Using recycled materials is fun… creative… ethical… inexpensive… and can be very functional. Re-making using materials from other sources is a creative process. Old wood is good it can easily become something else that is beautiful and functional. We use plastic bottles to build walls, old car tyres to make fences, roof’s and foundations, old tiles to make mosaic and many other improvised re-use, recycle, restore and repurpose projects.
Sources: hard rubbish, excess unused project materials, rubbish dump, second hand sellers, locally used resources and containers.
Gets us thinking… we can use anything for something and when we need something specific, we can look at many product options in the re-make zone.
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 has been remade with a wicking sponge watering system.
This potato box is an old 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
Restoring a rice saver found in the trash
Using car tyres to build the aquaponics