How To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

July 24, 2015

Hot To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

If gardening is your suit then you will want to built one of these strawberry gardens built into a tower. Whats even better is it even has a reservoir for water storage.

Materials and Tools Required:
- 5 gallon plastic pots: They will be around 11″ diameter by 13″ height. Try to find sturdy ones with drain holes on the very bottom. If you happen to find some pots with drain holes are on the side, just punch a few holes on the bottom. You could even use a bucket as well.
- Get out you Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw and a drill
- Also grab yourself a 1 liter plastic water bottle, and a very sharp tool that you can use to punch holes. Remember only the top pot will actually need a reservoir. Make sure that your bottle is about the same height as the pot.
- Get your best potting soil, and make sure you add 1/3 of worm castings and compost. And don’t forget your strawberry seedlings.

Instructions:
1. Draw yourself out 12 equally spaced holes within the side of each of the pots, and take your drill and drill the holes with the Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw attached to a drill.
2. Start to prepare your reservoir by cutting the bottom of the water bottle first, and then poke some small holes on the bottle cap and on the sides all the way to the top. Make sure you leave the cap screwed on firmly. As you know this will allow the water to slowly seep through all the holes slowly.
3. Put your reservoir in the middle of a pot, once again, and remember only the top pot in a stack needs a reservoir.
4. Slowly add soil and strawberry seedlings. Make sure you add yourself a layer of rocks or pebbles at the top of the pot so that this holds the soil in when we water. If you notice the soil washing away add another layer of rocks and pebbles or even sand to keep the soil in place.
5. Repeat the same steps with the lower pots, and make sure you leave out the top bottle reservoir that you built and the rocks. You can start to stack your strawberry tower together now.
6. If you want to be able to move your tower in your garden then you will not need a center pole through the middle of the posts for stability. But feel free to add one if you are not planning on moving it. You can also divide this tall tower into shorter ones if you like.
7. Make sure for the first week that you leave the tower in shade and you water it a lot so that the plants are able to recover from when you moved them.
8. Also you need to make sure you water with good old compost tea every couple of weeks in order to keep the strawberry plant growing.
9. You are done enjoy! Perfect addition to your garden.

How To Install Windows Properly To Stop Water

July 24, 2015

How To Properly Install a Window

I have always found that windows do a lot for a home. They help let in air and light into your home. They add a tonne of visual character to the outside of your home. But there are downsides if they are not installed properly. Water can find its way into your home and also cold air in the winter if not sealed properly. This can also cause some rotting to happen around the window over time. So lets go through the steps to properly install a window.

First of all lets look at Windows frame and rough opening as the following diagram displays.

How To Properly Install a Window - Windows frame and rough opening

Instructions To Protect Against Water Infiltration:

1. Measure your rough opening from all angles (Top, Bottom, and Middle)
2. If you notice that there is a opening larger than the difference between all three widths or notice one of your measurements height measurement of the opening is more than 1 inch you will need to cut some tapered filler strips from you stock of studs and nail them to the sides that are not level.
3. The outside dimension of the window should only be about 1 half an inch shorter and 3 quarters of an inch narrower than your smallest width/height measurements.
4. If they are not then you will need to order a new window to fit these dimensions or you will need to re-frame your window again.
5. Now its time to keep the water out by cutting your self-adhering water proof membrane or builder’s felt.
6. You will only need about 6-inch wide strip of the self-adhering water proof membrane or about 9 to 12 inch wide strip of about a 15 pound builder’s felt give or take.

How To Properly Install a Window - Steps

7. Make sure it is about 18 to around 24 inches longer than the whole windows width
8. Also make sure that the top edge of the membrane/felt does not go above the edge of the opening otherwise you will have problems.
9. Along each side of the opening cut yourself 2 more strips of membrane or felt about 1 foot longer than the entire opening height.
10. Make sure they are center and hook them up along each side of the opening of the window and also make sure they are completely overlapping the strip under the window.
11. Along the top cut yourself another strip of membrane or felt 1 foot longer than your window width
12. Make sure it is center and attach it across the top of the rough opening and also make sure it overlapped the 2 side strips.
13. Make sure your seams never face upward at all to prevent water from getting in.
14. Now you can start going through the steps of installing your window without having to worry about water

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

July 24, 2015

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

Question:


What should I plant to get a very low-maintenance screen of evergreen trees for privacy as well as a sound barrier?

Answer:


There are quite a few choices of evergreen trees to choose from but I would sick to Arborvitae as they have a huge range of growing conditions from Zone 2 (Very cold areas up north) to Zone 6 and 7 which means full sun. Also you do not have to worry about pruning the tree on a regular basis to keep its shape on the top as well as bottom.

If you would like to get some privacy from your neighbours, roads or buildings right away what I suggest you do is start with some quite mature shrubs or trees so around 6 feet in height some green foliage and make sure they have moist roll balls. Once the specimens hit their full maturity they will be around 15 feet tall which is the perfect height for privacy. Make sure when you plant them you keep them just fall enough apart that they do not grow into one another which can stunt their growth quite a bit.

