As you know, I am an organic gardener as well as a recycler. I in the San Juan isalnds, on a hillside where there is not much top soil over rock. I guarantee if you place a shovel in the ground here, you will hit a good size rock within a few inches. So in order to do any gardening I had to have raised beds. Ben and I brought in 3 yeards of soil for our vegetable garden and he made some awesome raised beds from recycled materials.
Here's one of my garden beds. This is made from off cuts from a local saw mill. These great rot resistant cedar boards would have been burned as scrap had they not been repurposed for our garden beds. Also in this picture you can see how we are using recycled metal to form cages to support our tomato plants. This was scrap from a job that Ben worked on last spring and I have used them for 2 years now. They are actually much stronger than your traditional tomato cages.
Here's a couple more beds made from off cuts from the mill. You can also see our instant raised beds. We just bought bags of soil, cut them open on one side and planted directly into the bags. Also that metal container on the right is recycled from a house where the tenent moved out. It may have otherwise wound up in the landfill too!
- ► 2010 (116)
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- Frugal & Free Gardening Tips
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