Just a few ideas I found on Pinterest for gardening with recycled materials. I always believed I was cack-handed when it came to gardening…my idea of gardening has always been to “Just stick it in the ground and water it”. I’m clueless about perennials vs annuals, and about when to plant what and where. I live in Australia, most books on gardening relate to the Northern Hemisphere, our seasons are just as topsy turvy as our geography and this only adds to the confusion.
But, that said, many of my “Just stick it in the ground and water it” experiments have actually worked. I have had particular success with succulents, and they are my favourites.
I’m also a fan of recycling or repurposing objects. To combine the two, here are some ideas from Pinterest that you might want to try your hand at:
Greenhouse or wind shelter made out of old drink bottles, plastic sheeting and a metal frame.
Mini greenhouse made out of old picture frames.
Bicycle tyre rims as a trellis for plants.
Cut a drinks bottle in half and upturn the bottom half over a potted seedling, to use as a cloche.
Stopped eating cakes? Turn an old glass cake stand into a terrarium.
An old glass teapot adds interest to a terrarium.
Find a use for CD spindles as a terrarium or mini greenhouse.
Got an old chair that has lost its seat? Turn it into a pretty planter.
The red of this old toy truck contrasts beautifully with the greens of the succulents.
Even an old cake tin can become a lush mini garden.
Row, row, row your boat. Or not, as the case may be.
Old boots can still be useful.
Cut a drinks bottle in half. Fill the bottom half with water. Turn the top half upside down, with the cap off, and put it into the bottom half. Place compost into the top half, add plant. Self-watering planter.
Got an old chest of drawers that you don’t use anymore? Turn it into this pretty tiered planter.
Turn a broken vase or pot into a cascading garden.
An old water cistern or toilet tank can be decorated with mosaic, or painted, and used as a pretty flower trough.
If you have a transparent, deep umbrella or parasol and some stakes, you could make this greenhouse.
An open-wire basket can be turned into a pretty mini garden.
Old tea tins, biscuit tins, etc make pretty planters.
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