Garden accents: Easy Garden Balls

garden accenthttp://saltlakedesignergal.blogspot.com/2009/07/concrete-garden-balls.html

Make these cool garden balls using cheap light globes, concrete or hypertufa.  Follow the link above for a great tutorial. We have globes in different sizes and designs.

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Reuse Makes Sense/2012 Spring Donation Drive

When you give an item to Building Blocks you produce three beneficial deeds.  First, a child’s education is helped, because our sales benefit the Learning Skills Center.  LSC is a tutoring school where children’s fees are based on family income.  These fees only cover about 30% of LSC’s expenses.  Secondly, someone is provided materials and goods they need at 40-80% off retail price.  And third, these items donated are kept out of the landfill. 

Help us help others by donating to Building Blocks.  We accept any reusable building and home supplies. We’re at 3725 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in the warehouse of Learning Skills Center. Your tax-deductible donations are accepted Mon.-Sat. 9am-4pm.

 

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Pallet Reuse-the latest trend

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The first reusing of pallets I saw was making birdhouses with the rough lumber.  The free lumber provided extra income for a man who sold the birdhouses at a roadside stand.   Now pallet reuse is one of the biggest trends. Here are some great places to find tutorials and ideas.

If you’ve made a project with pallets, please share. 

http://secondhandwithstyle.blogspot.com/2010/11/sustainable-style-pallet-projects.html

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/04/07/art-of-upcycling-20-diy-wood-pallet-reuse-project-ideas/

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Chemical free pest control reusing household containers

    Not wanting to kill the ladybugs who were mingling with about two hundred wasps,  I found the solution simply in reusing a two-liter plastic bottle. http://completegarden.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/bee-safe-wasp-trap-how-to-make-your-own-for-free/

Another everyday item to use in pest control  is  aluminum pans for snail and slug control.   Dig a wide but shallow hole in the soil near your infested plants. Place an aluminum pie pan in the hole so that the outer lip is approximately level with the soil, and fill the dish with stale beer. Slugs and snails crawl into the beer trap and drown.

Use  yellow cardboard and a sticky material such as petroleum jelly to trap flying insects.

Here’s more good info to keep those pests away:

How to Kill Garden Pests Without Poison | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2214033_kill-garden-pests-poison.html#ixzz1p3QIpeXS


http://www.wisebread.com/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repel


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Great plans and inspiration

Great plans and inspiration

Have you seen Ana White?  This is a great site for diy.

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Shame, Shame

I wasn’t going to be one of those bloggers who neglected their blogs.  Yep, I have.  But let me catch you up.  Building Blocks has been growing by leaps and bounds.  North Mississippians are really catching on to reuse.  More donors  are making the extra effort to bring their reusable items to us, therefore, we have more inventory to offer.  Those homeowners, contractors, re-modelers, small businesses, and individuals who choose to recycle instead of throwing away are our bread and butter.  In the latter part of 2011 we received a tremendous donation from a lighting company.  This was bigger than Santa Claus!  We’ve also had some large donations from other companies. Come see how the store has  expanded and check out our blog for past diy articles and I promise more to come.

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Spring Gardening

Spring weather makes gardeners want to scratch in the dirt!  Although the weather in our area is still a little unstable, there are quiet a few gardening projects you can do while enjoying the outdoors.   

Building cold frames can definitely give you a headstart in the garden.  Plants can be protected from a sudden cold snap.  We have lots of storm windows that would be perfect for a cold frame.  Get your window, then build your frame to fit it.

http://buildingblocksintupelo.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/gardening-with-cold-frames/

Something you can do all year and reap the rewards with better soil is composting. http://buildingblocksintupelo.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/a-compost-bin-sure/

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