Contest ideas

I cant think of a idea for the garden contest, or pocket sized, whats something you guys would like to see?

Posted by beyondimagination 9 years ago


https://thinmac.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/image.jpg

Https://thinmac.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/image.jpg  This may be a project for me soon. Steel, tho. Not plastic.

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Bottle garden

Design*sponge has a cool and beautifully shot tutorial on how to make your own bottle garden. Cut up some bottles and create a wicking system and you have some pretty objects to put in the windowsill. Nice. we like it wild: bottle gardens

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Deer eating garden

My wife and I have been invaded by deer. We are trying to keep the garden safe and were wondering if anyone has any ideas for a repellant that can be made at home. Any ideas are welcome.  

Posted by RedStarSmilingFoxCreekRanch 3 years ago


Coming Soon: Garden Contest - UPDATE

It's spring! That means that it's time to be excited about doing some gardening and helping plants grow grow grow. To help get you in the spirit we're going to be having a Garden Contest coming soon. We don't have any further details about prizes and dates and such just yet, but it's not too far off in the future. So if you have any garden Instructables you've been thinking about publishing, hold off until the contest begins. UPDATE Garden Contest will begin this Wednesday. Prizes include some sweet and handy tools for the garden including a camera that helps you make timelapse movies of your plants growing!

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Help Making Papercrete Garden

Hello, I was thinking about ripping out all the rotted wood in my backyard garden and replacing it with basically a waist high garden area to grow herbs and I stumbled upon papercrete one day. I've never used papercrete let alone concrete in general. I was just wondering if I could get some general help on where to start. I'd like to make this out of papercrete block and papercrete mortar if all possible but I don't know what amount of newspaper, water, and portland concrete I need... or even how to make molds. -Jimmy

Posted by rexdino5 5 years ago


WANTED: tabacoo seeds

Iv always wanted to grow some and i will PAY

Posted by lil jon168 9 years ago


1 inch glass rods

I have 8 glass rods, 1 inch diameter and 4 to 6 feet long.  Believe it or not, they were rods in the master closet of a 60's house we purchased 10 years ago.  I still can't think of anything to do with them, but would love to make some kind of garden installation.  We are VERY skilled.  Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Posted by charlottenc 7 years ago


Yeast fermentation for composting solution?

I threw some hay off my lawn and some green weecds into a garbage can, some sugar and yeast and formented it to slug beer but the slugs did not like it. It then fermented further to vinegar, and a crust of green "Mold?" covered it. seems to have protected the vinegar from further fermentation. I tried a second bigger batch ( morning glory weeds) with less sugar but after a few days of good fermenting it went rotten and stinky. So there are probably thresholds for sugar content. Would the yeast be a way of adding fertilizer to organic gardens? Yeast can (I think) convert urea and nitrate to protein. Perhaps some green stuff has enough sugar to work without sugar addition. vine prunings? maybe. The first batch, i put bleach in to kill off microbes before I added water and yeast. Perhaps hydrated lime would work instead of bleach and also get the ph good for yeast fermentation. This might be a cheap way of liming your garden. (Here in victoria, hydrated type s lime is cheaper than limestone for garden addition. (But it contains more calcium!) The "yeast tea" or vinegar tea could be used on the garden and the weeds could then be transfered to normal compost or used as mulch. It might be an alternative way of using diseased materials of composting seedy weeds to kill the seeds. Brian

Posted by gaiatechnician 9 years ago


Bacon Tab Redirecting to Gardening

HUEHUEHUE, didn't know that you could plant bacon.

Posted by Misac-kun 4 years ago


How do I level out the garden?

Hello, could someone please tell me how I would go about levelling out my garden or particular blocks of it? Thank you in advance.

