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Repurposed Pallet Into a Do-It-Yourself Bench

This was an awesome project. We ship our gutter guards from the plant to the main warehouse on pallets, so we had a few laying around and decided to make something out of them. After looking around a while here on HomeTalk.com we decided to combine a few of the ideas to make our own repurposed pallet bench.
We used about 4 pallets (free) and bought one 10ft cedar 4×4 post, eight 10in bolts, some washers & nuts. We had some deck screws laying around and also some leftover paint/stain to finish it off. All in all, we spent under $20-30. Sizes and prices may vary depending on your material sizes and desired bench.
1. Breakdown all the pallets into individual boards.
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Connecting Rain Barrels For Extra Water Harvesting

RGG started carrying rain barrels in the Spring of 2012. Since experiencing how great they are, we decided to take it to the next level. Instead of having the water from the roof fill into just one rain barrel, we decided to connect the gutter downspout to four 55 gallon drums that are hidden under the deck.
The connections were done mainly with PVC piping. All of the barrels are equipped with overflows so they can flow easily into the next rain barrel and for maximum water capacity. A garden hose is connected with a spigot that actually now goes underground, across the yard and out to the garden. Since the garden is lower than the rain barrels, there is a good amount of water pressure; although it is not enough to power a watering sprinkler, it can spray a nice distance.
The rain water collected from off the roof helps plants and flowers grow bigger, faster and better and has done wonders for our garden. Hose water contains chlorine and fluoride which would have hindered their growth.
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garden pepper spray an all natural alternative to insecticides, gardening, green living, We took some of our previously dried assorted peppers and crushed them up in a bag Jalape o cayenne and other peppers

Garden Pepper Spray. An All Natural Alternative To Insecticides.

I posted a question earlier about a problem I had with burnt/brown looking spots and holes in my red bell pepper plant's leaves. One response mentioned making an all natural alternative to insecticides. I decided to try this out and this is how I did it. ~Ben N.
1) We took some of our previously dried assorted peppers and crushed them up in a bag. Jalapeño, cayenne and other peppers.
2) After crushing up the peppers, dump them into a boiling pot of water.
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Starting our garden with some help Wiggle Worm Soil Builder.

Starting our garden with some help from the awesome people at Wiggle Worm Soil Builder | Des Moines, IA. We plan on more than doubling our garden size this year! We had great success last year and are hooked!
Wiggle Worm Soil Builder is an Organic Fertilizer which is actually Earthworm Castings! We met them at a Home & Garden Show in Des Moines Iowa, and they are super awesome people. Check out their website http://www.centraliowaorganicfertilizer.com/

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Garden'13 Update - Strong Wind Supports

The garden is growing great. Thanks to suggestions we have seen here on Hometalk, we made it a raised bed garden, used some composted dirt and a top layer with long lasting "time released" fertilizer top soil, and kept bugs and other pests away with a cayenne pepper spray / natural insecticide/pesticide.
We had a recent storm that made the HUGE tomato plants fall over. They have way outgrown their support cages. Luckily they weren't damaged. So we found metal electrical piping around the shop and used those for extra support.
Two of the pictures show how we used the supports and the rest are just general pictures of the garden. Its obviously a little overcrowded, but this was our first time trying to garden. I foresee more beds next year! And thank you for all the advice here on HomeTalk!

garden pepper spray an all natural alternative to insecticides, gardening, green living, We took some of our previously dried assorted peppers and crushed them up in a bag Jalape o cayenne and other peppers

Garden Pepper Spray

I posted an question earlier about a problem I had with burnt/brown looking spots and holes in my red bell pepper plant's leaves. One response mentioned making an all natural alternative to insecticides. I decided to try this out and this is how I did it. ~Ben N.
1) We took some of our previously dried assorted peppers and crushed them up in a bag. Jalapeño, cayenne and other peppers.
2) After crushing up the peppers, dump them into a boiling pot of water.
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diy raised garden, diy, gardening, raised garden beds, woodworking projects, Cutting 10ft cedar 4x4s into the smaller pieces

Raised Bed Garden

Raindrop Gutter Guard has created its very own raised bed garden. Please check back to see how our plants are doing! This is our first garden and we are always thankful for tips!

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DIY Raised Garden [part 2]

We went ahead and planted some veggies the other day. We planted cherry tomatoes, "Mr. Stripey" heirloom tomatoes, giant marconi peppers, bell peppers, Jalapeños, banana peppers , and also cilantro, sage, basil and thyme.
These were already started plants. We also picked out a bunch of plants that we can start from seeds that we are thinking about planting soon. Hopefully its not too late!

diy raised garden part 2, diy, gardening, go green, raised garden beds, Turning on the water We are storing the rain water that is coming from off the roof and out the gutter in one of our rain barrels It is supposed to be much better than hose water for the plants

DIY Raised Garden [part 2]

We went ahead and planted some veggies the other day. We planted cherry tomatoes, "Mr. Stripey" heirloom tomatoes, giant marconi peppers, bell peppers, Jalapeños, banana peppers , and also cilantro, sage, basil and thyme.
These were already started plants. We also picked out a bunch of plants that we can start from seeds that we are thinking about planting soon. Hopefully its not too late!

diy raised garden, diy, gardening, raised garden beds, woodworking projects, Cutting 10ft cedar 4x4s into the smaller pieces

DIY Raised Garden

Started a raised garden this past weekend. It is 4x6 feet and about 16 inches high at its lowest to highest point. It is built on a slanted yard; we intend to build a few more raised beds and level out the area and put some type of gravel or pathway around them. Also the rest of the soil and plants will be going in this upcoming weekend.

Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems
Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems