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 18, 2013
been doing this for a few years, so easy, perfect temp.
Garden furniture can be very expensive and here's a simple idea on how to make free or almost free garden loungers using simple pallets.
I used 5 pallets and some wood scraps to make these two and that part was free. If you want to paint or add cushions (recommended!) that will be extra but all in all this cost me $10 for the red paint and that's it!
The basic idea of how to make these is to take two pallets of the same rectangular shape and stack them on top of each other, do the same with the second lounge chair. Then take the last pallet, divide it in half and add some wood scraps to construct two backrests that you attach to the stacked pallets with two screws. Minimal sanding and some paint and you're done.
I must warn you that the idea is simple but deconstructing the 5th pallet is pretty hard physical work but can be made easier if you have the proper tools and/or a muscular guy to help :)
Check out my blog for more photos and detailed instructions on how I went about it:
i got tired of my ugly dark brown cabinet. every time i got out of the shower or just walked into my bathroom, it just disgusted me! so i decided to paint it white. after i finished the
cabinet, i started on the doors and then i thought to myself, what would the girls at hometalk do...? well they would distress it!lol so i did. what do you think. there are some pics of some other things i did too.
We are in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and I can not wait to show you the before and afters! For now this is the shower curtain that I made! There are 20 rows of ruffles, starting with black, 5 shades of grey, (50 was too many!) and then the top is white! It was a lot of work, but I love the result! I used a combination of fabirc and flat sheets! I am really glad I have a ruffler foot!
Commented on Jan 04, 2013
I love it! Can I use that idea on my shabby shiv bathroom?
A focal wall with built in shelves in our bonus room now turned into an art & craft studio for my children and I to be creative in. The wall was made with all my scraps of wood and a few pallet boards.