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6 Ways to Liven Up Your Garden with Old Junk

6 Ways to Liven Up Your Garden with Old Junk

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.

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    2. Footwear

    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.

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      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.

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        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.

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          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!

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            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:

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              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.

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              Last Updated on May 25, 2019

              20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

              20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

              Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

              It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

              This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

              Breakfast

              1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                  If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                  3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                    This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                    4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                      It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                      5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                        A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                        Lunch

                        6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                          Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                          7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                            This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                             8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                              Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                               9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                 10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                  Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  Dinner

                                  11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                    This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                      As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                      13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                        Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                         14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                          If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                          15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                            This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                            Dessert

                                            16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                              If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                              17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                 18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                  This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                   19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                    Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                     20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                      By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

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