Woodwork Wednesday: pallet raised beds

If you follow the blog or social media for our farm Wild Orchard Organic Farms, then you already know about this project.

Where we live, the soil is red clay. This is great for permanently staining your clothes and shoes and making pottery, but it really isn’t great for planting and growing. For this reason, we have recently started container gardening and raised bed gardening. Raised beds are most certainly expensive, and so is raised bed soil. Lumber is nearly astronomical right now.

My work routinely receives shipments on pallets, of which they then have to dispose. Most of the time, pallets have broken slats, but still a lot of usuable wood on them. I took home seven pallets, took them apart (which was the hard part) and decided what size I wanted them to be. I framed the corners with some old 4×4 posts that I had.

And then I built five of them. Eventually, I will sand them all and paint them all white.

Then, I cut the bags in half and removed the bottoms and tops of them, and used them as a weed barrier. I then added the Miracle Grow raised bed mix.

My daughter even helped me spread the soil.

If you want to know more about this project, please click the link here. Have a great Wednesday!

New Uses for Old Things: DIY plant pots

Lately, I find myself trying to save money on my gardening supplies. If you aren’t careful, you can spend a lot on seed cells and plant pots. Why not try to use some of what you already have on hand?

I must have about a hundred of these. And yogurt cups! I decided to peel the labels off and wash them out.

I then spray painted them a color I liked.

And I let them dry for about a day.

Don’t forget to drill a drainage hole in the bottom of the cup.

And then your super cute planters are ready to go!

DIY Raised Beds

About four years ago, my grandpa and I built some farmhouse shutters. You may remember them from this post.

I no longer have the window in my kitchen where these were used, and I don’t have anywhere else I’d like to use them. You know lumber is crazy expensive now and I’ve been itching for some raised beds.

I started by removing the hinges and hardware from the shutters. I left the basic shutter shape though.

I then simply joined the sides with wood screws.

And then I added cardboard and chicken wire to the bottom.

Tomorrow I am putting potting soil and plants in it. I can’t wait to show you what I plant.

I am also recycling some other former projects to create more raised beds.

Installing a portable greenhouse part one

If you know me very well, you know about my penchant for planting a large garden and starting it from seeds. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a polytunnel for a long time but talked myself out of it due to the price.

I did a lot of research and discovered a portable polytunnel with good reviews that was well within my budget. It came in a neatly packaged box and was so easy to put together .

First, decide where you want the polytunnel to sit. Then, unbox everything and spread it out. Once you locate all the pieces, begin assembling the frame. It’s best to assemble it where you want it to be.

Once your frame is up, decide how you want to secure it. They include anchors but these anchors are no match for a Carolina wind storm. Some people use t posts to anchor it. We chose to build a small wood foundation and anchor the frame with metal straps. I’ll post a picture of that later.

Getting the cover lined up correctly can be tricky. Line up your cover and then secure it. It should fit tight but not so tight you can’t zip the doors closed.

This is what it looks like inside. We are far from done. We have just finished the wood foundation and used a stable mat for the floor. Soon, we will be adding shelves.

We hope you have enjoyed part one of our greenhouse tour. We will show you the finished product next week.

Weekend fall family fun: Homeland Creamery

My tiny dancer had a performance this weekend at a farm not too far down the road that we know well.

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Not her actual performance. That’s just for funzies. They were having a fall festival, complete with vendors, food and fun. And of course, the ice cream shop was open.

My girls are into hayrides these days, and Homeland Creamery has a neat one: lots of pretty scenery and even a quick history lesson about the farm.

There were some neat vendors there, with homemade organic soaps, baked goods, woodwork, and even dried flower bouquets.

We even got to feed and pet a baby alpaca.

And look at this adorable calf!

We even got some homemade honey and some ice cream. A fantastic time was had by all! And if you have never been to Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC, you should definitely check that out.