‘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

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

Where did we start…

Although we moved into our new home and inherited our ‘Yarden’ a few months ago now, we have only now started to think about how we want it to look and feel. With the house screaming out for attention, the garden was left to do it’s own thing for a long time, but the New Year has given us a kick up the backside to get cracking on our valuable outdoor space.

Back in the autumn however, we did spend a couple of hours at my new favourite place, Brackenwood Garden Centre, which is just down the road from us. Somewhere in between Ashton court and Pill/Ham Green. It is a cute little family ran garden centre with all kinds of plants for any garden, but my favourites by far were the ferns.

We purchased a couple of bits, including this beautiful little fern (Dicksonia antarctica) to help spruce up our sorry looking garden. It wasn’t until I had planted it up I realised it was actually a tree fern. Which can grow up to 6m in the right conditions… Not quite what I had in mind, and my first gardening mistake.

Skip forward to now, it looks like being uncovered over winter hasn’t done it any good, as expected, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven’t killed it. In the meantime, we will move onto fixing some of the bigger jobs in our yarden.

Amy x

 

Mini fact: 

Ferns grow well in shaded, sheltered and humid environments, so are great plants for a walled or shaded garden.

Where to buy:

Plants and planter bought from Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre

Meerkat figurine bought from Downham Home and Garden Store