Easy upcycling ideas for your spring garden
Put your trash on your lawn this year and keep it out of the landfill.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 02:45
THESE BOOTS WERE MADE... Planting can be done in many mediums. Skip the landfill and use your old shoes out in the garden! (Photo: Nanimo/Flickr)
It's that time of year again, when we're all waiting for the weather to change and spring to hop back into the picture. Stores are brimming with a great selection of planters and yard décor, and the landscaper in all of us is itching to get outside and start planting.
While I am not good at yard work (I know, I know) and I have the blackest thumbs around, I am fascinated by what other people can create, especially those who upcycle trash into new planters or yard art. My husband and I became avid enthusiasts of this when we lived in Nebraska and noticed how the farmers recycled their boots into bird houses by putting them upside down on fence posts. Our neighbors had an old claw foot bathtub on their lawn that came alive every year with a beautiful arrangement that was the envy of everyone, and another family made a fence for their yard out of old bicycles.
If you're starting to sketch out new ideas for this year, here are some great ideas to both keep trash out of the landfill and score big points for originality!
—Used tires make excellent planters, whether on the ground or on the side of a building. They have endless uses as edging, décor, or even sandboxes. You can stack them, paint them, and cut them into themes. Don't forget how easily they convert into swings!
—Old drawers can be a fantastic place to plant or nail to the side of a shed for décor. Got a dresser you want out of the house? Put it on the porch and plant strategically in a few pulled-out drawers.
—Windows, doors, shutters and headboards make excellent fencing material. Better yet, create your own greenhouse out of the doors and windows.
—Have an old chair? Hook it to the side of your garage, with or without legs, and tell it it's now a shelf. Use the seat to hold a planter, your tools, or even something tasty for the birds. Paint it or leave it looking rusty, either way it'll definitely stand out from your neighbor's décor. Cut an old table in half and use it the same way.
—Anything from the kitchen. An old colander, pitcher, cups and bowls. Got an unused roaster oven? How about a few wine bottles? They also make excellent torches.
—Trash cans of any sort.
—Think boxy. Tool boxes, tackle boxes, suitcases.
—Shoes and boots can not only be great for raising small plants, but think how fun they would look walking up your tree or the side of a building!
And my personal favorite:
— Create a hanging garden with gutters.
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