs, and for abnormal bud-dropping, chlorosis, and leaf spots.

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