March tasks

While I was teaching on Sunday, OH was busy building, rebuilding and refining structures. He’s created an amazing new water conservation system based on an airy-fairy idea I had about the compost bins, which is going to be very useful now that the hosepipe bans have been introduced. We now have three water butts, plus the compost bin water tanks, so I think we’ve probably got as much water conservation as we can have.

The idea is simple and while it may get refined as he gets more time and we see how it works, it’s within the range of most people who have compost bins made of pallets. It’s simply some clear corrugated plastic laid over the bins, with guttering fixed to the back of the bins and a nice bit of 2x4 laid across the front on which the plastic rests so that rain and even dew can run down the plastic, into the gutter, down a pipe and into an old header tank from somebody’s loo, which has been covered with a bit of wood to keep insects and potential drowners (cats and hedgehogs, mainly) out.

He’d also been to the plot in the week and put up the pea supports. This year, based on another airy-fairy idea I’d had about repurposing one crop to support another, we’ve got prunings from the apple trees interwoven with twine, and fastened to really solid metal posts. It looks really beautiful – definitely the most aesthetically pleasing pea frames, we’ve ever had, and very much in line with the idea that plot #103 should be an edible landscape.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

6 Comments:

Blogger 5olly said...

If only we had an apple tree to prune! otherwise that's genius!

March 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the ideas you think are "airy-fairy" are actually the best ones! I do like your pea sticks, at first glance I thought you had a healthy looking row of raspberries there! Currently recycling lots of leyland cyprus - into garden screening. I know I could go and buy screening, and take all the prunings to the tip, but somehow it doesn't make sense... Thanks for such and interesting blog!

March 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

5olly - well, in the past we've asked other allotment holders if they are going to use their tree prunings and got what we needed that way!

March 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Anonymouse - thank you. They do look really pretty, don't they? As for Leylandii, I think that's a brilliant idea, as long as they don't root themselves ... why spend money when we can use what we've already got to hand?

March 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Pegg said...

I was thinking of doing the same with our compost bins. Although I was proud that I finally got my guttering/butts sorted on the shed a couple of weeks ago but it's only rained once since then, so I may have to practice the old rain dance if I want to see them fill up!

March 23, 2012 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Pegg, the old saying is the March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion ... so maybe we're in for a roaring storm?

March 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM  

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