Upcycle ideas for the garden, including photos. 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
"When I bought this old rusty RC Cola cooler I thought I might use it as a drink cooler at a party or BBQ, but soon realized it had a better future, becoming a potting station. With old hooks, handles, metal trays and wire baskets it has become just that. It can be wheeled around and will hold all the equipment that is needed for this job."
These cute little pavers were created by Swedish garden writer Charlotte Bladh.
Mix cement as to the packet’s instructions. Find a suitable mould, plus a huge leaf, such as a rhubarb leaf. Oil the leaf so it releases easily. Lay down some plastic or tarpaulin on a flat surface and place the leaf, underside up, on top. Place the mould on top of the leaf, then fill with concrete. You may need to place a weight on top of the mould to keep it firmly in place. Let the concrete dry, then remove the mould. Set aside in a warm, dry spot to cure for a couple of weeks before placing it in your garden.
For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper.
People tend not to know what an outdoor orb is (since I made the phrase up), so I’ve decided to change the name to White Glass Shades that Every House Used to Have But Now Doesn’t Because We all Threw Them Out Like Idiots. And Now We Have to Buy Them From Secondhand Stores.
"Broken shoes or a shoe which lost its pair can be media to create junk garden. Rotten wood ladder will make this garden unique and match with nature around it. Old wooden fence becomes the best background for them to give natural and beautiful accent. Bougainville flowers in pink and white color are planted in the man shoes which are arranged on the wooden ladder.
Some of rolled rusted wires and old rolled cable are hung on the wooden fence to complete the junk decoration. Many kind of shoes are perfect for make this art junk garden. Make sure you create a drainage hole as a place out of water so that plants do not rot."
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 not to forget the costs (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. The candle holder is optional, you can choose to do it, but it will only score points at style.
Plant this armoire anywhere inside to provide an organized potting place. Show off painted terra-cotta pots in upside-down stacks on a high shelf. Secure a paper-towel holder under the shelf for quick cleanup.
Bottom drawers can hold anything from books and magazines to knee pads and hats. Remove one drawer and use the shelf to store fabric-lined baskets that hold bulbs and seeds.
“We do lots of things, like have a garden, a compost, recycle, and also like to do artsy things out of “other things”. For example, I managed to get about 20 vintage toilet tanks in pastel colors, and used them to make planters!”
"Consisting of several private spaces, infused with childhood mementos from both my own past as well as my daughter’s, my garden is less a showpiece and more like a diary. It’s a place to play, experiment and show my personality, and I love it with all my heart." ~Rebecca Sweet