We’ve been in our new (very old) home for a little over 2 weeks now and I promise I’ll do a photo walkthrough of the internal when we’re all set up. Which, I suspect might be a couple of months away as we have to source a few items, like a guest room bed. I thought in the meantime I’d share one of the little projects we’ve got buzzing along in between much bigger tasks (like removing barbed wire fencing and lots of noxious weeds). This is our upcycled cast iron bathtub herb garden!
Ben picked up the cast iron bathtub from an auction across the road from our old house, a week before we moved which seemed a little crazy at the time but it was for a measly $10 and we hired removalists so it wasn’t too much of an issue in the end. Unfortunately, the claw feet went for significantly more so instead of decorative feet we’ve propped it up on bricks which won’t be visible once we plant out around the tub itself so we won’t be adding feet down the track.
For soil, Ben dug up part of the paddock we want to be flattened out a little bit before we added a couple of bags of potting mix on top. Chester was obviously integral to the entire process…
as was Pearl who took it upon herself to test how sturdy the tub was.
Next came planting, we’ve just planted herbs we use a lot of so, for now, there is rosemary, basil, sage, coriander, parsley, and mint. Some came from our old home and some we’ve had to buy new seedlings of as the others didn’t survive the move.
The final layer is sugar cane mulch to keep the moisture in which is something we’re a little more sensitive to out here given we’re on tank water.
It was finally finished off with a good soak to help settle the plants.
I think Chester approves of his new spot. We have another cast iron tub that was left in the paddock here that we will convert to a garden for leafy greens like lettuce, spinach and kale and that will go around the corner from this one. This is also the area I think we will start planting out our kitchen garden. For those, we intend to use some old logs in the paddock and to source some old railway sleepers to make some raised garden patches and they’ll be placed as a path to the picnic table and will also surround that area.
One of the next projects involves maybe investing in a machete, I joke, we have a chainsaw and will hire a slasher to deal with much of this. Unfortunately, we will probably have to also carefully poison areas as some of the weeds are very bad for the native plant life. One day this will be a much easier path to follow for both humans and hounds!