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Gardening with Recycled Items

Updated on November 22, 2012

Using Recycled Materials in Your Garden and Landscape

Using recycled materials in your garden and landscape not only helps the environment but can save you hundreds of dollars as well. Whether it be last nights Chinese, something as simple as wood mulch or recycled yard art, there are several ways you can use recycled items in your garden.

Save Money and Save the Earth by Recycling in the Garden

Most people don't give much thought to recycling in the garden to be eco-friendly. But, what if I said you can recycle in the garden and save money. Now that I have your attention I will show you several ways to reuse every day items that you throw out in the garden. I will also show you great ways to re-purpose old items into something clever and creative while also recycling in the garden.

Recyclable Materials that are Great for the Garden

We throw out tons of stuff a year... I am guilty of it by all means, but when it comes to gardening I try to stick with a budget so I don't go too overboard. With the budget in mind I end up recycling a lot of 'every day stuff' that would have other wise been thrown out. Here are a few ideas on what you can reuse in your garden, greenhouse and flower beds.

~Plastic to go dishes- those like you get with Chinese take out that have the clear lids. These are great for starting seeds and the clear lid works as a dome. As soon as the sees start to sprout remove the lids. They also work great for storing seeds, labels and anything else you would like to keep dry.

~ Newspapers. Newspapers work great for mulching, preventing weeds and even starting seeds. Fold the newspaper into paper cups like you did in kindergarten. Fill with soil and plant your seeds. Once the seedlings are well-established you can plant the seed, soil and newspaper cup strait into the ground. The newspaper is biodegradable and works just like a Jiffy Pot... but with out the added costs.

~ Plastic bottles- water bottles, soda bottles and other transparent bottles are awesome for creating mini greenhouses. Simply cut the bottom off and place over seedlings, cuttings or tender plants. The lids can be removed if needed. You can also use the bottom portion as the planter and place the top back over it. Milk jugs work well to for plants that don't require bright light.

~ Wine bottles- Wine bottles and other long-necked bottles are great for watering potted plants. Fill with water and turn upside down and press the neck into the soil. They work just like an Aqua Globe at a fraction of the price.

While these are just a few of many ideas, you can search recyclable materials for the garden to find many more!

Recycle Food & Garden Waste to Create Compost

Compost is one of the most common and most beneficial 'recycling' tasks of gardeners. Even those who don't think much about recycling are still inclined to compost there items. In fact, many do it without realizing they are recycling and helping themselves at the same time. Composting is a great way to discard your left over foods (only certain types though so please read up on composting if you aren't familiar), yard trimmings, ashes, yard debris and a few other materials.

Aside from the benefits of recycling compost is the best possible soil you can give to any plant. It's the most natural and most beneficial soil provided by Mother Nature!

Recycling in the Garden

Recycling in the Garden is the a perfect guide for learning more about using recycled items in your garden and landscape. The book includes information that can be very useful to someone who wants to be ecofriendly, recycle and save money at the same time.

Recycling Gallon Cans

With a few gallon cans and a can of spray paint you can create a nice display of planters along fences, walls or as individual containers. Not only will use be recycling in the garden but think of how much you will save on flower pots. Not to mention adding a unique piece to your landscape. Putting them on the wall also saves spaces and works great for those with little or no yard space!

Turn Old Wood and a Dresser Drawers into a Unique Planter

Using old boards and dresser drawers you can do your part to recycle and also create a clever planter box. These boxes are great for flowers or vegetables. They have many benefits to include low cost, uniqueness and also keeping your plants safe from critters since they will be off the ground!

What do you recycle in your garden? Post your tips and ideas for others to use!

Do You Recycle In Your Garden?

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      6 years ago

      I have two old wheelbarrow that are used as planters.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      A bit here and there is fun! I think the drawer planter boxes are so cool. :)


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