Breaking a container is never a happy event, but when you are a "Garden Repurposer Extraordinaire" nothing is ever lost! Broken pots are just new creative opportunities! Here a broken pot is reinvented as a succulent planter with great appeal. You do have to be careful of the sharp edges. Filing them a bit to… Continue reading Repurposing Broken Pots and More!
Raising planters off the deck allows for drainage and air to circulate, minimizing damage to the deck or risking overly saturated plants. Garden centres offer all kinds of products to help get your containers off the ground. You can buy clay pot feet or round dollies on wheels to set your containers on. These are… Continue reading Using Your Marbles. Repurposing Projects for the Garden.
Pallet Project #1 - One of the best uses for old pallets is to make a compost bin. Simply stand the pallets in a square and screw, nail or tie three sides together and then hinge the front pallet with wire, string or actual hinges so you can swing it open (or remove) when needed… Continue reading Three Projects for Repurposing Pallets in the Garden…
I bought this bowl at a sale. I loved how it looked and the price made it irresistible, but I never quite knew what to do with it. One Christmas I filled it with ornaments and pressed it to the wall. Taking it down (and putting it up) was a bit of a tricky challenge,… Continue reading Bug Hotels
Many garden outlets sell frames like these specifically made to hold plants...but while they're pretty, they're also pretty darn expensive! This picture frame was made using a cheaper route. It had a deep box built onto the back to hold plants. Once the plants are well rooted it can be carefully tilted into an upright… Continue reading Framed! Using Picture Frames in the Garden.
So what do you do with an old house that has lost its roof? Turn it into a walled garden of course! Ancient stone ruins in many countries have served to make gardens. This is a Canadian version, using the walls of old log cabin to serve as a walled garden. It might not last… Continue reading Repurposing an Entire House into a Walled Garden!
Stop! Before you drag that broken, bedraggled piece of furniture to the curb or worse, pay to have it hauled to the landfill, consider giving it new life in your garden! With a bit of reinforcing and some holes drilled for drainage, all kinds of furniture can be repurposed into containers. In a previous post… Continue reading Turning Old Furniture into Planters! Repurposing Containers in the Garden.
In our last post we explored repurposing stoves and fire pits in the garden. But what happens if the stove can't come to you? What if you must go to the stove? Such was the case many years ago in what we dubbed as "The Ditch Stove Project". We were living in a remote community,… Continue reading The Ditch Stove Project
Here an old stove flames to new life in the garden as a receptacle for a fire-engine red geranium. A perfect pairing and a great way to put vintage items on display. Another freestanding stove brightens up a pocket of a garden. Red petunias tumble from a container set on top, while more plants glow… Continue reading All Fired Up! Repurposing Stoves and Fire Pits in the Garden.
When this little red cooler lost its lid (okay, its human lost its lid) it was repurposed into a container. It turned out to be just the thing for taking along on camping trips. While it no longer kept things cold on the inside, it still kept the lettuce fresh on the topside! Or you… Continue reading Salad to go! Repurposed Garden Containers. A series.