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Cutting costs in the garden

  • Subject: [cg] Cutting costs in the garden
  • From: Sharon Gordon gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 10:42:20 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

Bird Bath:
Here's one of my favorites--a birdbath made from a saucer and a tomato cage:

At our garden, some gardeners use dumpster dived bed frames as trellis
frames and then lash sticks to it for a gridded frame work.  There is a
difference of opinion between gardeners from different countries on whether
this is very clever or very tacky due to its appearance.  Some plot holders
like the Martha Stewart Living look, and some would be hired in a flash by
the writers of Junk Yard Living.  The vegetable plants seem quite happy at
both types of locations.

A piece of cement drain pipe about 20 inches across/about knee high, turned
on end with a grill of the same diameter in the middle and at the top.  Very
stable and the coals from many fires can fall into the space below the
middle before it needs to be moved and cleaned out.  A previous variation
which I did not see had a pipe from the side going below for air.

Individual plot gates:
Wire with 4 posts or sticks or pvc woven along each edge plus one diagonal
brace, tied to fence with plastic cord

Rabbit access reduction:
Window screens from the dumpster turned sideways along the inside of the
regular fence. Seems to work even better than chicken wire though chicken
wire is less visually obtrusive.

Fence stabilization:
Computer wiring ties run though posts and wire and then clipped to look

Frugal temporary green house:
Length of fencing that is tied together as round tomato cage is opened back
up and turned sideways.  Open lengths are placed on ground so wire is in
arch or upside down U-shape.  Cage is covered with rowcover which is held on
with clothes pins.

Bed edging:
Use willow or fruit tree sucker prunings or similar wood to weave a low
basket like fencing.  I like to do mine so there are rounded tops and no
pointy sticks facing up.

Hanging baskets:
Old baskets or wire formed into baskets.  For liner, a piece of cotton cut
to fit from worn out docker or other twill pants.

Cold frame:
Old sandbox frame covered with plastic, old lead free paint windows, or the
top from a glass table.

Cardboard or newspaper overlaid with chips or other mulch.
Old bricks
Excess rocks
Crushed oyster shell
Crushed nut shells (but not walnut)
Strips of old biodegradable carpet


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