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My name's Gennaro Brooks Church. I'm a green builder. This is my home. It's also a show house, and it highlights the most intelligent building techniques we've discovered. So Let's go see. When I bought the property, it was like many brownstones, it was designed for a large family. And so, there were a lot of very small rooms, and very dark rooms. The entire place was eaten up by termites, so it was a real mess. The joist, everything had to be taken out. It spawned this idea of what I call a zero building.
Technique, which is when you deconstruct or demolish the space, you try to reuse all that stuff. You try to have zero waste. So this is the kitchen, and like everywhere else in the house, it's all salvaged. We made the cabinets. They're formaldehydefree, FFC certified. It's the only wood that I've ever bought. Now we're doing four years, many, many renovations and houses. I have yet to buy wood. That's pretty amazing. The doors are salvaged. The beams that create the structural part of it is salvaged. This floor is wideplank maple, salvaged from a.
Renovation for a Corcoran building. Then of course, all the bathrooms are highefficient toilets. They sound kind of like explosions. Here you have a combination of design, culture, and available materials. In most brownstones, you'd actually need to turn on a light right now. What we have here is a light shining down from the sky, but also what's called a stack effect. So this is actually designed to get very hot. And the heat, when you open the door, will go up, as hot air rises. And it will create a vacuum, and suck in.
Cool air down there. Up here, we have the green roof. It's only about an inch or two thick of soil. Over here, we have our beehive, which we collect honey from. And we do have a turtle over here. It's cheaper to do this, than to do that horrendous tar heat sink. Reason being, this saves on your cooling costs. It saves on your need to replenish your roof. It's cheaper to have this paradise than it is to have that hellish, blank, lifeless slate. This is a selfcontained unit, uses almost no energy.
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How to make a Pallet Planter
Here's how you can make a pallet planter quickly and inexpensively. Find a pallet that's in good condition. You could use a full pallet for this, but to keep the weight manageable, we cut it down to a smaller size. Mark a line just outside the center over the pallet so that after the cut, you'll have a board running along each side. Measure the width and length of the pallet then cut a piece of landscape fabric about 4 inches longer and wider. With the pallet topside down, staple the fabric to the inside face of the top of the pallet.
Use plenty of staples and be sure to staple the sides as well as the inside face. Pallet wood can be very hard so tap the staples in with a hammer if needed. Repeat this for the bottom side of the pallet. But this time, staple the fabric to the outer face, leaving extra 4 to 5 inches to fold over each end, but at this time only staple 1 inch shut. Leave the other open. Tip the planter so the open end is up and begin filling with potting mix. After every 6 or so inches, take a broom handle gently tamp it firm to prevent settling.
Later. Keep adding soil and tamping until the planter is full. Now you can staple the end shut. Lay the planter flat and cut an X pattern with a razor blade in the spots you want to plant. With your fingers, hollow out a planting space, remove a little soil if necessary, then insert the root ball into the hole. The step is easier if you start with small plants. Pallet planters are heavy so if you mount one on a wall, be sure you have a solid structure to fasten it to. A good way to support the weight is with a mounting.
Hedging the Bet The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
You know, it's nice when plants do exactly what you want them to do. Like in this case, they're blocking the view of that car. They say an ecofriendly house can't be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. Nothing like the sweet smell of fresh soil. Just love it. So what we're doing here is we're putting in a hedge. And it's just not any hedge. It's a native plant hedge,.
Which is important to what we're doing here with this project. We started the landscaping, if you didn't notice. And the idea here is on this far western edge of the property is to put in a hedge that would be able to give the house a little privacy from this busy road and views from other parts of the farm. So this hedge was chosen because I really love native plants. It's a very drought resistant plant. It's native to the Southwest. It's called a Yaupon Holly. It has a very interesting history. The Yaupon is a derivative of an.
Indian word. They would drink a tea, and European, early European explorers and naturalists, thought that they would drink it because it would cause them to vomit just like a purgative. This plant got pegged with a name Ilex vomitoria. Ilex is the genus for holly. So this is just one of an American native holly. But what I love about it has these tiny, little leaf. And you can let these things grow really large. They can grow up to 20 feet tall. And you can prune them up or leg them up, or you can let them be bush form. You can cut them into.
A really tight hedge so they almost look like Boxwood or something very formal. So there's a lot of things you can do with this particular plant. And I got a great deal on them. So I thought this is gonna be perfect for screening this side and also screening the upper side of where the cars will park. Because I don't like to see cars parked everywhere. So if you look here, what you wanna do is you don't wanna ever plant a plant too deeply. And you can see, this is the top of the root ball here. So that needs to be level with the soil.
Level. And what the guys will do is they will build what is called a swell around this which will help it collect water. These are being planted with a planting medium that has mycorrhizal in it, which is a natural fungus that helps root growth and will actually make the plants grow that much faster. The other thing about these Yaupon Hollies, which I think is so interesting, is they make great habitat for the birds because they produce a red berry. If you're enjoying these ideas and updates on our landscape, make sure you check in regularly,.
