‘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

Sunny Sundays

Evening lovely readers! Also, a very happy PRIDE weekend to those who have been celebrating – Love really is everywhere. <3

We have spent this weekend basking in the sun and truly enjoying our newly created seating/dining area in the garden. Thanks again Dad & Andrew.

First up yesterday I moved lots of my potted plants into the new planters which not only look fabulous, it’s made more patio space, and has generally made the garden feel bigger.

We then jazzed up those reclaimed stools we bought while Dad was staying and now they look BLOODY AMAZING! It really ties the whole area in together, with the bird box and the bright flowers against the neutral colours of the planter and walls.

Don’t be frightened to inject a bit of colour into the garden, be bold and go for something bright. It can really add a bit of personality to your garden space. Ours now speaks volumes about us!

We still have bits to add, but the stools make such a difference. We also added a bit of interest by putting up some mirrors, one was given to us by my Nan earlier in the year and one I had lying around the house so I painted it up and they both look great.

Adding mirrors to an outdoor space can help create the illusion of more space, and when put at plant level it can reflect view of the garden you might not get to see normally.

Beautiful!

Andrew’s project has been sanding and varnishing our fabulous table, so that its got a smoother finish and is more weather proofed.

He managed to make a good start today, see where he has sanded down half the table?

The right side there has been smoothed down and the edges sanded, it feels and looks so much better.

Then Andrew covered the sanded half with wood preserver, which will keep the table looking nice for years to come.

It’s really brought out the grain, it looks beautiful and it is now ready for its coat of varnish. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

The lovely new space we have in the garden has allowed me to really start appreciating the plants I have.

My beautiful sweet peas are now starting to flower and I have big plans for them next year. Im thinking about sourcing a beautiful statement pot and an obelisk so I have a tower of sweet peas next time around.

I am excited for things to come and to spend more time in our fabulous new garden.

 

Thanks for reading!

Amy xxx

My Week in Words 6/7

Helloo – Sorry it’s late, my stupid bus home was late and then I was grouchy so I had to drink cider before cooking dinner etc, etc, blah, blah!

Anyway, I am much happier now and ready to blog. Mostly because of this spectacular creation today…

Look at that beauty! A chuffin’ wonderful table to match our planter and seating area, made from scaffold planks and a couple of pallets. Once again, a big thumbs up to Dad & Andrew who completed it this evening, in time for us to eat dinner around it!

So firstly, Dad bought the scaffold planks from a local reclamation yard (Ben’s Tiles and Reclamation, Bristol) and Andrew brought the pallets back from work. Finally I bought the cushions from Wilko and hey presto, it looks awesome!

We have worked out that the table cost roughly £40.00 – THAT IS A BARGAIN I TELL YOU!

So you could totally do this yourself at home!

Shopping list of items as follows and what we paid:

  • Scaffold Planks (£13 each + VAT, the ones on the table are about half a plank long)
  • Two matching pallets (FREE)
  • Black rectangular planter (£5)
  • Screws (£4.60 for a box, we used a handful)
  • Heavy duty coach bolts (FREE we recycled these)

You may wonder why the planter is empty in the middle?? Well… I wont be planting anything in it. When we have BBQs we will fill the planter with ice and keep our cider bottles cold in it… If that isn’t the BEST idea, I don’t know what is!?

So yes, I have a fabulous table made for next to nothing by my two favourite men. Lucky me!

So I treated them both with a homemade carbonara, which we ate at our new table (here they are waiting patiently for it to be ready).

Thank you both for your continued hard work – I am overjoyed with our garden so far!

Check in tomorrow for my last post of the 7 day blogging marathon!

Thanks for reading 🙂 xxx