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier Steps

Instructions:


1. Draw out your lines with spray paint on your dirt and make sure the holes for the trees are about 2 to 3 times the size of the root ball
2. Again make sure the trees are spaced out enough so they will not grow into one another.
3. As you dig your dirt out to keep things clean use a tarp to transfer the soil with a spade shovel preferably.
4. Lay the whole tree down on its side in order to take the root out of the tub
5. Stand the tree up up gently with it root ball in the trench. If your tree just happens to have burlap just roll it into the trench and then cut off the fabric
6. Make sure you turn your trees best side to your yard as this is what you will be looking at
7. Start to measure the placement of your trees from root to root to make sure you have enough room between each tree
8. Get our your cultivator and start carefully scrapping across the top, sides and bottom of each of your root balls to start to expose the tiny roots that will allow them to absorb fertilizer and water.
9. Get out your wheelbarrow and mix together 2 parts excavated soil or top soil and 1 part compost then use this mixture to back fill your trench back up to grade again.
10. Make sure you form a pretty deep soil dam around each tree and make sure it is wider than the diameter that the root ball was.
11. Fill all of you deep dams around the trees with water and make sure you wait until it is absorbed and then repeat.
12. Once all absorbed rake away the dam that you formed and add your 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch but make sure you keep the mulch away from trunk to prevent any type of rotting
13. Through out the first growing season make sure you water your trees once a week at a minimum of course unless it rains then you can skip a week.
14. Pay close attention to your soil around your trees and if it is kind of sandy and there is no rain for 2 weeks water or if you soil has a lot of clay water it every 4 weeks.

DIY Bathbombs

May 6, 2014

DIY Bathbombs

If you are a bath person just like me, then you’ll love these homemade bathbombs! They are perfect accessory for an evening bath, scented with your favorite essential oils. These make a fabulous gift, especially for Mother’s Day. Package them in a pretty jar with a colorful bow and the person receiving them will fall in love with these fizzy wonders. Check out the full tutorial on making these DIY bathbombs!

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22 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love!

May 5, 2014

22 DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas She'll Love!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you are still looking for something to give her, we have 22 gift ideas. These DIY projects are a perfect gift to give to your mom, a grandmother, aunt, a friend or someone special to you. They are all handmade and will be the perfect touch to say ‘thank you’. Check out these 22 DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas she’ll love!

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DIY Lunch Box

April 30, 2014

DIY Lunch Box

Here’s a fantastic craft project from reusing an old milk jug container! Make a lunch box by cutting out the desired shape and store your lunch inside this food-safe container! This craft will cost just $1, so say goodbye to those paper brown bags. Perfect for your lunch so it won’t get squished, or storage box for your small goodies! Check out the full tutorial on DIY Lunch Box!

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DIY Soap Bars For Kids

April 29, 2014

DIY Soap Bars For Kids

One of my ultimate favorite crafts for kids is making soap. It’s a great craft tutorial for kids of all ages. The older kids are able to do it all on their own and younger ones just need a little help from the adults. The process is fun and the results make great gifts, perfect for teachers, parents, grandparents and especially at home where you can use them! They always make superb birthday party favors! Check out the DIY soap bars for kids!

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Swirl Painted Vases

April 28, 2014

DIY Swirl Painted Vases

Check out these DIY swirl painted vases! They are an incredibly easy to do DIY project with only a few supplies required. All you really need is a vase of your choosing and a few paints colors that will combine nicely – that’s it! Sit back and let the paint do its job by swirling it in the vase to create some really nice looking patterns and designs! This project is the absolutely perfect way to add some color to a room!

1. Grab your simple vases that you plan to color (Choose a more sculptural one if you want)
2. Pick out your favorite paint colors that you plan to mix and make sure it is acrylic paint
3. Start off by adding only a couple of drops in your glass vase and then mix in another color and swirl it
4. Once you have a bit of a swirl add some more drops of the other color
5. Make sure you add paint very slowly that is kinda the trick to this and do not add any water at all yet or it will not stick to the glass properly
6. If you are in the process of swirling and you find your paint way too thick and its not moving much add only a couple of drops to thin it out a bit
7. Keep twisting and turning the inside of the vase until it is completely covered in paint
8. Drain the vase completely out now so there is no paint left over inside
9. Once you have drained it all out lay it on its side until it completely dries
10. Put your favorite decor into your vases such as branches!
11. Enjoy!

DIY Lip Balms

April 25, 2014

DIY Lip Balms

If you’re like me and you go through a ton of lip balms or gloss, then you’ll love this awesome DIY lip balms project! Not only do they work incredibly well, but they smell so good! Make a bunch in a variety of flavors and package them in a pretty tube or small gift bag, with a note and give them as gifts! You’ll love this project and so will your kids! Check out the full tutorial!

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Easy DIY Fringed Placemats

April 24, 2014


Easy DIY Fringed Placemats

Your outdoor furniture deserves a makeover once in awhile doesn’t it? Here are some really easy DIY fringed placemats which make for the perfect outdoor table pads for your patio accessory and you can make it yourself! To top it all off they take no time at all to make and are actually quite cheap to make as well. They will add color and protection to your table so you can enjoy the outdoors all summer long! Create your own dining table pads today!

Materials Required:
- Scissors
- Fabric Strips and/or Ribbon
- Non-Adhesive Drawer Liners
Steps:
1. Use your scissors to cut out the drawer liner to the size of your choosing for the placemat.
2. Make sure you are very creative with what you cut out such as a circle, heart or any shape you desire.
3. If you find that the holes in the drawer liner do not have a big enough opening to easily slide fabric through, Make sure you give them a bit of a cut to get them a little bit wider.
4. Now that it is wide enough slide fabric through the holes and knot it.
5. Repeat this step all around the edge of the liner.
6. Enjoy your beautiful placemats!

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