Repurposing in the Garden
I didn’t realize that repurposing had trickled into the garden social consciousness until I saw a few gardens at Canada Blooms. Pallets, timber, stones, chairs and old appliances were used in clever creative ways.
Overview of bsq Design Studio’s pallet garden at Canada Blooms
Robert Boltman and Alex Bartlett, of bsq. Design Studio, created a garden almost entirely of pallets: the walkway, the fountain, the plant containers and beds, and pergola. You have to see it to believe it.
Livia Tymon, of The Great Garden Revival Company, also used the repurposed idea. In her case: fan, refrigerator, seats, tables, timber and stones were all recycled. The teal colour of the refrigerator and fan gave the garden an unmistakable 1950s retro look.
My mental wheels started to turn. What other things are being repurposed and upcylced in the garden? A Google search came up with a plethora of websites; however, most of them were indoor (home) based.
I found that the best website for garden repurposing ideas is This Old House. I love their ten clever ways to repurpose plastic pots. Instead of just throwing them out (I hope not) or recycling them, consider repurposing them.
My favourite ideas included:
Using the seed trays to store Christmas ornaments
Using pots to lift paint projects off the ground
Hole for rootballs in large container
Making enough room for transplanting flowers/vegetables/shrubs into a large container. Upend a small plastic pot in a larger pot before adding more soil. Once the soil is added, pull out the smaller plastic pot, and bingo, there is a large enough hole for your transplanted plants.
Repurposing: a great eco-friendly way to use your creativity and save money too!