Every day there are multiple instances where we simply use what we have and think nothing of it. Tonight I want to share a few examples of how we use what is available and minimise buying new items.
About 10 years ago I scored a small rainwater tank on Freecycle. It had some rust spots and was no longer suitable for collecting rainwater but I had other plans. GMan cut it into 3 sections which we have used variously for small, raised garden beds and compost heaps. You can see them in some of the photos in this early blog post from 2011.
Over the years they have continued to rust and deteriorate a bit more and when GMan moved one recently, he declared that it was at the end of its useful life. However, on reflection, we decided that if we cut the worst of the rusted edge off it would be a bit shallower and would make a perfect herb garden.
The next trick was to find the best location for it. Ideally, it would be relatively close to the house for easy picking. After some discussion, we decided to remove the chilli bush in the corner of the vegetable garden area and place it there. We have two other very prolific chilli bushes so removing this one was not a problem. I removed all of the ripe chillies and added them to the bag of chillies in the freezer.
With the bush removed, it was time to position the cut-down tank.
The next job will be to fill it with soil and select what to plant in it.
Barely 2 months ago we had a Himalayan ash tree beside our driveway lopped. As you will see from the hyperlink, it is regarded as environmental weed where we live in southeast Queensland. The main tree and its multiple suckers had covered quite a large area and we immediately planted a selection of native shrubs and small trees in its place. One of these is a lovely grevillea which has grown very quickly but the 3 main branches were drooping badly. So, we decided that the best course of action was to create an enclosure with stakes that would help to support it until it develops enough strength of its own.
The straps connecting the stakes are some old webbing from the seat of an old armchair that GMan recently dismantled. I stapled them to the stakes using an upholstery staple gun that has been lurking in my craft cupboard for many years.
Here is another garden project that made the most of what we had.
I needed a table for potting and planting seeds so we created this one a couple of months ago and it has proved to be very successful.
We used an old bed frame and the slats which had previously been removed were replaced with some wire which we attached to the frame using fencing staples. A couple of timer crossbars allowed the attachment of a pair of metal legs. These had been salvaged from a table that my father had made many years ago. The wire top allows for easy watering and drainage while the location on the southern side of the house gets plenty of light and some sun while still being reasonably sheltered.
The final photo is not something we had but something we were given.
GMan planted these 5 new pineapple tops along the fenceline of the vegie garden. Thanks, Sandra and Glenn. We are looking forward to watching them mature and hopefully produce some delicious fruit. It will entail being patient as pineapples take about 18 months to grow.