Instructables: exploring - workshop - reuse - featured Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:44:24 PDT BLOX v1.01 How To Reuse Zip-ties
How To Reuse Zip-ties - More DIY How To Projects]]> joshuao Many people who use zip ties a lot like to reuse them. This instructable shows a simple, easy way to reuse the zip ties. Step 1 Tighten the tie all the way so that there is a tiny loop at the end Step 2 Now use the tie like it is a normal zip tie. That's it!
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:07:14 PDT
Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)
Make Fork Bugs (Magnets) - More DIY How To Projects]]> M3G I recently came into the possession of a lot of forks. Like, 30 or so. I had no idea what to do with them, so I started looking around online. I found lots of cool sculptures and models of animals made out of recycled metal, so I figured I'd give that a shot. While I didn't end up making a giant scu...
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:59:05 PDT
Beautiful acetone lamp from reused materials.
Beautiful acetone lamp from reused materials. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Victor8o5 I must confess it, I have a weakness for lamps, basically I feel attracted to anything that emits light, I've made oil lamps, gas lamps, I've used LED's, neon bulbs,... I've tested many forms of creating light, but very few as beautiful as this one. In this instructable I'll show you how to create a...
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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:26:12 PDT
Cute Concrete Planter
Cute Concrete Planter - More DIY How To Projects]]> smori These cute concrete planters are an adorable addition to any home or garden! The molds are made of recyclable materials and concrete mix is very inexpensive to buy. You can switch up the plants in these planters to give these little guys a fresh new 'do. Gather Your Supplies To make the mold, you...
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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:25:04 PDT
Plastic Bag Lamp
Plastic Bag Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 Some of you may remember the plastic bag lampshade I made last year. This new lamp is very similar to that lampshade, and it's mostly an experiment I did to try a different structure that came up to my mind. I didn't like the paper mache structure I made for the previous one and I believe that this ...
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Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:32:11 PDT
Geometric Cardboard Lamp
Geometric Cardboard Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 One of the things you may notice from all of my projects is probably my love for cardboard and lamps :)My new creation mixes both these things, so working on it was really fun! I made some mistakes at first, and that made the work even longer, but they actually opened up my mind on new ideas that ca...
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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:28 PDT
DIY Stump Stool
DIY Stump Stool - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni Once when I was at my cousins for lunch I heard the sound of a chain saw. I looked out and found that the neighbors were clearing up the garden! I told the gardeners there that if they would chop me some logs I would pay them for it ;-) They agreed and I got myself some logs! This was my biggest log...
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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:09:48 PDT
Stop Sign Coffee Table
Stop Sign Coffee Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> seamster Here's a simple coffee table I made out of an old, ratty stop sign and some birch plywood.I was given a pile of old road signs a few years ago, which I have really enjoyed using for projects such as this one. If you're interested in getting some old, used road signs (ahem, legally) for a project li...
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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:43:58 PDT
DIY Can Light
DIY Can Light - More DIY How To Projects]]> MarkYu Here's a fun little DIY project that turns out very nice. This is also a very cheap project to do since it consists of household items. Read on to find out how to make this really neat lighting fixture! Materials Materials-Soup Can -Lid to fit the can-Drill-Drill bit (I found a 13/64 in. bit to w...
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Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:49:31 PDT
Recycling coffee grounds, a Cradle to cradle system Clotilde_Destrebecq Did you know that coffee grounds could be used in your compost? Coffee grounds are an excellent garden helper, they can be directly applied on the ground or used in compost.The grounds contain useful amounts of phosphorus, potassium, minor amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper and other trace miner...
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Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:39:15 PDT
Diapers Help Your Plants Grow!
Diapers Help Your Plants Grow! - More DIY How To Projects]]> The King of Random Wait .. Diapers?  How do those help your plants?  Trust me, it's probably not what you're thinking. Watch the Video! NOTE:  The results, depictions and claims portrayed in this video are based on the limited experiences I had to test ideas prior to production.  All information is belie...
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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:25:36 PDT
Wright Light -I made at TechShop (
Wright Light -I made at TechShop ( - More DIY How To Projects]]> jmngray01 This is my Wright Light Base (Named in honor of Frank Lloyd Wright since it has a similar style). I'm making it for our entry way indoors. You can create it out of cardboard or wood. I love to recycle, so I used all recyclable materials that were being thrown out or from leftover projects. I w...
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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:33:54 PDT
PC to Portable workstation/toolbox
PC to Portable workstation/toolbox - More DIY How To Projects]]> michaelgohjs Here is the back story for my project. (Ignore if you don't like boring "stories") So i acquired 3 Dell Optiplex GX400 (pretty obsolete) desktops, after stripping it down bare to salvage parts i din't know what to do with the cases. Initially I wanted to toss them out for recycling but i thought I m...
