Hackney Permaculture


Container gardening using pottery packing crates
March 9, 2009, 8:18 pm
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A friend of mine who imports pottery was about to skip some used packing crates …and did I want them! Of course….

After wrestling with myself a little, deciding whether to varnish or paint them, I have left them natural but lined them with an old shower curtain I picked up from Hackney Freecycle to try to prevent too much moisture from coming into contact with the wood.

The space outside my studio is fairly shaded so I have popped a couple of raspberry canes in each along with various bulb and flowers that were in the lovely old bathtub that used to hold them and I have now emptied of soil and been allowed to take from my outside studio back home to form part of the grey-water recycling system – thank you Laura, the Landlady.

container gardening using pottery packing crates

Hopefully I can guide the raspberries around the fence

Old tub ready to move to a new life and home

Old tub ready to move to a new life and home

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Day 2 – Compost and pond building
September 21, 2008, 6:24 pm
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A week later and with the help of Dean ‘I love digging holes’ Firth we are now off the starting blocks.

We got four palettes from the art supplier just round the corner to make our compost and used an old blind to bind it together and fill in the holes:

The start of our compost

The start of our compost

Downstairs were throwing out a bin and we dug a hole to sink it into the ground – this is going to be the start of our pond hopefully!

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Oh, and Claudia found a grape vine which was pretty cool and unexpected.

The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine

The Garden

The Garden