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

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 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!!

Topic by javajunkie1976 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 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

Topic by Culturespy 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 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 )

Topic by gummyfun 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

gardening peas

My pea plants are just keeling over and dying. I am growing them in a container, and most just flop down. i have seven varieties, and they are all suffering, to some degree. Any suggestions on how i can save themé it might be that it doesn't drain properly.

Topic by cutting Matt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 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-

Topic by roblin90 8 years ago

Garden solar lites

Where can you buy ni-cd AA400 600-900mAh batterys ???

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 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.  

Topic by RedStarSmilingFoxCreekRanch 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 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) 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

Topic by canida 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

For us garden composters,

Is there some genius out there who can devise a hand (or foot) powered leaf  and twig chopper?   I'm groing old cutting this stuff by hand with scissors or shears.   It must be rugged, and able to chew up wet stuff as well as dry, brittle or stringy.   Mother Earth needs you!!

Question by ClaireW01 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Topic by Mikethebuilder 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Heating a Water Garden?

Im looking to start a water garden, i dont have much room in my back yard so i have decided on a 8 foot long trench thats about 6 inches wide with a pump to keep the water flowing. the only problem i am having is the growing season here isnt long enough to grow some of the plants that i would like to grow, i was thinking an underwater heater would be a good solution to keep the temperature above freezing and some what extend the growing season. Any thoughts on a good heater set up i could use that would keep the entire trench an even temperature without having to have a seperate heater every few feet?

Topic by Mithrauko 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

semi-steampunk garden?

HeyCan any of you think of a way you can replace (electrical)machines in a garden with its mechanical equivalence, while at the same time making its replacement low maintainance?It can also be decorations. Basically create mechanical stuff that looks good in a garden.Some devices that may be workable:+ A water timer that uses a mechanical clock that powers a mechanical valve, and its mainspring is recharged every time the water rushes though it.+ A passive water pump that is made of a black plastic water bottle and two valves. When hot, the air inside pushes water out. When cool, new water is pulled in by the cooling air. It can be used to pump water slowly to a 'not' so high location.+ A sterling engine can be used as a more active solar pump to pump water to a higher location, however its use of moving parts means it more likely to break down than the 'passive pump'. If it requires a kick start to run, then place a mini turbine to provide the starting force.+ Use the above pump to create a fountain+ Perhaps as a replacement of solar powered markers, get some crystal that emits light when shaken("which quartz i forgot..."), and get it to shake around automatically.+ Mechanical garden music box would be a nice addition(wind powered music box). Double points if its either reprogrammable, or plays a different instrument such as drums.

Topic by akimbo m 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Topic by AngryRedhead 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

solar garden light

I would like to make a 3w solar led garden light to illuminate small tree. I was going to use an 18V 5W solar panel (Peak Voltage: 17.2V Peak current: 0.29A Open circuit voltage: 21.6V Short circuit current: 0.33A) to charge a 12v battery (Capacity : 4800mAh Rechargeable Li-on battery Input voltage : 12.6V Output voltage : 10.8~12.6 DC Output current : 1 - 2.4A) . I have found a charge controller which I think will do what I want (3A 6v/12v PWM solar panel light controller battery charge regulator The led I was going to use is 3W Voltage: 3.4-3.6V current: 600MA. I know I will need a voltage regulator to get me to the led forward voltage, but other than that does this look possible? Would an led driver be required? If there are any parts which someone would advise changing I am very happy to take advice, any help very gratefully appreciated.

Topic by earton 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Gardening in extreme temperatures

Last year whe hit low temperatures at -21 °C, and as a bloody result most of our plants "burned". Imagine all of my aloe vera plants freezed to death and when touched, they snapped like a piece of pointy ice. There where a lot of eucalyptus trees in here, those too suffered because of the extreme cold, so a lot of people where chopping down 8 meter logs... I live in the Texas border line , so the ambient in here is mostly like a dessert. I know a lot of folks live in places where temperatures are more extreme, so, what tip can you give to at least protect plants that store a lot of water (like aloe vera plants)? Given the region, what kind of plants you recommend to plant in this kind of environment, plants that take lots of sun, little watering. PD. I know is August, but a friend just recommended me this site! very cool site indeed

Topic by dan_ray 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Natural alternatives for insecticides?

