...upcycle, repurpose, reclaim ~
whatever term you use,
I am putting 'it' into practice
in my garden!
Recently, I planted out my cabbage,
cauliflower, and broccoli.
Upon inspection the following day,
I discovered many chewed leaves
and even had to replace a few that
had been completely devoured.
I have been saving my TP tubes
to use as collars for the plants
but was a little surprised that I needed
to do it as I planted!
Collared brassica using
toilet paper tubes cut in half
and placed around the
plant, pushing it down into
the soil about 1/2 inch.
The collars will break down and become
compost right in the garden.
I am happy to report,
after several days with the collars
there are no more chewed plants.
[Do you know what might be chewing them?
I am thinking cabbage worms or
slugs!(WA State mascot!)
If the collars didn't work, I was going
to try a trick from my gardening friend
Clint at The Redeemed Gardener
who suggested using Epsom Salt ~
sprinkle a line around the plant or row.
As you know, slugs don't like salt
and won't cross it
and Epsom salt is good for the soil!
I am going to do with around my Hosta's ~
the slugs really love them!]
I also like to put the grass clippings between the
rows and plants to act as mulch as soon as possible
after planting to suppress the weeds!
It breaks down into compost right
in the garden. No need to handle it twice.
When the entire garden is covered, the
extra clippings go into the compost bin.
(I never use chemical fertilizers on my grass
so it is safe for the garden and compost.)
Half of the Spring garden mulched with grass clippings.
Here is a little rambling rose that I just
planted next to the greenhouse. It was a
wee start given to me by my daughter
a couple of years ago. It has been
in it's pot too long.
It is staked with reclaimed mahogany
from Gentleman Farmer's work,
and some cheap trim molding
for the cross pieces. More molding will be
added as the plant grows up!
Just barely showing on the left
are recycled bricks at the
doorway to the greenhouse.
In the little bed against the chicken house,
(also made with recycled brick)
is another little rescued rose bush.
I can hardly wait to have the pretty little
pink roses climbing over the
Happy Hens Haus!
The planter boxes were made from
recycled lumber and trim molding
Now, to wash those chicken house windows
and I think I may make some little curtains,
from left over fabric, of course!
Joining these fun blog parties~