Dog Poop Composting Bins

Sooo today I decided that due to the fact we now have 3 members in the dog family in our house it was time to do something about the waste problem!

The hot weather, levels of waste and plastic wheely bin on a fortnightly collection haven’t been making a good combo to be honest.

I saw a ready made version of a waste bin in the pet shop that you put in a hole in the garden to put the poop in. It consisted of a plastic bin with no base and holes up the sides and a lid for the princely sum of about £15!

I decided that I had to try to make one instead!

So the hunt began, I needed a cheap plastic bin with a well fitting lid.
As is always the way I couldn’t find one! Eventually I found a slightly knackered metal peddle bin in a charity shop for the grand total of £1.50-bargain!

So I set to work. The inner part of the bin came out and is a rather attractive galvanised bucket thing I may fashion into a planter at a later date.

That left me with no bottom on the bin-result.

I then needed to remove the pedal so I could bury it properly, and also remove the lid so it would be operable without the peddle. Both as it happened were easy, a bit of a wiggle of the screwdriver and the metal rods holding them both on came out easily. The pedal going and removing the lid bracket then have me a couple more holes to help with drainage.

Then to dig the hole. This took AGES! I decided to dig it near a tree as I figured it would be more free draining(?) forgot about roots…. But I am stubborn. It just took a while! Dug it deeper than the bin so I could put a layer of rocks in the bottom. Then placed the bucket in top. Then put more rocks in the bottom and around the sides.

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Then back filled around the sides with soil.

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The lid can now be used ‘backwards’ using the silver ring thing to lift the lid off.

Filled it with a bit of waste then put in some septic tank activator stuff. Other half says this will speed up the break down of the stuff…

Now to paint it black to camouflage it a bit!!

After a lot if hard digging I am happy with it. I hope it works!

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I will not be using the by product as a compost. I believe that it is ok to use on ornamental plants, but not edibles. The limited research I have done on this seems to show that it is due to the temperatures in the dog waste not reaching a hot enough temperature to kill whatever gross stuff is in there.

I just think it is all gross and am hoping that it will all just rot through the bucket so I don’t have to think about it! Anyway please research before you decide to use this gross shizzle anywhere!

Xx

Strawberry Plant Diseases and Naughty Puppies

I was just looking through some pictures on my phone from a couple of months ago and had to share this.

Seriously, for about two weeks I was looking at my strawberry bed and wondering what was going on with it. A couple if the leaves looked a bit rusty, but the centre of the bed started to flatten. It really did look sorry. I was genuinely getting to the stage where I was going to google ‘flattened strawberry bed disease’ when I saw this…..

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A couple if things became apparent, the puppy loves strawberries, that’s why there were cow pat puppy poos in the lawn, and there is no weird strawberry disease in my patch!

Save the Bee!

Well I was just on my way out and I noticed there was a bee drowning in the dog bowl outside 😦 I fished him out and have decided to wait with him for a while to see if he drys out. Have put a little dollop of honey next to him incase he wants a bit. Not sure really what else to do with the poor thing..

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The Start of My ‘Edgy’ Garden

In most of my gardening books they show you how to put brick edging on the lawn/ borders and beds to keep the edge tidy and to mow right over.
Well I like the look but it seems too permanent and too labour intensive for me. I have a tendency to always change things both inside and out.

The two little beds that are either side of my greenhouse always look a bit rubbish and unloved. The perfect place to try this?! I decided to try a less permanent way, no spirit level or concrete required, so easy for me to move when I want to change it!

Firstly I got all the bricks, and laid them out around the areas I was putting them to check how many I needed-leave a bit of a space in between them.

Then just dig a long narrow trench, a bit wider and deeper than the bricks. Sprinkle a bit of sand in the bottom so you can put the brick in flush to the lawn. Give it a good old wiggle and get it secure, flat and flush to the lawn. Then keep going to the end. Just sprinkle a bit of sand in the gaps between the bricks-et voila!

You’ll find I am a lover of all things a bit rustic, so it may not be the most geometrical brick edging but I think it’s great!

Here is the before and after!

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