I know its a bit early but the early bird gets the worm!!! In my area pesticides are banned for use on personal gardens and lawns for about 2 years now. Last year my poor peach tree really didn’t have any edible and or usable peaches on my tree because of infestations of bugs. I was wandering if any of you knowledgeable people could direct me on what kind of natural insecticides I could use in the future for my peach tree?so I can at least have some edible peaches for eats and jam. The squirrels usually take their share too. *darn little buggers!!!* Thanks. :)

Topic by Treasure Tabby 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

rid gophers from garden?

How do I get rid of Gophers from my vegetable garden?

Question by GGisin 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Bacon Tab Redirecting to Gardening

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

Topic by Misac-kun 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

what is digging in my garden?

Found my lily bulb neatly dug up and left at the edge of a basin shaped hole. Garden is at rear of house and not easily accessible.

Question by ann pinch 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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

Topic by liseman 6 years ago

Are there Garden Snails in Northeast Ohio?

So I really want a pet snail and all the sites say a Garden Snail is the best kind but I don't know if we have those here in Northeast Ohio. If there is anyway I can either order them online or something let me know. Or hey you could just inform me that there ARE Garden Snails in Northeast Ohio and I just don't know. Please answer soon! Thanks P.S.- Are Garden Snails LEGAL in Ohio cause I see all those things about snails and not being allowed here or there and I am mildly confused. HELP!!! Thanks again. oh yeah almost forgot I don't want a sea snail or anything like that I'm looking for a Land snail. Just saying. Sorry now I'm done.

Question by gigglekid22 10 years ago  |  last reply 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

Topic by rexdino5 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Using plastic bags for gardening?

A friend is asking what he can do to protect the fruit on his trees without spraying pesticide. I told him my aunt uses little plastic bags like these to cover them up so insects don't eat them but he's concerned if it's safe/non-toxic. Can anyone help me answer this or come up with something else?

Question by finklfairy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Device to pull a garden cart?

I know how to build a garden cart but I want a device to pull it. I want to be able to sit on it, to control it. I thought about a bike but I was wondering if there was anything I could build that I didn't have to pedal, ect. If I have your permission, I might make an instructable about the top answerer's idea*. If anybody has a question on instructables question, I will try my best, no doubt, to answer your question. Even after I have chosen the best answer, you can still tell me your questions and I will try to answer them until, I don't know, the end of January.  *I will put in the Instructable, if I do one, the name (screen name) of the best answerer. I will note it throughout the process of the vehicle to pull the cart.

Question by TN777 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Ruben's Tube - Garden Installation

Hi, i've been looking over Ruben's tube lately with great interest figuring it would be a perfect inclusion for my media center and was thinking it would be great for BBQs outdoors as a semi-permanent installation.. Here's what i'm thinking, a Ruben's Tube, mounted on a stone wall with a pyrex guard around the naked flame to reduce the effect of wind on the flames and to improve safety, with a metal housing surrounding the pipe. Would this be feasible? Safe? How long could i theoretically run this for at a time without it over-heating? Anything i need to consider before beginning the project? Thanks.

Topic by digitalpencil 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Hydrogen Peroxide at home and in the Garden

