DIY raised bed. (media.communities.win)
posted ago by PepeTheFrug ago by PepeTheFrug

I need a small electric pump that functions much like a basic soap hand pump. I need to be able to stick the dip tube into a liquid, activate the pump, and a vacuum is formed to pull the liquid up the tube to the pump so that it can then begin dispensing the liquid. Dumping the liquid into a reservoir with a pickup at the bottom is not possible - I must be able to drop a tube in from the top, and pull up without manual priming.

I am looking for a small pump - 5-12v, maybe a gallon a minute.

Does this exist? From what I understand, a 'self priming' pump needs to be able to get at least a little liquid into it to get going.


Bit of a long shot but if I'm going to ask for advice I'd rather it be from patriots. Long story short the woman in charge of my dad's street for lawn service did something wrong and poisoned everyone's yards, the entire street is dead. We live in Florida, I've lived on the water my whole life and have 0 experience with landscaping and yards and grass and soil, I desperately want to help but I've never felt so out of my depth. His street sued and won, and got money, but he's going to spend it on more important things. His yard literally went from vibrant green grass that was so strong and firm to weeds and sand, it's desolate. I don't mind busting my ass in the sun if it's possible to fix, I'm trying to word this the right way... My dad bought the house and the previous owner's life was dedicated to this yard, it was a movie worthy yard, he set it up so my dad only had to worry about timing the sprinkler system. We can't afford to replace it, but I'd like to try to at least give him SOMETHING other than fucking weeds and sand, can anyone help?


We all know it's coming again. There's clearly business opportunities, and I'm not talking about sewing face masks.

Deck builders and other home improvement services made bank. Motorhomes are sold out. Bicycles and exercise equipment are only now coming back. Bars in South Dakota had their best tourist season ever.

What's your take? How can I take advantage next time around?


We have a raised bed, 8' by 4', that I prepped for the fall garden. These beds are 3' deep and have logs and limbs at the bottom, then wood chips, then dirt followed by 16" of "Super Dirt".

"Super Dirt" is our variation of "Mel's Mix" of the Square Foot Garden fame. So there's three types of manure include cow and mushroom, worm castings, peat moss, dirt, and vermiculite. Holds water and grows great veggies.

Layer the manure, castings and dirt on a large trap, mix, then add one bucket of this mix, one of peat moss and one of the verm to a cheap Ryobi cement mixer, moisten, mix, pivot, dump directly in the bed and spread.

Rained the day after the big mix, so the dirt is ready for the early fall planting of peppers and tomatoes and maybe some root vegetables later on.

I also had to put out more traps for varmints because the squirrels want to dig and stick their nuts in the dirt. (Pecans, which grow in the area, not parts of their anatomy...). Also rats from some of the vacant houses and lots. We will add screen to this bed next weekend, but so far I've "relocated" four destructive critters in two days.


I'm pretty handy with this stuff and have a bunch of education. PST if you know where I can get some training in western washington.


My trim and hand rail are in desperate need of paint. Most has chipped off, and i scalped the rest. Do i need a special primer to gave any chance of lasting a while? I have some waterbased kilz outdoor primer here from when i did the balcony, but that was all new wood. Good enough?


I was wondering, today, if anyone has ever put a big tent over their house...like a big circus tent? It would HAVE to have a substantial impact on your electric bill in the summer. Any ideas on methods and materials?


I want to turn an old guitar case into a gun case. Anyone have recommendations on where to buy quality foam for this? I’ve found a few places just through searching online, but figured I’d see if anyone here has experience with this. Thanks!

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