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02/28/2017

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Crochet Flower Pot
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Materials Required:

  • 1 crocheted pot (“Sabbath Rest Flower Pot” crochet pattern used for the planter in the photos)
  • 1 plant
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite or pebbles
  • 1 Old sock, or scrap fabric
  • 3 Plastic shopping bags
  • Scissors


Protective Barrier
1- Protective Barrier
Place the pot inside a plastic bag. Wrap the bag over the edges of the planter to the inside. This prevents the planter from getting dirt all over it while being stuffed.


Waterproof Liner
2- Waterproof Liner
Place 2 plastic bags inside the planter, one at a time. Smooth them out against the edges of the planter as much as possible, and fold the tops over the edge of the planter to the outside.

Water Reservoir: Perlite Stuffed Sock
3- Water Reservoir
This is optional, but is helpful since the planter will not have a hole in the bottom for excess water to escape. Place some pebbles or perlite into the bottom of the planter. You can either stuff a sock with perlite and coil it in the bottom of the planter, or you can just put an inch or two of perlite in the bottom of the planter and cover it with a scrap of fabric - tuck down the edges of the fabric as best you can - this is to prevent dirt from getting into the water reservoir.


Add Dirt
4- Dirt
Stuff the planter with dirt - leaving a hole big enough for the plant. Try to pack and smooth the dirt against the edges of the planter, shaping it as you go. Stuff as much as you can around the sides up to the top - it can be difficult to fill these spaces after the plant is inside.

Plant
5- Plant
Put the plant in, and complete stuffing the pot with dirt. Keep in mind it is a soft/flexible planter, so the dirt shapes it - make it nicely rounded if you can.

Cut Bags
6- Cut Bags
Cut the two inner bags close to the level of the soil. Be careful not to cut the plant or the planter. Then cut the outer bag, being extra careful not to cut the planter.

Trim bags close
7- Finishing touches
Trim the edges of the bags close to the soil so that they are barely noticeable. CAREFULLY!

Crochet Planter in Hanger
8- Give your planter a home!
This white one was put into a hanger in my kitchen.
Water it from the top - keeping in mind there is a reservoir to catch extra water which should wick up into the soil.

 
 
Mallow Scrambled Eggs and Hashbrowns
There's nothing more nutritious than wild foods, and edible weeds I believe are especially good to eat considering how resilient they are. And they are free and abundant - I pick my mallow in the alleyway across the street.

This is a great way to get some good wild greens into breakfast.

Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS milk (coconut recommended)
  • 7-10 mallow leaves, chopped small
  • 2 crimini mushrooms, chopped small
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp (or more) turmeric
  • sprinkle of pepper

Instructions:
  • melt the butter in the pan over low-medium heat, add the salt.
  • whisk together in a bowl: the eggs, milk, pepper, and turmeric. Stir in the chopped mallow and mushrooms.
  • poor mixture into pan - cook for about a minute, then scramble (chop it up with the spatula and keep turning and mixing until cooked).

Goes great with some hash browns, also cooked in butter and salt. ♥
 
 
You can make free bike tire patches at home - don't throw away those old tubes! Especially if you have a ton of goat heads in your yard and thus get frequent flats, like me :\
diy-bike-tire-patches-cut-up-old-inner-tubes
All you gotta do is cut out small circles or ovals (about the size of regular patches), rough them up, and stick them on the punctured tube with rubber cement.

Materials Required: old inner tube, scissors, sand paper, rubber cement.



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Instructions:

1) Cut out a small section of the inner tube. Angle the scissors so that you can bevel the edges as you cut out a circular shape.

2) Rough up the surface of the patch as well as the inner tube you're going to stick it to.

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3) Apply a thin coat of rubber cement to both surfaces. Stick them together and press and hold for atleast 30 seconds.

4) Allow it to dry for a few minutes before putting the inner tube back in the tire and pumping it up.

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I made a bunch of these diy patches, and stuffed a few into an empty self-adhesive patch kit box to keep with my bike. (I highly recommend the self-adhesive patches by the way, if you want to buy them - they work great in my experience and it's much easier than using glue)



So all in all, here is another very practical way to reuse old inner tubes!