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Showing posts from July, 2019

Install Rain Barrel and Compost Tumbler

Growing up we always had rain barrels, and this growing season, I wanted to incorporate a rain barrel in my garden and added composting for a bit of sustainability. A local botanical garden offers free classes on sustainability, using native plants and rain garden.

I thought of doing a DIY rain barrel but with all the planting I was doing, a bit of help is worth it, so I bought a rain barrel and compost tumbler, got a good deal from my town.

Lots of research online later, I found the perfect downspout rain water collection system by Oatey to channel the water to my barrel. I bought 2 Oatey system so I may make that DIY rain barrel yet :-).

I started with building the stand for the barrel on a Sunday. I used concrete 12in x 12in stepping stone pavers and 4in x 8in pavers, I created a pattern and stack them, I did use pieces of slate to level the barrel. I kept the stand low so I did not need to make it permanent, I like that I can move it anytime I wish.

I dd not have enough pavers on …

DIY Self Watering Planter

Ok. it started when I tried to grow tomatoes last year but forget to water when needed, it didn't go well and the plant died. I decided self watering is the way for Tomatoes, but the cost of container deterred me for a bit.
I Marie Kondo the house at the start of the year, and I was left with a few empty Rubbermaid totes. I search online how to make a DIY Self watering container using the totes..
There are many videos online, but found this video on Wicking Bed Build to be very clear. I used 2 liter soda bottles, donation from friends. I added the holes in the bottom and cut off a few inches off the top of each bottle. I found it tough to cut the holes in the Rubbermaid lid, so be carefully when cutting. 
 I chose to include the PVC pipe to make it easy to fill (many uses for PVC pipe online).  I added two overflow holes, one on either side of the long side of the tote. 
I covered the top of the pipe with piece of landscape fabric and a hair tie to keep it in place, to keep out m…

My Vegetable Patch

This year I decide to take it a bit further on My Garden Patch, and grow some vegetable for my table. My Roma tomato plants were grown from seeds. I kept only 2 plants and gave away as many as I could, tiny seeds equal many plants. 
A friend gifted me with two Stella Dora transplant for my flower garden, and I repurpose the hanging basket from the delivery of the Stellas to grow Strawberries 
I saw a cool idea on You Tube video How to Raise Container Sweet Corn In Walmart Shopping Bags  I had to test it out and this gave me the motivation to try and grow something I enjoy, but otherwise would not grow.
The Vegetable patch is completely in containers and my flowers and shrubs are in ground. I am using a combination of DIY self watering containers, grow bags and regular plant pots.    
End of May 2019, Vegs and Herbs in pots/bags 

Corn in Walmart Bags and DIY Self Watering container 

Sock and Cowl

I completed my first sock, still only half way thru the second sock. I think next is to learn how to knit both socks simultaneously :-)