Tina (Nicky) O’Connell

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Name: Tina (Nicky)
Surname: O'Connell
Location: Centurion, Gauteng
Entry Date: Jul 24, 2021
Category: DIY
Project: Outdoor Areas

About the Project:

I built raised vegetable beds with materials that I obtained for free from within my community. I have a sustainable garden where everything is recycled, repurposed or re-used, here my Mom and I try our best to live a green life and to get most of our food from the garden. I wanted to prove…

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I built raised vegetable beds with materials that I obtained for free from within my community. I have a sustainable garden where everything is recycled, repurposed or re-used, here my Mom and I try our best to live a green life and to get most of our food from the garden. I wanted to prove that people can build beautiful raised vegetable beds for very low cost and that it is not that difficult to work with cement. I would drive through my neighbourhood and see where people had bricks (mostly half bricks) lying on their pavements, I would then stop and ask them whether they were going to use them or whether I could remove them for free and use them in my project. I sourced half bricks like this from four different places. I also sourced used pavers for free this way, my neighbour was busy building a flat on his property and he also donated all his old pavers to me. My only cost to build was the cement and the sand. I built myself and had someone help me to mix the cement because it’s terrible on your back. I did the design and the building myself and never tried to do it perfectly. It’s beautiful in all it’s imperfections and not straight at all. It is however beautiful, I can sit on the walls and work in the garden, and it’s super practical and water-wise.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
bricks
0
cement x 6
563.40
River sand x 18
630
Small pergola
0
Carbolineum x 1
110
5L Dulux maxi cover plaster primer
268
paint colour tint
45
1616.4

Contractors:

Tina (Nicky) O'Connell
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My gardener helped to mix the cement while I built, he also helped with about 40% of the plaster work
1000
1000
Grand Total
R2616.4