So much of what we trash can find a second home in the garden. Going green in the garden is not only about planting trees and flowers for Earth Day, but it’s also about making a beautiful and safe garden to enjoy.
Tree stumps, twigs and branches are just a few of the natural items that you can reuse to make your garden appear more rustic.
Repurposing unexpected items, such as an old dresser, a used car tire or even an oversize vegetable can, offers a natural look in the garden with a creative spark.
Here are a few of our favorite recycling ideas:
▪ Don’t trash that old baby crib. Use its rails to make a trellis.
▪ When the kids grow out of their rain boots, reuse them for planters.
▪ Fill old dresser drawers with dirt and soil. Add your favorite annuals and greenery.
▪ Repurpose an old tire as a planter. Spray paint the tire. Add dirt and soil. Plant your favorite annuals for a colorful display. For instructions on painting a tire, visit ehow.com and search “how to paint a tire.”
▪ An old wooden ladder can become shelves for small potted plants.
▪ Plant a fairy garden in an old washtub or birdbath.
▪ Personalize your garden with old wooden frames. Remove the glass and hang on a garage wall or wooden fence.
▪ Turn an old six-cup metal muffin pan into a bird feeder. Drill holes in the four corners and slide string or a thin chain through the holes. Fill cups with bird seed and hang from a tree branch.
▪ Old wooden windows make an eye-popping display. Place garden pots on the window pane.
▪ Reuse empty vegetable and coffee cans. Spray paint them with an exterior rustproof paint, poke a few holes in the bottom, and fill with soil and annuals.
▪ Don’t get rid of that old school desk with a flip-top lid. Create a fairy garden inside the desk top filled with fairy garden furniture, fairies, gravel, blue sea glass (to create a water scene), mini animals and miniature ground covers. Add spring annuals for color.
▪ Reuse wine corks, stuck through wooden skewers, to label herbs in your garden.