Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: UPcycling/REcycling
Upcycling became a new buzzword last year. It’s really recycling old stuff into cool looking newer stuff. The difference between UPcycling and REcycling, is pretty much up to you. Would using yogurt cups as starter pots for seeds be recycling? Does it matter?
That’s a WWII German bedpan. Can you say “awkward!”? Any number of items can be used for containers and other ideas.
Just make sure ANY container you use, you drill or pound drain holes into. I used a 10 inch nail spike to put holes in the tool box. I should’ve used a drill for holes in the bedpan because of the ceramic over the metal. The nail spike worked but it chipped it a little.
Use a 3/8 inch drill bit or a nail spike to place holes in the bottom of your container, the number of holes is dependent on the size of the container. I would say 2 at a minimum.
- old tool boxes
- iron bed frames
- ice skates
- tennis shoes
- broken terra cotta pots to lay down in your bed and plant OR those small ones can be used as legs for other containers
- yogurt containers for seed starting (be sure to disinfect them)
- an old dresser
- mosaics (old saucer pieces embedded into all kinds of things including your landscape walls)
The idea is that each of these items can no longer be used for their original purpose yet still maintain a certain “character” that will set a theme or mood for your garden. That doesn’t mean you have to carry that theme throughout your garden but simply a space.
There are NO hard and fast rules on WHAT you plant in your upcycled containers. I love the idea below!
I set an old dark room plastic container inside the bottom of this wagon and then loaded it with potting soil. With careful watering it wasn’t real messy. The wagon was rickety but lasted 2 seasons.
I had no fireplace but plenty of logs!
The above photo is also from DIY network. What a spin! What fun in an urban setting. Let your imagination run wild – there’s no limit!