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OtleyLad

Green DIY Projects - ideas please

Time to pick your brains all you DSers.

I want some ideas for some min-projects that our local Green group can help people with that will be:

Relatively cheap
Have some 'green' payback (cash and/or utility)
Quick to do
Payback/profitable within a few months

For example, I'm doing a tutorial on replacing Halogen downlight bulbs (typically the MR16 2 pin types driven by a small transformer) with LED GU10s. Cost for bulb and adapter £4 - payback after 9 months (average 3 hours/day use).

Another: A (probably wooden) tiered planter (maybe 3 levels) to accommodate perennials like alpine straws, chives, maybe even a patio peach, etc.
A lot of houses in Otley centre have only small back yards - this would enable people to grow a little food for themselves.

Any of your ideas most welcome (promise I won't claim that I've thought of them).
Hairyloon

Some ideas here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/john.jrp/?fref=ts
Nick

http://themicrogardener.com/20-creative-ways-to-upcycle-pallets-in-your-garden/
Tavascarow

These are cheap & easy to make. Fill them with sweets or mixed nuts & hang on the xmas tree then fill with peanuts for the birds.

Willow bird feeder.
Slim

Something as simple as changing your showerhead?
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/11/30/an-800-gift-from-me-to-you/
Falstaff

Baskets, Bean sticks, Walking sticks, propagating seedlings for sale (Tomatoes and runner beans maybe ? ) Hardwood cuttings are good to be taken this time of year for sale next summer and if you can scrounge up some grape vine cuttings (2 year old wood just cut up and stuck in the compost to a decent depth) they have the advantage that they grow vertically and are very deep rooted so they don't need watering after the first couple of years.
Hairyloon

Wormeries?
mousjoos

Bug Shacks or Buggeries
Hairyloon

Bug Shacks or Buggeries

Shocked
I think you're on the wrong forum for buggery...
OtleyLad

Some great ideas there - thanks Laughing
Falstaff

Nest boxes ! 1 1/8 " hole for tits - 1 1/4" for sparrows
Hairyloon

Bat boxes, bird tables, hedgehog houses...
Mistress Rose

With bean and pea sticks, if you have access to woods, always make sure you have permission from the owner to cut. Sorry to be difficult, but people think it is 'only a bit of wood' but it can be income to a woodland owner or coppice worker.

If you do have access to wood, you can make quite a lot from odd bits; kindling bundles, gipsy pegs, gipsy flowers etc.
dpack

planter kits for walls,if folk only have small yards chances are the best sunlight is vertical and from about 5' up

2 brackets and a shelf of treated wood(old pallet is fine) with a "windowbox shape" planter screwed (again pallet wood could be used ) to it. if the shelf is omitted it is harder to get the box down to change the soil but it can be done attaching the brackets direct to a wood planter.

a strip of wire mesh(sheep netting etc ) a bit wider than the planter and a a couple of yards long attached to a stout batten (pallet wood) pre drilled and with plugs n screws to attach it to the wall

perfect for runner beans ,tall variety peas cucumbers etc etc (include a few seeds)

only really suitable for folk who can pick from a pair of steps or short ladder.
gregotyn

I made a 4 tiered planter that you described on the opening post, OtleyLad all from one pallet, but I had to demolish the pallet first. The original size was 4ft square with solid runners underneath the pallet. I took it apart carefully and made a base about 3ftx2ft. and raised it to about 3ft, spuds and mint on the base and so on with bits on the top. I made another and sold it for£5 at a boot fair. The way to make such a structure sound is always to put a pair of cross braces at the rear between the top shelf and the "pallet" base. And have a large stone at the rear on the base. Ideal as a herb garden or for salads. I also put a tool holder on the side.
I read somewhere that vertical growing up the sides of buildings is to be the thing of the future, especially at our current human/food import rate, and I seem to remember there being a post on DS a year or so back.
OtleyLad

I made a tiered planter that you described on the opening post, OtleyLad all from one pallet, but I had to demolish the pallet first. The original size was 4ft square with solid runners underneath the pallet. I took it apart carefully and made a base about 3ftx2ft. and raised it to about 3ft, spuds on the base and so on with bits on the top. I made another and sold it for£5 at a boot fair. The way to make such a structure sound is always to put a pair of cross braces at the rear between the top shelf and the "pallet" base. And have a large stone at the rear on the base. Ideal as a herb garden or for salads. I also put a tool holder on the side.


