Category Archives: Simple Garden Projects

Very simple and inexpensive gardening ideas, many projects are easy and safe for your children to have a go at.

How to make a Worm farm compost bin for next to nothing.

A simple and easy way to make an environmentally friendly worm farm recycling plant.

These are of real benefit to anyone who has a garden and wants it to be healthy and productive.

You will need:

  1. Grab a few foam vegetable boxes with lids from you local greengrocer. (You might have to pay a small fee for them)
  2. Cut out the bottom of your box. (So it will sit directly on the ground)
  3. Find a nice shady location in your garden. (If placed in direct sun the box contents will dry out and the worms won’t stay in there.)
  4. Place the box on ground and add any organic kitchen scraps you have, then on top of the scraps, place some newspaper or a piece of Hessian, and wet it, this will aid the decomposition and keep the worms a lot happier doing their thing.
  5. Make sure you replace the lid of the box, and secure it with a brick, or something heavy on top, to stop unwanted vermin from getting to your worms vegetarian feast.

Foam Box

Tip: You can jump-start your worm factory, by buying worms from your local nursery, and adding them to your boxes. This is a lot easier than finding worms in the garden yourself

WebAny naturally occurring worm in your garden will find your worm farm factory and make it their business to clock on, and offer their services for free. Then happily turn everyday kitchen food waste and convert them into vermi-castings – natures finest free soil conditioner which for your garden plants simply love.

Earth worm

Note: A single Worm can eat their own body weight in plant material per day, so remember to keep an eye on your worm farm and top them up with more kitchen food waste, and top with wet newspaper or a piece of wet Hessian as needed to keep the moisture in.

When you have collected enough worm castings you can make use of them in your garden beds.

P.S. Some food waste such as fruit, grains and sugary foods produce acid. Adding a little wood ash or dolomite or lime every few weeks will prevent the worm farm from becoming too acidic. Open the lid and wait until the worms burrow in the bedding before applying the lime or wood ash.

It is Important to add extra water to the box whenever it gets dry. inside the box should be the consistency of a damp sponge.

How to make a Simple Snail Trap that works with Beer.

How to make a simple environmentally friendly snail trap, that also catches slugs using Beer as the bait.
Drunk Snails, Oh No.! I hear you say. hahahahaha.

Seriously, the snails are attracted to the smell the beer, and will enter the trap and fall into the beer and,,, I think you know the outcome.

To make this simple snail trap you will need.

  • Empty plastic bottles. (Empty Drink, Milk Bottles, etc)
  • A Sharp knife. (Craft knife, Cardboard cutter etc.)
  • Beer (Any brand will do, as I’m sure the snails can’t read)

Constructing your snail trap.

  • Grab your empty plastic bottle (this is the to be used as the snail trap), and cut a three sided door opening (Leave it connected to the bottle.)
  • Fold down the flap, so the snails can enter your trap. (Like a draw bridge to a castle)
  • Pour some beer into the bottle, make sure its at least 10mm deep.
  • Place your loaded trap into a good position, normally near your plants that are being attacked by snails and slugs,
  • Make sure the plastic flap is set onto ground level, so the snails and slugs can enter easily and… I’ll leave this bit up to your imagination.
  • Remember to empty your snail trap every now and then, (The trap gets a bit smelly otherwise) and reload it with fresh beer for the next Snail Pub Crawl.

P.S. Do not remove the bottle lid. This will help keep excess water out of your snail trap, and make it work more effectively over a longer period of time.

You can use any brand of leftover beer in these simple to make snail traps, including home brew. (if you have any leftover that is,)

You can also experiment with other sugar based drinks as a substitute for beer, to see if your friendly snail is a pub crawler or a total tea teetotaller. and please pop your results in our comments section below. (I would love to know other baits that can be used)

Example:

  • Try Vegemite in liquid form etc you might be surprised at what else works (Pour water into empty Vegemite jar and use the liquid instead of beer. etc)

Garden Snail

P.S. I would not be looking to make escargot from the snails you catch.

How to get free seedling mix from store bought potting mix.

A very simple and cost-effective way to get some free seedling mix from any store-bought potting mix.

The very next you open a potting mix bag, run it through a fine sieve, and the soil that falls through the sieve, can be used as a very nice fine grade seedling mix. You of cause use the rest as standard potting mix.

The UN-sieved potting mix can be used as usual, and it is ideal for any Bromeliads or Orchids you might like to plant in it.

How to get seedling mix for free

 

Things you need:

  • A bag of Potting Mix. (Any brand and any sized bag of normal potting mix.)
  • A fine sieve. (You can also use a seedling tray with fine holes in the bottom of it, as your sieve if you don’t have a store-bought one on hand.)
  • A pair of Gardening Gloves (It’s advisable to wear gloves when handling any form of potting and seedling mix)

Seedling, Mix

This handy tip will save you a few dollars by not having to buy separate potting mix bags of seedling mix.

I highly recommend that you wear suitable gardening gloves.

 

NOTE: Potting mixes, mulches, compost and soils, contain many forms of bacteria, that can be harmful to your health, and in some instances, result in death.