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    How to Make Cement Garden Stones

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    I really like the little diy stones for the garden. Prudent baby made them last year to go with the movie The Lorax. I just think they are neat. For addresses, garden markers, or maybe even a path with a favorite quotation or saying. So many different ways to use them.



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    Finally got brave enough to buy a tomato plant to see if it will make it in a container on my front porch (growing in Ohio is going to be much different than Texas...) and also created a small herb garden with mint and parsley. If this season is successful, I may try other veggies in containers next year, or maybe some fall crop plants. Hope I can create a place to protect them over winter Thanks for all the growing tips!
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    I like to do my herbs in hanging baskets ... then I can bring them in as the weather gets cooler.
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    How to Build a Flagstone Patio…Fast!

    I love the look of this flagstone patio. Harry Sawyers tells us how to make one of our own and make it pretty quickly. I like that its creative instead of just a slab of poured concrete. If you would like to know how to make your own flagstone patio check out the article on Popular mechanics.


    photo credit Harry Sawyers

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...asonry/4315657
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    SHARE THIS! SAVE YOUR PLANET!! SAVE THE BEES!!! STOP 'LIKING' AND START SHARING!!!

    "Got Weeds? Use Vinegar, Not Roundup"

    This year (2011) Monsanto, the produ...ct’s evil manufacturer, agreed with the New York Attorney General’s office to discontinue their use of the terms “biodegradable” and “environmentally friendly” in ads promoting Roundup. Why? Because these terms were bald-faced lies. Roundup is neither biodegradable nor environmentally friendly.

    The next time you want to murder your weeds, why douse them with something that will remain in the soil for who knows how long? Maybe you should reach for vinegar instead. Vinegar is cheap. It’s easy to use. I keep gallons of it in my garden shed.

    How to Apply: You can use a watering can, a spray bottle or a pump-sprayer to apply vinegar. I use a pump-sprayer, because it is more efficient. Be sure to rinse your sprayer after use, or metal parts (if any) can corrode.

    Make your application on a warm, sunny, calm (not windy) day. Vinegar is not selective; it can potentially harm plants you wish to keep, should you accidentally spray them. As I said earlier, I use vinegar on walkways, where grass and ornamental plants are not an issue.

    Water was Not added.

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    http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/20...r-not-roundup/

    Scientific Research: http://www.antigmofoods.com/2013/06/...h-vinegar.html

    Comments from fans:

    "Lane We****: Mix 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 c sea salt and 1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap and pour into a spray bottle. Then just spray weeds thoroughly."

    "Pami Ta****: I use distilled white vinegar ... it works every time"

    "Roxann Han*****: My husband once emptied his spayer by blasting a 4 x 4 section of the lawn. It had old round up in the sprayer. that 4x 4 section is still dead. that was 4 or 5 yrs. ago. I personally haven't used chemicals since about 1996. My dog was exposed to malithione and suffered immediate neuro/ brain damage . Had to be euthanized.So if I can grow beautiful gardens using only natural remedies, anyone can. Monsanto you are liars, all of you!"
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    Tutorial: Rain Chain from Wire-Wrapped Rock



    We recently featured a DIY rain chain http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/05/make-a-rain-chain/ and since I found out about rain chains, I have been slightly obsessed. Basically, a rain chain is a decorative chain that you can use in place of an unsightly downspout on your home. When it rains, the rain chain makes a pleasing water feature using the rain runoff from your roof. http://elderberrystreet.blogspot.com...ens-visit.html Long popular in Japan, rain chains are beginning to trend here in the USA. I saw a very interesting wire-wrapped rock rain chain, and decided to get a similar look by making my own using dollar store rocks and floral wire. Read on to find out how to make it!



    Project Materials:

    ■2 spools of floral wire, $1 each
    ■5-10 coils of thick decorative floral wire, $1 each
    ■1 bag of decorative river rocks, $1
    ■Paper clips, on hand
    ■Pencil, on hand
    ■Wire cutters, on hand or $1
    ■Needle-nosed pliers, on hand or about $3
    Total cost: $8 and up



    Note about Supplies:

    Wire: You can find the thin, green floral wire, the thick decorative wire, and wire cutters in the floral section of the dollar store. If you can't find the thick decorative floral wire, pick up a spool of colored 20-Gauge Wire in the jewelry-making section of your local craft store for about $5. You can also use plain silver floral wire instead of green floral wire if you prefer.

    How much wire you need depends the final length of rain chain, on your wrapping technique, and how sparing you are with the wire. It is easier to wrap with more wire, as opposed to less wire, but with practice, you will be able to conserve wire if you want to.

    Rocks: I bought a bag of decorative river rocks at the dollar store because it was easier than collecting my own rocks from outside, but this could be a fun way to showcase rocks you collect on nature walks or at the beach.

    Paperclips: These will make the connecting rings. Any old paperclips will do.



    Note about Technique:

    I used two different gauges of wire because I couldn't get the large gauge wire to work well with the slippery rocks. I added a layer of light-gauge wire to give the large wire something to grip onto. If you are an experienced wire-wrapper, you will probably have more success than I did using just the large wire. When I started this project, I had no experience with wire-wrapped rocks, but after I made the rain chain, I found a wire-wrapping tutorial that was very helpful, and I recommend you read it before you start:

    ■Wire wrapped beach glass the easy way by Gaylebird

    I will still share my "folk art" technique with you, just promise you won't laugh too hard at me! I do think that its imperfection is part of the charm of this wire-wrapped rain chain, though!




    Here's a pic of the rain chain in action hanging from the gutter of my parents' 100 year-old garage.

    http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/07...-wrapped-rock/
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    Hedgehog PET bottle planters

    More at: http://www.uphaa.com/blog/index.php/...eas/?section=7

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    $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

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    Nice tutorial showing us how to make out own fire pit like this one using concrete tree rings. Dewey302 shared the tutorial over on Instructables. This looks so much easier than the ones where you have to concrete stones into place and this way you could take it with you if you moved.


    http://www.instructables.com/id/50-f...ings/?ALLSTEPS
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    WHO KNEW CUCUMBERS COULD DO ALL THIS!!!
    Spice up your 8 glasses per day of water with a slice or two of cucumber. It's wonderfully refreshing, but there are am...azing benefits to cucumber as well. Cucumbers are cooler than you think ...
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    1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.

    2. Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.

    3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day (or pets or your husband), or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.

    4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.

    5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.

    6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.

    7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.

    8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.

    9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.

    10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

    11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.

    12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.

    13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.

    14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

    15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet
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    How To Build a Green Sapling Arbor Project

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    Tree Stump Removal -



    Many of us deal with tree stumps and try many ways to get rid of them. Get rid of tree stumps by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with 100% Epsom salt. Follow with water, and wait. Live stumps may take as long as a month to decay, and start to decompose all by themselves. Please be sure to share with your friends and family.
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