A while back, I shared with you some interesting items for your garden, manufactured from recycled materials. Purchasing items made from recycled material is a great way to recycle, but there is an easy way for you to become sustainable without going out and spending money.
Personally, I like the idea of doing more in the way of recycling, besides sorting glass, cans and paper into their appropriate bins. You would be surprised at the many items you use on a daily basis, which, instead of discarding, are usable in your garden.
Recycled household items:
- Pantyhose: use to tie branches to trellis or cut into bands and use as a ponytail holder
- Old CDs and DVDs: hang these reflective items from trees to keep animals from eating your veggies or birds out of your pond
- Plastic milk jug: Cut out bottom and use as a scoop. Poke holes in the lid and it becomes a watering can. Cut out bottom, hang a bunch on a horizontal pole for an inexpensive vertical garden
- Coffee filters: place in the bottom of a pot with holes to keep dirt from falling out
- Plastic water bottle: cut out bottom, poke a few holes in lid and sides, plant upside down in potted plants for easy watering
- Styrofoam peanuts: place in bottom of pots to help with drainage
- Banana peels: another great natural fertilizer for rose bushes
- Egg carton: for planting starter seeds
- Styrofoam mushroom trays: also good for starter seeds
- Glass wine or beer bottles: plant upside down in the ground as a border
- Wine corks: place on the end of a stick or fork as plant markers
- Toilet paper rolls: use for planting seedlings or filled with dryer lint as starters for your campfire
- Newspaper or paper-bags: makes a great biodegradable weed-barrier under mulch
- Kitchen scraps, leaves: start a composting pile
- Plastic storage bins, whiskey barrels & old trash cans: as long as they do not have holes can be used to collect rain water for your garden
- Used coffee grinds: natural fertilizer for your rose bushes
Re-purposed items that you may already have in your kitchen:
- Vinegar: natural weed killer
- Listerine: spray on your lawn to kill mosquitoes and gnats
- Epson salt: use as fertilizer
- Uncooked grits: to kill fire ants
Of course, we cannot forget some of the larger re-purposed items for your garden, most of which I have used in my own garden.
- Bedroom furniture: bed frame, dresser drawers and desks can all be used as planters
- Patio furniture: worn out wicker or metal furniture are all the rage as small succulent gardens
- Old tires: perfect for planters or as swings or climbing play areas for the kids
- Outdoor items: wagons, wheel barrows, coolers, birdbaths, mailboxes, gutters, pvc pipe, boats, bike tires, truck beds and old car parts have all been used as planters or converted into fire pits and grills
- Bathroom: yes, you can use that old bathtub or toilet as a planter or better yet a water garden
- Kitchen: teapots, teacups, baking pans, coffee cans make cute planters for small gardens
- Personal items: Boots, shoes, jeans and even bras can be hung on a fence and filled with pretty plants.
My all time favorite re-purpose item is an ordinary pallet, thank you Pinterest, which you can use to create a compost bin, vertical garden, garden table and too many other items to mention here. If you are looking for new and fun ways to recycle, re-use and re-purpose items for your garden and home be sure to check out our Recycle/Repurpose Pinterest board or visit our Fort Getaway gallery page to see some of the items we have personally re-purposed