Posted by ShaunHill 9 years ago


ReadyMade Garden Challenge

Our friends at ReadyMade are holding their second annual Garden Challenge. If you're into gardening, reuse, or reclaiming space on a small budget (sound like anyone here?), this should be right up your alley.Here's the info:ReadyMade is looking for contenders for its Second Annual Garden Challenge. Winners will have their outdoor space published next spring and will vie for yet-to-be-determined-but-amazing prizes.Here are the parameters:1. ReadyMade gives you $3002. You take that loot and transform your outdoor space (whether it be an actual garden, a stoop, a rooftop, or even a window box) in an innovative way. The transformation can include any of the following: creative landscaping, outdoor furniture/firepits/fountains, edible gardens, and so forth.Bonus points go to those who incorporate:-native plants-water catchments or grey water systems-food farming-salvage/reused objects3. You send in photos of your work by Sept 1. Our panel of judges selects winners, then we send out a photographer to shoot the garden by end of September.To submit ideas, take a "before" shot of the garden/stoop/roof/sill you plan to redo, and draw up a sketch or list of projects/plantings you plan to implement and email the lot by August 1st, 2008 to: shana (at) readymademag.com. You'll then have one month to perform your magic.Attached is an example of a winning entry from our first garden challenge. Derek's submission of backyard camping projects was so good, we hired him.Many thanks,The ReadyMakers

Posted by canida 10 years ago


This device is the opposite of environmentally friendly.

This machine burns energy year round. Is there or is there not another way to compost without a plug?

Posted by A good name 9 years ago


Update to my Instructable : Constructing A Small Fish Pond In The Garden

My Instructable Constructing A Small Fish Pond In The Garden, received some negative comments from couple of members. I reproduce a part of comment here from one of the honorable member : Quote " I do not recommend that anyone follow these instructions for a fish pond. There are major problems here. If you want to build a water feature in your yard, this may be passible, but this is not sufficient for a fish pond. " Unquote My small fish pond without any aeration and filtration is still thriving. My heartfelt thanks for the support provided by finton. I have posted an earlier update after three months and again a new update exactly after five months today (27 Jan 2014)... My water plants have flowered, my fishes are healthy and pond liner I used is in perfect condition... cheers

Posted by antoniraj 4 years ago


Grow 100 lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet

Learn how to grow 100 lbs. of potatoes* in a tiny plot with some lumber, potato seeds, and some careful watering. When I move into a new place where I can finally put my garden this is one idea I'd love to try out and see if it works.And then I will be the Spud King of my neighborhood, giving potatoes to all the kids for Halloween because that's a lot more than I normally eat. Link via Lifehacker*45 kg in .37 square meters for everyone else

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Logistical Concerns: Building a Garden on my Apartment Patio

Edit/Update: I AM BACK (for those of you that know me, which is no one, :( womp) and I have decided to do this. I have moved apartments and am now on a nice first floor apartment with a large patio. I am planning things out and going to do some math this week. I am just curious, is there anything like this out there? I know I've seen those hanging gardens where the water trickles down? That is only good enough to grow herbs/small plants etc. Anything else? Thanks for your time everyone. I found this website today, and I have to say that I am glad I did! I've literally spent hours scouring the guides and have this idea in mind. Even through the questions I pose here, I must always keep in mind, "Will it work?" So please keep that question in mind as well. I have a space on my apartment patio that is fairly large (I will get exact measurements at a later time). I will need an elevated garden (with a trough w/reservoir below to capture the water, I live on the second floor and I can't let it run down below). Considering I eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, I'm also thinking of a compost tumbler. First question, can I put almost anything in a compost tumbler that will break down, like fruits, vegetables, grass, leaves, et cetera,? Or does food waste and yard waste need to be separate? I live in Southern California, so my patio gets about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight. I've also been reading that compost bins need some humidity as well. I was thinking of using the reservoir under the garden to put in the compost tumbler from time to time? Would this be effective/necessary? Slugs might not be a problem because I'm on the second floor, but I'm thinking of keeping and Aloe plant out there and use the Aloe spray I saw in a guide. We do have squirrels, but are they attracted to Tomatoes, Cabbage, Basil, et cetera? If so, I will need to build some sort of cage that will keep them out. Is this practical, necessary, and ultimately effective? Thanks for your time ladies and gentlemen. If I do end up going through with this I will record the whole thing and put a guide up!

Posted by Neddaf 8 years ago


Bird scarer - with noise

I'm looking for any ways of building a repurposed material bird scarer. Not a visual scare (scarecrow, CDs/foil, silhouette) but something that makes a bit of noise. I know a keen allotment owner who has purchased an air gun to shot into the air and scare parakeets ! He would hate to actually hurt a bird - and I feel there has to be a better way. Rattles - tape recorders that can be set outside, wind powered stuff ? Anything that might stop my friend eventually hurting himself (I'm also concerned about the effect air gun pellets could have on the soil). Thanks for any suggestions. Victoria J

Posted by Victoria J 10 years ago


rotating gardens

Does anyone have a tutorial or know where I can get drawings for the ring-shaped garden that has been shown on Stargate: Universe? There is a website that sells them but the $2,000 asking price is ridiculous!!

