If you've ever flown into or out of the Lindbergh terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during the summertime, you've probably noticed very large pots of (usually) petunias hanging from just about every lamp post bordering the entrance and exit routes. Every time I drive past them, I'm always struck by how thick the blooms are, as you can
Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost
We've shared a few great summer kids projects recently (hot rocks, water walls, and tents - oh my!), but this one might be my favorite! If you have $10 and a little bit of time, a DIY waterfall sprinkler should be at the top of your list.
For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer! Here's a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).
I grew up in a house that had a leach field. Invariably, once every winter the pipe near the exit to the field would freeze. For fives days or so, until the pipe could be cleared, we lived with running water but no where for it to go after we were done with it. Think about that for a second--but only for second because it might make you throw up a little bit in your mouth. Recently, Jeff Yeager
Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you'll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can't beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Here's all you'll need to get started:
Condensation...it's everyone's first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.
So, what's a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.
From DIYNetwork: "No matter what kind of air conditioner you have, whole house or window box, it...
This June, Treehugger has been devoting a great deal of research and articles to issues of fresh water. To kick off the feature, they've collected some tremendous resources to conserve, cut back, and reuse on a daily basis. Check out a few links below, and click here for the full article.
How to Go Green: Water
Conserve Water Outside
a few easy ways to conserve.
Conserve Water Inside
Fancy, shipped-around-the-world, bottled water doesn't exactly love the environment, so normally we're fans of Britta round here. But there are exceptions... Behold the utter gorgeousness that is Christian Lacroix's limited edition bottle for Evian.
The lacy 'pret-a-porter' bottle looks even lovelier in person, and according to the man himself the delicate floral pattern depicts " The flowers of success... like snowy crystal garlands or frost frozen alpine flowers" (oooooh-kay). Blurb aside, they really are very pretty and when the water is gulched down I'll be
Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,
That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out the...
Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.
- Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
- Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
- Water your garden early
This Instructable got me thinking: in the era of resource-watching and water rationing, are automated sprinkler systems more responsible, as its organized and at the right time, or wasteful, as they can water when not necessary, etc? Are lawn sprinklers EVER okay anymore? Is is different for produce gardens?
Easy, convenient, and recycled. Why not make 'em by the dozens?
- One or two quart milk jug
- Planting foam
- Potting soil
1) Cut the milk jug in half, below the handle.
2) Press the top half of the jug into the foam, and then bend to break it off.
3)Place the top half in the bottom half, fill with soil, and polish up your green thumb.
For full instructions, visit Instructables.
Not surprisingly, the website Water Use it Wisely is all about water conservation. What is surprising is that it makes adopting a water management plan fun. You can simply click on the 100 water-saving tips page, or you might want to take a home water audit, then click on the monthly planner which offers a year full of conservation tips. Follow them all and by the end of 12 months, you'll be a water conservation expert. And just for the...
"Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers a beautiful solution to the soggy umbrella dilemma, and allows you to turn that excess, unwanted rain water into nourishment for a plant! It’s a simple ceramic umbrella jar with an ingenious twist - watershed from your soaked...
Curbly's featured some incredible fish tanks over the last year - here, here, and here - but one has to keep it sparkly to ensure its continued awesomeness. HowToCleanThings offers a natural way to keep your aquarium spotless. Just remember, as they say, "water+electricity = death". Siphon on!
Almost a year ago, I asked Curbliers for their favorite DIY Flavored water recipes. A few days ago, money-management blog Wise Bread offered eight recipes to give your water a little extra zing on the cheap.
1. Salt – Adds electrolytes per those fancy, sugared up sports drinks.
2. Ginger - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a "zing" to your water.
3. Citrus – Freeze citrus zest within ice cubes.
4. Herbs - Mint, lemongrass, and...
You're supposed to drink at least 64 oz of water a day. Charcoal filtration systems help make sure your hydration is clean and cold. Replacement filters for these systems cost anywhere from six to fifteen dollars, but can be refilled by hand for around fifty cents.
- Filtration catridge
- Activated carbon
- Polyethylene plug
- Xacto knife
- 1/2 drill bit and dril
Save money and save the planet with these tips from YahooGreen:
Reduce water use from showers and faucets
- No cost: Limit shower time to 5 minutes or less.
- Less than $10: Install an on/off valve between the shower arm and showerhead.
- $10-$50: Install a low-flow (less than 2 gallons per minute) showerhead.
- $20-$50: Insulate all accessible hot-water pipes, especially those within 3 feet of the water heater.
Toilets are the enemy...
What a building, what a view, and what a pool. Equally cool, the room in background has merely a chair.
Photo: Peter Aaron / Esto