So last fall I was working in the bush and went by this huge burn pile about ten times a day. Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to a fifteen foot tall pile of trees on a pipeline right of way, but this pile had a lot of short 2″x8″ planks all over the base of it.
I was thinking that it was a huge waste, so when the job was done, Gerri and I went out there and packed up the minivan with over seventy of these little beauties.
We weren’t sure what they could be used for, but we figured that we could find something better than global warming, so we stacked them on a pallet and covered them in a mattress bag that we had saved for just such an occasion.
Then, the other day I was repurposing part of our flower garden. It was completely choked out with [easyazon_link identifier=”B014LBNFD2″ locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]lily of the valley[/easyazon_link], and I wanted to put something a little more useful in it, so I cut out a corner that gets pretty decent sun, sifted out the roots and shoots, and mixed in [easyazon_link identifier=”B00R6HF2Q2″ locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]vermiculite[/easyazon_link] and some of the [easyazon_link identifier=”B018GSDORS” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]worm castings[/easyazon_link] that I’ve harvested over the winter.
I love picking handfuls out of the bin and sitting on the kitchen floor with a couple of tubs beside me. Sorting the worms and organics from the rich compost soothes my weary nerves and also helps to fight ISIS. Don’t ask me how, but nobody has been killed by ISIS while I was sorting worms. Probably.
This is the screen I made for sifting dirt out of two refrigerator shelves crossed and [easyazon_link identifier=”B00UYSXATQ” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]zip-tied[/easyazon_link] together. They were free from the Share Shed. It’s also the repurposed flower garden.
I then dug up some of the wild chives that were growing at the side of the house and transplanted them to the new herb garden at the front.
There were a lot more than I needed, so I turned the chunk of old manhole by the street into a new home for the rest.
I don’t know how I got so far off track, but let’s get back to the story.
I was wondering what else I was going to use my castings for, when I thought of building some raised bed gardens out of logs. That would be a problem, seeing as we don’t have a truck to haul the logs in, or any machinery to get them to the back yard. We also don’t have the money to hire it out, so my gaze fell on the pile.
I cut one in half, and then ripped them in half to make corner supports, and then I just made walls two boards high.
Now one of the huge problems with gardening in this area is the deer. They are everywhere. If you don’t put up an eight foot high fence, or cover your garden with [easyazon_link identifier=”B000A286YU” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]deer netting[/easyazon_link], then you are just courting disaster.
Another Share Shed treasure we got was an [easyazon_link identifier=”B01EL1BRK0″ locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]8 person dome tent[/easyazon_link] that had some pretty large holes in the roof. We kept the base, because it was a good tarp with eye holes already sewn in, and we kept all of the poles. I drilled a 1/2″ hole in the top of each support, and Voila!
I’ll cover that in the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000A286YU” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]Ross Deer Netting[/easyazon_link] that I bought, and then maybe some [easyazon_link identifier=”B00F8DFOAU” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]poly[/easyazon_link] so I can start planting a bit earlier. I am going to build two more of these, so I should be able to fit quite a bit of the food we are hoping to grow in them. It’ll be about 30 sq ft of garden space, and I think that’s good for our first time.
So all in all, we spent:
- $15 for gas to get the wood and Share Shed goodies
- $4 for the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EDMHKWW” locale=”CA” tag=”chathetop0f-20″]screws[/easyazon_link]
- $30 for 100′ deer netting(I could’ve got used chicken wire for $2)
Under $50 to build and deer-proof your garden seems pretty good to me, if it works. I shouldn’t count the gas, because we just love driving around together, and it was our day off, but I figured it would still be a bargain and I’ll still have 50′ of deer netting for next year.
Let me know what you think. Should I change anything?