Category Archives: Outdoor Building Projects

Good Fences Make Sore People

Look! Achy Breaky Stacy for a dollar ninety-nine! One of our New Year’s priorities for 2014(!!!) was repairing our leaning privacy fence. We didn’t get it done. This spring, I was concerned (and embarrassed) enough about the angle that I wanted … Continue reading

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Rain Barrels: Truth is More Work Than Fiction

Right as rain! Or, as we say around here, “left” as rain! – Ned Flanders I originally named this post “What Hippies Don’t Want You to Know About Rain Barrels” but I didn’t want to attract real-life Cartman types. The … Continue reading

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Geek Garden

Bart: There is no way all this junk is gonna fit. Homer: Now, don’t worry. This is what all those hours of playing Tetris were for. Fall is a great time to put in raised beds — do the construction … Continue reading

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A Hip Way to Grow Hops

What the dilly-o?! – Marge Simpson Earlier this year, Ben gave the Kev hops rhizomes, which we’ve been nurturing in pots. We wanted to give them a permanent home in a raised bed behind the garage that didn’t exist at … Continue reading

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Before and After: Local Dump to Path and Raised Bed

I can’t believe I’m spending half my Saturday picking up garbage. I mean, half these bottles aren’t even mine! -Lenny Over the last few years, we have been redeeming the garden. Once, it was mainly lawn with a few flower … Continue reading

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Composting Made Easy (Because It Is)

Lisa: I started an organic compost pile at home. Jesse: Only at home? You mean you don’t pocket-mulch? Lisa: Oh, it’s so decomposed! – The Simpsons Occasionally, I do community education sessions on gardening topics. My favorite subject is composting. … Continue reading

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Rink-uiem

No! My sugar is melting. Melting! Oh, what a world. – Homer Simpson Spring is here! Sort of! It’s been a long time coming, but finally there are fewer treacherous sheets of ice hither and yon. But I’m missing one sheet of … Continue reading

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Stepping Out (Without Falling Over)

This is how we left the new side door steps in Conquering the Stoop. We needed a way to access the deck that didn’t involve any sort of vaulting. I’d heard that steps were a handy way to move from one … Continue reading

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Step by Step: Stair Calculators

Whether you are building a deck or a staircase, you’ll need the steps to fit in the available space and to be easy to navigate. To do so, you’ll need to determine the size and depth of the steps, keeping … Continue reading

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Conquering the Stoop

Previously on D’oh…we removed our old concrete steps and started the base for the new steps. This time, the focus is on building the platform for the top of the deck. Building a platform is about making sure everything is well-supported. … Continue reading

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