Turn your Trash into Garden Treasures

The garden is the perfect place to repurpose old items into new ones. You could transform off-cuts of wood into a new raised bed, bricks into paving or old CDs into bird scarers.

Here are a few of our favourite ideas to reuse or upcycle:

Plant pots: Make sure your containers have drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to drain out. Consider the depth of your container as well, as not every plant need as much as depth as others. Old guttering is perfect for shallow rooters like salads or strawberries for example.

Vegetable garden using old pallets

Beds and Borders: You could use old bricks or edging to create the outline to a beautiful herb wheel. Making raised beds is a great opportunity to reuse old wood. Join them at the corners with screws, brackets or hinges. They look great, offer good drainage and an earlier start to the growing season.

Protection and support: Create your own cold frame to keep your crops safe at the start of the year, by simply using a polycarbonate sheet screwed to a wooden frame. Another idea is to reuse old plastic water pipes to create arches for your vining crops to                                                                                              climb onto.

 

Scare birds away: Some birds like pigeons can be a pesky nuisance in the vegetable garden. To scare them off, hang some old CDs onto string suspended above your crops. You could also attach silver tape to canes, or string out coloured tape over vulnerable crops such as brassicas. Of course, you always have the option to create a classic scarecrow and get creative with your recycling!

Attract wildlife: pots, bricks, straw, twigs and other offcuts can be used to create cozy homes for beneficial bugs such as beetles or mason bees. Ponds are also an idea if you would like to attract frogs or toads; if you don’t fancy a full size one, why not try a container pond?

Make an apple store: Old furniture, such as a chest of drawers, can be used as apple stores. Just add 1-inch holes at regular intervals for airflow

Using old wood: If you are using pallets, make sure to check the labels to ensure the wood has been heat treated and that there is no risk of contamination from toxic pesticides. Pallets are great for transforming into structures such as compost bins.

Hard landscaping: Add reclaimed bricks and paving to create a lived-in-feel to your garden. You can lay bricks to make hard-wearing paths or patios. Paving slabs can also be positioned between beds for quick and easy access.

 

 

These are just a few tips and ideas to help you get started with recycling and repurposing old items into new ones in your garden. If you have any top tips that you can offer us let us know in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter page

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