Monday, January 10, 2011

Working On My Green Thumb

Did you ever have to do a project at school were you had to 'design' an eco-friendly house? I did! And it seems the things that I learnt in that long-ago lesson have stuck, because I have several things on the 'list of improvements' that are eco-related.
Green Thumb Sunday 07/01/07Image by BenSpark via Flickr
One of these things was the creation of a vegie patch so that we could reduce our reliance on store-bought produce. Unfortunately, the way things work around here is that I suggest an idea, PK vetoes it, then he sees someone else doing it/hears them rave about it and then he presents the idea back to me as his own. Grr! The vegie patch idea was approved after PK saw his brother attempting a similar thing.

I had suggested earlier in 2010 that we purchase a raised bed to grow some vegetables in, but after PK saw his bro's DIY pallet-bed, he decided we could achieve the same thing. So one weekend, we turned a couple of these:
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into this:
Vegie Patch November 2010
It wasn't without a lot of back-breaking, blister-inducing work, but it was so worth it! We planted three types of 'perpetual' lettuces, 'perpetual' spinach, bok choi, capsicums (aka peppers elsewhere), carrots, sage and thai basil and I transplanted a chilli plant that I had in a planter-box. The little sticks at the back were holding up snow pea plants, but they didn't survive the summer heat.

In the interest of full disclosure, we also had to replace the lettuces and half of the bok choy plants didn't make it either. We made the mistake of thinking we could get it all done in one weekend, so had the seedlings sitting out in the summer sun for too long. And some of them wilted beyond saving :( But the rest of them! Phwoar! Look at them go!
Vegie Patch December 2010
I don't have any step-by-step pictures of how we did it because we pretty much just made it up as we went along; pulling up about a square metre of brick pavers (which we've used in a later project) and then assembling the bed from the pallets. You could find a how to by searching youtube- there are plenty of ideas there! This one is somewhat similar but on a smaller scale.
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Anonymous said...

Oh wow what a great idea! Ive been thinking of doing a veggie garden but cant afford the raised beds from bunnings so this is ideal!!! Looking forward to some more fantastic ideas :o)

carla xx

Cathy said...

Thanks Carla! We also looked at the beds at Bunnings, but Mr Muriel wasn't willing to part with that much money! We still had to make a few trips to Bunnings to pick up screws and other little bits to complete it, but overall, it's a much cheaper alternative if you're willing to put in the effort.

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