Posted by javajunkie1976 7 years ago


Instructable not entered into contest, Garden Contest, as it is not open for entries.

When I try to submit a previously published 'ible I get this message "Instructable not entered into contest, Garden Contest, as it is not open for entries. Successfully published your Instructable" Help? Jonathan

Posted by macgeek 8 years ago


Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions

CNN discovers the growing Guerrilla Gardening movement, in a nice article by Lara Farrar:Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missionsStory Highlights# Guerrilla gardeners cultivate neglected land without asking for permission# Guerrillas meet for digs in night to make over derelict patches of dirt# Richard Reynolds says he has helped create 28 guerrilla gardens in London# Artist Liz Christy founded first guerrilla group in 1973 in New York CityOf course, here on Instructables, we've known about Guerrilla Gardening for quite a while. Check out the following cool projects:Moss bombsWater bottle sprinkler capHow to plant flowers on your sidewalkMoss GraffitiElectric seed hopper for remote gardeningThere's also the Reap what you Sow & Guerilla Gardening group...

Posted by Patrik 10 years ago


Evolved Gardening

I love having plants indoors and I'm always interested in new ways to grow and display things. A firm called Boskke is redesigning how we approach indoor container gardening.  "BOSKKE means ‘a small forest’ and that’s exactly what you can create with our intelligent eco-sensitive designs."  Boskke - Evolved Gardening Via: Readymade newsletter

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago


where to find used solar garden lights

There are a lot of solar instructables that bring down cost by telling people to just salvage broken solar garden lights. what i want to know is where do they find those busted solar garden lights

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago


LED Gardening

I heard somewhere that you can use LED lights to grow plants. is this a substitute for the sun? does it work well? (i know, dumb question =P )

Posted by gummyfun 7 years ago


Indoor Garden Ideas (or Night Gardening!)

Hello everyone! First off, I love gardening, but over the past few years I've become sensitive to light.  I am now unable to go out into the sun for longer than 30 minutes without some extremely strong sunscreen, and sunscreen only prevents my skin symptoms.  So my outdoor gardening days are: 1. Over  2. Limited to 30 Minute Sessions. I read the Ikea Aquascape Instructable, and I am currently growing some plants for my father's aquarium.  I also want to try the Garden Inside a Ball Instructable as soon as I find a ball to use. Are there any other indoor garden ideas that I can use? I have a pittie that loves to run around and knock things over with his tail, and a German Shepherd that we're watching while the owners continue to not claim him, and he is losing his eyesight so he tends to bump into things. There are a lot of great mini garden ideas, but a lot of them require counter space or tables that we can't provide at the moment. Or maybe some night gardening ideas?  Has anyone written an Instructable on gardening for people with vampirism, *cough*, polymorphous light eruption? I would really love some creative ideas.  Maybe a sturdy indoor window box?

Posted by kimmydesigns 7 years ago


Community Garden

Hello all, I was doing some work in the garden, weeding and harvesting some Veg when I had an idea. I thought "I wish my local community had a place where I could grow my own plants with everyone else that I know". Then I thought "Maybe I should set up 'my' own community garden!" It has since become my mission of the day (and hopefully the next few months or so) to try and figure out how to make this happen. But almost immediately I have run into many problems. I have managed to sort these problems into 4 sections: 1. Location 2. Price (renting or buying?) 3. Management 4.Resources (human AND natural) I think that time will not be too much of a problem, as the summer holidays are commencing soon which will bring me a great amount of free time. I know it's a big ask of you to think up any solutions/tactics that I can use for this project, but I know that it's been done before and documented as an 'Ible at least once. This is more of a question than a forum topic, so to bring the relevance levels to a happy medium I ask: What are your experiences of Community Gardens? What are your opinions of them? Thank you for your input,  -R-

