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Water And Stone - And 1500 Years Of Longevity - What Is It That Captivates Us So? Posted Categories: Building Methods (19 Images and 2 videos) I saw this picturesque pool in front of this house, and I began to wonder if the house wasn't under-built.

Water And Stone - And 1500 Years Of Longevity - What Is It That Captivates Us So?

What I mean is that I began to think of how long the pool would last as compared to how long the home would last. And if this type of stick built house were built and re-built, how much time and labor would be consumed by those builds. How many hands would haul in and tear down, yet the pond remained.

Somehow our egyptian and roman ancestors got this principle that to build with stone brings longevity. I then wandered into this photo below on Reddit of a young man jumping into a 1500 year old bathing pool in Sri Lanka, part of a ruined fortress a king built on top of an enormous rock around 480 AD (Sigiriya rock). Sarara Camp in Namunyak, Kenya has the only infinity pool in the world set up for elephant watching.

Sometimes nature does its own thing, which we have but to discover. Stylish and Low Cost 55 Gallon Drum Planters - 7.

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Tips For Installing And Maintaining Water Gardens. Water gardens, also known as aquatic gardens and garden ponds, are miniature ecosystems.

Tips For Installing And Maintaining Water Gardens

They add charm, enthusiasm and a sense of tranquility to any place. Water gardens can be created by combining a pool with aquatic plants and ornamental fish. Rocks, waterfalls etc when combined with pools add to the beauty of the gardens. Water gardens can be man-made or natural, comprising the right blend of flora (plants) and fauna (animals). Pond Plants Water gardens have plants such as submerged plants, marginal plants and floating plants. Aquatic Animals Water gardens look colorful with fish like Koi, Gold Fish, Golden Orfe, Golden Tench, Mosquito Fish etc. Requirements For Water Gardens There are certain points that need to be considered when installing water gardens. 1. 2.

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Three Easy, Low-Tech Ways to Keep Container Gardens Watered. Photo Credit: Maggie Hoffman, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License.

Three Easy, Low-Tech Ways to Keep Container Gardens Watered

Container gardening is, in many ways, one of the easiest ways to grow flowers and edibles in your garden. You can take advantage of sunny areas, and it doesn't matter how awful (or nonexistent) your garden soil is, because you can fill your containers with perfect, fluffy soil.

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Gravity-fed Rain Barrel Outlet. Water flows downhill.

Gravity-fed Rain Barrel Outlet

Gravity causes it to move. The movement is not hindered by the distance travelled (after all, water travels in streams down mountains to eventually reach the oceans). What facilitates the movement is the height distance between the start point and the end point. The water pressure of that flow (in PSI) can be calculated by multiplying that height (in feet) by 0.433. If you want to operate a conventional spray hose you need at least 30 PSI -- 70 feet in height. Hot-tub Genius! How To Filter Rainwater in a Barrel – 100 Year Old Technology. Here in California water has a topic of conversation wherever we go.

How To Filter Rainwater in a Barrel – 100 Year Old Technology

Creeks and ponds dried up (some we think might never recover) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled. Many folks have shared memories of rain barrels , cisterns , hand pumps and drawing water with a well bucket as a child, usually on grandpa and grandma’s farm. It seems we have lost much practical knowledge in the last 50 or so years because we thought we’d never need it again. A tattered, 4-inch thick, 1909 book I happily secured for $8 in a thrift store reveals, among umpteen-thousand other every-day skills, how to make homemade water filters. ” are quite basic as everyone had a rain barrel back then and presumably knew how to clean the water.

The “wholesome” observation applies to plants, too. . – until our well, too, began sucking air. . , running and sloshing the water like a crazy woman onto our neglected trees far up the hill. Plain and boring backyard designs can be an eye sore.

These creative garden decorations and backyard designs can inspire you to create unique installations, vertical gardens or fence decor, turning your backyard landscaping ideas into art projects. Adding fun to backyard designs takes only creativity, patience and enthusiasm, and you can turn dull and lifeless areas into beautiful outdoor living spaces, enjoying decorating your own backyard and designing impressive art installations, creating functional items of plastic bottles or painting your fence bright colors. There are hundreds of amazing backyard designs that recycle everything you have in the house into artistic masterpieces that make a statement. DIY: A Vegetable Garden That Waters Itself! Build It Easily, for Free. Build Your Own Outdoor Swimming Pool Using Wooden Pallets.

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Self Watering Square Foot Garden (DIY) Planning Irrigation for your Garden. Creating Swales. What Should I Do?

Creating Swales

Surveying and Installation by Phil Williams Monday, July 7, 2014, 4:32 PM Swales are simply ditches on contour (contour is a level line across the landscape), with the excavated soil from the ditch being placed downslope to form a berm. The purpose is to rehydrate landscapes, add texture and microclimates, and to be used as a tree growing system.

Seeding the berm Most landscapes can benefit from a swale system.

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Build a mini water garden oasis. How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires. Tyre Ponds are a great little garden feature that can enhance the overall aesthetics and integrated pest management of a site.

How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires

By inviting biodiversity into the site we can make the system more resilient and attractive which tyre ponds do so elegantly. Here are the steps you need to do in order to create your own decorative pond. It is a fun way, that helps you re-use an old tire. Firstly what you need to do is dig a hole in the ground, the size of your tire. then make sure your tire fits perfectly in the hole and put it there. In the next step you will need to pad the inside of your tire with a nylon. then gather the parts of the nylon that are outside of the tire and fix them.

Ready for more amazing ideas? Old barrel fountain. Introduction to Natural Pools - a film by David Pagan Butler. This Is The Coolest Swimming Pool Ever. Seems Dirty, But It’s Genius!