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Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:59:34 PDT
New trivet
New trivet - More DIY How To Projects]]> torx After a friend of mine gave me some pieces of hard dark red wood, IPE wood wood, I came up with the idea to build something that would enhance, through the contrast of colors, the beautiful dark red colour that is its hallmark. Since it is a hard and durable wood, I thought I'd make a trivet, in...
By: torx

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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:31:19 PST
mini circular bench saw from scrap [UPDATED]
mini circular bench saw from scrap [UPDATED] - More DIY How To Projects]]> andrea biffi Try to salvage little electric motors from scrap, because you can usually find a way to reuse them. I don't remember where this motor comes from, I've got it many years ago when I used to dismount everything I bumped into, anyway when I found it the other day I immediately pictured a small bench saw...
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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:41:53 PST
EASY Eco-friendly Garden Pots for free! Recycled, green, newspaper seed planting pots for spring!
EASY Eco-friendly Garden Pots for free! Recycled, green, newspaper seed planting pots for spring! - More DIY How To Projects]]> chopping block farm This easy instructable will show you how to turn that boring old paper filled with bad news and ads for crap you can't afford into seedling pots for your spring garden. Not only will you get to re-use your newspaper, but you won't have to buy any expensive plastic or peat pots from the store. Get re...
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Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:15:44 PST
rather strong hook
rather strong hook - More DIY How To Projects]]> foobear I'm still continuing my fascination with what can be done with plastic bottles and lately I have been experimenting with making a wall hook out of the handle of an Odwalla bottle. things you need A plastic bottle with an included handle, like an Odwalla bottle or vinegar bottle. Small soda bot...
By: foobear

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:47:30 PST
Rain Gutter Garden Planter Troughs
Rain Gutter Garden Planter Troughs - More DIY How To Projects]]> MossdaleMakerspace Here's a great way to repurpose those spare bits of rain gutter from that construction site down the street. These trough planters are a great addition to any garden. Here's how I made mine using only the left over materials from other projects. Collect Tools & Materials If you have a constructio...
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Fri, 8 Nov 2013 13:33:01 PST
vertical window planter
vertical window planter - More DIY How To Projects]]> foobear Everyone likes to put plants on their windowsill.  But why not take advantage of the light along the sides of the windows? here's one way Cast of characters inexpensive curtain tension rod $3-$5.  Get one that will fit inside your window's vertical height 2 extra inches or more 8-10 empty plasti...
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Tue, 5 Nov 2013 14:25:23 PST
Dowel Lamp
Dowel Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 I made this lamp "playing" with wooden dowels and I loved doing it. The shapes and geometries that you can create with things like dowels are infinite (or almost!) so it's always very fun for me to try and create new ones. Yet the part I love the most is putting the light in it to see the magic ligh...
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Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:09:08 PDT
DIY roller screen (cortina enrollable)
DIY roller screen (cortina enrollable) - More DIY How To Projects]]> rimar2000 Desde que hice construir mi taller en el fondo de mi casa, tengo un lugar bastante confortable para hacer mis cosas, pero últimamente, al aproximarse el verano, empezó a hacerse molesto el resplandor del sol que entra por la puerta al atardecer. No solo es molesto, sino que da de lleno sobre una par...
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Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:27:16 PDT
Make an Armchair out of a...Coffee Table!
Make an Armchair out of a...Coffee Table! - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 Some days ago I was visiting a local store when I noticed a beautiful octagonal chair that almost looked like a hand. A mix of this and this. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it (making it was not in the plans), but I thought it was really cool, I like original furniture that you don't see o...
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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:05:07 PDT
The second life of a bucket
The second life of a bucket - More DIY How To Projects]]> foobear or ~~~ What to do with some leftover mastic ~~~ or  ~~~ From Yuck to Yay ~~~ nota bene This is an experiment.  It remains to be seen how well this material will hold up to the weather outside.  I'm hoping that a good coat of exterior grade paint should be all the protection it needs.  I...
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Sun, 4 Aug 2013 16:04:04 PDT
DIY injection moulding to repair headphones *UPDATED*
DIY injection moulding to repair headphones *UPDATED* - More DIY How To Projects]]> kondzio29 BIG THANK YOU for everyone who voted on me in FIX IT contest. Thanks to your votes I won second prize. It was suprising to me because i've never won anything abroad (only locally) it means a lot for me that I won something. Again thank you. Follow me for more Instructables in the future ;) You won't...
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Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:28:37 PDT
Shipping pallet stool thomseal There are plenty of old shipping pallets floating around, which frequently become reappropriated in the form of tables and chairs. The wood used in shipping pallets is of low quality, but by cutting it up and laminating it back together, strength and new aesthetic can be achieved.  Tools/Materials:...
