Recycling ideas for the garden

I found a cool site today called WebEcoist which has some wonderful projects on it that I want to add to our garden. So I thought I would make a list of things I want to make or have in our garden.
garden_nz_ideasA new outside table: this one is made out of recycled pallets. When I made John’s playroom I moved his table inside and so I no longer have a little table outside to put drinks and things like pegs on so I want to make this one. Check out WebEcoist for other cool things you can do with pallets. Pallets also make great firewood. I never did make this as I got a free table off freecycle but never say never.
garden_nz_ideasI want a sandpit for John as he is enjoying playing in the new garden we’re working on. My girlfriend had a big tractor wheel in her garden that used to be a sandpit when she was a child so I thought I would find one to put in our backyard. I’ll need to make a little cover for it to keep the moggies and rain out! I like the idea of using a tyre as these are just going to go into the tip anyways so I like that these will be reused. Also when the kids have grown up you can grow veggies or berries in the tire. A woman I met the other day had a sandpit made from an old door frame which is also a cool idea. Though the door frame we took out of our place is rimu so we’ll be reusing that in the house. We made John a sandpit check out how we did it here. garden_nz_ideas
I’m the process of putting in a rain collection system. I have already bought a wine barrel and we just need to hook it up. Fun.

garden_nz_ideasI like these wall tyres for planters as I still have an ugly wall I want to cover so maybe a few tyres would be cool filled with herbs? Or maybe some veggies? More cool tyre recycling ideas on WebEcoist.

garden_nz_ideasI’ve always loved these teacup bird feeders. They look so cute and a great use for unusable or broken crockery.

garden_nz_ideasLastly, I think I want a worm farm. I’ve had one before but I wasn’t gardening at the time so I didn’t really have a use for it. Now though I get worm wee from a friend so I might want my own. We’ll see as I didn’t like having a compost bin all too smelly for my liking but I would like to have my own supply of worm wee.

What do you want in your garden? Any other ideas on what I can use as planters?

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5 thoughts on “Recycling ideas for the garden

  1. November 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi Madeleine, I came to return the blog visit and thank you for the comment. I love this post! Such great ideas. Very clever about the gardening bench from pallets, I will definitely go check out their website next. Love your wooden barrel. We bought some large square plastic 250 gallon containers that were originally used to ship olive oil. They were a good price and I’m glad to be repurposing them, but they are ug-ly. We’re hoping to get our rain collection system in next summer. I’m also planning to start a worm bed next spring. I’ve just been learning about composting worms and am very excited about this project.

  2. November 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Madeleine, I too like the table from recycled pallets – what a great idea. I have heard not so good things about using tires around food producing crops but around ornamentals, I think they are okay. Good luck with your garden next year.

  3. November 21, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Wow – you’re just full of great ideas! I especially love the tire sandbox. What kid wouldn’t want to play in THAT!

  4. November 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I had heard tyres were no good either but I thought if I choose carefulyl what I plant in there it’ll be ok. I think John will just love the sandpit!

  5. October 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful ideas and creative thoughts about those recycled things to use, especially your worm farm…

    Hopefully you give me an update on your worm farm.

    If you want to share your creative thoughts and ideas here is a social garden site http://happyhouseandgarden.com/

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