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MIT DIY Robot Gardners!

Here’s some interesting news from researchers at MIT developing robot “Garden” automation.  I have to speculate on how “effective” this would be but I imagine it will be highly effective than not.

From the looks, it seems they’ve put a webcam, servo motor, and other goodies for plants in the project.  This might be a sign that robot farming may not be too far from reality.

Heck, I’d like to purchase one of these robotic garden kits at Wal-Mart and grow my own “automated” farm with abili

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Garden DIY – How to Make a Dry Rock “Zen” Garden!

For the weirdest reasons, I have been inclining towards gardening and related howtos.  Here’s a cool DIY you can follow that shows you to recycle your old barn into a dry rock “Zen” garden.  It looks pretty good to me, great source of information if you are thinking about doing something similar.

When our century old barn became too too dangerous to use anymore we had a salvage company remove as much of the old board and beams as possible.

It’s nice to think our old board will have a new life as an upscale floor som

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Garden DIY – How to Make a Flower/Vegetable Bed!

Pioneer Woman has a really extensive and detailed DIY on how to make a flower/vegetable bed, completely from scratch using home/garden tools.  I didn’t know it took this much thought process to make such a flower bed but a very interesting read indeed and highly recommend to you garden-addicts.

I want you to know that this is the easiest thing in the world to do. If you’re even remotely comfortable with using a drill, this entire project can take under an hour. If not, it still won’t take you very long. And it’ll bring you a great sens

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Garden DIY – How to Kill Gophers and Moles with a Solar Powered Sonic Deterrent!

I have to say I’ve been fighting a LOT of gophers while I used to live at my parent’s house.   I did use the Sonic Mole Deterrent which requires 4 D-sized batteries and would run out every couple weeks or so but here’s the solar alternative that will keep going once you insert it into the gophers’ holes.

These Sonic Deterrents basically make noise, which is really annoying to the rodents.  (and to you too.)

Of course, one trick to deterring these nasty little gophers is to not use the Sonic Deterent all the time, m

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Garden DIY – How to Grow Giant Tomatoes!

Well, I’ve noticed these giant tomato ads and couldn’t help post it, you can order these freakin’ GIANT tomato plants here for $10 and they come with 3 plants that will grow to over 8 feet in just 90 days!

Only if I had a house with a garden…

The Giant Tomato Tree is the virtual tomato

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Garden DIY – How to Make LED Grow Lights for your Plants!

Hopefully, you won’t be using this LED grow light to grow your illegal plants (or maybe legal depending on where you are and what licenses you have), but here’s a great way to keep your plants healthy full of artificial LED light by making LED grow lights!

Specialized grow lights that closely mimic the sun’s rays are a better solution, but you can get the same effect with special LEDs that are also brighter, cheaper and last far longer. These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the day; however, they’ll also

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Eco-Garden DIY – How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGFDlkJOdaM

Here’s a great DIY on how to make your own rain barrel and re-use that natural unfiltered water for your garden water:

1. Make sure you place or install the rain barrels on a level surface, as the barrels will get heavy once filled with water.

2. You want to make sure you keep small critters and debris out of your collected water, and you can achieve this, by installing mesh screens and covers on your rain barrel. You don’t want standing water attracting unsavory types, such as mosqu

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Garden DIY – How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots!

If you are into growing plants (not that kind hopefully unless you have a license for it in CA), you might want to learn how to make seedling pots using newspaper.

I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape per pot.

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Garden DIY – How to Make a Green Water Pump!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eJLEh5–1w

Check out this awesome DIY that shows you how to make a green water pump that can pressurize water upto 28psi without use of any electricity or gas, just water.  I can see this thing saving local farmers a LOT of money, great DIY!

The one I built has a few novelties that make it more reliable, cheaper and easier to operate than most of the plans you find on the Internet. It developed a steady 28psi pressure at the pump and delivered about 1,000 gallons per day where we wanted it.

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Obama to Ditch His RIM Blackberry for a Windows Mobile Phone? – I “Hope” NOT!

Well while I *thought* for sure that Obama would be keeping his blackberry with special encryption provided by the NSA, that’s not the case and Obama might be ditching his RIM Blackberry for a Windows Mobile phone.

Now, when you think of stability of security, do you think of anything *Windows*???

Arghhh, this might be the worst decision ever if the President does decide to go with a virus-susceptible Windows

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