Sounds great - have you any pics?
gregotyn

I will see if I can get a friend to do one for me, my pooting is nowhere near that level! Hill farmer

What about a wood store out of old pallets ?
Very cheap or even free to get hold of and if you keep the project simple - very little to do in regard to construction , the way they are built allows for free flow of air in between the slats and thereby dries wood really fast.
good luck
Mistress Rose

That with a solid roof would make an ideal log store Hill Farmer. Put pallets in the bottom to keep the wood off the ground too. gregotyn

Well, at long last my neighbour has photographed the various bits I have made from scrap pallets. Now what with me being not much use with the pooting game, I got my star librarian to do the publishing on here for me. Every time we copy a picture it will not print it out on the page, so we are going to think again and see what happens, we don't know if it is to do with my memory stick or not, but at least they are on there! If anyone can help and explain how to print these pictures in layman's terms, then I will have another go on Thursday-library closed tomorrow-thanks. sean

You can't just copy and paste them they need to be uploaded to the Downsizer gallery. At the bottom of the window that you type into there's a green Attach File link. You need to click on this. It will open another little window. Use the 'Browse' button to look for your picture file, open it and then click on upload. dpack

you might need to reduce the file size or save for web and devices for each snap.

ds cant manage full resolution photos
gregotyn

It appears my pics. are so 'good' that they are twice as good as the DS system can cope with! so I am snookered. My ability with a pixel reduction programme is nil. I will go out and buy a camera that takes 'normal' pictures that DS can cope with, 'twas my neighbour what took 'em, guv, honest! This could be fun on Saturday morning, as most folks think that more is good, so locating a basic camera may also be a problem. Slim

It appears my pics. are so 'good' that they are twice as good as the DS system can cope with! so I am snookered. My ability with a pixel reduction programme is nil. I will go out and buy a camera that takes 'normal' pictures that DS can cope with, 'twas my neighbour what took 'em, guv, honest! This could be fun on Saturday morning, as most folks think that more is good, so locating a basic camera may also be a problem.

Don't go buying a new camera! You'll be able to convert the files without an added expense. (I think)

maybe try something like this http://www.imageoptimizer.net/Pages/Home.aspx
dpack

this will do it easily

no need for a low res camera.get a high res one and adjust snaps as required Wink
gregotyn

Now that has possibilities, I will have a go in the morning if the 'right' librarian is working. sean

this will do it easily

no need for a low res camera.get a high res one and adjust snaps as required Wink

That's absolutely excellent for doing pics for forums/fb/twitter. Thanks for the find dpack. Smile
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Well folks thanks to my star friends on DS and a librarian with sense I have managed-the librarian has-to use the resizer and put the photos up for your perusal. She, a happily married lady, is now deeply in love with dpack for his "this will do it easily" post et voila!-it did. Now I am not so sure that I could repeat this without further help, but if the occasion demands I will have a good try!

To get to the main pics They are all made for my next door neighbour, who took the pics., and at one point was a good keen gardener. The first 2 show the back door herb garden and seed tray holder, useful by the back door as you can water the plants at the w/e without getting dressed and then go back to bed! The 2 sticks on the first image are in place on the other picture as a strengthening pair of diagonals. the small box on the right side is for the tools. I didn't take the pics so there is no shot of the side, but There are 4 shelves and each is supported underneath with a wooden bracket. I made this one from 2 small pallets to get enough shelves. It is about2ft6"x 2ft

The 3rd one shows one of those cattle feeder type planter, which contains the strawberry bed and the conifers which have been in that position for the last 2 years, all made from 3"x"2 framing and clad in 6ft long x4"x3/4"pallet boards. There are no joints at the crossing points. The big bits are bolted the rest is nailed.

Item 4 is a holder for the recycling kit as supplied by Powys CC. So simple. A 2"x2" frame and then clad in featheredge boards. We have 4 items food, glass, paper and metal and plastics. Not sure why you would put the food on the base but what do I know-Mr fox likes it that way! This is just screwed together and the felt roofing is fixed with roofing nails.

The last bit is a variation of a cattle feeder, basically 2 'A' frames, 2 'U' frame ends all made of 3"x2", joined as you can see, then covered with 3/4" x4" boards.

All I have bought for the whole lot is felt, bolts and screws, and the rest is from places where I worked or currently work. Taking pallets apart is simple enough I loose only about 20% now in the pallet destruction, but I have small firewood chopping enterprise so that takes care of the rubbish-although that is not so straight forward as some of the mainly French wood does hardly burn! I have had the advantage of working in a timber yard and workshop making packing cases and so on, also working in a steel factory as a forklift driver and being able to take the pallets home to 'work on'.
Jam Lady

Well done, Gregotyn! Good job! I like all the pallette-built crafts you have on display here. Mistress Rose

Very nice Gregontyn. I like the plant trough particularly. Something I think we could make out of new wood, but need to find a way of flat packing it. gregotyn

As a result of my librarian doing the pics. for me I have an order from a lad at work for the recycling bin holder, I am in you debt dpack! dpack

Laughing a pleasure to be of help Very Happy there are times when the really simple (and free) apps are far more use than the all bells and whistles ones Wink

nice work with the various ex pallet constructions,i recon the planters are quite commercial if you have a pallet supply and a bit of time.
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