Monday, April 10, 2017


The free kind not the tree kind...

A piece of advice for any new plot holder is to become a keen recycler... AKA a skip diver. If offered anything mildly useful looking, grab it, and take it to the plot. Most allotment sites look like the scrapheap challenge on a good day, pallets being a favourite.

This week has been a good week on the recycling front, 3 major finds for use on the farm.

First a load of decking someone wanted to get rid of. Heather spotted it on the local free cycle type community Facebook page. The guy was looking for someone to quote him to take it away, a quick visit later it was mine and he gets it taken away for free, a win for both of us! I've been looking for wood to make edging for a while so a good score, and it includes all the heavy stuff from the frame. A bit of cleaning up of the ends with the chop saw and it'll be perfect.

Next was a pair of bike wheels, free from the shop where I bought my road bike, as easy as popping in and asking if they had any going for scrap. These will be mounted on pole to make inverted bean wigwams. I've been wanting to try this since I read about it in Diggers Diary.

And finally, a folding shower screen a neighbour was about to dump. It has 4 hinged glassed sections and makes a perfect double row cloche. Well pleased with this one. the white sticks are there to prevent any chance of it deciding to fold flat and squash whatever is underneath, it's pretty heavy. At least it won't blow away.


A great recycling weekend, happy diving peeps!!


Sue Garrett said...

I like the idea of the shower screen.

Adam said...

I'm glad I'm not the only skip diver in this world :)

I'm building something really special that I hope you'll find useful re: Skip Diving!

I'll be sure to keep you in the loop wit that :)

Dicky said...

Hi Adam. A ladder to get into bigger skips?? :O)

Look forward to it

Dicky said...

Hi Sue. it works really well as its easy to move and water. Hopefully I've picked up another one to make Heather a cold frame.