Over Christmas I found myself at my mother’s and was exploring her garden. I noticed she was using a recycling box to grow some leaks. Amusingly, I also have such a box in my garden. It used to house a cherry tree, this year was used for some courgettes. Mother like son!
This has not been a productive year for projects and upcycling. Mainly due to the birth of our first child. The previous year, 2020, with the novelty of a first lockdown meant it was the most productive. What was achieved? In the garden a potting table made out of pallets has proven particularly handy. MakesContinue reading “Roundup of upcycling in 2021”
I’ve written before about dried flowers being placed in upcycled whisky and milk bottles. One step further are these used artillery shells. They found there way into our house when my parents downsized- I have no idea where they originally came from. For now they contain dried flowers from the garden. I quite like them.
This amazing old water tank was found in the corner of our new garden. I dragged it from the wall, lined with plastic and filled with compost. It looks great, a shame it isn’t in a more prominent place, but I found after constructing the structure for the garden. For the last couple of yearsContinue reading “Water tank raised vegetable bed”
I have written before about my scaffolding garden benches. A pair of scaffolding tables were made at the same time. These were early upcycling creations and their flaws have created rustic charm. When we moved into our new house, my wife was keen for garden furniture, refusing to buy, I set to work with reclaimedContinue reading “Reclaimed timber garden table”
This project took almost four years until completion… if it can be called completed. When we acquired our house we were forced to clear an overgrown side garden, felling some poor trees to create an orchard and raised beds. With a wood burner and made construction projects, eg fruit tree arch, the logs would notContinue reading “Scaffolding plank wood store with living roof”
You can’t beat raspberries, I find them tastier than strawberries. To provide the perfect growing conditions I used some reclaimed scaffolding boards to create a raised bed and some added heat. Rasps can grow high and scraggy, so some old fenceposts were screwed for height and some pallot boards and wire to brace. It’s doneContinue reading “Raspberry raised beds and supports”
Our front drive and garden were a bit bleak. Vast and soulless with sharp angles. Too costly and not practical for large changes, I really wanted to soften some of the edges, create a bit of height, depth and colour. Endless searching led me to some six sided clay pipes. Not sure what the wereContinue reading “Clay pipe plant pots and wine rack”
Apparently I’m a messy gardener. In defence, I think it is down to not having the correct configuration. With this in mind, every year plastic pots, compost and chaos ensued around potting time. This year it would be different. A couple of old pallets were bolted together. Some left over kitchen work-surface out to useContinue reading “Pallet potting table”
A very simple job of using some old logs from the garden to create a frame I was using to train up a kiwi vine. Six years to fruit, fingers crossed it was worth planting!