Although the topic is quite old for some of us and mostly because I am too lazy today to make an Instructable: Hydrogen Peroxide ! Back in the day Hydrogen Peroxide was mainly known for the ability to bleech your hair, later it replaced chlorine based products for the preparation of paper and organic fibres. For me it is a good opportunity to go back in time and to pull out some of the remedies my grandparents already used. Who knows, there might be something that helps you or you might know other good uses that I failed to mention here, so feel free to comment. First off: What actually is hydrogen peroxide? We could check Wikipedia but I think it is enough to say that it basically water with an added oxgen mulecule which turn the stuff into a quite powerfull oxidizer. When hydrogen peroxide reacts the added oxygen is released and the normal water remains. Precausions and health risks. In the normal supermarket form hydrogen peroxide comes at a strenght of just 3%. This is just enough for wound treatment or cleaning off a fresh and small stain. The stuff you can buy at your hair dresser comes in concentrations of 5-15%, above that it is of little use to them. Pool grade peroxide however can come as high as 50%. It often requires a permit of at least leaving a copy of your drivers license to buy such high concentration but well worth it price wise. The downside of anything above 5% is a risk for your skin, eyes and airways. So when handling hydrogen peroxide you should waer long sleeve rubber gloves, safety or better swimming goggles and make sure that you don't create vapour by spraying it against the wind direction. Having water at hand to dilute and spillage on your skin is always good. What happens to me if things go wrong? Well, if handled correctly nothing should go wrong but of cause the worst would be eye contact. Getting concentrated hydrogen peroxide in your eyes means extreme pain and even with rinsing it out asap eye damage is more than just possible. Again: wear proper eye protection and if spraying use a filter mask, the paper type is enough!!! Nothing immediate happens on sking contact but a few minutes after contact the skin will turn slightly brown or goes white. This is caused by the oxygen release into your skin cells, if washed off quickly after noticing the discoloration will fade after a few hours. Prolonged exposure of the skin can cause skin cells to fully discolor and living cells might get damaged - a burning sensation is usually the sign that you need to wash the area now ;) Enough bad stuff said, let's see what we can do in the garden.... Fungal infection of your old roses or on your fruit trees? Sometimes the weather does not like our plants and by the time we discover a fungal infestation it is usually pruning time. There are commercial producta available that work quite well but especially the copper based ones tend to do more harm than good in th long run. An alternative is a solution of 10-20% hydrogen peroxide. Spray generously over all affected parts of the plant, leaves, twigs, stem and all. Make sure everything is properly wet! In some cases the fungus can act as a water replellent and it seems impossible to get any of the solution to wet these areas - a drop of dish washing liquid into the bottle will fix this! Watever runs off can be left as it only helps to get oxygen into the soil but of course you should not soak the area... Leave it on for about an hour, around 20 minutes if it quite warm. Rinse all off with clear water and repeat every 2 days for 5 treatments all up. After this time wait 2 or 3 weeks and check if the fungus still gows in some hard to reach areas. If so then repeat the treatment there until satisfied but wait another 2 weeks every 5 single treatments. In some areas of the world certain types of fungus on roses are refered to as "rust". ----- Moved into a new home and the garden beds smell really bad? The last house I moved into had a previous occupant with a big dog but no time to clean after his pet. The garden beds looked dead and I mean so dead that I could not even find weeds in them. And the smell was a distinct mix of old dog poo with lots of fresh cat poo mixed in it - the perfect outdoor pet toilet :( Trying to dig it all under made me recover that the top soil was more §$&*# than soil. I had to get rid of the bacteria of all the poo and somehow neutralize a lot of the unwanted "nutrients". The solution was to first loosen all the soil as deep as I could go. Then I added rice straw (but anything straw like or dry grass will do) to mix it through. At this stage I wished I had a gas mask LOL All up the contaminated garden beds covered about 20square meters. I got a 10 liter canister of pool grade hydrogen peroxide, from this I diluted down with 20 liters of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to help with the soil wetting. All was applied as evenly as I good with a watering can and then the area was covered with some tarp to try keeping as much oxygen on and in the soil as possible. A day later the tarp was removed and all beds watered with hose to drowning point. This watering was repeated every 3 days for 3 weeks to drive out all the excess and unwanted nutrients from the poo. The smell was already gone except for some cat urine residue which disappeared after some rounds of watering. Three months after the initial treatment I did some soil tests, added nutrients were required and the next season I had vegetables growing :) ----- Planting? Whether from seeds or seedlings, give hydrogen peroxide a try! I use a 5% solution to soak the potting mix I use before putting my seeds in it. Not only does it kill a few of the unwanted things that might still be in there but it adds a lot of oxygen into the soil, which gives the seeds a much better start. For seeds I use a 5% solution as well but only leave them in for about an hour before placing them between some wet paper towels until they start germinating. This way I can be sure all harmful bacteria and fungal spores are dead and I can use a sterile seed to keep going. Might just be my opinion but I think the germination rate is better and seedling in comparison start growing faster and stronger. Home uses.... As we learned before hydrogen peroxide, at least in higher concentrations is a powerful way to remove fungus. In our bathrooms we often have the problem that the ceiling starts to develop black spots as in the colder times water condenses here and takes a long time to dry off. If you now go to your favorite hardware store they will recommend the use of a chlorine based product, basically bleach... And although it does the job it also means your house will stink for days and if you scrub the ceiling you will get it on your sking and stink too. Hydrogen peroxide at 20% or higher concentrations can be sprayed onto the cleiling :) Of course you will need good protection for this and all things color should be removed, like towels or floor mats. By protection I mean a minimum of swimming goggles, a tyvek suit or similar to cover all exposed skin areas and