A cheap and low-maintenance garden bed for vegetables

Last year, I hastily assembled a basic wicking bed in my garden, mostly using scraps of stuff I already had lying about. I think my biggest investments were a length of slotted agricultural drainage pipe and a couple of bags of sand.

If you’re stumbling across this article without any idea of what a wicking bed is or does, the executive summary is it’s a raised garden bed with a built-in reservoir that keeps the soil moist without direct watering. …


One man’s attempt to recreate a bizarre-sounding recipe

Recently I saw a couple of people posting a recipe from and old cookbook, probably from sometime in the 1950s. It was short, and the title contained an unusual combination of things that don’t usually go together. Who’d usually associate Coca-Cola with “salad”?

Recipe for Coca Cola Salad: 1 package orange jello, 1 small package cream cheese, 1 large Coca-Cola (10 oz.), 1/2 cup nuts.
Recipe for Coca Cola Salad: 1 package orange jello, 1 small package cream cheese, 1 large Coca-Cola (10 oz.), 1/2 cup nuts.

Putting aside issues with the stretched (but not unprecedented) use of the word “salad”, there were a lot of reactions to this, mostly along the lines of it being amazingly gross, insane, weird or wrong. I looked at it though, and saw nothing that you couldn’t put in a cheesecake and have good results with. …

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