Now that I’ve moved into The Tiny Farm, it’s time to start putting all of my half-baked plans into action. But where do I start?
The flat itself still needs a lot of organising, but what I really wanted to do this weekend was get started on the garden. So, I put an hour or so aside this weekend to do just that.
As we are in the middle of September already, it’s not exactly the best time to start growing veggies. However, I did a bit of research on the internet and ordered some seeds which are apparently good to sow at this time of year. I ordered some Valdor Lettuce, Red Onion, Radish and a Leaf Salad Stir Fry Seed Mix from Suttons to try out. The total cost for the seeds, including delivery, was £8.78 so hopefully they will provide a good crop and save me some money in the long run.
The seeds are supposed to be delivered within seven days, so I got started preparing one of the beds. I decided to start with the small bed nearest to the house as I thought it might provide a bit more shelter than the others through the winter. Also, being quite small, it was fairly easy to weed.
As part of The Tiny Farm project, I also want to try to reduce the amount of waste that I produce, and reuse as much as I can. So, over the last week I have been saving my kitchen scraps to make compost.
Not having much cash to spend on a proper compost bin, I decided to make my own with a small plastic crate. Again, the internet came in handy here.
To make the compost bin, I drilled some holes in the plastic crate to allow for air circulation and drainage. Then I layered it up with paper shreds, kitchen waste, grass clippings, more paper shreds and a couple of handfuls of potting compost that I had lying around. A quick watering followed before I covered the crate with an old foam cutting board and a brick to stop any rats getting in.
I positioned the compost bin in the sheltered area next to the back door to save it (and me) from getting too wet in the rain, and to make it easier for me to add to it every day instead of storing up scraps in the kitchen.
I’m not sure how well it will work as the crate is quite small, but I can get a larger one later if necessary. It is supposed to be a Tiny Farm after all! Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.