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2013 #4: Grey Water -- planning ahead

01-02-2013 04:01 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Jan. 2/13 This morning, as I took my shower, I thought about how I was going to set up my grey water system this year. For the last two years I have collected the water from showers and used it for watering the gardens. It is a wonderful source of water during the summer dry spells that we are are now having. Originally I used a watering can to transport the water from the rain barrel to the plants. Last fall I set up a hose to take the water from the rain barrel to a reservoir closer t...

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Urban sustainability #1: build a rain barrel

05-23-2012 03:19 PM by bucheron | 5 comments »

These are not my instructions and I have not built one of these but I thought, once you have an olive barrel (see my earlier post) you’ll want to know how to make your own rain barrel. Any prices and part numbers are from about 10 years ago, so it may have changed since ( well, it has) Source: Basic Supplies: (published in 2002)45 gallon plastic barrel (I purchased mine at Preston Hardware for $13.00)1 plumbing tap – make sure t...

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Some Impact Man #6: Grey Water Systems

03-14-2012 04:04 AM by daltxguy | 4 comments »

I’ve thought and researched about grey water systems a bit and I can say a few things about what I have learned but in the end, my own grey water system has turned out to be very simple. But it is no less valid than more complex systems. What is grey water? It’s any ‘waste’ water other than that used to flush toilets. This means water from showering, washing your hands, washing clothes, dishes and anything else that goes down your sink Hauling water with my SUV ...

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Join the artist and his backyard on their journey into exotica

10-25-2011 02:43 PM by Breece Ward | 15 comments »

Hello, My name is Breece Ward, I’m a sculptor and molder from southern California. I’ve been working on my craft since 2005, and was initially inspired by taking a college ceramic class. Since then I’ve been gradually learning different materials, techniques, and recently what to plant in them. Please join me for garden art updates and tropical everything. Breece

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2011 Planting to Harvesting #19: Water Water Everywhere

07-17-2011 09:00 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

7/17/11 Water, water, everywhere – but not a drop in SW Ontario this past month or longer. Everything is drooping or brown. The new apple tree has just a few leaves left on it as it focuses on building a root system to fill its water/nutrient requirements; the patches of clover look like dilapidated scarecrows hanging sadly on a stick; cucumber vines connect brown/yellowed leaves together, and the list goes on. I’m not one to do a lot of manual watering of the gardens but...

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springspiration #8: snow left crocus' peek out barely.....lotsa water here in MB

04-23-2011 09:13 AM by soobee | 4 comments »

Hiya! Got the Ms Deb newsletter that you can post pictures from the site now – so will try that. I suck at technology ! It takes me awhile to get up to speed. I SO SEE why patience is a virtue! Lord, I don’t have much patience when it comes to wanting to get things done but having to wait or take my time :) . Nature sure teaches us that daily doesn’t it? Some pictures from the house – out the front steps/window – t...

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GT "Stuff" #14: Garden Festival: Stratford, 2010 Part V - Rain Barrels

03-07-2010 10:22 AM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

March 7/10 This is from a pamphlet I picked up at the Stratford Garden Rain Barrels 30-40% of water used in the summer is on lawns and gardens rain water makes a great rinse when washing your hair mosquito prevention: screen, few drops of dish soap or guppies/goldfish (the fish work well if it rains weekly and the containers are full) use black hose for overflow, connecting rain barrels and for outlet. Algae will grow in a clear hose ...

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Irrigation #1: Back Yard Watering Spigot

03-15-2008 04:43 PM by Scott Hildenbrand | 1 comment »

Well, the yard at one point in time had a spigot in the back yard, which is great because the veg garden is waaaaaaay in the back. But it was in such poor shape it wasn’t worth saving. As such I set about digging a trench and laying down pipe. I was lucky enough to have the pipe on hand, you see, it was at one time what supported the grapes. Not the best thing and I’d already replaced that with wire. So. My plan for this whole thing is a semi permanent system in which there ...

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Our Pond #1: From a speck of water to...

07-13-2007 08:46 AM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

As we build our personal retreat in the backyard, we seem to just go with the moment and build/add whatever feels right. For example, last summer my son and his family moved from Ontario across the country to British Columbia. They left behind a small fountain that they had in their backyard. “Sure, I’ll take it”, I said, wanting a fountain but having no idea where it would go in our acre piece of land. This spring we decided that we would put it in the ground: just ma...

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