A summer of garden DIY
Palmerston North residents wanting to make better use of their backyards and gardens are in for a treat.
The city’s eco adviser Nelson Lebo is hosting a series of DIY workshops for householders.
The first two sessions, ‘‘Hot composting for the serious gardener’’, have already taken place. The third, on making fly screens from pre-purchased kits, is tomorrow afternoon.
‘‘The workshops are about showing there are real, simple ways for people to upskill.
‘‘The composting workshops were not only promoting effective ways of making use of household food scraps and garden waste, but also to get people interested in a project to collect and make use of coffee grounds from shops in The Plaza.’’
With the creation of high quality garden compost as the lure, Lebo was hoping to recruit coffee grounds collectors.
‘‘Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, and are already in a fine form. It’s turning ‘waste’ into a resource and keeps it out of landfill.’’
The remainder of the city council-sponsored workshops will be held at Reclaimed Timber Traders, 4 Matipo Lane, off the end of Konini St.
With tools provided, an afternoon workshop for kids focuses on making weta hotels.
Anyone with an inkling to raise their own chooks can find out about chicken tractors.
‘‘The mobile chicken coop provides shelter as well as safety from cats. Shift it every day and the chickens mow and fertilise your lawn with eggs as a bonus.’’
Later in February, there’s a garden furniture building workshop, employing what Lebo calls ’’rough carpentry’’ to make planters and raised wooden garden beds out of ‘‘transitional timber’’. Again, tools will be provided, but there will be a cost for the recycled timber used.
At a further workshop, Lebo will demonstrate an alt-energy solar dehydrator.
For those who miss any workshops, there will be a wrapup session that revisits the main points at the end of the series in February.
Lebo is even happy to discuss composting as well as section drainage on site if residents want to make an appointment.
Enquiries about any of the sessions can be made through the Palmerston North City Council.
City eco advisor Nelson Lebo will be sharing his ‘rough carpentry’ skills to make robust garden furniture.