at least a paper dust mask, better a filtered respirator like you use for spray painting or using insecticides. If you have a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle then a stream is far better than a spray mist!! Not only is your exposure far lower but it much easier to wet the ceiling quickly. Wet all affected areas, then leave and the room, close the door and take off all clothes you used t protect you. The clothes can be left out to dry but double check that you had no soaked spot where your sking might have been in contact - if so rinse the skin with plenty of water! It will take some time to work and then dry, so best to do this in the summer time or if during the colder times you need to make sure the room is porperly heated and aired out to dry! Repeat until all black spots are gone, really bad areas will leave a permanent discoloration looking like a slight brwonish color is the ligh it right otherwise you won't see it. Once fully dry it is best to scrape off all lose paint and then to use a acrylic based sealer before giving the ceiling a fresh coat of white. The sealer will prevent the water to penetrate more than the paint level and if you get the fungus back on the paint it is far easier to clean ;) ----- Carpet cleaning.... When moving into a new rental with carpet on the floor you often are left with areas indicating the carpet might be "clean" but the underlay certainly is not. You can fix the underlay but you certainly can make sure all harmful stuff is gone from the carpet. Carpet cleaning machines can be hired but often much cheaper if you buy the "recommended" cleaning product with it. Rent is usually based on a daily base and price depends on how much cleaner you need. If you only want to desinfect the carpet which otherwise looks mostly fine than go for the smallest pack available and use it to spot clean areas you want cleaner first. For the desinfecting part I recommend to test how high you can go with the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide before using it on a big scale - keep in mind the carpet will never be fully dry and the remaining peroxide will continue to act! Test a 10% solution first before you go higher as you don't want to buy 30 liters or more of pool grade peroxide - just trust me on that one and only try to buy this much you do want to get into trouble a few days later! If 10 percent solution left on the carpet does not cause any bleaching of the fabric (unwanted bleaching that is) you can try higher for spot cleaning in demanding areas. A good spot to try the solution is under the cover or duct outlets, under these joining bars where carpet changes to tiles (if you can lift them off) or in wardrobes if the carpet goes inside. There are two way to treat your carpet once the general cleaning is done. a) use a garden sprayer or similar to wet the carpet This is good for single room treatment like for the baby room but especially on thicker carpets it requires a lot of solution and can become costly. Once wet leave for at least 30 minutes so the peroxide can do its thing, then use the machine with either the solution filled or just to dry off the carpet. I recommend to use the peroxide solution in the machine as it allows for better penetration and it will remove more soiled solution this way. If your catching container starts bubbling like mad it means you have a lot of §$%&#+ in the carpet and it might be best to first clean it all with the normal carpet cleaning agent before using the peroxide again - again tesing on smaller areas can help wasting the peroxide. If you need to store prepared solutions than it is best in a cold place. It will take several hours on an otherwise clean carpet for the peroxide to fully disappear so it best to use shoes and prevent skin contact during that time - especially if a baby crawls around ;) ----- Toilet.... We don't want to talk about it but everyone needs to clean their toilet sooner or later. For most things in there using the toilet brush when it happens will keep things clean and healthy. But what if someone in the house is sick or with a weak immune system? You could use all sorts of commercial cleaners and desinfectants but a wipe with wet towel or cloth soaked in a 10% solution of hydrogen peroxide will quickly eliminate all harmfull things on your seat, lid or bowl, including the buttons to press and the door handles ;) Just wipe and leave it wet for a minute or two then wipe again and ry - done! Personal use I always pack a small bottle of supermarket grade peroxide when going off road or camping trips. Although we now have modern desinfectants that won't stink or otherwise harm you I still prefer the old stuff ;) If you are far from civilisation than the last thing you want to need is medical attention for something that started as small as a scratch or graze.... Out in the unkown wilderness you will never know if the rockk you just crash landed on was used as a urinal by a fox the night before... A bit of gravel left in your skin might contain harmful bacteria... A cut with your own knife?? - What did you all cut since the last proper cleaning of the blade? You see where I am going here, a small thing might turn into something really nasty a day or two later. If you clean a freash and minor wound properly and then rinsie it with hydrogen perodixe most if not all harmful leftovers will be killed by the releasing oxygen. Of course this pretty much useless on bleeding wounds or where it is obvious that you won't be able to remove all debris from the wound - here it means you trip is still over in favour for proper medical treatment. The thing is that hydrogen peroxide was basically abandoned for all wound treatment once the modern "cleaning aids" became available as the peroxide will not only attack harmful things but also living tissue. The claims goes as far as causing bad scar tissue, damage to blood vessels and even "burning" of the tissue. One big problem I have with all these claims is that they were never really mentioned until the new meds came out. IMHO exposure time and how you use it it the key - common sense if you ask me. Noone should ever soak a wound in peroxide, if it is that big that you need to soak it you need medical attention anyway. And as said you should rinse the wound, that means all remaining liquid should be allowed to flow off - this will only leave a minor amount of peroxide in the wound and the exposure time will end with once all oxygen is released. For minor wounds I only use a paper tissue or cotton bud soaked in peroxide and wipe the wound.... ----- Smelly feet? Ok, maybe not the best way to start a conversation but we all know what sneakers do to our feet in the summer... Insoles with copper and activated carbon will help a lot and at least "cure" your sneakers while they are off your feet and have time to dry. But the smell is actually cause by bacteria growing from everywherey in your sneaker to your sking, actuall starting at your sking... If you wear your sneakers for long periods of time time or even whenever possible and also