Water tank raised vegetable bed

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”

Drainpipe planters

Not everything needs much work.  A great upcycle is using old drainpipe as planters.  I have used both recycled offcuts and bought drain specially for growing strawberries, micro salad and garlic. Both in my greenhouse and outside. Most are watered by a solar pump connected to an old olive barrel.  Some have proper ends toContinue reading “Drainpipe planters”

Fruit tree log arch

Every now and then I have a rash idea. This log fruit tree arch was one. The wood was left over from when I cleared the area, I didn’t follow any great plan. As a good boy scout, I knew how to lash and proceeded to lash to sides together. It had a middle andContinue reading “Fruit tree log arch”

Pallet compost bins

I like using recycled pallets to make things for the house and garden. These four compost bins were made using the sturdier euro pallets.  I dug a square trench, lined with recycled plastic sheet to try and prevent rotting, inserted holes for drainage, and after coating in some leftover fence paint, I placed the palletsContinue reading “Pallet compost bins”

Olive barrel water butts

Recycled and upgraded olive barrels, bought from Bunker Hill Nursery can be used for both planters and water butts.  I have used mine for the latter.  You can buy taps to drill in, but water butts are not expensive, and you run the risk of leakage.  Trying to keep my garden as self-sufficient and environmentallyContinue reading “Olive barrel water butts”

Pallet planters

My wife kindly helped start my pallet journey with a course on how to make pallet planters. These are amazingly practical and versatile planters for the garden or allotment.  I make them in two lengths and they are really designed around the wood taken from a cut up Eurolight pallet. No waste! The large planterContinue reading “Pallet planters”