Using what’s already there

Not ones to waste an opportunity, Ria and Chrisje have been extracting the great digested compost from the bottom of the compost heap and picking out all the plastic, metal, broken glass, chicken bones and other rubbish that had accumulated there over the years. This they have deposited on a bed of cardboard underneath the retaining wall that separates the kitchen garden from the orchard. And bingo: a new planting bed!

Creating a new bed from old compost

The chicken tractor is another example of the principle of upcycling waste into useful artifacts.

Chicken tractor


The last example (for now) is the eco-loo – not quite finished yet, but the only thing we’ve had to bring in from outside was the nails! The wood all came from the demolished outhouse, and the circular saw was left lying around at the King’s Mill by some workmen after a previous job…



About iyeshe

Woman returning to the wild. Cunning linguist, mother of twins, witch, host, harvester, spaceholder for the dawning Aquarian age, evolutionary wooden-spoon wielder, self-mitigating carbon footprint, wannabe holon in the forthcoming collective buddha...
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