suffer from a bad smell hydrogen peroxide might be able to help you. Most sneakers will tolerate a machine wash and should come out germ free, if that is no option pack them in a sealed back and leaven them in the freezer over night - this will kill all bacteria and remove the smell. Now to break the endless cycle you need to remove the bacteria from inside your skin. So daily sock changes, freezing shoes and washing feet is a must! Your feet will really benefit from a foot bath in a 5% solution of hydrogen peroxide. To keep costs at a minimum use a container that is just the right size for your feet and prepare the solution from pool grade peroxide. I an ideal case you should not need more than 2 liters but all used product can be stored cool and re-used the next day, after that you need to make a new batch. Keep your feet submerged for at least 10 minutes. This will allow a deep penetration of the skin but might result in some white spots that will disappear after a few hours. Consenquent foot baths can be reduced to 5 minutes. After about a week you should notice that wearing your sneakes no longer causes and bad smell and you can stop the treatment. Freezing the sneakers over night, dialy (or more) sock changes and daily, proper cleaning of your feet should prevent any further bad smells :) ----- Bleaching your hair Althoug it was done for many years I really can't recommend using hydron peroxide for this purpose! Any concentration strong enough to have a proper effect in a reasonable time will at least cuase skin irritation. Back in the days they said your burning scalp is what you need to endure to get blonde hair :( And as said already you really don't want to get that stuff into your eyes... General uses If you have a fruit based stain then cahnces are hydrogen peroxide will remove it, especially if fresh. Even at supermarket concentration repeated application and proper drying off with a paper towel or similar will remove even red wine or beetroot stains. ------ Blood... On you skin blood is easy removed with cold water, same on other surfaces but washing off is no option a wet cloth or cotton piece will work fine. Hydrogen peroxide is good if things need to go fst or if the surface is porous, here the releasing oxigen will drive out the blood with the bubbles. ----- Fish tanks... If you love your tank then you really hate to medicate or even worse have a bad algea infestion, especially the stuff of the black kind. A change to activated carbon filter material is always recommended after a medical treatment to remove all leftovers from the system. However, certain medication simply won't be affected by a carbon filter and stay in the system until fully used or broken down otherwise. Especially in bigger tanks a partial water change is often out of the question as it would cause too much additional stress to the fish and plants. Hydrogen peroxide can help to break down most if not all remains of the used medication while at the same time adding more oxygen to the water. To be sensitive and safe in all enviroments I recomment to calculate the concentration based on the volume of your tank and to add the required amount of peroxide very slowly into the outgoing water stream from your pump. By slowly I mean in terms of a slow drip if using solutions over 10% to be added to the tank. If in doubt remove a suitable amount of tank water into a bucket and add the concentrated peroxide to reach the final tank limit. I strongly recommend to stay below 2% in favour over additional treatments a few days later if required. That means the diluted solution you add should be entered into the tank slowly if in doubt add a glass full every few minutes. For the treatment of the dreaded black algea you do the same 2% solution but be prepared that it will take several treatment until you see them die off. If you can then it is best relocate the fish for a few days so you can use a stronger solution of 5-8% just with the plants left in the tank. When transporting fish in a bag it can pay off to add a little bit of 3% peroxide to the bag to give additional oxygen for transport. I do this maually for every fish I buy from a store so I can be sure all fungus and bacteris is killed of before I introduce it to my tank. Really helps to prevent loosing a lot of fish just because you added one or two more to your tank ;) For the normal sized transport bags I use a good shot glass full of 3% peroxide in case you wondered. ----- Fridge and freezer Be it after long use or because you bought one second hand - once empty and warm some of our colling gadget just smell bad. A good clean with a hot water and your favourite cleaning agent is a good start, no need for aggressive stuff ;) If clean but still smelly, like after a power failure with fish in it you might want to go one step further. Best option is to use a spray bottle and a peroxide solution of at least 15% here. Use proper protection as mentioned above and spray all surface with the solution until soaked. What you can take out you take you take out, clean properly and then wipe or brush with the same peroxide solution. Bare aluminium should be handled with caution as in some cases it can oxidise badly, leaving a white and not removable crust behind. Here it is best to wipe and then wipe again with a cloth soaked in clear water to limit exposure time. No need to dry out - wipe out and check if it still smells, if so repeat and wiped off all areas as good as you can with a solution soaked cloth. Once the smell is gone dry out and enjoy smell free use from now on :) ----- Fruit and vegetables Unless you know exactly what happened to it you might want to clean your vegies and fruits properly before using them. Pesticides, herbicites, fungicites.... Not mention normal fungus and bacteria on the product.... On a commercial base hydron peroxide baths are often used to clean products for sensible people, hospital use or long term storage. For a personal use this only makes sense if you have free and unlimited access to the peroxide. An alternative are ozone bubblers. Expensive models can eb bought in shops or online, complete with timers or even a gauge showing the concentration in a room. On a hobby level for the kitchen sink we can use an ozone generator, air pump and bubble stone from the aquarium store ;) Let the pump bubble out the ozone for a minute or two, fill the sink with the fruit and veggies and move them around every few minutes. Best of course with an open window to limit you exposure to the ozone! Rule of thumb: If you can smell it is already too much in the air! The ozone in the water does the same as the peroxide: It breaks down harmful things with pure oxygen. The downside is that it is very harmful for your airways and body in general, so against all what youtube can offer I actually prefer to treat my fruit and veggie in a sealed bag. Place them inside, push out as much air as you can and then fill up with the ozone from the generator. Once the bag is full leave for about 30 minutes then wash and use or place the things in the fridge.

