When starting seeds indoors, one way to get your seeds to sprout faster is to offer a little extra warmth while still keeping the soil mixture moist. You can buy germination heating mats
to place under the containers or make your own like I did here.
The idea actually came to me when I was putting away some decorative LED rope lights during the holidays and I noticed they were slightly warm. Perfect temperature for gently warming my seedling containers!
-Simply string the rope lights back and forth in rows along the shelves and sit the water-tight seedling containers on top of them. No need to tie the lights down-the weight of the containers holds them in place.
-Most seeds don't actually need light until they have germinated so just move them to the grow lights once they have sprouted. .
Make sure you read the label on your lights. MIne says it's fine to leave them on but do not ever submerse them in water so I make sure all of my containers do not leak.
More details on my blog including my inexpensive DIY grow light setup: http://www.empressofdirt.net/easy-homemade-h...
Commented on Apr 17, 2013
We used similar containers and set them on a bench that is in front of a sunny window and also
happens to be over a floor heat register. Plenty of heat and sunlight. The containers can be left open once the seeds sprout until you are ready to plant. Saturday we planted some spaghetti squash seed and today (FOUR days later!!!???) they are almost two inches tall, sturdy and READY for individual pots! We placed toilet tissue tubes around them to keep the roots from getting tangled.
It doesn't matter where I put my Humming bird feeders in my yard it seems those pesky little sugar ants seem to find them...GRRR! Does anyone have any Suggestions on how I can keep them away???
Commented on Feb 22, 2013
Our local bird supply company sells a plastic moat for a couple of dollars. It is filled with
water and it hangs above the feeder...the ants don't cross the water. It looks a lot like the cap of an aerosol hair spray can, except that there is a small opening in the center for attachment purposes. Water surrounds the center (Not sure I am explaining this very well. If needed I will try to find a photo.) It was cheap enough not to be worth the attempt to duplicate it.
The island in our kitchen is nice, but, from the beginning, I wanted a different color...AND I had way too many cookbooks! The island is 27 inches wide. I asked my husband to build a bookcase the entire length of the island...using 12 inch wide shelving. The height is such that it slips under the islands outside edge. No back was needed because the outside of the island became the back of the bookcase. When (and if) we get around to replacing counter tops and the island surface, the
top of island will be a 38 inch wide surface that covers everything. In the meantime, I have the bookcase as well as the extra surface that its top provides.
Commented on Feb 11, 2013
Yes, Tanya, the new countertop (if we ever "get around to doing it") will cover the entire
area. Otherwise, I still have the book case and can use its wooden top surface as needed.
Almost 40 years ago we converted a discarded chest of drawers into this doll house for our daughter. It remains in our home for grandchildren to enjoy. I saw this idea in a magazine about
the time a neighbor placed an old chest on the street for garbage collection. The one drawer that still existed was retained at the bottom for storage of extra furniture. Some of the furniture in these photographs was mine (1940's). Other pieces were added in the 1970's for our daughter and some later than that. The drawer keeps the assortment available for redecorating. During its early years, Santa with his sleigh and raindeers sat near the chimney at Christmas.
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD EXPLAIN THE RESULTS:
The top of the chest is an attic room. The front side of the roof is built in two pieces and hinged so that the lower portion can be lifted. It is held in place with an attached wooden prop (see photo). The roof is made with latticed wood strips, the chimney is painted with a brick design and trees and flowers are painted on the outside walls. For the floors we used carpet scraps for the bedrooms and the bathroom and a Formica scrap for the kitchen. My husband cut tiny pieces of wood and created a parquet floor for the living room. There are doorway openings between the rooms and a movable staircase. We added wheels for obvious reasons.
OUR FRONT PORCH We had large redwood porch chairs unattractively setting on our front porch once the plastic cushions disintegrated and had to be thrown away. I finally found replacement
cushions for them last summer at Target at 75% off! However, the new cushions really need to be protected from spring pollen and winter weather. With the cushions removed for storage, the chairs look as horrible as before...just wood frames with wire bands stretched across them! Not pretty! The cushions require more storage space than I had available and they need to be nearby so they are accessible when we want to use them. DUMPSTER DIVING!!While visiting friends at a motel, I saw stacks of heavy maroon colored material in a dumpster along with hinged slatted door sets. The only thing I had space to rescue in my car was the material. It turned out to be 27 identical pieces--they were covers that had been made to protect upholstered sofa or chair arms. Although they looked new, I tossed them in the washer and dryer. They washed and dried beautifully. I had no specific purpose in mind, so I put them aside. A couple of days after acquiring the upholstery, I realized a possible use for the hinged door units. My husband (halfheartedly, I think) suggested I call the motel to see if they were still there. They were and I was given permission to get them. Ended up with seven sets of doors. All of them had minimal damage, but for our purpose, they were fine! The Doors:He used two sets of the doors to make a storage box that fits a corner on one side of our front porch. All of the cushions (for four chairs and one lounge) fit nicely inside the box...(they are protected, out of sight, and easy to reach when we want to use them)! PERFECT! We made another one to go on the other side of the porch....We possibly will store the outdoor Christmas decorations in it! (Haven't made covers for the tops yet!)The chair arm covers:When I cut away the curved portion of one upholstery piece, a rectangle remains. The hemmed width is already EXACTLY the same as the width of our front porch chair seats! Three of the pieces, sewed together along the cut edges, make a perfect cover to lay across the exposed wire bands in one chair while the cushions are in storage! Total project use: five pieces for the lounge and three for each of four chairs. (That left ten leftover upholstery pieces for some other project!) :)
Any tips on how to get greasy residue off of glass? I just bought some delicate glass "shades" for some wall sconces I have. They are covered in something really tough to get off. I tried
Windex and it got a little off. Then just soap and water and that got some more, but I could be here a long time trying different things unless someone has something a little more powerful. Thanks for the help! (can't use anything abrasive, it might hurt the finish so nothing baking soda)
Commented on Nov 10, 2012
Cigarette lighter fluid is first in my line of defense on price tags and anything sticky.
Almost always works miracles (I buy 8 ounce containers).