|After. Wraparound deck garden and raised beds.|
|Raised beds and fruit trees.|
On top of these free materials, I layered bought compost to plant into. The layers underneath are slowly turning into compost, because I layered green nitrogen layers with brown carbon layers.
|Beans, peas, spinach and courgette plants.|
|Self-seeded tomato plant and herbs.|
|Leafy greens garden.|
I reused pots from the garden centre to grow my seedlings in.
The soil around my strawberries, lavender and dwarf citrus trees is protected by wood chips I picked up free from a local pile.
I've been amazed, over and over, at how the things I've needed for my garden have been provided just at the right time. So to recap, here's a list of all the free things I've used in my garden:
I edged my apple trees and nashi tree with bricks I sourced from a neighbour who had his chimney removed. They were headed for the dump, so I saved my neighbour money and rescued a valuable resource. The much around the tree trunks is from a local mulch pile, so it was also free.
|Strawberries, lavender and dwarf citrus trees.|
The same neighbour who gave me his bricks, also gave me bamboo from his property, so I'm using that to stake my tomatoes, as seen above.
|Wraparound deck garden.|
- Reclaimed wood
- Old bricks
- Cabbage tree leaves
- Twigs and branches
- Dried leaves
- Chicken manure
- Rabbit droppings
- Untreated saw dust
- Used coffee grounds
- Wood mulch
- Grass clippings
- Homemade compost
- Used garden centre pots
- Bamboo posts
- Metal trellises
- Old hot box for seed raising
If you want to start a garden, ask around and keep your eyes open. You'll be amazed at what you can find for free - and what you can save from the landfill.