Topic by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

When will the Indoor Gardening contest close? Answered

Question by Fathomlis 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Does this 'ible qualify for the Garden Contest? Answered

From what I understand, it just has to be related to gardening in some way, so would my 'ible qualify? I noticed that one of the other current entries was only decoration for a garden, and I wondered if maybe mine counted as an aid, or a tool to gardening in some way? It doesn't matter if I can't enter it, I was gonna publish it regardless. Thanks.

Question by nickodemus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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!

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 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?

Topic by kimmydesigns 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

garden hose spigot: fixing/replacing

I have a spigot like the one pictured. The bottom connection is a male 5/8 inch garden hose connection. It is leaking pretty badly around the handle/pretty much through it when opened. Any ideas on how to best fix it, or perhaps what to replace it with if replacement is a better idea, would be more than welcome. Thanks. Boris.

Topic by BorisE5 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Water Recycling with a Hydroponic Bog Garden

Clean water - we all need it.  Treating and reusing sewage and other waste water means reducing the burden on the already limited supply of water from our lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. Instructables user Biotank posted this excellent Hydroponic bog garden. It's the final step in a series of sewage water treatments, and uses bacteria to clean the water even further so it can be used for irrigation.  This system can be combined with a garden for water-loving plants as shown here, or with a fish pond.  While this bog garden isn't likely to fit in your backyard, it's a great example of thinking outside the box to solve the problem of water reuse!  Check it out, and get inspired. What are you doing to conserve or reuse water?  What would you like to do? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Topic by canida 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to make a patio rail garden?

