I will make a frame full of these cute little succulents and put it on the wall:)
the newest addition to my garden is a 4 x 10 foot raised bed made out of cedar. my awesome husband agreed to build it for me & tear up all the sod which is a total pain. I can’t wait to fill this up with dirt & then fill it with plants. this bed is going to be for my 11 varieties of tomatoes among other things. pretty exciting!
The seed starter pockets are a great use for the ever growing pile of TP rolls. I have seeds and some dirt I should get to starting them. The trick is inside the space or them inside. The sunflowers are going to be gorgeous!
No need to buy peat pots when you can make your own biodegradable pots out of something you already have in your home — toilet paper rolls. Cut the rolls in half and fold in the bottom of the roll as shown above. Add soil and seeds and you have your very own peat pot.
Progress at Sunday 15th April
I’ve got my frost protection in place for all my lovely seedlings. I have planted up 6 out of my 9 beds and have my broad beans hardening off in my makeshift coldframe.
I really need to sort out the path in front of my allotment, going to give it the vinegar treatment and see how well that works.
Haven’t tried this myself yet… but vinegar can clean the house and about a million other things, so I’m not surprised it also kills weeds.
We used vinegar at OSBG to kill the grass in a new lot, before building beds and compost piles over it. You can use regular vinegar, boil down the vinegar to make it stronger, or you can buy agricultural-grade vinegar, which comes in versions 3-6x stronger (15-30% acetic acid) than distilled white household vinegar(5%). Great for gravel and pathways, but it will kill your veggies if you use it on a bed. The best way to get rid of those weeds is preventative measures, and by hand.
6 ideas for repurposing springs
Into a rustic or industrial look? Consider using springs, from lighter-weight bed springs to more sturdy automotive types, in creative ways like these:
Individual springs enhancing a garden or tabletop. (image above, via Sjarmerende Gjenbruk)
Another tabletop idea. (via the same blog, here)
Set of springs repurposed as vertical storage. (image from Better Homes and Gardens; spotted on Pinterest here)
Springs made into lighting. (featured previously on Unconsumption here)
Truck springs fabricated into stools. (via House Beautiful)
Industrial springs made into sculptural light forms in a garden. (via Paradis Express blog)
Looks like someone’s got A Case of Spring Fever.
One of my favorite places at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the peaceful area around Charles B. Foster’s sculpture titled “Slow Dance”. I couldn’t resist taking this photo during my most recent visit when I noticed the Florida Flame Azalea’s had begun to bloom.
Pick the site: Plant potatoes when the danger of frost has passed. Not sure of frost dates in your area? Contact your local cooperative extension service. Select the sunniest site possible. All-day sun is best, but as little as 6 to 8 hours will do. Keep in mind that you will…
More raised beds.
We have now finally finished off the raised beds on my plot, I have the front fruit/herb area and then 5 raised beds (1.2m x 5m ish) and then 4 earth beds that I’m going to neaten by placing logs around the edges.
Phew. Done. Now time to get on and plant stuff!