Great Old Ideas!

Many years ago I purchased two old Popular Mechanics books at a used book shop. The information  is great and while some of the projects (like a garden windmill) aren’t quite my style, some of the other ideas are terrific!

Three well placed holes are all it takes to secure a hose for an instant sprinkler or garden faucet.

Three well placed holes are all it takes to secure a hose for an instant sprinkler or garden faucet.

This hands-free hose holder is from the Concrete Handbook that Popular Mechanics published in 1943. They showed it braced to the side of a cement mortar box, but I think I might make one that is sharply pointed at the bottom so I can drive it firmly into the ground.

With or without the bird, this is a very clever plant support!

With or without the bird, this is a very clever plant support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of this plant support! I often purchase cement and clay birds when I find them at shops or tag sales and will just mount one of them atop the post. I think this is a very clever project! It appeared in the 1942 Popular Mechanics Garden Book.

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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