How To Repair A Cookie Press

How To Repair A Cookie Press

We make a lot of spritz cookies for holidays and other family events.  So much that we have 3 cookie presses.  One is a Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra (model 2104-4010) and two of the older, white Wilton all-plastic cookie presses. The plastic ones work great, especially when the cookie dough is at room temperature.  But … Continue Reading

Why Are My Spinach Leaves Getting Pointy

Why Are My Spinach Leaves Getting Pointy

If the leaves on your spinach plant were once full, fleshy and oval, but are now thin, narrow, and resemble pointed arrows, it means your spinach plant is in the process of bolting.  The spinach plant is preparing to flower and produce seeds. The structure of new spinach leaves change when the plant is begins … Continue Reading

Pruning And Propagating Montauk Daisies Using Cuttings

Pruning And Propagating Montauk Daisies Using Cuttings

Here in zone 7a, our Montauk daisies (also known as Nippon daisy) tend to get pretty leggy by mid-June.  If left untrimmed we would still get a pretty, but sparse, flush of blooms in early fall.  Although some people prune them by mowing the plants down, but we prefer to prune them by hand so … Continue Reading

How To Remove FRP Lock On Samsung Galaxy S9 Android 9

How To Remove FRP Lock On Samsung Galaxy S9 Android 9

If you’ve reached this page, you are likely locked out of your phone and have realized that trying to do a factory reset doesn’t work because the phone keeps asking you for the Google email account that is locked to the phone (and you obviously don’t have access to that information). This is because the … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

DIY Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

A quick solution to reducing over-spray when applying weed killer it to create your own spray shield using a 2 liter plastic soda bottle.  You can then target specific weeds, even on a windy day, and reduce the risk of the weed killer reaching your non-target plants. This simple design makes it easy to attach … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

Garden cloches are an attractive way to protect tender plants until they get established.  You can make your own lightweight protective plant cloches using a standard two liter bottle. If you also want to maintain humidity, just add a wine bottle cork to the top.  Of course you could just use the cap that came … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Projects And Crafts For Yard And Garden

DIY Plastic Bottle Projects And Crafts For Yard And Garden

Re-purposing 2 liter soda bottles not only helps the environment, but it can also save you money when you are able make things you might normally buy. Here are several practical uses for 2 liter plastic bottles around your garden and yard. Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche Vegetable Water Wicking Bottle … Continue Reading

Camper Roof Repair – Before, During, And After

Camper Roof Repair – Before, During, And After

A little background info on our 19 foot 2005 camper.  We purchased it from its second owner; he had paid an RV dealership $3000 to repair a neglected roof leak and make interior wall repairs. However, the roof still leaked and the walls were damaged again.  As it turns out, the dealership only patched the … Continue Reading

Applying Rubber Roof Coating To Your Camper

Applying Rubber Roof Coating To Your Camper

The protective sealant on a rubber roof will degrade over time, and begin to get chalky when cleaned.  This is a clear sign that you should apply a coat of rubber roof coating  to protect the rubber and extend the life of your camper’s roof. After applying a the rubber roof coating, your camper’s roof … Continue Reading

Random Mushroom Growing Experiments

Random Mushroom Growing Experiments

Mushroom Culture Experiments Our first experiment in which we used rice water and gelatin as our culture solution (here’s the link) worked really well.  We have since also tried growing cultures in traditional agar.  But for some reason, the rice water and gelatin always produces the most mycelium from mushroom cultures. So then we moved … Continue Reading

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

Vertical gardens combine so many great elements together.   These container gardens incorporate recycling, water conservation, weed reduction, and creativity while taking up a small fraction of space.  You can hang a vertical garden indoors near a sunny window, on a small balcony or terrace, or as decorative features in the backyard.  Hang these vertical gardens … Continue Reading