Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
These natural and durable building materials provide a very cool contrast to elegant succulent plants. Used bricks work even better because they have a bit of personality and history behind them, and they are inexpensive (if they are used, they are probably thrown away, so they are free)! The tricky part is to drill the holes, it not very difficult but you’ll have to be very patient, because any shock could shatter the brick.
One of the keys to composting is aeration. The bacteria need oxygen to carry out the aerobic respiration that creates rich compost. One way to aerate your compost is with a pitchfork or a compost turning tool. If you keep your compost in a tumbler, however, all you have to do is turn the container. Since most compost barrels can be expensive, you may be interested in building your own for much less money and an hour of your time.
Follow the photo-link to find the instructions for building your own.
Made from used food jars, you can decorate them with flat-bottom marbles (or whatever you like), and place them in the garden. Tiny toys and secret notes can be hidden inside—like little time capsules in your garden.
Follow the photo-link to discover how to make your own treasure jars.
For the DIY'er this should be fairly simple with a gas stove top (can be purchased as a "replacement" part for a real gas stove) and gas grill hose. Once built, you can protect your outdoor stove with a grill cover.
What are the advantages of this system? The most obvious is the ability to grow many plants in a small space. It’s an interesting way to maximize the production of a small garden, or to grow strawberries on a deck or balcony.
But there are other advantages. Since the plants are off the ground, you’ll be able to grow very clean, very high-quality berries. Disease problems can be minimized with the off-the-ground approach, particularly in a greenhouse where constant airflow is provided.
Follow the photo-link to find out how to make your own strawberry tower.
Here is an idea for displaying your garden planters no matter what their condition. The "Rest in Pieces" sign is easy enough to make out of recycled materials too. How will you adapt this to your garden?
The showy flowers of allium bloom in early summer and carry a sweet, pungent scent. If you garden outside of USDA Zones 4-7, or in a state that prohibits the growth of allium, you can obtain the illusion of the plant by creating spheres carrying their form.
Follow the photo-link to discover how to create these.
Old 2-drawer, 5-drawer and even single-drawer file cabinets easily found by the curb, at yard sales or in resale stores can now have a new and functional life when recycled as planters. What is your favorite garden color?
Follow the photo-link to discover how to create planters form discarded file cabinets.
Vintage pieces of glass call out to me whenever I yield to my passion for thrifting. This is a project I put together a few years ago, and it remains standing in my Midwest garden, even through snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night.
Follow the photo link to find the tutorial for this project.
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