10 February 2012

Recycled boots (and other things)

Wellie Boot Rack

Reuse, recycle - do you?

Recycled doesn't have to mean packing everything into a bin or bag and sending it off to the local centre.

Pallet gate

Recycling, or up cycling, is about thinking differently. 

It's about coming up with ideas for reusing items that they weren't originally intended for.

Container vegetables - winter lettuce & edible violas

Pallets are a big favourite of ours - from shelves to compost bins, gates to welly boot racks.

Pallet shelving
Seed containers

We also use carrier bags, boots, old milk churns and anything else we can think of for garden containers. 

Old cd's and computer disks are kept and strung around the veggie patch in spring to act as bird scarers. 

Toilet roll inserts and food containers are saved ready for seed planting.

(My favourite dark bottomed sausage container & clear chicken container that fitted together perfectly, making a sweet little propagator were accidentally recycled 'for real'... oops) 
All cups & crockery are saved for  using as 'crocks' in container planting

Surprisingly, once plants are growing in it, or latches are fixed to it, our junk no longer resembles rubbish at all.

Do you have any favourite ways of re-using your 'rubbish'?


  1. I use old food containers for seed trays, and toilet roll tubes for sweet peas and beans. Wood is recycled in many ways in our garden. I have 2 old tables which my husband has converted into potting benches. One of them has an old shoe rack underneath it which is used for storing plant pots. He has made me several wooden seed trays and large plant markers out of bits of wood. We like to re-use 'rubbish' if we can!

    1. The food containers are so handy for seed trays aren't they.. sounds like you have a very handy hubby too Margaret :)

  2. I really like the pallet to gate idea, especially since I happen to have a few pallets on hand and had planned to build another garden gate this summer...thanks for the great tip.

    1. We have a few of them dotted around, work a treat!

  3. We also save the loo roll tubes. Pallets too are well used. We have a pallet gate, a section of garden fence made from pallets and also benches for standing pots on.

    1. Don't know where we'd be without the pallets Bridget. Saw a fantastic wall covering with them recently - sanded and arranged they looked superb.

  4. Good morning hon I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award:~)

  5. Hi there, I recycle alot when it comes to gardening. I use cardboard egg cartons as seedling planters and compost paper towel and toilet paper rolls, coffee filters and newspaper. I love recycling! Deb@http://theeverydaygardener.blogspot.com/

    1. It makes so much sense doesn't it Debbie & halves the cost at least of gardening too!


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