Lazy rain barrel.
A year-and-a-half ago I bought this beautiful wine barrel on Craigslist, with the idea of making a rain barrel out of it. To be clear, I have tons of interest in making things that are useful to me. The problem is, however, that I have much less interest in ruining cool things because I have tons of interest in making things that are useful to me. And so, the wine barrel sat at the side of our house for six seasons without so much of a glance.
Action shot! Go rain barrel! Woohooooo!
The lack of rain this year finally broke me down, and two hardware store trips later, I have a pretty little rain barrel that I don’t even think I ruined. And, I kid you not, it took no more than fifteen minutes to do it, and $15 (besides for the cost of the wine barrel, which was much more expensive). And that doesn’t even account for the contact high I was rewarded with when the deeply-oaked whiskey fumes escaped holes I drilled. My tools:
A hand-drill. A drill bit. A faucet. A plug (for the barrel hole).
I’ll be putting a screen over the top to stop the mosquitoes from mak’in babies in it, but for now I’m just pooped from finally having done something. Whew.
Vedge – and you with vegetables in your kitchen! :: Design of the future. It looks like it’s a concept design at this point, but I posted a comment on the blog, begging for more info.
Compost like a Yippie
I finally got my Earth Machine up and running, and so now I’m in a “compost EVERYTHING” mode. Planet Green has an article “75 things you can compost, but thought you couldn’t.” And, among other helpful composting articles, “How to Make Hot Compost,” how to compost without a yard, and a Guerilla human waste composting program in Chicago. Since reading these, I’ve decided to piss in my compost bin.
Planet Green also told me where to buy a yippie compost bin (read: hippie + yuppie). I want it.
Unrelatedly, Ready Made posted an article, “The Captivating Case of Quinoa” about how quinoa got to the U.S. from South America. Relatedly, only a few of my quinoa seeds have sprouted so far. Is anyone out there having success with it?
Garden plant stakes | phenoMNal twin cities.
Even being new to gardening, I’ve found that labels for herbs are completely decorative or, at the most, their utility is for guests wandering around your yard (guests who have never had an herb garden, I mean). These garden stakes fulfill both of those possibilities. In my yard they would add some structural interest, to detract from the fact my front lawn will generally be ug-o in early spring and late fall.
Stainless bowl planter
I just discovered Ikea Hackers, and I think I’m obsessed. To the left is the hacked stainless bowl hanging planter. And here’s a post on making a hacked coldframe for your garden. And a hacked chicken coop.
From left to right: Crassula rupestris (jade necklace), Lithops Laterita (living stones), and Echeveria (Perle von Nurnberg)
This weekend at the Friends School Plant Sale I bought a few succulents to add to my experimental succulent garden. This is the result!
I think it looks cute in my office, and is low maintenance enough that I don’t have to think about it very often.
The succulent garden
Truly, the start of greatness
Inspired by PhenoMNal Twin Cities post on terrariums, I decided to try to turn my own Crap into Teh Awesome. I had some leftover sand from my root vegetable bed and the glass bowl in the picture that I’ve never used – and forgotten why I bought it in the first place. I stuck in some river rock from the yard and some baby succulents that my aloe plant created. I think I’ll probably find a succulent or two at one of the plant sales this weekend and add it aboard.
Plaid Pigeon sells these upcycled succulent planters on Etsy. I love them! Thanks for finding them, Daily Candy!