I LOVE this idea for my garden! Did you know that you can grow another complete celery
stalk from the bottom piece that you cut off and throw away? Cut off the end that you would normally "throw away" and then place it in a small dish filled with warm water.
Next "pot" the celery stalk (Stalk Side Up) or place in your garden. Just dig a small hole, fill it with water and set the end in the hole, then cover it up with an inch or so of soil. Water thoroughly. That is it! Now the "end" will grow into a full stalk of celery! Rinse and Repeat and you never have to buy celery again! Talk about a way to save money! This photo is taken on day 7 and as you can see it is working!
If you happen to have a couple of hours to spare, you can easily create your own raised gardening bed. Raised beds should not generallybe any wider that four feet, with a minimum of a two
foot walkway in-between them. Common lengths are 4', 6', 8', 10', 12', and 16'. I based the steps below on a normal yard with semi- flat ground utilizing one simple 48 SF raised bed.
As I chose a 48 SF bed which was 12' long, I needed 3 – 2×12's @ 12' long (pressure treated), a 1x4x12 (pressure treated) for staking the box to the ground & 1 pound of 2 ½" deck screws. If you have an issue with gophers or other digging vermin, you may consider buying some chicken wire that can be placed at the very bottom of the assembly. Depending on the land & garden soil available you may need to buy some soil or compost (up to 36 Cubic Feet to achieve 9" of suitable planting material in the planter.)
Cut one of the 2×12's and the 1×4 into 3 – 4' segments – next cut the 1×4 section in half at a 45 degree angle – you may wish to make one additional cut to make a cut that looks like this ( > ). This will make it easier to pound it straight into the ground.
2 of the cut 2×12 sections are for the ends and the remaining one is for the center – keeping the pieces flush with each other, use three deck screws at each connection point. The 6 stakes, should be pounded into the ground at the 4 outside corners and on each side of the center support.
This post is based off our original one located here: http://blog.sls-construction.com/2010/creati... #SpringFever
I wanted to give a few examples of inexpensive options for beautiful countertops.
Here are three that we have done recently.
The first is a reclaimed top that was on its way to the dump. We refinished it and added it to an antique dresser base to make an island in our kitchen.
The second option is high gloss Laminate... by using a squared off edge instead of the rounded edge we were able to get an appearance more like granite. The example I am showing is also from our kitchen.
Option three is porcelain floor tile.
I recently redid my parents kitchen and used 12"x24" floor tiles for countertop. The surface must be prepped properly and be level. It turned out beautifully. Using large tiles minimizes grout lines. I used a grout very close to the tile colour. We only needed 16 tiles for the whole project.
Link to our kitchen: http://cynthiaweber.com/hoop-top-house/
Link to parents kitchen project: http://cynthiaweber.com/the-big-reveal-my-pa...
This crack is only 1/8" or less thick. The top of the picture is at the edge of the house by the foundation (slab on grade) and ends at a the edge of the walkway. It is not high enough to trip on yet. What is the best way to fix this? Thanks for any info.