|Three washing machines and three chest freezers equals a lot of growing space|
She took some timber rounds from the wood pile to use as legs for the new beds, this improves visibility under and around the beds (so we can see when Brian the black snake is around) and also gets the growing area above duck notice height. The washing machines and some stray chest freezers we had laying around were set up on their new legs along one wall of the humpy ready for filling with soil.
Since I have become obsessed with Hugelkultur I have been experimenting with places to put wood in the garden, this seemed like the perfect time to experiment. We collected heaps of old, half rotted branches from the ground around the humpy (within wheelbarrow distance) and filled the bottoms of the new beds. Then we used compost from the bottom of the chook pen (made from food scraps, straw, cardboard and newspaper all mixed with chook poo) to fill the rest of the beds. We planted peas, silverbeet, carrots and beetroot in the new areas.
|It looks a mess, but chooks make great compost.|
The peas and beetroot are up and thriving so far.
|Peas at the back so they can climb the wire trellis against the wall and carrots in the front|
We use pretty much anything that will hold soil to make garden beds here;
|Tanks cut in half|
|A trailer someone left here too long|
Tell me about how you upcycle your rubbish.