Gardening

Dad came up with a pretty good idea for storing all the garden tools he had floating around in his garage. First he purchased a used (empty) 50 gallon barrel from a local food processor for around $16. the barrel’s top is permanently sealed, but it has two large threaded holes in it. He cleaned out the residue from the original contents (molassas) using hot water and some dish soap. Using a 2 1/8″ hole saw, he drilled 14 more holes into the top (in addition to the two holes already in it) giving the top of the barrel a total of 16 useable holes. By pouring four gallons of 1.5″- round river rock through the 18 holes he gives the barrel enough weight and stability so that it won’t tip over with the tools in it, but still be easy to move around the garage. The only thing I didn’t show in the video was that I would drill some small drainage holes in the bottom of the barrel if I was going to store it outside. (This is why you want to use round river rock as it will not compact (like crushed rock) and will allow water drainage through the rock.) As long as the holes in the bottom of the barrel are smaller than the round rock it would allow water to drain, but not let the rocks fall out the bottom. Dad’s storing his tools inside so no need to drill drainage holes.

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We won this Extreme Backyard Makeover in a radio contest with Shine FM. We filmed it over one day on July 9, 2010. The workers came in and worked for just over 10 hours. Watch an 8 minute time lapse of the day as you see our backyard before and after.

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Christine Farkas is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty here in Bellingham WA. Christine and her team of dedicated professionals are ready to help. Whether you are a first time homebuyer or selling your luxury home Christine has the experience and resources to assist you in reaching your goals. Christine is a proud US Veteran and served in the first Gulf War. She continues to serve vererans as a VA short sale specialist. If you would like information about real estate in Bellingham WA Call Christine at 360-393-0622 or email at ChrisFarkasKW@gmail.com

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Four Ds of Successful Gardening – as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. The four Ds of successful gardening. The first D is to “Detect.” That means, take off your rose colored glasses, put on your critical glasses like you were Sherlock Holmes, maybe bring your hand lens out, walk through your garden looking for everything that is wrong or that does not look right; the plant that is pale, is not growing, is got insect or caterpillar bites out of it, weeds that are growing. Take along a pad and paper too. Your not going to get fix all of these at one time but, go through it and look at it with a critical eye. So, your going to “Detect.” The second “D” is to “Diagnose” what is wrong, the next thing is “Diagnose”. So, lets say that you have got a plant that has got leaves that are all eaten and look raggedy and you do not know what to do. Your going to take a sample of that leaf, put it in a plastic bag and go to your local garden center. Ask for somebody who has worked there for a good long time. We all hire temporary help and young help and they just might give you the wrong answer, and see what they can tell you. Most of the time, they can tell you what it is, and what is wrong, and what you need to do about it. That is the third “D”, is to “Determine” what to do. So, first your going to “Detect” then, you are going to “Diagnose” what it is. If you cannot get it at your garden center, there is a wonderful organization in every state, and it is your agricultural extension office and they are called “Master Gardeners.” If you just Google in on your website Mastergardeners.org in your state or your county, their help is available for you and it is free. Your taxes pay for it. They have got layers and layers and layers of experts. So, if the person answering the phone cannot tell you what is wrong and they cannot tell by a sample you send in, there is somebody out there in the AG department that can help you get your problem solved. So, that is a really really good resource and it is a free one. Anyhow, so we have got the detect, we have got the diagnose and then we are going to determine what to do. So we have got this leaf that is all eaten up with big holes in it. So the local garden center is going to say either this is slugs and snails or they are going to say it is caterpillars or whatever is wrong and you are going to buy the product that is going to help you solve that particular problem. The fourth “D” is the most important “D” of all. Do not forget this. “Damn well do it soon!” That is the four “D” of successful gardening.

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How to create a beautiful hanging basket for outside your home. Using flowers and plants easily obtainable from your local florist.

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http://billweidacher.yourkwagent.com – Where do we begin to describe this one-owner home! Built on one of Manchester’s last country roads in 1989, this home has been treated well every year since then. Continously upgraded with 4 season porch,Front screened porch, huge master bedroom addition, Finished game room in basement,cedar closet, large detached garage/barn with oversized doors and oversized deck. Recently this home added a larg stone patio for backyard entertaining as well. All window replaced in 2009! Security/Surveillance system.

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Learn how to water your vegetable garden in this free online video guide to vegetable gardening. Expert: Scott Reil Contact: www.safelawns.org Bio: Scott Reil is an accredited nurseryman and longtime horticulturalist with over two decades of experience in the field. Scott is now working for www.safelawns.org. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

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The warmer weather is finally here! It’s time to get rid of a winter’s worth of dust and grime. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when we all want to be outside enjoying the fresh air. The last thing on our minds is cleaning or doing major work around the house. But the good news is that a back yard makeover doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time or money.
America’s Home Improvement expert, Lynda Lyday will provide viewers with a gamelan that will help everyone to be able to clean up quickly and efficiently, with plenty of time left over to stop and smell the newly budding roses.
Who is Lynda Lyday?
A Southern bred lady, she wasn’t allowed to be seen with a hammer. But she needed a day job when she moved to The Big Apple to pursue an acting career. She joined the Carpenters Union, launched a construction company, designed her own tool line, authored books and became carpenter/host for a number of television programs. Her wit and wisdom have kept her busy with appearances on CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC news stations.

If you are a news station and have access to Pathfire, this story is also available on Pathfire DMG. Click on binoculars, select advanced search, highlight DWJ Archive, and use keywords: Backyard Makeovers.

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