Posted by roblin90 8 years ago


Colossal (to me, anyway) Compost Kerfuffle

[warning: contains some rant-like content]I am so angry that I can't see straight. My apartment building has a Community Garden, which is good. Our rules and guidelines which are especially emphatic about keeping the gardens all natural and organic, and chemical and pesticide-free. To this end, there is an "Approved Garden Products" list specifying the chemicals and fertilizers that may be used in the gardens. The list includes "Walt's" brand organic fertilizer, "Cedar Grove" compost, and six product made by Miracle-Gro.I had two 4' x 5' plots in the Community Gardens last year, which I heavily amended with the compost from my worm bins. I submitted a request to have an organic fertilizer mix that I have on hand added to the approved list, but the only response I received was another employee telling me: "I emailed Jane (not her real name) about it, and she emailed back to tell to you that Walt's is the best one to use." I should have followed up on this, but was too angry and aghast to speak to Jane about it immediately, and later never did get around to grasping that particular nettle.This year I'm doing just one 4' x 5' plot. I dug in some compost on Sunday, and on Tuesday I received the following letter (all names have been changed for internet purposes):Dear Ms. Gorfram,I wanted to follow up with you regarding an email I received about "homemade" compost that you may be using in your garden.The garden agreement has specific items that can be used in the garden, unless you are using a combination of those ingredients, your "homemade" compost hasn't been approved yet. If you would like to submit the ingredients of your compost for review we can take a look at it and try to get it on the list as well. In the mean time please use only the Cedar Grove compost or any other product on the approved list.We appreciate you help in this matter.Sincerely,Jane Doe,Property Manager(Spelling and punctuation very much hers, very much verbatim)She insulted my compost. She accused me of violating the gardening agreement. She is demanding that I list every last darned thing that I ever put into my compost and submit it to her for approval. She appears to be confusing my compost with the fertilizer that I asked to have added to the approved list. She either does not necessarily believe that I do make my own compost, or she is misusing quotation marks to indicate emphasis. ...She insulted my compost!Not wanting to alienate the manager of my apartment building by telling her that she is a slavering ignoramus who does not know the difference between compost and fertilizer, I responded with the following:In re: your letter of June 9, 2009Dear Ms. Doe,Perhaps there is some misunderstanding about my use of soil amendments in my Community Garden plot.The compost that I use in my garden plot contains no chemicals or pesticides. It is made entirely from vegetable waste from my kitchen and garden, to which I add water and locally native earthworms. It is my understanding that this sort of bulk organic matter does not need to be reviewed for the Approved Garden Products list. In answer to a related question asked at the July 15, 2008, Community Gardener's Meeting, John Galt (n.b. Jane Doe's boss) said, "As long as it doesn't contain pesticides or chemicals, you don't need to tell us about it."The email your letter refers to may have been in regard to my August, 2008 request to have "Dr. Earth Organic 7" fertilizer added to the Approved Gardening Products list. For your convenience, I have attached a new copy of the information about "Dr. Earth Organic 7" and its ingredients that I submitted with my request. I look forward to receiving approval of "Dr. Earth Organic 7" for use in the Community Gardens, or a statement of your reasons for denying this request, soon.Thank you,Evelyn Q. GorframAm I nuts? Should I be this mad? Should I tell her to take her 20 square feet of soil and suggest where she might put them? Should I demand that we duel at dawn unless she publicly retracts her dread insults to my compost?

Posted by Gorfram 9 years ago


Replacement solar light kit?

I have a decorative garden light I am very fond of, but the solar charger/led light  is no longer working.  We tried switching out the batteries with new solar rechargeables but that didn't help.  I'm game for replacing the whole thing, charger, light, sensor and all, but haven't been able to find replacement kits anywhere.  The current unit uses one small solar panel about 3 x 4 inches and two AA batteries with one LED.  Clearly I'm not searching for the right words. TIA

Posted by ourmoneypit 7 years ago


how to grow tabacco?

Iv been looking around on ilbs and i noticed thats theirs not an instructable on growing tabacoo and i was thinking maby some one might be nice and make one

Posted by lil jon168 9 years ago


Non-solar, non-mains power in the garden?

Looking for advice on low-tech ways of solving a prob, hope someone can help. I really want to create a very small waterfall in my mini-garden, maybe 6” at the most.  I can’t use solar power, as my tiny garden only gets about an hour or so of direct sun around noon (I found out that less then direct sun doesn‘t work; I have a floor-standing 4-bowl cascade that stops the instant a shred of cloud gets in the way). I can’t have mains electricity outside, partly because most of the area is paved and I can’t get the cables safely out of the way; I could get cable around the wall, but it’d have to go round three walls to get it where I need it, and I’m not sure about having the cable overhead. I’ve been searching for some time for some kind of power-pack that I could charge up on the mains, then plug into the feature; I don’t think household batteries would run for very long, I was thinking of something with a bit more punch. Either they don’t make anything like this, or I’ve not yet been able to find the right keywords to track it down; I get untold pages of “solar power” options.  So, basically, people, I’m asking: is there such a thing, or anything that would solve my prob?  I’d have to buy a tiny pump and all the rest of the stuff, but if I can’t power it, what’s the point? Some background: I’m visually impaired, so intricate work is out of the question; I’m not so much low-tech as no-tech; my only power tool is a small cordless drill/screwdriver;  I’m not confident about messing with electricity I live in rented accommodation so I can’t do too much to the structure (ie get the paving lifted and cables put under them, or even running round the walls)