I need to make an instructable on how to craft a box that can be hung on a rail of a patio. I live in a dorm on the third floor and that patio has this protection rail that would be great for said box. The goal here is to grow vegetables that can be harvested and used, or spices, or something that would be fun and help cut down on the costs of something else (Like vegies, i want vegies). I certain one of these already exists, so if some one can point me in the right direction, thatd be great, thanks.

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How hard is it to make a garden tractor?

I have been wondering how hard it is to build a pivot steer garden tractor, I would probably use 2 donor garden tractors, for the axles, gearbox and engine. i was wondering about using  1 inch box section for the chassis, i would like to build it so that it is 4 wheel drive. I have drawn what i was thinking of designing, i am not particulaly good with google sketch up, i would use an engine with a horizontal drive, 10- 20hp probably. i would have an idler on the belt connecting the front and back axles. i would like to set up a pair of belts to go from the engine to the first axle, both with an idler that can be used as a clutch, it would have one belt for forwards and one for backwards, it is likely to be controled by a second clutch peddle, one forward, one backwards. has anyone got any surgestions, especialy for the pivot. I have limited tools, parts and time, i have only acess to tools we have on the farm, drill, welder, grinder and some hand tools.  I'm nearly 15, so the design needs to be fairly simple, but i will get dad to help with some of it. we have a fair selection of old parts, at the farm, i will probably get 2 garden tractors to start from, two westwood? Thanks for the ideas, and replies, it gives me some confidence in the idea

Question by willow20 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Garden Light Solar Cell in Series?

I'm working on a project that involves garden light solar cells. Each one produces 1.5V (I have two of them).  I have them currently wired in a series yet my readings keep coming as zero. I've checked my wiring a few times and it all seems okay.  Here is the set up... +___(+__-)___-(+__-)___-       hopefully this makes sense. I am not well educated in circuit drawings. The ()s are the cells themselves and the underscores are the wires.  Help! EDIT: So I found the problem: it was the connections in between each + and - within the solar cell. so (+__-) I had a wire connecting when I should've left it alone. 

Question by SeedRally 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Adding garden hose connection to downspout

Trying to think of a good way to add a garden hose connection to a downspout for directing rainwater elsewhere and or collection. There are diverters/whatnot out there but they seem to be ridiculously overpriced and some have low capture rates. And no, putting a barrel or container right under the downspout isn't really an option. Idea 1 = plug the bottom of the spout, then add a connection on the side, near the bottom Idea 2 = plug the bottom of the spout, and integrate a connection into it Idea 3 = use a flexible connector on the bottom which would go to a round shape, add a PVC cap and add a connection on the end Idea 4 = use a PVC downspout adapter to attach to a threaded cleanout, then add the connection to the plug Idea 5 = use two elbows off the bottom (U), and add a connection somewhere on either side of the bend I'm liking #4 at the moment, but I'm not sure about what exact fittings to use... One of these?

Question by explosivemaker 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Scholarship Robot Proposal: Garden Bot

Right now, my wife and I have a small garden(5'x7' if that). We have had good success at growing tomatoes so far. None of them have started to ripening so this would be a good test environment. The main idea would be to come up with a way to have the robot pick the tomatoes. One idea is to have a camera positioned on the tomato plants. The camera relays the information to a PC that does the visual processing. The PC sends general coordinates to the robot and the robot picks the fruit (tomatoes are really fruit). if the visual processing is not feasibility in the time frame available. The robot could water the plants at a certain time and a variable amount of water per plant. I have a couple of arduinos that can be used to aid in the functionality of the robot. If the arduino zigbee unit comes out it would be cool to use that as well.

Topic by neuromancer2701 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Scholarship Robot Proposal: Plant Gardener

This robot would tend to a high value plant. The plant would sit atop the robot and the robot would seek to maximize light during the day. It will slowly rotate on itself to allow all sides of the plant equal sunlight ensuring an even growth. It will slowly travel accross the room seeking sunlight from other windows as the day progresses. Finally, it would detect people walking by and wuold warn them when the plant needs watering. Simple idea with achievable goals. Thanks for your consideration!

Topic by loubard 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Converting Solar Garden Lights to 6V?

I'm trying to change the battery in a solar walkway light to a 6V. The reason for this is Im also now using a light that contains 21 LED's at 4.5V instead of the 1 LED that is in the light. The charge for the battery is from an external solar panel at 10V. I don't think the charge controller in the light can handle the volts in the battery as the light is always on - even when the panel is not connected. Like the power from the battery is going backwards thru the controller. I do see a diode in the controller and was wondering if I just need to increase the size of it? Please help. Thanx...

