Patching Up the Greenhouses

Up until recently we had a couple of those mini plastic greenhouses on the drive. Unfortunately they succumbedΒ to the high winds of the winter and we found them battered, ripped and thrown across the ground.

I decided rather than put them straight into the bin and in the true spirit of allotmenteering, I’d take them to the plot and see if I could find a use for them. Despite having cheap and easily ripped covers, the frames and shelves are quite hardy.

Using four of the tree stakes that we had left over from the fencing I have managed to secure them in one place by wedging them in between the stakes. It was also a really windy day today so I got to see how effective this method of securing them was (so far so good). Now this isn’t the best for access to anything inside the greenhouses but it gets them into action.

Using a piece of Perspex that I managed to come by, off an allotment neighbour, wedged in front of the greenhouses, I managed to replace the torn to bits doors.

Now this isn’t pretty and it is a bit of a faff to get in and out of them, but it does give me some protected seed space back, for free, and that can only be a good thing!!


Looking at Rubbish a Little Differently!

Shortly after taking on the allotment, just over a year ago, I have more and more been learning to look at rubbish a little differently!

Just recently I have been making use, as I’m sure many do, of yogurt pots and food trays, everything suddenly seems to be a vessel for sowing seeds when you look at it with allotmenteering eyes!

I am particularly pleased with the tray that some cup cakes came in (pictured), as it has a lid it makes a fantastic little propagator for seeds!

Also, we have some old plastic storage tubs…turned upside down for instant cold frames/cloches. I’m sure it’s an old one but plastic bottles make brilliant cloches for individual little plants too! We also plan to make a pond from an old plastic dog bed.

Some parts of an old canvas wardrobe were recently “reshaped” and covered with adhesive plastic (carpet covering) and bubble wrap to create a make-shift cold frame.


Hubby has very kindly requested that some waste wood from work be taken for our allotmentΒ (they were happy to oblige). Lots of companies pay for disposal of wood / pallets / cardboard etc… and would be happy for you to take some, always worth asking!

“One man’s rubbish may be another’s treasure”

There’s lots of inspiration about, I love this facebook group…Β “rubbish made useful for gardens allotments”.Β It’s pretty fun to get the kids joining in on repurposing items that are ready for the bin, they have some brilliantly creative ideas!