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Japanese Water Fountain

In Japanese, <i>shishi odoshi</i> means “deer scarer.” These water fountains slowly fill with water and then suddenly tip. The resulting noise when the fountain falls back will scare away any critters eating in your garden. Many Zen gardens have also used these fountains as a meditation aid.<p>Now you can …

Woodworking

More Homemade Insect Repellent Ideas

<b>It’s finally spring!</b> We have our plants started, gardens in, and the kids are itching to get outside. But what about the bugs? While they are a fact …

How to Make Scrap Fabric Twine

Whenever I work on a sewing or quilting project, I always end up with leftover bits and pieces of fabric that I simply can’t bear to throw away. (I mean, it might be useful someday!) As a result, I have almost as much scrap fabric in my stash as actual useful yardage. And, it would seem that I’m …

Space-Age Gardening: Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Aeroponics

As we mulch the cutting edge of DIY, what’s the latest in gardening technology? From growing fish to using air instead of soil, here’s a quick guide to three forms of farming science ripe for maker revolution.<p><b>Aquaponics: Leaves + Fish</b><p>Aquaponics grows both fish and plants, utilizing the waste from …

Forcing Bulbs Indoors For Winter Blooms: How-To & Tips

Imagine the dreary months of January and February…dull, bleak, windy…brrrr.<p>Here’s a lovely way to add a touch of Spring inside the home: Prepare …

Plants