Modern Planter


These are so crazy cool and blessedly fast to make. Okay, so its out of season right now, but I am posting this for those living in continuously warm climates. Like Hawaii or something. These modern planters are made from old filing cabinets!   

REcycling at its best, right? I found my old filing cabinets on Craigslist and at the local ReStore for about $5 to $10/each.


Next, sand with a medium grit sandpaper over the whole surface. Your primer will stick better.


Roll on primer. Use a brush for tight places.IMG_3068

Next, is the fun part of choosing your paint colors. I’ve seen these in yellow and in white. I chose a gray-blue and a friendly orange. Roll those colors on.


We made 4 and gave one away to a great friend with a new store.IMG_3071

Now comes the recyclables. What? Yes! Get out all of the plastic bottles, tin cans, and packing peanuts you can find. Throw it all in and pack it down, until your planter is 2/3 full with recyclables. What for? They drain well and save on the amount of dirt you need. Place your container where you want it to live for a while. Place a layer of landscape fabric over your recyclables. Add dirt. Add tall flowers or plants, and place bark mulch and a layer of rock around the plants for cool.

Here is one planter in the yard with baby bamboo in it.

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The other 2 filing-cabinet-planters are a visual hit on our deck! Enjoy!

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Kill H Pylori and heal your gut!


I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe medication or give medical advice. See a Naturopath for guidance on the following information on H Pylori:

I think many people are infected with H Pylori bacteria in their stomachs. Do you have acid reflux issues? Do you have IBS? Have you formed more and more sensitivities to food?  Here are 3 different gut issues you may could get tested for:

1. Candidiasis (overgrowth of candida fungus)

2. Leaky gut (leaks in cell walls of GI)

3. H Pylori bacteria

Most people who are infected with H Pylori bacteria do not experience symptoms or problems caused by the infection. Which is why many people do not know that they are infected. A number of H Pylori bacteria may just live silently in the lining of the stomach and duodenum for years. Over time, the overgrowth of bacteria can cause:

acid reflux


IBS- chronic digestive problems  (Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is the term the medical world uses when they don’t know why you have constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, spasm, even eczema and itchy skin, and they don’t have training in GI issues and misdiagnose).

Here is my story:

I was told Blood Type O has naturally high levels of stomach acid. I have struggled with mild GERD for years. I occasionally used acid-blockers (like prilosec, zantac, tums) to more or less manage it. When I drink my favorite Earl Grey tea in the afternoon, I used to pop a few Tums to alleviate the little burn that follows. Day after day, I just sort of managed these low grade acid issues.

About 5 years ago, I seemed to have formed a tiny ulcer. I was tested for H Pylori, the primary culprit to forming ulcers. I tested positive, was put on 2 antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (acid blocker). About 2 weeks later, I felt better. I was told over and over that I had a high acid stomach. So, I started on a daily Zantac before breakfast and my tums during the day. I added Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning.

Initially I felt better from the medicines. But within 3 months, my digestion, my sensitivities to foods, and my acidity just kept getting worse. I thought about my diet. I had been gluten free and dairy free for 10 years. Nutrition is a hobby of mine, so I’d do a little research and then change up my diet, and take some supplements and carry on. Nothing really effected the acid or digestion issues very effectively. Image

Then I did a little more research. Here was an insight that began to turn things around: low stomach acid and high stomach acid have the same symptoms (burning, indigestion, GERD).  A low acid stomach is the exact environment that H Pylori overgrows in. I’d been taking acid blockers for years, having believed that I had high acid, when in fact, my stomach has probably not had enough acid to digest my food. I had been taking acid blockers, and growing the H Pylori bacteria all this time.

How did I finally get rid of H Pylori? Naturally. First, I stopped taking acid blockers. Then, I did some research and began this regime:

1.Matula tea. Matula is a packaged tea you can buy online, for $160. I’m a cheap Scot and so made my own using: Olive leaf, dandelion, echinacea, artichoke leaf, clover, eucalyptus, and garlic. We have a great herbal store in my town and I was able to get lots of help putting this tea together.

2. Bought and started taking Bio HPF. I am a big fan of Natural Medicine and took doctor Dr. Mercola’s suggestions to take Bio HPF and Olive oil for H Pylori.

3. Fermented cabbage juice, or Gastrazyme. Both are amazing healers of the acidic and ulceric issues.

4. Mastic Gum inhibits and kills H Pylori bacteria. Whatever supplements you choose to use, if I can make one recommendation, it would be to take Mastic Gum. On empty stomach in the morning, and then 500 mg before bed. Mastic Gum is great for healing ulcers.

5. Good quality probiotics, like VSL or Prescript Assist.

Here are small things I did every day to keep my stomach PH level more able to heal from H Pylori:

1 tsp baking powder in water

1 TB Apple cider vinegar in warm water, sipping through the day

fresh lemon juice squeezed on vegetables


Here are several other pieces I’ve picked up over time from blogs that also seem to help people heal the stomach tissue (ulcers) that gets damaged from H Pylori:

Try zinc carnosine (a compound of the two) to heal the gut lining

glutamine powder in water twice a day to  heal the gut lining

chewable tablets of DGL (a form of licorice) 15 minutes before meals.

Try 200 to 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate twice a day

Slippery Elm for soothing 1 tsp in warm water.

I wish you well on your journey to heal this bacteria naturally, and hope this information can help you on your way.

Here is a link to a fantastic writer and healer of H Pylori,Sylvia Mckracken