Are you having a hard time separating the rocks from the soil, especially when the rocks are too small and tedious to pick up piece by piece? You’ve landed on the perfect site to learn about a helpful gardening tool and how to create your own to save your money.
A garden sieve is one of the most essential garden accessories. The garden sieve is also called a sifter because this tool allows to separate unwanted elements, such as rocks from the soil. Other debris such as leaves, twigs, weeds, and lumps can also be sieved from the soil. For those who cannot visualize what a garden sieve looks like, the most common and close to how it looks like is a flour sifter. Sifters are different types depending on the cooking needs. The sifting occurs through the help of a net or a mesh screen. A garden sieve can also function to spread materials or soil amendments on your garden like fertilizer, potting soil, and compost. A garden sieve is usually round in shape, but can vary in sizes. The material composition of the sieve can also vary, either powder-coated steel, stainless steel, or plastic.
Garden sieves can be bought in almost all hardware stores or garden shops. Of course, the price varies depending on the size of the garden sieve, how thick the mesh screen, and material composition. But, for most gardeners, especially those who tend to their own farm, make their own garden sieve because this will save them money, of course. Based from observation, those who make their own garden sieve make rectangular free-standing sieves.
Making your own garden sieve is easy. The following steps come from an expert gardener.
What you will need are roll of wire mesh, a piece of lumber, wood screws or U-shaped nails, and hammer. The size of the mesh and lumber depends on your preference on how big your garden sieve should look like. You can either choose a metal mesh or board in replacement of the wire mesh and lumber.
First, cut in two pieces the lumber, one inch shorter than the width of the mesh. Second, cut in half the left over piece of lumber. Third, using the nails or screw, attach all the pieces together. Fourth, pull the wire mesh over the made rectangular frame. Fifth, attach the wire mesh on the sides of the rectangular frame.