Monthly Archives: July 2015

How To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

July 24, 2015

Hot To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

If gardening is your suit then you will want to built one of these strawberry gardens built into a tower. Whats even better is it even has a reservoir for water storage.

Materials and Tools Required:
– 5 gallon plastic pots: They will be around 11″ diameter by 13″ height. Try to find sturdy ones with drain holes on the very bottom. If you happen to find some pots with drain holes are on the side, just punch a few holes on the bottom. You could even use a bucket as well.
– Get out you Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw and a drill
– Also grab yourself a 1 liter plastic water bottle, and a very sharp tool that you can use to punch holes. Remember only the top pot will actually need a reservoir. Make sure that your bottle is about the same height as the pot.
– Get your best potting soil, and make sure you add 1/3 of worm castings and compost. And don’t forget your strawberry seedlings.

Instructions:
1. Draw yourself out 12 equally spaced holes within the side of each of the pots, and take your drill and drill the holes with the Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw attached to a drill.
2. Start to prepare your reservoir by cutting the bottom of the water bottle first, and then poke some small holes on the bottle cap and on the sides all the way to the top. Make sure you leave the cap screwed on firmly. As you know this will allow the water to slowly seep through all the holes slowly.
3. Put your reservoir in the middle of a pot, once again, and remember only the top pot in a stack needs a reservoir.
4. Slowly add soil and strawberry seedlings. Make sure you add yourself a layer of rocks or pebbles at the top of the pot so that this holds the soil in when we water. If you notice the soil washing away add another layer of rocks and pebbles or even sand to keep the soil in place.
5. Repeat the same steps with the lower pots, and make sure you leave out the top bottle reservoir that you built and the rocks. You can start to stack your strawberry tower together now.
6. If you want to be able to move your tower in your garden then you will not need a center pole through the middle of the posts for stability. But feel free to add one if you are not planning on moving it. You can also divide this tall tower into shorter ones if you like.
7. Make sure for the first week that you leave the tower in shade and you water it a lot so that the plants are able to recover from when you moved them.
8. Also you need to make sure you water with good old compost tea every couple of weeks in order to keep the strawberry plant growing.
9. You are done enjoy! Perfect addition to your garden.

How To Install Windows Properly To Stop Water

July 24, 2015

How To Properly Install a Window

I have always found that windows do a lot for a home. They help let in air and light into your home. They add a tonne of visual character to the outside of your home. But there are downsides if they are not installed properly. Water can find its way into your home and also cold air in the winter if not sealed properly. This can also cause some rotting to happen around the window over time. So lets go through the steps to properly install a window.

First of all lets look at Windows frame and rough opening as the following diagram displays.

How To Properly Install a Window - Windows frame and rough opening

Instructions To Protect Against Water Infiltration:

1. Measure your rough opening from all angles (Top, Bottom, and Middle)
2. If you notice that there is a opening larger than the difference between all three widths or notice one of your measurements height measurement of the opening is more than 1 inch you will need to cut some tapered filler strips from you stock of studs and nail them to the sides that are not level.
3. The outside dimension of the window should only be about 1 half an inch shorter and 3 quarters of an inch narrower than your smallest width/height measurements.
4. If they are not then you will need to order a new window to fit these dimensions or you will need to re-frame your window again.
5. Now its time to keep the water out by cutting your self-adhering water proof membrane or builder’s felt.
6. You will only need about 6-inch wide strip of the self-adhering water proof membrane or about 9 to 12 inch wide strip of about a 15 pound builder’s felt give or take.

How To Properly Install a Window - Steps

7. Make sure it is about 18 to around 24 inches longer than the whole windows width
8. Also make sure that the top edge of the membrane/felt does not go above the edge of the opening otherwise you will have problems.
9. Along each side of the opening cut yourself 2 more strips of membrane or felt about 1 foot longer than the entire opening height.
10. Make sure they are center and hook them up along each side of the opening of the window and also make sure they are completely overlapping the strip under the window.
11. Along the top cut yourself another strip of membrane or felt 1 foot longer than your window width
12. Make sure it is center and attach it across the top of the rough opening and also make sure it overlapped the 2 side strips.
13. Make sure your seams never face upward at all to prevent water from getting in.
14. Now you can start going through the steps of installing your window without having to worry about water

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

July 24, 2015

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

Question:


What should I plant to get a very low-maintenance screen of evergreen trees for privacy as well as a sound barrier?

Answer:


There are quite a few choices of evergreen trees to choose from but I would sick to Arborvitae as they have a huge range of growing conditions from Zone 2 (Very cold areas up north) to Zone 6 and 7 which means full sun. Also you do not have to worry about pruning the tree on a regular basis to keep its shape on the top as well as bottom.

If you would like to get some privacy from your neighbours, roads or buildings right away what I suggest you do is start with some quite mature shrubs or trees so around 6 feet in height some green foliage and make sure they have moist roll balls. Once the specimens hit their full maturity they will be around 15 feet tall which is the perfect height for privacy. Make sure when you plant them you keep them just fall enough apart that they do not grow into one another which can stunt their growth quite a bit.

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier Steps

Instructions:


1. Draw out your lines with spray paint on your dirt and make sure the holes for the trees are about 2 to 3 times the size of the root ball
2. Again make sure the trees are spaced out enough so they will not grow into one another.
3. As you dig your dirt out to keep things clean use a tarp to transfer the soil with a spade shovel preferably.
4. Lay the whole tree down on its side in order to take the root out of the tub
5. Stand the tree up up gently with it root ball in the trench. If your tree just happens to have burlap just roll it into the trench and then cut off the fabric
6. Make sure you turn your trees best side to your yard as this is what you will be looking at
7. Start to measure the placement of your trees from root to root to make sure you have enough room between each tree
8. Get our your cultivator and start carefully scrapping across the top, sides and bottom of each of your root balls to start to expose the tiny roots that will allow them to absorb fertilizer and water.
9. Get out your wheelbarrow and mix together 2 parts excavated soil or top soil and 1 part compost then use this mixture to back fill your trench back up to grade again.
10. Make sure you form a pretty deep soil dam around each tree and make sure it is wider than the diameter that the root ball was.
11. Fill all of you deep dams around the trees with water and make sure you wait until it is absorbed and then repeat.
12. Once all absorbed rake away the dam that you formed and add your 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch but make sure you keep the mulch away from trunk to prevent any type of rotting
13. Through out the first growing season make sure you water your trees once a week at a minimum of course unless it rains then you can skip a week.
14. Pay close attention to your soil around your trees and if it is kind of sandy and there is no rain for 2 weeks water or if you soil has a lot of clay water it every 4 weeks.