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The Waki Way - Living full-time in a motor home

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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Recycled Bean Can Planters

Our recycled bean tin planters!Our recycled bean tin planters!I've done my usual and spread out around base camp! It was inevitable really, leave me too long in any one place and I'll soon have a whole garden of herbs and vegetables growing around me! See?

Base camp last springBase camp last spring

Base camp this year!Base camp this year!

I love growing things (especially food!) and it was something I really missed when we were working together and on the road. It's the perfect way to take a break from the laptop and get a bit of fresh air, and it's lovely to listen to the sounds of the birds nearby and hear the busy buzz of the bees and other pollinators enjoying the flowers you've provided.

The thing is I'm as much a miser as I am a gardener and so I don't ever want to buy brand new pots or planters, plus buying things for a camp spot does end up rooting more than just plants to the place and who wants to stay tied down? I know we're not planning on going anywhere any time soon but there's something comforting about still being ready to! :)

You may be a little confused since we're all about living wild, but Ryan's job as an agricultural engineer has kept him busy for the past year whilst we've also been gradually chipping away at all those remaining refurb projects about Waki and meaning our nomadic lifestyle has been somewhat sedentary of late. It's still a long list of to-do's and will take a lot longer yet but we're happy enough with the progress and our pace of life. We're not all work and no play, and so have been doing our touring and exploring by motorcycle this year instead - giving Waki (and Kaa!) a nice long rest from the travelling life! The awning has weathered a lot in the course of the year and unfortunately the rough gravel and the movement of the fabric in the wind against it has worn it thin in some places. It was to be expected though since they are only really intended for occasional use on a nice grass field somewhere more lovely than the work yard...

After a quick Google procrastination session I was inspired by all of the recycled planter projects I had seen and decided to have a go at these cute little bean tin planters. Let's face it, we ALL have tins to throw away from something or another so why not make use of them? Reducing the quantity of waste items we have to get rid of saves me one more trip into the recycling centre in our local town as well. Because of their size you can't expect to grow much in them, but they're spot on for growing lots of small herb plants.

The process is simple enough; carefully drill a hole near the rim of a cleaned tin can to hang them from, and several more in the bottom for drainage. Paint them if you wish, though I do like the rusty finish once they've weathered a while, label them if you need to and string them up in bunches somewhere sunny! Enjoy your fresh herbs!

Recycled Bean Can PlantersHere's mine hanging on the corner of the shed at base camp, and if you need a little more inspiration for recycled-item planters here's some of the others we have adorning the place... Tyre potatoes!Tyre potatoes!

Our old kettle, more marigolds to come!Our old kettle, more marigolds to come!Cocoa can marigoldCocoa can marigold

Milk bottle nasturtiumsMilk bottle nasturtiums

What do you think? Are you going to make some yourself? We'd love to hear from you so leave us a comment below! 

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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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