Posted by HelenaTroy 6 years ago


Computers Used to Heat Conservatory

Waste Heat to Be Used by Conservatory ------------------------- Heat generated by the Univ. of Notre Dame’s high-performance computing department is being used to heat a local greenhouse. The department has placed a containerized data center next to the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories and Potawatomi Greenhouse in South Bend, Ind. The waste heat generated by working servers is piped into the greenhouse where it is used to keep succulents and other desert plants warm. CleanTechnica.com reports the university is expected to lower its equipment cooling costs by $100,000. The city will save $70,000 it spends to heat the conservatory. The use of the waste heat is part of the Botanical Society of South Bend’s plan to help make the greenhouses self-sufficient due to budget cuts. ------------------------------ Pretty smart. Picture is of my "brain cactus".  

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Instructable on Making a Irish Style Hedgerow

I couldn't figure out if this should be in Outdoors, Burning Questions or Green. Since I'm looking for an ible on this, Burning Questions it is! I was wondering if any of the members from Ireland or the UK could share any knowledge of hedgerows. I've of course heard of them but never really thought much about it until I read an article from an American that moved to Ireland. His description was interesting to me and I started to look up how to make my own but the descriptions I found were simplistic and didn't do what I was reading about in the article. Maybe I didn't look in the right place? In any event, an Instructable on this would be great or if anyone could just share what they know on the subject I'd like to try my hand at making my own since I have an aging privacy fence that will probably only last me a few more years (if that)  and I'd like to start replacing it with a hedgerow. Thanks!

Posted by EmmettO 7 years ago


Get growing - the Gardening Contest starts Monday, 5/6!

Green-thumbs unite! Instructables.com is happy to announce that we're hosting a Gardening Contest! We are looking forward to seeing a a cornucopia of seeding-skills, planters, gardens, ANYTHING that has to do with cultivating plants! Enter the Gardening Contest to show us what the plants in your garden are up to this year. Are they sprouting in fancy planters made from railroad ties and unicorn horns? Will they be cultivated via Twitter? Have you discovered a way to creatively display what you propagate? Make them yield more fruits or veggies? Or have you hit upon a way to keep them alive with minimal effort on your part? Show us what you’ve done with your garden to win an AeroGarden, watering cans, trowels and more!

Posted by jessyratfink 5 years ago


growerbot, social gardening assistant

Howdy, I've built a follow-up to my garduino project that I'm really excited about. Called growerbot, it's a fully-automated, wifi-connected, open-source gardening assistant. Check it out on kickstarter, and please let me know any ideas to improve it! -Luke  lukeiseman.com

Posted by liseman 6 years ago


Free mulch delivery!

Free mulch delivery service: abouttrees.com

Posted by blkhawk 4 years ago


Main Featured Nav Broken Link (Gardening links to wrong page)

There appears to be an incorrect URL for the "Gardening" section of the top 33 featured channels. Windows 10, Chrome 49.0.2 (problem also occurs in Firefox and seems to be browser-independent) Steps to Reproduce: 1) Visit Instructables.com 2) Click "Explore" (next to the search box) 3) Click "featured" 4) Hover over "everything" 5) From "Top Channels" click "Gardening" (see "navigation" screenshot: http://imgur.com/nMcSTMV) Clicking the link will result in reaching this page: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-gardening/ However, that gardening page only has 3 entries and is listed under the "Workshop" category. It seems to be the incorrect result given that the list of top 33 channels is based on the total number of entries in a channel, and the gardening channel under the "Home" category has approximately 5,900 entries as opposed to 3 :) Thus, the correct URL for the "Gardening" link in the Top 33 navigation should be: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-home/channel-gardening/ The location where the link should be updated in the source is line 158 when viewing with the Chrome source viewer (see "source" screenshot: http://imgur.com/v1PMoNc)

