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Pallet Vegetable Planter

Using old pallets, I laid 3 on the ground and then sawed 4 more in half to make the sides. Once I had attached the sides, I lined it with recycled plastic feed bags and weed cover membrane. I then filled it with well rotted manure from our muck heap ready for planting. 🙂
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Sow pumpkin seeds for Halloween

Why not try growing your very own pumpkin for halloween this year?!

Spring is the perfect time of year to sow your pumpkin seeds.Follow the steps below:

  1. Place the seeds on their side, 1cm deep, in a 8cm pot of compost.
  2. Keep the compost well watered and in a sunny spot.
  3. In May, move your seedlings in to a colder spot, ready for moving outside.
  4. After a week, plant your seedlings outside.
  5. Make sure you water regularly. Try cutting the bottom off of a used plastic bottle and place upside down, lid removed, in to the soil next to the plant. This will allow the water to reach the roots.
  6. Feed with natural fertiliser every 10-14 days.
  7. Once your fruit starts to grow, make sure they sit off the ground on a tile or piece of glass.

Wait for the harvest!

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Reducing my carbon footprint

I decided to try and cut down on my carbon footprint by growing my own food. I started with red peppers and now im trying an avocado tree!

If you want to try too, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take note of the top and bottom of the avocado seed – this will be vital for the growing process
  2. Wash the seed to remove any avocado residue
  3. Peel the outer shell off as this will prevent the roots and flower sprouting
  4. one third of the way down, pierce the seed, at a downward angle, with 3 cocktail sticks. (Birthday candles work just as well as you can see in my picture!)
  5. Place on top of a clear glass or plastic cup so you can see when it starts to sprout
  6. Fill the cup with water until at least half of the seed is covered.
  7. Place on your windowsill

Now its a waiting game to see when your roots start to grow – good luck!

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Yogurt pots as seedling starter pots

I saved our yogurt pots, washed them out and made holes in the bottom them used them to plant tomato seeds to go in the propagator.

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Reuse egg shells to plant seeds

I created little planters for my pepper seeds, using old egg shells and the egg box to hold them in.

It’s super easy and a great idea to do with the kids.

  1. Wash out the old egg shells
  2. Place them in the egg box
  3. Fill each one with compost (this can be from your garden or an old potted plant you have around the house)
  4. Make a small well in the centre of each one
  5. Place 1-2 seeds inside and cover back up with the soil
  6. Give them a little water
  7. Place on to your windowsill
  8. Now, watch them grow!
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