There are some people who will decide what social class a person falls into on the basis of whether or not they have a garden. It may be a flippant way of deciding such a thing, but for many people it seems to hold true. Huge, blooming gardens are undoubtedly the domain of those with a bit of cash to spare, while people with less money to throw around will have to settle for less. But there is no reason why, if you have the inclination, you cannot grow something pretty, useful or even lucrative even on a tighter budget than the guys and gals with the bigger gardens.
You don’t need to have a big garden to grow things that will benefit you for a long time to come. You don’t even need to have a garden at all if you go about things in the correct manner. What you will need is a little bit of spare time, the patience to wait things out and not get flustered when things don’t bloom as you had planned straight away, and the knowledge that it really is worthwhile. Without a doubt, you will benefit from sticking to these, and you could even find yourself a lucrative little sideline if you are clever about it. People will pay for fresh fruit and veg. They will also pay for flowering blooms, so if you go about things in the right way you will find that your work can actually make you money.
Of course, the lack of money means some scaling down in terms of ambition. But this does not need to be permanent or even long term. Starting small does not mean you have to keep thinking small. Once you start gardening you will get ideas for other things you can do, ways that you can make your plans come to life. And the best thing of all is that you can grow things which you will end up actually using – a casserole always tastes better when you have grown the veg yourself and you know there is more growing outside.
Using recycled materials to create a compost heap seems only natural as what I intend to do in essence is recycle garden waste in order to create fantastic compost, which in turn will be given back to my plants!
Of course none of this would be possible without the help of a friend, and a big muscly one at that (only joking!)! Introducing the muscle!
This is my friend and recycling guru, Pan. This wonderful lady supplied the pallets, the string (collected from a nearby beach), the tools and most importantly the well rotted chicken manure and bedding. The rocket fuel for the project! I call her the muscle as she pretty much did the hard work as I still recover, not bad eh?!
As I only have a small garden we chose to create two small bins, sufficient for the task at hand. I’m quite lucky to have space behind the garden in which to do this and this will keep the bins nicely protected and out of sight.
The construction was fairly simple. We used chicken wire (reclaimed from a previous use) between the gaps in the pallets and then joined each pallet with the polypropylene string collected from the beach. I wanted the bins to be fairly mobile and by using this construction they can be dismantled and moved without any hassle at all.
Within the space of a couple of hours and a couple of cups of tea, the bins were complete and we were looking pretty proud of ourselves.
All that was left to do was to start the process. Here I am with Pan’s well rotted bag of chicken manure ready to kick start my long awaited compost bins.
The compost will be covered over with carpet off cuts and I look forward to see what results I will get!