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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 12:01 AM #1
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Default Repurposed: Roof Tiles -- Flower-bed Borders

Just thought I would like to share an idea we came up with last year when we were left with a lot of old roof tiles after a DIY job. The garden was a mess so we marked out new raised flower beds and used the tiles, overlapping at the sides and sunk about a third of their height, as a front (hubby's idea). We also used old builders blocks behind the tiles (but only coming half-way up) to support them and take the weight of the soil so they would not be pushed out. The blocks were then covered with about 3" of soil so are completely invisible.
The garden is now beginning to take shape though we still have a lot to do. The next "project"? --- A Veggie patch of course!! I have already started this by growing some sprouted spuds which I found in the bottom of the sack and they are doing great. But hold on, something tells me a flower pot doesn't quite qualify as a veggie patch!
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 12:46 AM #2
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Default veggie patch

It may not be a fully fledged veggie patch but ...it's a start! Great Idea for the roof tiles. I bet they look great.
You can grow strawberries easily in plant pots. I did it by accident this year. My neighbour gave me some last year and I forgot all about them. But they grew and were delicious!
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 07:45 AM #3
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I made a 5 star chook house out of old spare tiles with a simple A frame. The chooks thanked me every day with delicious fresh eggs. They're now talking about an extra bathroom !
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 11:18 AM #4
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Hi Guys, Iwonder if you have any photos of your ridge tile flower beds and chook house. I too have a lot of these left over from an extension and your ideas sound great. many thanks
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 12:52 PM #5
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I'm the same, would love to see a picture of the bed. I'm doing a bed at the end of the garden at the moment, should say hubby is.
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 01:33 PM #6
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Default Roof Tile Photos

I sent photos in at the same time as I put up this post but I wonder if they got "lost in space". I will resend later if they do not appear by then.
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 02:09 PM #7
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Hi Sky,

Photos added at last. For some reason or another they just wouldn't reduce in size in the normal way. Anyway...they're up now.

Great use of those tiles as a garden border!

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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 02:28 PM #8
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The photos are cool, thanks so much, now to get on with the hard work of doing it my own garden!!
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 03:13 PM #9
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Default looks great - Well Done

This looks great. Puts a lovely finish on the bed and the tiles will age gracefully. Lovely idea.
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 03:47 PM #10
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Default Thanks everyone

Thanks Chris and everyone for all the nice comments, As Betty says the tiles will age and in time blend in with the surroundings and start to look as if they "grew there".
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 03:49 PM #11
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is it hard to mow the lawn SKY with all the tile curves?
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 07:33 PM #12
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Yes Kilk,
Sometimes it can be a bit of a problem. On hindsight it might have been a good idea to put a small amount of cement, only an inch or two, tight into the curves to stop anything growing. Has anyone else got a better suggestion?
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 07:41 PM #13
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Strimmer?
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Old Posted: 09-09-2008 , 07:53 PM #14
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that would do it alright.
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Old Posted: 10-09-2008 , 11:17 PM #15
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Ann,
great idea!!!
You garden is nice.
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