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Rebar Fence Trellis

“Make a self-supporting post-less fence trellis out of rebar!”

In Spring 2011 I wanted to make a fence across the backyard for three reasons; to enclose a chicken run, to grow fruit vines, and to support a future pvc arbour I had planned. Traditional fencing options were expensive, but I found a way to do it using only rebar steel mesh. The result exceeded my hopes.

Benefits:

  • Creates Vertical Space
  • Encloses Chickens
  • Supports Vines
  • Lasts 10 Years

Sugar cane mulch is great for vegetable beds

Mulching

“Make your soil as healthy as a forest floor, by mulching!”

Mulching is the covering of soil with organic material. It is much the same as what naturally occurs in a forest when leaves fall to the floor. Mulch suppresses weeds and prevents evaporation, which allows the topsoil to remain moist so that earthworms and other creatures can live there.

Benefits:

  • Saves water
  • Builds soil life
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Becomes fertiliser

Inside a Worm Trough - Food is always added to one side

Worm Troughs

“Create masses of worm castings, and breed up masses of worms, with a worm trough!”

A worm trough is a large and long container which allows for a different system of feeding to a worm farm. Worm troughs can breed up a large population of worms who can process a large amount of material. A properly managed worm trough will allow you to access fresh castings any time, and to feed the worms just as easily as with any worm farm.

Benefits:

  • Creates lots of fertiliser
  • Breeds an abundance of worms
  • Easy to manage
  • Cheap to make

A worm tower with a PVC lid, installed close to a tree

Worm Towers

“Create an instant home for worms in your garden, with a worm tower!”

A worm tower acts like a high rise hotel for worms, allowing them to enter, stay, eat and leave, always below ground away from predators. It creates a suitable home for composting worms (who don’t like to travel much), and for the various types of earthworms in your area. Worm towers can be used instead of worm farms or in conjunction with worm farms, and can be dug up and moved around the garden to help build up worm populations and soil fertility.

Benefits:

  • Improves soil
  • Encourages earthworms
  • Takes kitchen scraps
  • Easy to make

Eisenia fetida - an excellent composting worm

How to Worm Farm

“Let the worms do the work, with worm farming!”

A worm farm will take care of your kitchen scraps and turn them into some of the richest organic fertiliser known to man. At the same time you’ll be breeding up a population of worms that can be introduced to areas of your garden, or used to start new worm farms for your friends and family.

Benefits:

  • Great for soil
  • Great for seeds
  • Great for plants
  • Easy to do!

Earthworms chillin' in some compost

Encouraging Earthworms

“Earthworms are a gardener’s best friend!”

Earthworms burrow through your soil, digesting organic materials, creating tunnels for air and water to percolate through, and distribute their castings as rich ready fertiliser for your plants. Encouraging them in your garden is important, and it’s easy to do.

Benefits:

  • Aerate soil
  • Break down scraps
  • Create fertiliser
  • Distribute moisture

A cardboard bulk box makes a perfect compost bin!

Cardboard Compost Bins

 

“Get composting quick, easy and free with a cardboard compost bin!”

Cardboard bulk boxes are used by people dealing with bulk fruits and vegetables. They are made of extra thick cardboard, and are a perfect size for composting in. They can withstand weather, and eventually can be composted themselves.

Benefits:

  • Instant compost bin
  • Withstands weather
  • Can be composted
  • Free!
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Cardboard Trench Beds

“Got sandy soils? Need an effective garden bed? Improve your soil and save water by making a cardboard trench bed!”

Sandy soils allow water to drain quickly, which washes away nutrients and forces you to water often. Instead of replacing your soil with the fertile soil from elsewhere, take the opportunity to improve the soil you already have! A cardboard trench bed forms an effective semi-permeable barrier below your plants, which traps nutrients and slows drainage. This means less watering, and less fertilising. Organic amendments can freely be introduced into your soil at various depths in the bed to create a deep and thorough profile of great soil.

Benefits:

  • Slows drainage
  • Saves water
  • Saves nutrients
  • Becomes fertiliser

4 types of compost bins. Which type suits your need?

How to Compost

“Turn waste into fertiliser and save the planet, by composting!”

Composting is the breaking down of organic matter, in a controlled environment, into humus, which is rich organic fertiliser (the same kind that takes years to build up in forest systems!). Composting at home is easy, and it can turn waste from your kitchen and your yard, into enough fertiliser to grow all the food you need.

Benefits:

  • Saves the planet!
  • Saves water
  • Recycles waste
  • Creates organic fertiliser
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Sheet Mulching

“Sheet mulching is one of the best things you can do for your yard or garden!”

Sheet mulching is the practice of covering an area of land with a blanket layer of biodegradable material, which blocks grass and weeds from getting sunlight, and prevents moisture from evaporating out of the soil. If you have an area of land that you’re not using, or would like to use in future, sheet mulching is the perfect thing to do.

Benefits:

  • Saves water
  • Blocks weeds
  • Covers grass
  • Improves soil