Posted by jtsherri1 2 years ago


Visit My Vegetable Garden Blog While I Build a few Instructables

I just discovered Instructables. I am working on my first one called How to Grow Large Tomatoes in Containers. I am surprised there is no Gardening Forum (HINT). Anyway it is my passion and hobby. I hope to find other gardeners. Please visit me at The Rusted Vegetable Garden. I hope to bring a bunch of my blog to some simple step instructables. I like the use of pictures as a way to teach. I also started using videos and that is what the above Instructable will have. Thanks Gary

Posted by TheRustedGarden 6 years ago


Bicycle Flower Box, Vertical Planters, Raising Chickens

  Bicycle Flower Box Vertical Vegetable Planter Raising Chickens Japanese Torii Gate Make a Koi Pond Home Gardening Sustainable Raised Bed Garden Garden Rain Barrels Temperature Controlled Composter Birdhouses and Bird Feeders Three-Tiered Garden Fountain Build Your Own Earth-Filled Box Grow Organic Food on the Cheap Garden Hose Repair Tomatoes Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Green indoor gardening

I have had an interest in building a greenhouse like area with flouresent bulbs, automated water, and climate control. For the water i could hook up a hose on a timer to a bit of pvc but what is the best way to get proper climate control. What is the desired composition of a water? I guess the question is how do i get nutrient water and proper vitamins straight to a plant?

Posted by Mikethebuilder 9 years ago


Shaving Cream Hose Gag

Dose anyone now how to make a shaving cream thick quality soap foam, to squirt out a garden hose, for a practical joke? I want them to expect water & get a face full of thick foam. All I can think of is somehow to combined an air compressor, & container filled with soapy water.

Posted by elkaddalek 3 years ago



Sci-Fi Gardening

I read an article on Dave's Garden a year ago on plants with Star Trek names, and I just adore the idea of having a science fiction themed garden.  Looking through some more plants, I've come across even more plants that would fit within a sci-fi/outer space theme. Coleus: Darth Vader Saturn Saturn's Rings Solar Flare Solar Shadow Solar Sunrise Vulcan Daylily: Alien Alien Contact Alien Encounter Alien Escape Pod Alien Invader Alien Landing Alien Skin Alien's Eye Android Android Dreams Andromeda Asteroid Astral Voyager Beam Me Up Beam Me Up, Scotty Ben Kirk Big Dipper Black Hole Borg Technology Cloaking Device First Officer's Log Galaxy Quest Klatuu Barata Nictu Life on Bajor Notify Ground Crew Photon Torpedo Romulan Deflector Spock's Ears Vulcan Logic Hosta:   Captain Kirk Enterprise Foxfire X Philes (just for fun) Galaxy Galaxy Light Gamma Ray Kiwi Milky Way Little Dipper Lunar Eclipse Lunar Orbit Lunar Sea Outer Space Saturn Starship Striker Super Nova Venus Voyager Vulcan These lists are not complete.  I looked through 5,320 daylily names out of 38,449 on Dave's Garden and then filled in with some names from the article, and I'm sure there are more genuses with sci-fi plants.  The reason why there are so many hostas, daylilies, and coleuses is because they're relatively easy to hybridize and propagate.  I started looking through African violets, but half-way through I was pretty sure I wouldn't find any.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more in the Liliaceae family such as with tulips, but phew, that's a lot of plants. Looking through some of the names, it would be relatively easy to do a Lord of the Rings or fantasy-themed garden.  I even found hostas called "Dot Com" and "Website".  Hybridizers certainly get creative when it comes to names.  I think I'll send my brother-in-law a hosta called "Twisted Sister". The image is of a basket plant I have.  No neat name, but it looks kinda sci-fi in the picture.

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Wood bench sizes&diagram

Hi! I want to built a bench like the following: http://passim.co.il/picllery_files/garden_bench_1.jpg  someone can send me sizes or diagram of something similar or even link to toturial that made something like this?  thanks!

Posted by sgamil 3 years ago


Uses for old and broken projectors/overheads

Our school, for some reason has a lot of partially dismantled and broken projectors. This year, all the classrooms have also been installed with a fancier ceiling-projector that connects to laptops and computers instead of just reflecting pieces of overhead paper. Because it was only recently that the school greenhouse came into use, it's been used as storage. While we could recycle them, I think they could be turned into something useful (preferably for the greenhouse), but I don't have any ideas. I'd like some ideas or for someone to try and build something. The only idea I've had was to turn it into a planter or pot, but apparently the bulbs won't work with plant lights and wouldn't be bright enough.

