Stacked Pallet Garden For Increasing Produce In Small Spaces

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you love growing your own produce, but have limited space to do so? Well, with the help of a few pallets and a little creativity, you can increase the fruits and veggies that your garden grows without expanding the size of your garden. Here, you will learn how to do just that. To complete this project you will need: Pallets Pressure washer Landscaping fabric Staple gun and staples Utility knife Quality soil Seeds or seedlings Step 1: Clean the Pallets Use the pressure washer to thoroughly clean four pallets. You never know what the pallets have been used to transport, so it is important that you get the pallets as clean as possible to avoid contaminating your plants. Tip: Just to be sure that the pallets are chemical free, you can purchase brand-new pallets from a supplier like Colorado Industrial Wood Products.  Step 2: Line the Pallets Flip the pallet so that the side with the larger openings is upright. This will be the top of the pallet for this project. Roll out some of the landscaping fabric and use it to line the inside of the pallet to hold the soil in place. Do this to all four of the pallets. Step 3: Fill With Soil Starting with the pallet that will be at the bottom of the stacked garden, fill it with soil. You want the soil to be slightly overflowing so that as it settles in the pallet, it will have more than enough to keep the plants healthy. Position the next pallet on top of the bottom one and repeat the filling process. Do this until you have all four pallets filled with soil and stacked on top of each other. Step 4: Plant the Seeds or Seedlings Now that the garden box is built, it is time to plant the seeds or seedlings. Plant your vertically growing plants on the top of the box, like tomatoes and beans. Strawberries can be planted on the sides by cutting small holes in the landscaping fabric that is visible from the sides. The sides can also be used to grow fresh herbs for cooking. After the seeds are planted, give them a thorough watering and allow them to grow. Tend to the garden each day by watering the plants and removing the stray weed that may sprout. Note: Vertically growing plants may require a bit more support than they would if they were growing in the ground because the soil depth is not quite as deep. This means the plants won’t be able to root as deep, requiring garden cages to help them stay upright. This is an easy project that can be quite fruitful. Just gather...

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How To Edge Your Driveway With Paving Stones

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an asphalt driveway, you might want to add a little style to it by edging it with stone pavers. This is a great way to give it a little color and texture, and separate the driveway from your front yard. Here are instructions on edging the driveway with paving stones: Gather Your Supplies The first step to any home building or remodeling project is gathering up the supplies you will need. This list may include some items you already have available, so cross those out and pick up the remaining items at your local hardware store. For edging a driveway with paving stone, you will need a few items: Paving stones Paving base Chalk line Cut-off saw Sledgehammer Garden spade Chisel Broom Rubber mallet Mason’s trowel Concrete mix Tub Hoe Mark the Edge If you attempt to lay the pavers down on the edge of your driveway without marking it first, you risk them being uneven. This will be very obvious to see once the job is complete. To avoid this and be sure you have straight lines, you can use chalk to mark the area. Chalk line is very easy to use and only takes one quick snap of the fingers. Secure one end of the chalk line at the top of the driveway by using a nail, then bring the other end to the bottom of the driveway, securing that end. Be sure the string is straight and taut. Then go to the middle of the line and snap it. This will cause the line to make a marking at the edge of your driveway. Prepare the Trenches Instead of placing the paving stones directly on the driveway or your yard, they are going to be placed in small trenches. This ensures they remain in position. Use your garden space to create a small trench going around the edge of your driveway. Be sure the trench is following the line you made with the chalk. You want more than half of each paving stone to be beneath the surface of the driveway, so that is about how deep the trench should be. If you are setting your pavers in concrete, you need an additional inch or so to be dug. Mix the Concrete Concrete needs to be mixed if you plan to set the pavers in concrete. While this is optional, it is highly recommended because it allows the paving stones to sit in the trench without moving if they are stepped on or due to severe weather conditions. Follow the instructions on your bag of concrete, which usually involves mixing with water in a large tub. Once it is mixed, add the concrete...

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