Pallet Fence – South Garden

This was a small but important project as it has become a boundary between 2 properties a and visible by many others so I was keen to try to keep it looking presentable. The other consideration was wind so building in strength was important too.

I spent a good amount of time leveling the footings in preparation and laid down bricks where the pallets connect. That preparation really makes life easier when it comes to assembling. The result is a strong and sturdy fence that may even get a lick of paint one day to finish it off!

Kids Swing Seat With Pallet Sunshade

Out of the wreckage when clearing the brambles away from the southern end of the garden, I discovered several children’s playthings, one being this delightful little swing seat. It looked like it had far too much potential to throw away so decided to embark on a recovery mission which involved me learning several simple, but none-the-less, useful skills.

The finished article has now been delivered back to it’s source, the neighbour next door, where it is now receiving another sizable dose of tlc! Must be infectious this upcycling malarkey?!

Check out the kids slide and trampoline here

Pallet Shed

Where would a man be without a shed!! More to the point, where would I be without a pallet shed??! At a loss, that’s where! So to rectify that calamity, I wrestled these together. On a flat surface, it took about 20 mins! Blending into the environment in our back garden and making the roof watertight took considerably longer…

Pallet Deck & Bamboo Arch

Over breakfast one morning, Chrissie pointed to the scrub area beside us and suggested we should deck it with pallets. Little seeds of ideas grow into big projects.. not that big in this case, but it did take a fair amount of jiggery pokery to rework the stones, find the levels and ensure the hosepipe remained sunken and intact throughout the process.

My lovely mum passed away during this little project so we decided to build a bamboo arch to train the honeysuckle and dedicate it to her. She was an enthusiastic gardener, amongst many other things, and I know she’d take great satisfaction from seeing us have so much fun with plants, pots and pallets.

Bamboo arch with honeysuckle – dedicated to Val Anderson – RIP (6th May 2020)

Rustic Fence

So the kind chap who recently donated me his pallets encouraged me to knock on his neighbour’s door as he was sure there was a fence going to waste there that needed clearing. I promptly took up the opportunity and sure enough a fine rustic fence was hiding behind his shed. I duly cut it up into manageable chunks and transported it home on the trusty wheelbarrow! (Along with a couple of other pallets, a swing and a children’s bed that they didn’t want!!)

Turns out the fence was just the right length for our front garden! Another very satisfying endeavour and we had a lot of fun making it 🙂

April Update – Gower Side..

Chrissie’s garden and allotment starting to blossom over in Gower.. lot’s of bean, tatties, squash, sweet potato and plenty more kicking off. I’m mahoosively grateful for the encouragement and support Chrissie has given me this year enabling me to be ambitious with my growing projects.

Growing Up To Speed – End of April Update!

Yup, you’ve guessed it, it’s been a busy month…

  • A is for Avocado and the plant is now almost as big as our kitchen window.
  • The avocado seeds I just threw into a container half full of water have started to sprout! The ones with cocktail sticks hanging in jars are doing sweet-diddly-nothing!
  • Lettuce – over a million planed in the 2 raised beds, a crate planer and 2 veg boxes 🙂
  • Beans – getting bigger slowly. Bed full of Marestail that I’ve tried to dig out :-/
  • Carrots – seem happy.
  • Chives – bursting out of their planter.
  • Fennel – would love more soil I’m sure.
  • Kale (curly & purple) – transplanted from greenhouse to a bed in the front garden.
  • Leeks – in! Thanks to a porridge spurtle I was given for me birthday! It’s so much better placed in the garden 🙂
  • Celery – ends bought from store replanted and regrowing at a pace!
  • Mint – loving the chimney pot and has been the source of many a fresh cuppa.
  • Onion – lonely but content – what a hair-do it has.. soooo cool.
  • Raspberries – bursting out of their bin.
  • Spinach (in the bin) – going to seed and more like a tree now. A regular addition to salad bowls.
  • Sweet potato – now has a growing box dedicated to it.
  • Sunflowers – coming on strong .. planted 20 or so along the fence. Looking forward to seeing them in full flower.
  • Mushrooms – another birthday present that has come good 🙂

Pallet Woodshed

Since the intention and call when out for more pallets, (and once friends understood I’d likely have a breakdown of sorts if I didn’t have some soon), they seem to have started appearing thick and fast! With all this additional resource turning up at the house, I’ve needed to get more organised. This pallet woodshed is helping a lot..

Pallet Growing Beds and Benches

A new delivery of pallets arrived (thanks so much James!!), so that meant a hive of activity, largely in the newly reclaimed south garden area that used to be nothing but brambles on a very steep bank.

Both pallet growing boxes are now complete and these are accompanied by 2 pallet benches to enjoy the fabulous views of towards Kilvey Hill and Swansea Bay. This has now officially become my favourite area of the garden as it’s soooo peaceful and secluded. Every morning this week it’s been porridge and a newly discovered yoga nidra meditation (thanks Chrissie!) to a background of wind through the trees and birdsong to calm my mind. I have to say, I think it might be working! 🙂

Really looking forward to greening this area up now most of the groundwork seems to be done. Some peas, beans and squash perhaps? Whaddareckon folks?

Previous blog for this area of the garden here.

Pallet Armchair

So the neighbour said she liked the look of the pallet chair I made recently but would like one with arms. It’s her birthday tomorrow, so tried to pull out all the stops. Very pleased with the end result as there were several times during its construction that this chair was going to look VERY different!