Question by Rayzor910 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Wine Bottle Garden Lights - Help?

I am building  retaining wall and am considering adding built-in lighting by using empty wine bottles that have an LED light inside, and a cork or silicone to seal the bottle shut. Optimally this set up would be solar but I could arrange for power if needed. I'm thinking of lights about 2 or 3 feet apart, lying horizontally embedded in concrete except for the bottom. The neck of the bottle would be buried in the retaining wall. It would look like a large glass blob in the concrete. Can someone help me figure out the best way to make this? Thanks in advance! Rhonda

Topic by oddartist 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Heated concrete garden seats question?

Next year I want to use the garden a lot more, so this winder I'm building a gas bottle wood burner like btop & maybe a BBQ like Babe-BQ from abitdifferent (have access to a few bottles of various sizes) and some concrete (maybe papercrete, if i can gather enough old paper for the whole job) bucket style seats, as I have lots of left over cement from a previous project where the inlaws over estimate (by a large amount!) So i can use it longer through the year, I'd like to have them heated with some pipes going through them being heated off the burner. I'd have a copper coil at the burner end, but ideally to keep costs down, i'd like to use PEX in the seats.  Will this transfer enough (if any) heat outside the pipe? and also will the concrete absorb the heat?  I was thinking of placing the pipe 10/15mm deep and having it coil back and forth from front of the seat  by the knees to the back by the shoulders and back again, 2 or 3 times per seat. It will be a modular design, for smaller molds and adjustability, with each seat connected to the last. I've added a quick drawing i made. Hope it makes sense. Was also thinking that I could also set up a solar heater as a pre heater to heat them in the to just take the chill off, but thats a different project for another time Any suggestions or advice greatly appreciated. Tuns 

Question by tuns 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

dogs in the vegetable garden? How to keep them off?

Question by esendra 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Job Opportunity for Gardeners and DIY Projects

We are looking to hire instructables authors who specialize in gardening and DIY crafts!  Sure. It is nice to give to charity.  It is nice to share with the world.  But its also nice to take your wife out to a nice dinner now and then.  It is nice to be able to fill your gas tank.  It is nice to have nice things. Now, you can always take that do-it-yourself article you worked so hard on and post it someplace like It will help people out, so it is kind of like giving to charity.  It is nice to give to charity. However, you could take that same article, post it at DIYG (, and get PAID FOR IT.  People can still read it for free on DIYG, so you are still helping them out.  Only now, you are helping your wallet out, too! Not only that, but if readers like your work-then you get a long term position as a paid blogger for the site. Sounds good doesnt it? Instructables is making excuses when asked about paying you. I have heard of everything from providing a community with free information to other watered down excuses. If you join the DIYG community you will not only be joining a great group of people, youll also have the opportunity to generate money for your next project by posting your guides. Doesnt that sound better than exchanging your work for nothing? It is a win win situation for you with DIYG. You sign up, you have a good time with us, you share your content, and you can get paid while having fun with us. There is nothing to lose here, but there is a whole lot to gain. You lose the frustration of complaining to site owners who dont have your interest at heart. Hey, if this site is going to make money off your work, you may as well get paid for it. You still get the satisfaction of sharing your content with others but you get paid for it this time! Stop giving your precious work away for FREE to a changing environment. Start earning some extra cash by becoming a part of the growing DIYG community. Come check out DIYG at, look around for a while.  If you like the place, you can add to it and at the same time we add to your bank account.   Feel free to contact us back at if you are interested in getting paid to write what you are passionate about!

Topic by syncronox 6 years ago

GREY WATER GARDENING. New gardeners in San Francisco need help.

We would love to know a legalish, inexpensive, and DIY way to divert some of the grey water in our household out to our new garden.

Question by trishrichman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I dry jalapenos from my garden?

I want to dry some of the jalapenos in my garden so that they last longer.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

My Garden is full of roots from a tree next door. Is there any way to get worms back into the garden?

 My garden is full of roots from a tree. What ways can i get the dirt back?

Question by hoihoi151 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Fix solar garden lamp?

I have a couple of garden lamps that should be solar powered, but after a few years, they do not work. Is there a way to fix them? Can I make my own?

Question by PKayanan 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago