DIY Laundry to Landscape Greywater System

We just installed a greywater system that lets us redirect water from the washer to the planters in our front yard. It was a one day project, and best of all, no permit is required in California!

the finished project

Here’s how we set up our system, including the parts we bought. If you would like to replicate this system, your parts may vary based on the locations of your washer, sewer pipe, and rain barrel. Check out the links at the end for more examples, parts lists, and regulations.

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Fairy Rings


With all the rain we’ve been getting here in Southern California, mushrooms are popping up in lawns everywhere. I’ve really enjoyed watching the circle of mushrooms emerge on our front lawn. They appeared on a day when all my electronics were going wonky, and as I told the kids this was because there was too much magic in the air, they nodded very seriously.

I’m lucky they still play along with me. :)

Killing Floor


I just finished reading the first Jack Reacher novel, by Lee Child. Wow, the amount of blood-letting stretched the imagination. Other than that it was a pretty good story. I can see why some people thought Tom Cruise was not a good pick for the role of Jack in the movie version. I think Brad Pitt or Chris Evans (Captain America) would be better fits.