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Re-use, Re-purpose, Re-interpret 30/04/2012

Filed under: Recycling in the garden — theinnergardener @ 11:38 am
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All good gardeners know the benefits of re-using and recycling in the garden, from the humble compost heap to second hand bits of building materials to make garden beds and other structures.  Apart from being good for the environment and reducing the landfill, it’s also great for the hip pocket and that feeling of self- sufficiency. You can obtain or create some very original items by re-interpreting materials and a bit of imagination.  I often look around at nurseries, gift and furniture  shops for inspiration and also at other gardens during my travels.

Here are some of the things I have found or re-used in my garden over the years. Many have been ‘freebies’ sourced during evening constitutionals around my neighbourhood at hard rubbish collection time, some have been second-hand and purchased at a minimal cost, and some have been fashioned out of materials from my own garden.

Old bird cage stand found during hard rubbish was covered in a white plastic coating (easily removed) now stands as a bird ‘perch’.

I have a range of these original 1950s plant stands (great for my succulent collection). This one I negotiated from someone about to dump it & 3 others at the tip! You wont find these in any garden centre.

We had to remove a couple of dead birch trees (victims of the drought) and created the ‘BirchHund’ – each one is different and friends have loved them. Also made an Xmas reindeer.

A house wreath made from our ornamental grapevine vine prunings and some rusty wire & a vacated birds nest that blew out of a tree. At Xmas I replace the nest with a couple of big pine cones.

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