June 14, 2010 at 7:02 am #468040MumchookMember
Yes, it’s great, isn’t it porgey? All the best with whatever you build, and don’t forget the ALS compulsory photograph!!!
Lucky you for being able to scrounge at the tip, we cannot. :tdown:June 14, 2010 at 7:32 am #468041
I will post a photo for sure.
The tip is great – the stuff that people throw out is outrageous. A builder rocked up the other day when I was buying some mulch and unloaded a ute full of a Merbeau deck that a gum tree had fallen on. The lengths range from 600 mm to over 2 meters, plus a whole lot of beautiful Eucy branches. The merbeau, which I never buy, will be perfect for making pot covers, the Eucy for something and a whole lot of 90 x 35 mm (untreated) pine studs to frame up my next shed which I got on a previous visit. I am waiting for a small kitchen sink and bath so I can make a garden vanity to wash veg and a worm farm. Its criminal that so much is wasted and not reused before being recycled. Can you take a quick scrounge next time your there?
Thanks again, cheers porgey. 😀June 14, 2010 at 7:47 am #468042HummerKeymaster
Edited to say HI to HUMBUG!! :wave:
Hi there MC :wave:
:hug:June 14, 2010 at 7:48 am #468043urban-wombatMember
My garden is full of bugs.:D:DJune 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm #468044MumchookMember
Porgey, it’s AWFUL that so much goes to waste. We simply cannot scrounge or buy at the tip and a wall has now been built that we have to hurl the stuff we’re tipping over, so we’ve been separated by that. And because you have to hurl the stuff, items get broken. Very silly.
We hardly ever go there as we try not to have much rubbish and to resuse as much as possible, however it’s just another thing to lobby countil over!
Great photo, urban-wombat!June 19, 2010 at 12:46 am #468045FeyWindMember
I have let brassicas go to seed and found that paper wasps like the flowers and the cabbage moth caterpillars to eat. They seem to like to nest in those decorative bricks with the holes in like in this picture. Maybe you can find some to recycle and grow a climber up – extra protection.June 19, 2010 at 12:54 am #468046GrethMember
I am going to use some mallee stumps in my rockery, the drystone walls are also a great habitat.June 19, 2010 at 4:34 am #468047
Hi all. Mumchook the tip is great but still a lot goes to land fill which is terrible on many levels. I was there today dropping off some winter clippings for mulching and scored some pre-loved hardwood sleepers that will be ideal for my insect hotel and garden shed. I have found the ideal spot for it and plan to incorporate it into the ‘guild-planted’ orchard. FeyWind great that your Brassicas have a good home I am going to give it a try. Greth, part of my shed wall will be limestone from the veg. garden so I hope all the good insects take up residence in the nooks & crannies. Great ideas everybody, thanks. Cheers porgey.July 25, 2010 at 5:30 am #468048
Having scrounged as much as I can I have started my Insect Hotel. It includes a pier pylon I found washed up on the beach, set in a whole lot of limestone & sandstone I have dug out of the garden. I will add to it over time but it also includes a 25 meter by 4 meter wide strip of indigenous vegetation along the boundary with more vegetation in the adjoining drainage reserve. I hope as many little critters can make comfy homes and create a nice insect balance.October 15, 2010 at 2:37 am #468049
After a few attempts at making an Insect “Hotel” and a bit more reading I have scrounged a heap of materials to make a good one and the perfect location in the middle of the veggie garden. I only started yesterday and it is belting with windy rain at the moment so I thought I would share the beginning of the journey with a couple of pics;
This one shows the 3 meter by 1 meter long site facing east. I chose this site as I am trying to keep the two lovely tea trees and it provides both shade & full sun as well as being fairly well protected from the wind. All of the materials are free from tip scrounging, beach combing, windfall/storm damage, prunnings and free second hand materials. I dont want to spend a cent on this except collection petrol and my time.October 15, 2010 at 2:46 am #468050
The second photo is following a bit of a tidy up and placement of a fallen & cut gum tree. You may notice a few tubes of indigenous plants (Moonah for height & to replace tea trees eventually, a Sea Box shrub to add some green & flowers and a Karkalla as ground cover to provide a moist area) and other materials.
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