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Weekly Roundup – Wood Pallets and Swales

16 January 2011 2 Comments

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of reading this week, but here are a few things that I found particularly interesting:

  • You can build sheds, chicken coops, animal shelters and other useful structures from wooden pallets! This is a great idea – I can get free pallets from my local nursery. Anna and Mark from The Walden Effect have also been exploring what to do with free pallets. If you have any more ideas, please post them below!
  • If you need help dismantling wood pallets, check out this excellent video. You do need to take a bit of care and do it properly so you don’t split the usable wood.
  • I’ve been digging a swale up at the top of my property to capture rainwater and to make sure that overflow is diverted around my shed. Here are some helpful instructions on how to dig a swale.
  • And finally, something very strange – an indoor farm in Tokyo. I’m not sure what to think of that!
Feel free to make further reading suggestions in the comments below!

Build your own chicken coop.


  • Donna said:

    Im not sure what to think of the indoor farm idea! THis must use a lot of power to run the lights ect. Interesting concept though. I read some of the comments people had written under her acticle, one person really gave it the thumbs down… Thanks for the link to the artical. Donna.

  • Darren (author) said:

    Yeah, it would use a lot of power. Then again, companies already waste tons of power running fountains and neon lights and giant TVs to promote themselves; this might at least be a more worthy way to stand out. The educational potential is pretty huge, too, being in a city where the realities of growing food are a dim memory for most.