We go through a lot of wheelbarrows here in South Englishtown. Six days a week they are used to move seagrass that has washed to shore to the back of the lot for composting. Allen rakes up about 200 feet of seafront, and that amounts to a lot of seagrass. The wheelbarrows are also used to move sand to cover new paths that we make and to fill in low spots. That is a near daily chore, too. We use them to cart our diesel and gasoline that we have to bring by boat from Independence from the dock to the generator shed. They get used to offload building supplies like bags on concrete, sacks of river sand and gravel. They have even been used to mix cement on more than one occasion. We go through a lot of wheelbarrows and we come across their spent carcasses at the edges of our property.
|I went to take photos of this yellow-flowering vine and discovered a wheelbarrow.
Usually, it is the metal parts that attach the wheel to the barrow that rust out and give way. But once they are dumped in the brush, the termites are quick to find the handles.
|The discolored brown on the handles is from termites.
It struck me that we could use the barrow part as containers for the container plants we are starting. So Dennis used his cordless sawzall to cut away the metal parts and remove the handles. The bolt holes in the bottom will serve as drainage holes for the containers.
is one of the 3 (!) discarded wheelbarrows filled with what passes for soil in
|Black plastic is held in place temporarily by coconuts until we get it tucked in all the way around.
We have some fig cuttings rooted, and some seedlings of Malay apples (not apples at all) and Jamaica limes that will find their way into the barrows with their nice sterile soil.
cuttings (to the left) are ready to plant. The 2 Malay apples (back) need
to get bigger first, as do the
All of these plants will do well in containers where we can protect them from soil pests, land crabs, and coati. Might be easier to keep birds away, too. Most of the containers will ultimately be placed on our back veranda. We will make stands to lift them off the veranda floor and hold the barrows level. We need way more than 3 barrows, so off to scavenge more wheelbarrows from the brush ...