‘DIY compost box’ – perfect for small gardens!

Hello folks!

This weekend has been one for ‘making things’, I spent much of yesterday evening making dream catchers for the house… Also considering selling them, but thats a decision for another day and blog haha.

Today we made our own compost boxes for the garden.

Now, I know what you are thinking, why make one when you can buy a perfectly good compost bin from a store?! Well, with the limited space we have in our teenie yarden, we need something equally teenie. Plus, we don’t have LOADS of plants so a huge compost bin would be redundant.

So I picked up two  10 litre boxes for £4.00 and a can of black spray paint for around £6.00 from B&M Home Stores. Now, for the composting to happen properly, it needs to be kept dark and warm, so a clear box won’t really work. B&M didn’t have any opaque boxes, but these had black lids so I figured I could just paint the clear boxes… Genius!

So yes, you can do this at home too, either by buying opaque boxes, or painting them like us!

If you do paint them, make sure you spray on a covered surface in the garden or in a well ventilated area. They need an hour or so between coats and around 24 hours to be fully dry.

Once dry, you need to drill holes in the bottom, this lets moisture drain out so you don’t get mushy compost! I used a battery operated drill and started with small holes and then moved up to larger ones to avoid the plastic cracking.

It should then look something like this…

Once fully dry and with the lids on, these guys will be ready to go out into the garden. You can compost lots of things really; vegetable peelings, egg shells, plant cuttings and old soil.

Next weekend I’m going to pop these in the garden and start to fill it with compostable goodness… Plus I’m going to scout out a few worms to pop in there too!

Not bad for £10.00 🙂

Top tip: Make sure you turn over the contents of your compost box/bin every so often. It helps with the breakdown of matter.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Amy xx

Plant of the Month – Jan 18′

Hello folks!

So back we are again, in January and I am starting off my ‘Plant of the Month’, although I don’t think I even made it to 12 last year… Oops!

Anyway… January. Most things are just starting to come back to life again and everything else is brown and twig-like. However, inside the house, my indoor plants are giving me life!

The indoor plant (in all of its guises) gives me joy on a grey day like today. I have a wide range of indoor plants, cacti, aloe, succulents, lithops and air plants.

They are all so easy to look after, most require watering once or twice a year and the air plants don’t need watering ever… EVER! Well unless you live in an uber dry place. The kitchen is a good place for them, the moisture in the room from cooking is all they need.

I got these cute little air plants from my parents at Christmas and they look fab next to my other indoor guys!

I am keen to expand my indoor plant collection to other rooms in the house, and there is a cute new plant store opened up in Bristol which sell loads of house plants, so I have to visit!

Until then, I will be admiring my small collection and enjoying the greenery during these dark grey days in January!

Thanks for reading,

Amy x

Farewell to plot ‘fifty seven a’

Happy New Year to you all!

Wasn’t the holiday break just the best thing ever?! I don’t know about all of you but I had the BEST time! Seeing family and friends, eating everything in sight… What could be better?!

However… Hasn’t the January blues hit us all with full force?! This January feels longer than ever before, I’m not sure quite how that is possible, but it certainly feels it! Aside from moping around at work and getting up and going home in the dark, I have made some serious decisions about the house, the yarden and the allotment.

This year am going to focus my mind on the place we live and try and put some time into decorating our guest room and saving up for the other big work which needs to be done. We are keen to get our pub shed in the yarden this spring too (exciting) and get some nice new paving so its basically done and I can then just merrily garden and we can BBQ until our hearts are content and enjoy the space we have.

This means that I have decided to hand my allotment back over to the association. If I’m honest I had taken on too much too soon. There isn’t the time I would like to spend up there getting everything as I would like and so the poor plot has suffered a little. I’m a firm believer of ‘do something properly or don’t do it at all’, so for the next few years at least I will not be an allotment holder.

I was sad to say goodbye to the little plot today but I know it’s the right choice for me at this moment in time, so although initially I was upset, now I feel that this huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I was getting worked up and stressed over it and how little time I had been able to spend on the plot, which was making me want to go up there less. So the plot was getting worse. A vicious circle when you think about it! A hobby shouldn’t make you feel stressed out or under pressure. Otherwise it’s no longer a hobby, it’s like work.

This doesn’t mean that my blog will stop though, if anything I have more time now to write and take photos of the gardens I visit and of course our own little yarden! I am keen to move some of my allotment ideas into the garden and change one of my large flower beds into a mini veg patch. I will be doing my cut flower border in the flower beds too, plus growing more potatoes and carrots in growing bags! I will be testing my small space to the max and will show you how much you can really grow in a teenie yard.

I’m so excited for this year. I am growing (pardon the pun) as a gardener and I am looking forward to the new things I will learn in 2018!

Can’t wait for you all to join me along the way!

Lots of love,

Amy x

P.S. New ‘plant of the month’ coming up this weekend and throughout the year I will be sharing my favourite design tips for a small space, will also try and get to some NGS gardens and share my ‘take away’ items from each garden!