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  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Wilko's were selling Orange Dream Acer's - OMG that's the exact one that I'm after.

  • jatnikapyarjatnikapyar Posts: 419

    Hi, I save the clear discs that come with spools of CD and DVD containers used for recording on them they make excellent Brassica collars and do not show when in situ.

    Save your teabags and use them to line pots and hanging baskets.They hold water and disintergrate into the compost.

    Use your empty plastic bottles as "hot water bottles". I fill them with waste water and place them around my courgette plants. They get warm in the sun and keep the plants warm at night.


  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hi marshmello our Wilko's in Lancs has sale on plants from now on The orange dream acer had lost all but some of its leaves so I told them it was half dead but I 'd give them 50p for it I bargain with them every year ! The acer is now about 4 years old and its gorgeous Our Wilkos have them all the time My latest purchase is a Salix Flamingo last week for a quid Try going to a larger store .

  • nadiamaznadiamaz Posts: 35

    To protect soft fruit in pots (e.g. strawberries): I had to discard a growhouse, so I brought the rusted metallic frame to the tip and kept the staging grids. I Re-used them as support for a frame to protect my few pots of strawberries, fixing them at the edges with some garden wire and lined it with a thinner netting appropriate for bird protection. The frame is 3sides, and the top is only the netting, so that it's handy to lift the "cage", pick the ripe fruits, and put it back very easily. Oh, and I leaned it against a south facing fence, securing the netting with hooks to deal with the few gaps left. All this for free and freeing my conscience for discarding non-recyclable material.

    PS: thanks to all of you above for contributing with your thrifty tips!image


  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    I want an Eddie J!! What youve made is amazing

  • Eddie JEddie J Posts: 108
    weejenny wrote (see)

    I want an Eddie J!! What youve made is amazing

    Many thanks weejenny. image

    Perhaps I should show my other made for nothing or next to nothing projects.image


  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    Absolutely you should in this time of recession we all need to know it doesn't need to cost a fortune for garden features etc. I love your bench with the squirrel. Your work as I said is amazing!!

  • Eddie JEddie J Posts: 108

    Here go weejenny, two projects that I was busy working on last weekend. Neither are finished yet, but you can get the idea, and the only cost has been time. I'll post up some other garden projects a little later.


  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    You obviously love wood and have a great eye, just fantastic. Id love to see more photos of your work..

  • Eddie JEddie J Posts: 108

    Here you go, a few more items for the garden that have been made from waste wood.image









    More to follow.


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