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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:49:01 PDT
DIY Prescription Safety Goggles! (plus a few extras)
DIY Prescription Safety Goggles! (plus a few extras) - More DIY How To Projects]]> KlockworkKevin As Someone with awful vision, I always have the problem of needing to have my glasses on to see what I'm working on, but then I either have to fuss with wearing safety goggles over my glasses or the lying to myself that my glasses work as safety goggles, which isn't true and even if they protect my ...
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Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:20:34 PDT
Revamped rocking chair with re-used insect screen ribbons. Dave A A few years a go we bought a nice old rocking chair at a flea-market. After scrubbing off a very old, thick and ugly layer of brown paint, sanding and adding felt to the legs it served it's duty in the living room. When we got some other chairs for the room the rocking chair moved outside to the ver...
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Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:40:17 PDT
Newspaper Planters
Newspaper Planters - More DIY How To Projects]]> AwesomeApothems Today, we're going to teach you how to be green while planting. While you'd normally have plastic planters or pots to throw away after you planted your flowers, using this idea, this will not be an issue. Not only will you be saving many plastic planters, but you will also be able to reuse many news...
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Mon, 3 Jun 2013 04:25:53 PDT
Bike rim chandelier
Bike rim chandelier - More DIY How To Projects]]> openproducts If you own a bicycle repair shop and would like to diversify your portfolio of services then lighting may be an opportunity to do good business: this reused bike rim LED chandelier can be produced at low cost and quite quickly. Material required:  - An old bike wheel (absolute minimum: a rim and s...
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Mon, 13 May 2013 16:14:59 PDT
Ultimate Weed Removal Tool
Ultimate Weed Removal Tool - More DIY How To Projects]]> brianadkison I was tired of crawling through the lawn on my hands and knees using a hand-held weeding tool because I DO NOT like using chemicals on the lawn with pets, kids, and wildlife also being on it.  I saw a similar tool at the BigBox store with a telescoping handle that would get me off the ground, but th...
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Sat, 11 May 2013 11:47:34 PDT
Turn your damaged toaster into an Outer Space Sculpture
Turn your damaged toaster into an Outer Space Sculpture - More DIY How To Projects]]> M.C. Langer You have a broken classic toaster. It doesn't work, but it's still so beautiful and you feel bad about throwing it to the garbage. What will you do? You can transform it into a cool sculpture! What about a metallic being from the Outer Space, with only one eye and glowing with red light, like some ...
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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:38:30 PDT
Spiral Lamp
Spiral Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 After a few weeks without any idea that I really liked, I am finally back with this spiral lamp!  I was in the middle of upholstering a chair in the basement, when I found a bag full of old wood dowels that my father didn't need anymore. I have never really worked with wood but I always wished I co...
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Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:32:03 PDT
Car headlight desk lamp
Car headlight desk lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> Mr.Hyde In this instructable I will try to explain how to make this retro classic: the car headlight desk lamp. And yes, the main lamp is really a headlight from an oldtimer :) First you have to find all of the parts; the headlight was found on a fleamarket and the base was extracted from an old desk lamp....
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Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:26:29 PDT
Old Camera Style Lamp made from scrap, Fullmetal Falkenberg Hello, here´s another Lamp i´ve made from scrap and carparts It got the look of an Vintage filmcamera wich i really like, because of the dirty broken glass with the engraving it looks much more used and original vintage. Thats not really an step by step instructable its very hard to find the same ...
By: Falkenberg

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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:39:51 PDT
Quick organizer (made with a discarded keyboard)
Quick organizer (made with a discarded keyboard) - More DIY How To Projects]]> M.C. Langer This is my second instructable of my artistic residence, born of the need of having an organizer for my tools and materials. So I took a discarded ergonomic keyboard, two plastic containers (found with the colander of my last instructable, on the back alley of a Chinesse restaurant. Again, don't ask...
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Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:28:53 PST
Cube Cardboard Lamp
Cube Cardboard Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> lindarose92 There is not much to say except that this lamp is COMPLETELY made with cardboard!  I hope I can make this instructable easy enough for all of you to try it. I needed a lot of patience to make this lamp but the results are worth it. I can't tell you enough how rewarding it is! :) Draw many littl...
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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:09:27 PST
MAKE YOUR OWN SEA-GLASS MULCH! NelsonStudios Ok so it isn't true seaglass but it is a decent approximation and one of the few ways you could get enough to really fill your garden.  All it takes is an old cement mixer, a huge source of scrap glass and understanding neighbors.
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Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:27:03 PST
Happy Wife-Happy Life! Easy to do Hight adjustable Shoe Shelf, Made from scaffolding Parts, with Polished Stainless Steel Rings on Top
Happy Wife-Happy Life! Easy to do Hight adjustable Shoe Shelf, Made from scaffolding Parts, with Polished Stainless Steel Rings on Top - More DIY How To Projects]]> Falkenberg Hello, here I show you how you can esayly bould an nice Hight adjustable Shoe shelf. You only need 2 Boards and 4 Scaffold Pedestals ( with 2 nuts each). I do some medalrings on Top of the boards for a better look, but thats not rely neccessary. So follow the steps and have wile working. Bluepr...
