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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Internet Tools: How to Build an Arbor0

Arbors are a great way to add a level of sophistication to any household exterior.  A decorative arbor allows for vines, hanging plants, unique lighting schemes, and other festive arrangements that simply would not be available otherwise. But how do you build one? 

Remote Controlled Drink Float0

Have you ever been floating around in your pool, sipping on a nice cocktail, enjoying the calm flow of the water—and then noticed that your cocktail is empty? If you’re lucky,  somebody out of the water will be available to refresh your beverage, thus allowing you to continue your soothing float uninterrupted.  But sometimes that luck just [...]

Backyard Pests0

Sometimes it’s tough to enjoy your own backyard amidst the wildlife that wanders into it. This includes everything from slugs and beetles to your neighbor’s exuberant mutt.

Cool Houses: Werner Sobek0

If I happened to be driving along the coast and saw the object in the picture above, I would swear that an alien invasion had begun.  I’d be wrong, of course . . .

Tool Tip: Step On It Dustpan0

  My wife gave me a hard time about this one. And I’ll admit, it seems like a gimmick. But here’s the thing – after any messy job, I often find myself wishing the cleanup fairy would come along, so I just could go have a beer. She never does. So, I’m on my own [...]

Great Landscape Shrub0

: Pieris japonica (pronounced Pie-air-iss juh-pon-i-kuh) Pieris japonica (also known as Japanese Pieris, Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub, or Andromeda) is a compact, evergreen shrub with much appeal as a landscape plant. It’s versatile and works well in the shrub border, as a foundation plant, or massed in the woodland garden. Its attractive leaves emerge bronze or red, [...]

Quirky Switch0

The Quirky Switch may very well be the ultimate multi-tool.    Before I get into how to use it, I feel it necessary to list all of the attachments offered in this little gadget: Standard Knife Pliers Scissors Nail File Tweezers Thin Flathead Screwdriver Phillips-Head Screwdriver Eyeglass Phillips-Head Screwdriver Eyeglass Flathead Screwdriver Wood Saw Serrated [...]

Life on the Compost Heap0

We’ve been composting vegetative kitchen scraps all winter long. And as a result we’ve got a great start on the next batch of compost. Here’s how our system works.

Building Efficiency: Insulation0

I know next to nothing about insulation. Except that our old house doesn’t have enough of it. But I work with a colleague who recently taught me a little bit about the different kinds of insulation and, most importantly, what a difference proper installation of insulation can make. He used phrases like “nice face stapling”, [...]

Mobile Garden Stool0

As many of you know, I love working in my herb garden.  And many of you also know that I try to find the easiest way to accomplish tasks without suffering horrible consequences.  The Garden Hopper Mobile Garden Stool has my name written all over it!

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