Common Household Remedies Request
Smoke bombs! (That was my answer last time.) Nature is wonderful: Success in discouraging the woodchuck (mothballs) means that another creature took over the empty niche.
Here's another one! I'd like a "water feature" -- but nothing cutesy involving gnomes, or little wagons, or resin -- partly to attract pollinators, and partly because I'm at my wit's end about what to do with the "dead space" in the middle of my front area.
Basically, the front area -- and I know this looks awfully sketchy now, but please wait a month! -- is a rough triangle, bounded by the sidewalk, a path, and the driveway. Each edge of the triangle has its own order: The sidewalk has Zinnias, will have wildflowers, and will have clover (when the damn order arrives; now that I have no local hardware store, I'm reduced to mail order for seeds). The path has Black-Eyed Susans on one side, and a squash patch on the other. The driveway has Columbines and Bleeding Hearts and, to be fair, some sacks and piles of rocks and some weeds, and later for that.
In the the middle of the triangle, there's a rock garden on the sidewalk side, two Filbert trees, and the dead space I've never been able figure out what to do with. It's not on my route to anywhere, and I've never figured out how to make it a destination. One time I tried putting an herb garden there, but it's really uncomfortably close to the street (though some basil -- it's invasive! -- remains). A water feature would really tie the area together....
But I looked at water features on Amazon (no local hardware store....) and nothing quite fits. The requirements are:
- Nothing cutesy
- Recycle Water
- Stone (and not resin)
The one I liked best was a stack of stones with a 5-gallon reservoir but it's not solar. Readers, thoughts? Is there a simple and cheap way to contruct my water feature? (Simple and rugged; I don't want to have to be fixing and tinkering and adjusting.)