After last month’s exciting dog feeder in a kitchen drawer, I’ve yet again got to hand over to Mr. Tialys for the March edition of Scraphappy where new things are made from scraps.
Now that he has a more manageable garden to oversee, he’s rarely out of it when he’s not in endless Zoom meetings for work. He’s always loved a good compost bin and, despite the fact we now have a fraction of the garden waste we had at the French house, he apparently needs a triple one to go alongside the plastic ones left behind by the previous owners.
Is it possible to have a compost bin stash?
Anyway, you might remember that the previous gardener had spread black plastic mulch pretty much all over the place and covered it with gravel to ward off the dreaded ground elder and, along with some strange garden ‘ornaments’, scattered quite a lot of random pieces of wood about the place too.
All this was grist to the compost bin building mill. Apart from the garden ornaments that is.
Remember this one?
Well, shortly afterwards I stumbled across his evil twin and, a few weeks after that, as if they were breeding during the night in some sort of B movie horror, a third one.
Hopefully that will be the last of them.
So, as well as the odd wooden pallet….
and other planks in various stages of dilapidation, all used for cross pieces,……..
there was what looked like the makings of a wooden pergola stacked behind the garage.
With unseemly haste, and without consultation, these were mercilessly sawn into the requisite sizes to make the main supports for the new bins.
We don’t need a wooden pergola – apparently 🙄
Then the leftover netting from making the garden dog proof (hopefully!) formed the back and sides with some of the ubiquitous black plastic stapled over that to create a large bin in three sections.
The fronts have been left open for ease of ‘turning over’ – a technical gardening term that I believe means forking all the gunk over once in a while to mix it all in. Apparently, some sort of Heath Robinson adjustable frontage will be constructed that will be moved up as the amount of composting material grows.
Speaking of which, we have much less grass now which is ,apparently, a very important addition to compost heaps. This is mostly due to having less land than before but also to having a rather large garden pond in the middle of what would be the lawn. So, Mr. Tialys has gone begging for grass clippings from anybody nearby willing to empty theirs into a bag for him.
But, that’s not the worst of it. The other day I spotted a large sack on our driveway and went to investigate. In a gesture that might be considered abuse in some neighbourhoods, it contained a significant amount of fresh horse poo. Mr. T. was almost as excited as the dogs were when he saw it but did complain it ‘wasn’t well rotted enough really’ although he used it anyway.
Ew! Is it any wonder I leave the gardening to him?
So here, in the furthest corner of our garden (thankfully), is the compost bin stash in all its glory made from scrap wood, scrap plastic, leftover netting and scrap poo or, as I prefer to call it, horse scrap 🤣.
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Nancy, Dawn 2, Noreen,
Bear and Carol