"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

Month: November 2019

Make a Portable Potting Bench from a Repurposed Dresser

No plant room is complete without a potting bench. This versatile table comes in handy for starting seedlings, repotting house plants or rooting cuttings. What is even better is repurposing a cast-off dresser and giving it a new, green life. If you add 4 inch caster wheels to the legs, you can easily move your potting bench wherever you need it.

Finding the Raw Materials

Perhaps you have an old wooden dresser kicking around in the basement or the garage that would be perfect for this project. It might be missing a drawer or some hardware. If not, check out thrift shops, on CraigsList or yard sales to find something. A long, low dresser is better for this project than a high one because you will want to be able to stand at it and work comfortably.

Designing the Bench

Once you have an appropriate dresser, decide how you want it to look. If you leave the top drawers in place, you can use them for storing gardening tools, gloves, plant markers, pens and other small items. With the lower drawers removed, the area becomes storage for larger things like pots and bags of soil, plant food and amendments. You can reuse the drawers you remove by hanging them on the wall and turning them into shadow box shelves.

Preparing the Dresser

You will probably want to paint the dresser so that it matches the color scheme of your plant room–let me guess, green? Before you paint, remove the drawer pulls and other hardware. This is a good time to add the casters to the bottom as well. Whatever color of paint you choose, you will need to clean the surface, sand it lightly and wipe it down with a tack cloth or a rag dampened in some mineral spirits

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Simple Conditions

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the most common type of bankruptcy filed by ordinary consumers. The object of Chapter 7 submission is to obtain the release of all your unsecured debt, such as credit cards, and even most of the valuations. A “repatriation” court only means that you don’t have to pay these debts. Sounds good, right? So, how to file chapter 7 bankruptcy? Chapter 7 is a very powerful tool, giving a fresh start, free of debt, but not for everyone. To be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the debtor must be able to show that he really cannot afford to pay part of his debt after the required living expenses. After all the necessary living expenses, such as payment of rent or mortgage, food, clothing, utilities, car payments, gasoline, insurance, and the like, there is no possible income left to pay even one hundred dollars or more against credit cards and other unsecured debt.


In addition, Chapter 7 bankruptcy also requires that if the debtor has a valuable asset that is not included in the permissible exceptions, then the asset must be submitted for liquidation (sale) to pay something to one’s creditor. The state differs in the number of exceptions or the value of assets that might be saved in Chapter 7. California, for example, states that couples who are married under the age of 65 can own a home with no more than $ 75,000 of equity, and one person under 65 may retain houses with equity of no more than $ 50,000. Other exemption amounts exist to cover vehicles of relatively low value, household furniture, equipment, and other personal assets. The most protected asset in any state is an eligible pension account. A 401 (k) or IRA, for example, is completely released or protected in most
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