Gardening can be an expensive hobby to pursue. All the tools, plants and decorations cost a pretty penny. And in order to keep your garden in proper shape, you’ll have to invest a lot of time and energy. There is, however, a creative, cheap and environmentally friendly way of cutting your costs while simultaneously adding character to your garden and turning it into a unique and fascinating place. Why buy new decorations if you can recycle some old junk you keep in the attic or bought at a flea market? Give your garden that warm, personal feel you will never be able to achieve with ready-made accessories. Here are a few tips on how to do it and where to look for inspiration:
1. Doors and Windows
What can be more unsightly than old doors and windows that are too battered to be used for their primary purpose? With a little love and ingenuity, however, they can be turned into practically anything: trellises, garden dividers, hanging decorations, potting benches, fences, garden arbors, anything that is practical and beautifies your garden space. If approached carefully, door and window refashioning can become an integral part of your own unique garden design.
Next time you wear out your shoes, don’t throw them out. They can still serve you for years to come, although not in the same quality. They will make excellent garden planters. It is especially true for old wellington boots. Even after holes make them unfit for wearing, they remain sturdy and can serve as an unusual and eye catching decoration for your garden.
3. Glass Bottles
Even if you do not tend to look for answers in bottles, they can still serve as an endless source of creative ideas for your garden. They may be crushed and embedded in stepping stones or composed in a mosaic. They can be used whole as material for a short fence edging a walkway, or you can build full-scale walls with them.
4. Bathtubs and Sinks
One of the most trendy approaches right now is to put an old bathtub or a sink basin in your garden and use it as a planter. It makes for a really weird yet unique look. With the right surroundings and proper placement, you can make it stylistically appropriate for almost any setting.
5. Any Odds and Ends
Do you have some funny little things you have no use for but don’t want to throw away? Set them into cement on your garden path so that they can always be in sight!
6. When Short on Ideas – Go to Pinterest
Millions of people use Pinterest to share the results of their creative work, ideas or just something interesting they saw on the way to work. Sign up for some boards dedicated to gardening or recycled garden ideas and get all the inspiration you may need. In addition to receiving new ideas, you will be able to immediately see how it looks when already implemented, air your opinions and get in touch with people who share your interests. You can view an extremely descriptive infographic about gardening here:
Although using old and seemingly useless junk can be the basis for excellent design ideas, don’t think that the very fact that it is a part of your garden magically turns it into something ingenious and creative. Upcycled or recycled items are just tools. Like anything else, they can be used effectively or ineffectively. So if you don’t have any experience in garden refashion, it is best to ask somebody who does for advice. But if you employ common sense and consider any idea carefully, you will have a great gardening experience.