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Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:16:41 PST
SS Muffler tip
SS Muffler tip - More DIY How To Projects]]> paintphone In this Instructable the makeing of a stainless steel muffler tip made from a recycled water canister/thermos Deciding on placment The appearance of an aftermarket muffler tip that will not rust and costs you under 3 dollars. You have 2 options when you make this muffler tip, the opening of the ...
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Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:08:00 PST
Child's Desk from an Old Kitchen Cabinet
Child's Desk from an Old Kitchen Cabinet - More DIY How To Projects]]> jerbtown In this project, I am making a small desk for my daughter. She tends to be very rough on furniture, so I want a solution that will be inexpensive but will also last a while. Luckily, up in the attic, there are a number of old kitchen cabinets as pictured below. If I squint my eyes a little, and ...
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Sun, 8 Oct 2006 14:53:01 PDT
LED Flashlight Conversion
LED Flashlight Conversion - More DIY How To Projects]]> ProfMuggs As hurricane Sandy was nearing the New York area, I gathered up all of our flashlights including the cheap giveaway ones like this Mets flashlight.  I made sure they all had batteries, but one flashlight had a bad bulb even though I had plenty of C batteries to use in it. I thought of a way to make ...
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Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:51:45 PST
♻ PLASTIC BOTTLE RAIN GAUGE ♻ - More DIY How To Projects]]> marcellahella This is a simple rain gauge made from a plastic bottle. My father tought me how to do it. We always use it for deciding if and when we should water our fruit trees. (keep in mind that on a hot summer day 4 or 5 mm of water a day evaporated from the ground, so if it rained 50 mm, you don't need to wa...
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Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:34:07 PST
Sustainable Urban Food Production System
Sustainable Urban Food Production System - More DIY How To Projects]]> zac beal "Reclaim the curb, Grow some erb!" During my final year of Industrial Design at RMIT I focused on creating sustainable systems for growing food which might restructure our urban environments to incorporate food production into the heart of the city. I have created a connecting device which encoura...
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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:37:58 PDT
Pallet Benches Technohippy we wanted some benches for the dining room, so naturally I decided to make some out of some pallets, found one in the garden and a few measurements later figured I would be able to get exactly two benches out of it with no leftovers. The completed benches were finished with a good sanding and some t...
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Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:48:39 PDT
Recycled Tire Coffee Table
Recycled Tire Coffee Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> bigern00 Repurposing my used truck tire into furniture was a great way to put a durable, used item to work for another lifetime. We haven't had a coffee table for a couple of years.  My need for one and my desire to build one met up one day while I was surfing the Internet.  I read a blurp about someone who...
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Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:45:15 PDT
Flat Rate Movie Shelf
Flat Rate Movie Shelf - More DIY How To Projects]]> shadfurman I recently moved across the country and all my stuff didn't fit in the UBox I rented. I ended up shipping about $500 worth of flat rate boxes to get all the rest of my stuff from Oregon to Massachusetts. I Goodwilled a large portion of my furniture and I'm here without shelves for my movies but a bu...
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Sun, 9 Sep 2012 11:09:24 PDT
Improve your work bench in about 4 seconds immrroboto This is so simple I wasn't going to put it up, but decided to after marveling at how I didn't think of it sooner. If you're anything like me, you prefer to keep your screwdrivers magnetized and are sick of getting up and running to the fridge to "recharge" them (Also, you're too cheap to go buy a m...
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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:59:36 PDT
Makedo Hanging Herb Garden
Makedo Hanging Herb Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> makedo-able Take your creative reuse beyond the play room and into the garden with this quick and easy hanging planter box. We’ve used yogurt containers, some packing strap and Makedo parts available from Find Source yogurt containers or other weather proof materials from around your home. You ...
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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:29:49 PDT
The Bits Bug
The Bits Bug - More DIY How To Projects]]> Hack42Moem This is a cute little buggy buddy for any maker or crafty person. His magnetic back will helpfully hold screws, nails, paperclips, needles or safety pins while you tinker. Inside, you can store that incredibly small but also incredibly important part that would otherwise get lost in the process. He...
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Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:42:49 PDT
Vermiponic Garden
Vermiponic Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> liquidhandwash If you read this your probably thinking WTF is a Vermiponic Garden.  Basicly  is a cross between a traditional soil garden and Hydroponics. I'm not a fan of Hydroponics as some food tastes "not right" . Buying chemical nutrient and having to disinfect the system does not appeal to me. Also some crop...
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Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:14:39 PDT