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Well finally had some time in the garden, and pleased to say getting on. This year I have tried to recycle in the garden. Nearly all my seeds have been sown in recycled plastic containers. Oval ice cream tubs and mushroom containers have been favourite, especially for small amount of seeds. Working with a large supermarket chain also has it’s advantages. Lots of small clear plastic trays which I have used as drip trays and some fit over seed trays to act as propagator lids. For pots of seeds and cuttings, I have used clear plastic bags to cover them fastened by recycled elastic bands, yes I have an obliging postman who gives me handfuls of them.

Yesterday I sowed five large cut flower buckets, with potatoes and covered them with a large fleece type bag which our television was wrapped in. The bag has already seen one year’s use and still strong. I used to have one of those tumbler compost bins but the metal frame broke, so I have cut off the bottom and placed it on the ground. The bottom was perfect for cut and come again lettuce which was mixed with spring onions to put off pests.

With some seed potatoes over I am waiting a while to spread the cropping out. With these I got a tip from the RHS which is to use empty compost bags. With all these container vedge I get through quite a lot of compost so should have plenty to use as well as the black sacks, my dog food comes in.

Now I have ‘him indoors’ at it. My bird table has to stay in the bottom of the garden to stop the dogs knocking it over. That means it is difficult to see the birds. The table is frequented by overweight pigeons and they are gradually destroying my flimsy shop bought table. Hubby decided to make a new one and is very proud of his efforts. Rumaging through his workshop he managed to find everything he needed, even an old metpost so we could fix it firmly closer to the house and dog proof. As he built it I was standing by with non-toxic weather proofer and paint brush, giving each part several coats whilst he moved on to the next bit. The roof is made of ship lap fencing panels taken from a fence we took down as was the post and metpost. It was very satisfying not having to pay a visit to the DIY store for any bits.

Now poor hubby has to make two more, one for mother and one for my daughter. Anyway pleased to say we put it up expecting the birds to treat it with suspicion, but the next morning it was already being visited.

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Well done - thanks for the ideas!

1 Apr, 2009


How beautiful I love it thank you so much for shareing have cup of tea on me look at my blog and get recipie. Happy April Fools day..Life is so good and we are so blessed to have each other here may you enjoy your day.

1 Apr, 2009


Great job - you must be well pleased. Like your recycling ideas too.

1 Apr, 2009


And well done to him indoors - a great bird table

1 Apr, 2009


A great job on all your recycling endeavours. It's always nice to know you have helped the environment as well as grown your own produce.
Lovely bird table. I think "him indoors" should go into business makiing those. :o)

2 Apr, 2009


It's good to be able to make things yourself. I wish I could.
Well done for recycling aswell :o)

2 Apr, 2009

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