Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

THINGS FROM THE TIP for my garden

I love recycling. I got a huge bird cage for $5. It would hold a cockatoo quite nicely. I completely pulled it apart and flattened out the tin roof, drilling out the pop vivetts, I used the tin from the roof to make the tank pump cover, I had everything here from garage sales or the tip to make it, so I guess it was ALMOST FREE.

I just wish I had taken a photo of the cage before I dismantled it...

I cut the mesh sides into three strips with an angle grinder and used that for borders for my vege gardens.....not in these photos but if you look through the veges, you can still see the two doors from the cage....

Here is an old steel bin that I couldn't resist for 50 cents, I got two that day and I have painted one of them green........all the frame work is from the tip as well.

Here I have two pieces of galvanised guttering that I have attached to the beams on the fence...

I didn't buy that many strawberry plants, the nursery had punnets with three plants in each....

what I do is look closely at each punnet to see if any have more than the three plants....better value .....I did buy about $30 dollars worth of punnets that day, but I also got 29 FREE PLANTS by looking closer at the punnets.

The plants are now producing runners which I am also planting, eventually it will be full of strawberry plants.....
The cost for guttering $10 I also put down some old coconut fibre I had laying around, then I sprinkled lightly some of those water crystals, then planted the plants, I first used crushed egg shells as a mulch because they were tiny and I didn't want to feed the slugs my new plants..

Notice the organza bag on one of the strawberries, I get an extra chance at NOT feeding the birds my lovely strawberries...it seems if I can hide them, I might get to pick them...

Since building this for my strawberries, we have had some really hot days. Unfortunately many of the strawberry plants on the top row have gotten quite burnt. If I was to do another one of these I would think about putting something else in the top row, or just mounting the guttering on the middle support on the fence. I just hope my strawberry plants survive.

Here is my set up for growing veges from seeds...I can get bread trays for $1 at the tip.....The flyscreens are also from the tip for $1.00 each....they help to stop the birds eating the nice young shoots.....the furnace bricks are leftover that I got from freecycle...we actually hired a brick saw and cut them into thirds to use as pavers for the back yard....
It is all easily dismantled if I wish as I only used cable ties as hinges and screws.....All my punnets and trays are also from freecycle.....my name tags are made from ice-cream containers cut up, we don't buy icecream, but I put a call out to freecycle whenever I am running low......


Ok, now here in the front of the garden is some fencing, which is actually about 4 meters long....very straight and neat for $5 at the tip.....it was a dog impound for when people take dogs to a show....I think they would be rather expensive for dog owners.....there was no preparation or dismantling with this one, I just bought it home and nailed it onto the front of the garden beds. I now have no more dogs on that garden either...all for $5.

That is just some of the things I have done to recycle in my garden, hope you enjoy.......

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nellymary,
    I've just read your blogs....I feel exhausted! What a clever and thrifty lady you are! I love the idea of the guttering on the fence, I might try that with herbs. The cheese making is very adventurous but I can imagine the taste....it would be beautiful. Keep the good work up!


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