Downstairs Soundproofing Day 85 The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
Hey, if you want a really quiet house, you gotta think ahead. They say an ecofriendly house can't be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith Join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. Well, you gotta wonder what all this fuzzy, yellow stuff is. Well, it's insulation. Yeah, that's right. It's more than thatwe're talking about soundproofing. It's really important in a house to think about the soundproofing, particularly between, well, bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms. And behind this wall, we got the laundry room.
And what we're gonna have is a washer and dryer stack, and they can make quite a bit of racket. And we have 2 by 4 walls on the inside. The exterior walls are 2 by 6 walls6 inch thick walls. But these are only 4 inch thick walls. And we use the Pine planking, which does add some sound barrier. But we packed the walls with this product here. And when you use it, you really need to be careful. You need to use gloves. You need to make sure.
You wear the safety goggles. And, of course, you need to make sure you protect your respiratory system, alright And we save every little bit of it. This is made from fiberglass, and not only are we packing it in the walls, it's going in the ceiling just above these areas. Because just above us, you can see all the plumbing that's from the upstairs bathroom. Now, when you apply this material, you wanna make sure it's away from any sources of heat. So you wouldn't want to put near an electrical socket. You wouldn't want to put it near a.
Fan, a motor. Or, for instance, if we were over there by the firebox, you wouldn't want to use it in place like that. Now, let's talk about ceilings and floors. For instance, in this room, you know, we got a hallway upstairs that runs approximately along here, so there's gonna be quite a bit of foot traffic. And what I wanted to do to help save money and stay within the budget in this room, was to make it look like that these actual trusses that support the upstairs floor, serve as beamsdecorative features for this downstairs.
Room. Okay, so I'm still into the whole deal. But what Tony is gonna do is he's actually gonna take some planking to make it look like it's the floor of the upstairs. So he's gonna use those 1 by 6s. But between the 1 by 6sand you can see this little trim board on either sidethere's a 2 by 2 on either side. He's gonna take that soundproofing, all of those scrap pieces that we're savingwe'll have to by some extra tooand he's gonna press it up there, staple it into that and then apply what is the finish board. And then we'll.
Growing Vegetables in the Fall P. Allen Smith Classics
This time of year my greenhouse is a very popular place. It's popular for all of my tropical and tender plants and anything that I'm starting from seed. And it's a popular for me to hang out because it's the best place for me to get my hands in the soil and do a little gardening. Now what I'm doing here is I'm getting ready to do some lettuce planting. But I want to tell you that this greenhouse serves many purposes. I have several plants that I love to grow and have had for years, such as my Meyer's Lemon, the bay trees I.
Have here, and the Agapanthus that I typically have blooming around the center circle here at the Garden Home Retreat. Now what I'm doing today is I'm getting some little lettuce started. I'm using this one called Tom Thumb. It's one of the butter head lettuces, which I absolutely adore. And what I'm doing is, I'm gonna drop just a couple of seed in each one of these little cell packs, okay And all I do is just drop them in like this you get the idea and then I'll come back with just a 14 inch of soil over the top of them, alright.
Water them in, and about 10 days this will be solid green with little seedlings of lettuce. Now, a couple things to keep in mind if you're growing some of your own vegetables I like to recycle, but if you recycle some of these little cell packs, you wanna make sure from season to season you drop them into a solution of water and bleach. It takes just a little bit of bleach. So say a 9 wash tub, fill it up, put about 3 tablespoons of bleach in there, and then you can drop these in for an hour or so, lift them out, rinse them off,.
And you've destroyed all the pathogens that might be on them. I also do that with my clay pots as well. Now once these little lettuce plants come up, they get several leaves on them, I can transplant them out into the garden. And one way to help with that transition is to use a frost blanket. In fact, this past fall, late in the season, I planted lettuce, chard, even sweet peas, and covered them with a frost blanket. And it was amazing how long I was able to harvest vegetables in the garden. You see, the frost blanket gives these plants.
A little advantage and so you can extend the growing season. Now let me talk to you about a couple other little advantages that you may want to think about. You can see that I have these cell packs in this plastic saucer, if you will. What this does is it helps me hold moisture within this little compound, alright Because consistent moisture is really important. What I have here are 72 little cell packs, so I'll 72 little plugs of lettuce to put out in the garden. And then, you can also find these covers that can sit on top.
Of it just like this, and this will also help raise the humidity as the little seedlings come up, which is another advantage. So in effect, what you've done is you've created a little greenhouse within a greenhouse. Now, another thing I want you to think about is soil. You really need to use a good potting soil. In fact, there are soils blended for starting seedlings, and these make a lot of sense. So don't try to use soil out of the garden or even soil you used last year. It's best to start with fresh soil.
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