Building A Planter From A Pallet

“You’ve seen pallet projects before but this one is simple, relatively quick, and results in a planter that you can use to grow strawberries, veggies, screening shrubs, or greenery of your choice. The resulting planter is not only functional but looks great too – no one would ever know that it was a simple pallet in its former life! The project requires one pallet, a few hand tools, and a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. Once you’ve made one, you’ll be able to knock them out quickly so you could end up with an entire container garden using these upcycled planters.”

I think I’m going to use this on my weed ridden allotment to plant strawberries and maybe some raspberries.s

For the impatient, skip to 3 minutes in for instructions. Only one pointer really and that is to say that I’d personally buy some long screws to screw the legs into place.

Thanks for goes to Tanya over @ http://www.lovelygreens.com

Hot Water From Your Compost Heap

Great video showing how to get hot running water at an off grid (remote or inconvenient) location. I’ll be using this one on my allotment when I get round to it, be for simple things like washing hands, maybe even use it to heat the shed or pollytunnel during the winter, take the edge off things. Interesting stuff!

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TED Talk: “Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong”

Entertaining and interesting information on composting, it’s not quite “Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong” but he raises some good points about saving as much “leaf mold” (fallen tree leaf) to make into essentially needed rich compost and save your kitchen waste/scraps and waste paper for the Wormary (worm bin) where the worms can actually break it down into a useable form. Compost piles often struggle to break these “ingredience” down but worms enrich them into what’s known as “worm casts”, an excellent source of Nitrogen and Phosphorus as well as many other things.

Speaker: Mike McGrath @ TEDxPhoenixville
More info on speaker: http://whyy.org/cms/youbetyourgarden/

Recycled Mini Propagator

Free Mini Propagator

Don’t throw those clear plastic bottles away, recycle them your self and make mini greenhouses for your seedlings and cuttings. Keep the bottle tops too for adjusting humidity and temperature.

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