Friday, March 18, 2011

Recycling - Garden Project

The new side deck needs a path to the garden
Lately I have come across the interesting work of Mike Reynolds, Earthships.   So I have been saving all our cans and bottles.  We don't normally eat a lot of canned food but at present we are using a lot of organic canned tomatoes as our last tomato crop was pretty dismal (too much rain).  These cans along with a few wine bottles, herbal medicine bottles and few other odds and ends will be use as the basis of our new garden paths.  

The theory is - set the cans (or bottles) in concrete as filler when leveling areas, making steps or small walls.  The concrete sets around the cans and structure is very solid.  Because of the steepness of the block I may need to resort to using a few fly-ash blocks (manufacturing method is said to save energy, reduce mercury pollution and cost less) or tyres.  Once each section of the path is done it will then be paved with whatever left over pavers or tiles are available.

We will be working on this new path each weekend from now on and I will be posting updates.  So keep tuned.  No work today as the rain has set in.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting blog, with a lot of great tips.
    I can wait to see your future path.