Archive for 10/02/2014


Using pallets and other recycled materials to create useful garden equipment and features seems to have really taken off in the last year- at least the posts I’ve made to Old School Garden during that time are among my most popular.

My own exploits to date have been limited to a set of vertical planters, shortly to be used as mini raised beds for some young children at my local primary school. Following a bit of a reorganisation of outside stores here at the Old School, I have a redundant wooden bicycle rack which looks perfect as the base for a ‘plant theatre’ so I might get round to doing that as the days lengthen and (hopefully) the air warms up. In the meantime here’s the latest batch of ideas I’ve gleaned from Facebook sites like 1001 pallets, urban gardens, container gardening and the like. Enjoy!

First some sheds, shacks and greenhouses….

 

Next a few planters…..

And now some serious outdoor building work…..

Finally a few odds and ends…..

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Growing the World We Live in

In a recent article on Io9, I came across this article: 10 Failed Utopian Cities that Influenced the Future

Reading through the Utopian dreams and failed society reboots of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and industrialist Henry Ford, I can’t help but notice their different relationships to food and its production whether in gardens or pastures. They definitely focus on the planned and built environment as the cure to the diseases of human settlements. I guess when all you have is a city planning hammer, everything looks like a nail.

But let’s get back to the issue of agriculture and the placement or absence of gardens and farms in these failed bright futures of the past. Henry Ford’s Fordlandia actually built a city in a cleared part of the Brasilian rainforest to harvest rubber for the new Ford automobiles rolling off of the assembly lines in the U.S.  Based…

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