Posted by Fii 6 years ago


What is the strangest looking insect you ever encountered?

Here around me the summer is on the way! This not only means a never ending supply of mozzies but also that after a bit of rain you have a concert every evening. If you ever saw a game of soccer you know the sound of the whistle the referee uses - it is painful at close range. Now imagine you relax in your garden and right next to your chair exactly this sound comes out of the ground! Of course if you are like me and it happend during a holiday the first time you might want to investigate. But once you move the sound stops, if it starts again and you are careful you will find a small hole in the ground that seems to be the outlet of a small speaker LOL The really hard part is to actually get the thing producing the sound, I tried many times and out of ten I usually only get two out of the ground. Was too lazy so I borrowed the pic from this website, which has a lot more info on the insect in question too. What you get out of the ground looks like a cloning experiment gone wrong. A maggot like body with legs, under-developed wings (they make the noise) and a head like something from your latest horror movie. To top it all up you also get a lobster like claw that is surprisingly powerful. Fun fact: The numph of the cicada is considered to be the loudest insect of earth, reaching up to 130 decibles at the hole! And because you might think all ugly babies will be be beautiful once grown up I just say that mum and dad would not win and beauty competition either LOL Stick insects are cool, these creatures are just out of this world! What have you encountered that is weird enough to post?

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago


Need Ideas for my Pond's waterfall.

I'm in the process of building a pond but I've reached a stumbling point for myself. I've just sunk my sealed bathtub into the ground (See picture) and it looks great!  I've also got a tentative arrangement of rocks to work as my waterfall (See picture). The issue I'm having is that I need to suspend the waterfall over the water.  My first Idea was a triangle of 3/4" plywood to cover the far left corner of the tub, but if exposed to water for a long period of time, that might not work so well.  I'm also worried about back flow from the waterfall pouring water onto the rear side of the shelf. I thought thick acrylic might work better, assuming that the price is reasonable and it can support the weight. Any suggestions, anything at all.  From building the bottom up with bricks to creating some other strange shelf, let me know what you think might work!

Posted by Cold Shoulder Media 6 years ago


Solar powered garden lights mod - request \ suggestions

I would have loved to actually do this but I have had the idea for ages and done nothing, mabye you can? I have plenty of solar powered garden lights that don't last the night. I also have plenty of rainy + windy weather. Bunnings sell the solar powered garden lights from $2 each, Wouldn't it be wonderfull if someone came up wtih a mod to add a little water proof wind generator to help charge these lights equally as cheap? In my area when we don't have sun during the day, we have wind, so the math is easy. Thought someone might appreciate the idea, there are retailers doing this (far and few between) 4 lights for over $100, you can do better!

Posted by niak32 6 years ago


Google Sketchup HELP needed for completed Garden Arbor project

Is there anyone in instructable-land who is profficient with the google sketchup program? I could really use some help with a Garden Wedding Arbor I built. The project is finished and the design is fairly simple, but I think a comprehensive sketch will make it easier for people to follow and to build. Please let me know if you can help asap. The Wedding challenge ends soon and mama wants a kitchenaid blender!  Thanks! Cloudifornia

Posted by cloudifornia 7 years ago


Eco cool storage thingie

I was just wondering if anyone's got an 'ible for something like the Eco Cool Safe, HERE. Or is it too simple to 'ible?

Posted by kathmonkey 8 years ago


Minty boost solar power question

Hey everyone. Recently I went to The reject store (like a dollar store where things an cost over a dollar) and saw some garden lights selling for $2 each. I bought 4 of them. :D they come with one AAA battery each with 1.2V could I Purchase a mintyboost and modify the lights so they each charge up a set of four AAA batteries, with can detach and be used to charge USB device with the internal battery storage that was charged  by the solar panels, or would it have to be 2 AA's? Thanks for the help! :D

Posted by Felixninja 6 years ago


Do you mix oranges and tomatoes in the same recipe? How?

How do you mix oranges and tomatoes (if at all)? Any favorite ingredient combinations with these two? I'm working on cold salads, and these two seem to clash a lot when mixed with other ingredients. Thanks, everyone :)

Posted by garnishrecipes 6 years ago