For Your Landscape, Not the Landfill: Repurposing Household Items for Gardening

Posted on 14 September, 2017 in Landscaping, Outdoor Living For Your Landscape, Not the Landfill: Repurposing Household Items for Gardening

If you're like most people, you have a lot of small odds and ends lying around that you're going to throw away. But, did you know that you can repurpose many of these pieces alternative uses? You can upcycle things like boxes, cartons, pallets, and old doors or windows. Here are several project ideas you can easily make with old items you have sitting around your home or garden.

Reusing Old Cartons and Crates

If you have things like old juice or milk cartons at your home, they make fantastic planters. You can start your seeds in them every spring. They work for both indoor and outdoor use. Old cardboard egg cartons also make great seed starter pots. 

They're biodegradable, so once spring comes, you can bury them in the yard with your plants. If you can find some antique metal milk crates, you can use them to store extra linens, or outdoor odds and ends for an instant industrial touch.

Repurposing Drift Nets

If you have drift nets stored away somewhere, they make excellent fruit tree coverings. They are light enough to sit on the trees without damaging them, yet they won't allow bats and birds to pick at your trees. You simply drape them over the top of the fruit trees and leave them alone. You can also use them to train climbing plants to grow in the proper direction.  

Making Pallet Furniture

Almost everyone has pallets sitting around collecting dust. If you don't, they are easy to find and affordable, too. You may even be able to find them for free. The best news of all is that you can use pallets in a broad range of projects, including: 

  • Corner Seating Arrangement: You can make a new seating area simply by upcycling your old pallets. These seats can be as low or as high as you need them. You can also stain or paint them, so they will withstand the elements. If you're good at sewing, you can make covers, cushions and pillows for added comfort, and if not, you can purchase them, as well. 
  • End Tables: If you need additional space on your porch to set your plants on, you can also make these easily with your old pallets. You can stain or paint them for an additional rustic look.
Rustic Pallet Bench
Pallet Seating Area CC Link
  • Planter Boxes and Benches: Pallets are also useful in the garden. They are an inexpensive way to build raised planter boxes, as well as potting benches. If you choose to make enclosed potting benches, they can double as storage for all of your gardening supplies.

Once you get all of your upcycled projects situated, check your garden for any irrigation problems. You don't want to do all that work of upcycling or creating new projects, but then have your garden die on you during the dry season because there isn't adequate water. 

If you're not sure and have questions, a landscaping company can help. The staff at a landscaping company will be able to assist you with any dry gardening or wet weather gardening projects you may have, as well as answer your questions.  

Pallet Box
Pallet Flower Box CC Link

Building a Repurposed Pallet and Window Greenhouse

If you have old windows sitting around, you can make a small greenhouse using old pallets and windows. You can utilise the wood from the pallets for support frames, and the windows will ideally cover most of the walls. 

The windows will let enough light in to make your plants grow early in the spring. If you have an old door lying around, you can attach it to your complete your shed. This way you won't have to build a door, you can upcycle one. If you have difficulty imaging where your new upcycled projects can go to make your yard or garden flow, you can call in a professional landscaping company.  

Rustic Country Garden Shed
Garden Shed CC Link

These projects are easy to do and come with step-by-step instructions, so you can do them yourself. Start with the smaller projects and work your way up if you're not sure about tackling one of the bigger projects right away. Each of these upcycled ideas will add charm to your yard or garden, save you money and help save the planet, too. 

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