- Create a base from old bricks or flagstones (must be flat and with as few cracks as possible). Place a heavy Sunday newspaper on top of the bricks. Stuff four old tyres with newspapers. Pile the tyres on top of each other, with the first tyre on the Sunday newspaper.
- Put some scrunched up paper or cardboard in the bottom to soak up any excess liquid.
- Fill the tyre wormery with organic material (semi-composted is best).
- Only use kitchen waste if the unit is properly sealed (no gaps or cracks).
- Add worms (tiger or brandling; these are much redder than the common garden earth worm).
- Use a piece of board weighed down with bricks as a lid. The lid must be big enough to stop rain getting in.
- Harvest a tyres worth of fertilizer roughly every 6-8 weeks (during warm months).
Follow these instructions to create a tier based wormery made out of four old tyres:
To make a water well from recycled juice/milk carton: You will need:
2. Make two holes, one opposite the other, in the roof supports to accommodate the spindle.
3. If you're making the spindle from a stick or pencil, cut out an oval piece of cardboard, it will take the handle. Glue that piece to the spindle so that together they form the letter "L", then attach the handle to the other side. If the cardboard is thick enough, make openings in it to insert the pencil.
4. If you're using a cocktail straw to make the spindle, just bend it so that it's Z-shaped, with one horizontal section long enough to be put between the roof supports. The other two sections of "Z" will make the handle.
5. Insert the spindle into the openings in the roof supports.
6. Cut out a cardboard washer and glue it to the other end of the spindle. This will secure the spindle in place.
7. Make a bucket from a bottle cap, attach to it a wire handle.
8. Tie the bucket to a piece of thread and fix the other end of the thread around the spindle.
9. Stick some play dough to the bucket's bottom to make it sink.
Now you can pour water into the well and draw it out with the toy bucket :)
Use a jig saw to cut out the top, spray with child safe paint, let it dry. Attach the Lego plate with "No more nails" type glue, and fit a pretty basket for storage. Fantastic!
Enamel paints (these are waterproof)
Plastic bottle lids
Stick or lolly stick
Glue gun or good PVA glue
Paint the carton with enamel paint (or use acrylic paint and finish with varnish).
Use the Stanley knife to cut out wings and tummy area.
Glue on bottle top eyes and finish with googly eyes. Punch a little hole and hang the bird feeder outside.
All you need are some thin single-ply paper napkins or toilet tissue (anything that disintegrates easily when wet), some water soluble glue (like your child's Elmer's glue), a ruler and toothpick. Personally, I use fast food restaurant napkins for my mats, which degrade very quickly in the garden. The directions are pretty straight forward:
1. Unfold your napkin. On your napkin, using a ruler and pen, make a series of evenly spaced points. The space between these points will be dictated by the type of crop you are sowing. To give you an idea, most baby salad crops can be spaced 2 square inches apart (2 in by 1 in). Carrots and radishes can by spaced 4 square inches apart (2 in by 2 in). Spinach, many Asian greens, turnips, beets, claytonia and smaller-head varieties of lettuce can be spaced 16 square inches apart (4 in by 4 in). In fact, these seed mats are best for any crop that you can direct sow and space 6 inches apart or less.
2. Going row by row, dab the slightest bit of glue (or a flour and water paste) onto each point. Use a toothpick to dab a bit onto each point.)
3. Place a seed at each point and press lightly with your finger. (For baby salad crops, pop 2 to 3 seeds at each point for better germination rates. For small or more delicate seeds such as carrots and many salad crops, touch the tip of a toothpick to your tongue or a wet sponge and use it to pick up and transfer the seed.)
4. Let the mats dry completely. Do not store stacked until they are completely dry.
In the garden, amend your bed and level the soil surface with a garden rake. Lay the mats on top and sprinkle a bit of compost or garden soil onto each mat to keep them in place. (You can make a 50/50 mixture of compost and organic garden soil.) Once all of the mats are laid down, fill with enough soil to achieve the appropriate sowing depth. Water thoroughly.
6. Two or three days after the first seeds have sprouted, fill in any germination gaps with fresh seed.
These monster pen holders are a perfect way to use some of your shampoo bottles up! It is such a great idea, as so many shampoo bottles come in so many fabulous colours and are made of really hard and durable plastic. Watch the tutorial here: http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-shampoo-bottle-monster-pencil-holder/