We want to build a tree house for our children. How do we go about designing it, and how will we know if a tree is sturdy enough to hold such a structure?
Every child loves a tree house. It’s a great addition to a yard. First, decide the use the tree house will be put to and calculate the enclosure of the tree. Decide whether you want to have seating inside, or if you want to leave it bare for the children to play in. This exercise will help you determine the size of the tree house. The best material for designing it, of course, is wood. The wood should be seasoned and waterproofed with varnish. The size of the tree doesn’t matter too much, as pillars can always be placed to support the tree house. The pillars should be of MS pipe, especially if there is the possible threat of termites in the soil. These pillars can be given a wooden touch with a faux paint. Of course, hang a rope ladder or attach a slope to it for children to enjoy.
I have little space in my cramped Mumbai apartment for plants. Which small plants could I keep for some greenery in the house?
One can have a variety of small plants for your home, but they should be kept near a window or in a bright room. You should mist these plants regularly with a spray bottle to keep them in good shape—keep the leaves clean and discourage insects. The best plants to use are grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia ellen danica), ferns such as Adiantum trapezei forme, cast-iron plants (Aspidistra), money plants ( Epipremnum pinnatum ), or kentia palms ( Howea forsteriana ).
(Sameer Parashar’s company, Vividh Landscapes, consults on outdoor projects around the country. Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org)