I lived in Florida for about 10 years, so I am more than familiar with heat (and humidity!). When it's over 90º for 70% of the year, you learn how important it is to stay hydrated. Since moving to the Midwest where the temperatures are a little less dire, I've started slacking on my water game. My body isn't as loud when it tells me I need to drink more water. But being able to stay hydrated is so important, especially in these warmer summer months. Continue Reading
If you've ever flown on a plane, you're familiar with that groggy feeling that follows once you land. Your legs are wobbly, your stomach is churning, and you might even have a headache. Thousands of miles from home, you feel the opposite of refreshed. I recently took two trips in the same month, flying back and forth both times. The first trip was irritated by the long-lasting effects of flying. I was groggy and grouchy in the days following my flight. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever flown into or out of the Lindbergh terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during the summertime, you’ve probably noticed very large pots of (usually) petunias hanging from just about every lamp post bordering the entrance and exit routes. Every time I drive past them, I’m always struck by how thick the blooms are, as you can barely see any foliage. This is even more surprising on a hot June day when everything else is looking a little wilt-y. Continue Reading
Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost prohibitive. Especially when, like mine, the old thrones are in working order. Continue Reading
We’ve shared a few great summer kids projects recently (hot rocks, water walls, and tents – oh my!), but this one might be my favorite! If you have $10 and a little bit of time, a DIY waterfall sprinkler should be at the top of your list.
For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer! Here’s a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).
Known as a “water wall” this interactive toy is a great way to use up old containers and other miscellaneous junk while at the same time creating a stimulating outdoor activity for your kids. Continue Reading
Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you’ll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can’t beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Continue Reading
Condensation…it’s everyone’s first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.
So, what’s a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.
Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it’s just a little sugar, chlorine, and some citric acid. So, create your own DIY solution that you can continue to use throughout multiple water changes. “Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water.”
That’s it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I’m imagining the chlorine keeps out the gunk, just like in a swimming pool. Continue Reading
Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren’t that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here’s few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.
- Raise your mower’s blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
- Don’t water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
- Water your garden early
- Clump plants together for less surface area (really?