Using recycled materials is fun… creative… ethical… inexpensive… and can be very functional.
Sources: hard rubbish, work site skips, tip shop, gumtree, excess unused project materials.
The timbers used to make this quail roosting enclosure are all old hardwood cladding boards from a house renovation.
The perspex is also off cuts from some building site. The shelves are from hard rubbish. The roof is off cut 84% UV protected polycarbonate roofing from a site.
Old wine barrel oak timber is used here to create an in-ground bed for the passionfruit. They are simply hammered into the ground and hold the soil in place. The apps are good for drainage.
This basket has an old juice bottle at the bottom for a reservoir and torn up material for wicking the water up into the root system. A small amount of soil and a good amount of mulch. It will be the framework for a prolific pumpkin.
These items are all street finds and can be used in a whole lot of ways in the garden… lets see what happens. The barrel is already designated to become a tiger worm farm in cow manure.
An old foam mattress, used to be the dog’s bed. It will make a great packing base for a large planter box.
Nothing in the garden is ‘junk’. It all has a potential use for recycling, re-purposing, remaking, adding to, subtracting from, composting. We try not to throw much away. For example, the mattress above and the rubbish to the left find a new home in the replenished grow bed that follows:
This bed, full last week, has now been remade with a wicking sponge watering system. It will thrive based on what we have done previously. This will be a tomato bed for the second half of summer.
This potato box is a crate picked up on the side of the road and lined with some shade cloth, also a street acquisition. Works well.
Recycled PVC to create vertical gardens