5 Gallon Bucket

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How to automatically water your plants while you’re on vacation

If you have plants in your house that you want to keep hydrated while you’re on vacation, you could ask someone to enter your house every day to do it for you. Alternatively, you can use a rope or a shoelace. This is called wick watering. It involves making use of the capillary action of a piece of rope, where water can simply crawl upwards.

Look at the principle at work here:

All that’s necessary now is to place the rope near a pot with a plant. When you place the rope in the water, it will take a few hours for the rope to begin wicking out the water, so don’t expect to see water dripping immediately.

A good implementation of wick watering plants can be seen here:

 

 

 

Using buckets for long term food storage

emergency flour storage bucket

Look at the supermarket today and you’ll find an abundance of fresh food to choose from. It wasn’t always like that. The Netherlands suffered a big famine in the winter of 1944/45. People had to travel by bicycle from the big cities to the countryside, in hopes of finding farmers who had some food available for sale.

The Dutch famine is a classic example of how rapidly things can go wrong in a wealthy densely populated country. Famine is not just something you hear about on TV, my grandparents lived through one, they had to eat tulip bulbs to survive. Many people suffered hunger during the Great Depression too.

In countries plagued by war today, famines are happening as we speak. Things can go wrong in a country without war too however. In Venezuela in 2016, 75% of the population lost an average of 19 pounds of weight! A big natural disaster could similarly lead to people going hungry. For this reason, we will look today at ways to store food to prepare for potentially disastrous situations.

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How to build a scarecrow

scarecrow bucket orange hair pants boots

In the image above here you can see our scarecrow. Isn’t this the most evil looking bucket you’ve ever seen?  As you can see, the clothing isn’t filled with anything. That’s actually on purpose. As the arms can flail around in the air, I think the movement may help scare away birds. It took us about an hour to set up this scarecrow, but you can probably do it in less time with our instructions.

We’re going to show you how we set up this scarecrow, so stay with us, as we show you the materials we used.

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