fredag, juni 21, 2013
søndag, juni 16, 2013
The finished blanket measures 97 x 152 cm which is sufficient for a nap on the sofa ;o) I think it was actually done before the end of April, I just never got around to take any photos after weaving in the ends and washing it. I love the effect of the different yarns that range from plain cotton to pure silk. I have used scraps of sturdy wool and soft, featherlight angora as well as some cheap acrylic of unknown origins. The subtle tones of white, off white and beige makes this a true eye candy. Modest and clean and pretty!
lørdag, juni 08, 2013
Finally, the last chapter of this pallet frame potager tutorial. Previous posts contain parts one, two and three of the tutorial/documentary...
A four-legged furry friend watches closely - maybe this is what the dog is thinking: "what is that crazy lady up to today...? Digging for hours (thought that was MY job), then replacing the turf with soil that will be OUT OF MY REACH...??? Peculiar and stubborn is what I would call her...you know, they say that the dog resembles the owner and vice versa..."
I thoroughly watered the potager modules making sure the moist reached all the way down through the soil. this took quite a while and is of course best to do in the afternoon or early morning as direct sunlight will make the water evaporate.
The pre-cultivated (and in some cases not by me) plants are now where they should be - and a few mm below the surface of the soil there are lines of tiny seeds waiting to sprout.
fredag, juni 07, 2013
I used a double layer of bark cloth to line the pallet frames, shown step by step below. This is done to delay the inevitable weed growing up from the deeper layers of soil for as long as possible. It is important to use a breathing material for this and by all means avoid plastic as this will caus lack of drainage which in turn will make the plants drown and rot...
I used a few cardboard nails (short nails with large, flat heads) to secure the bark cloth before adding a 10 cm layer of cow dung fertilizer (don t worry - your potager will NOT smell bad at all, even though you will experience quite a stench as you work with this shit (pun intended...) :o)
Finally I added regular weeded plant soil, making sure the soil surface is at least 10 cm below the top of the pallet frame to make room for watering the potager, as seen below.
As the ground is not level in our garden, I tried to make the surface of the soil level, to enable an even distribution of water. This will prevent the water from gathering in a corner or in one end of the potager.
Done! But still some vital parts missing - yes, I am talking about the PLANTS. To be continued...
onsdag, juni 05, 2013
...let the hard work begin... Using a flat spade I cut smallish squares of turf and lifted it with a bigger and lighter shovel. I used two of the pallet frames to outline the areas for the potager modules, by pressing them firmly into the grass. This left quite sharp guidelines for the digging.
After removing the turf from both potager modules I thoroughly weeded the top 10 cm of soil by removing small roots etc. Below: Some are not ashamed to watch others do the hard work...
One layer of pallet frames...
...and then another on top.
A knothole needed to be sealed and a piece of one of the bigger roots I dug up came handy.
Rady for the next step - lining and filling the pallet frames. To be continued...
tirsdag, juni 04, 2013
Last spring I decided to finally have a go at making a potager in our garden, using pallet frames. The photo above shows the frames before the staining.
To prepare the pallet frames for their new duties, they got two coats of oil based stain for outdoor use. Partly to make them last longer, partly to make them look better and more uniform.
Two of the frames werw old and worn and already had a nice patinated look even before my first coat of stain.
The difference between the "worn" and the "new" frames are less obvious after the two coats of stain, as seen above and under
Voila! All done and ready to serve as potager modules, as shown under.
To be continued...