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.



    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.


      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.

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              How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

              How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

              Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

              If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

              1. Breathe

              The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

              • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
              • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
              • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

              Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

              2. Loosen up

              After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

              Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


              3. Chew slowly

              Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

              Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

              Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

              4. Let go

              Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

              The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

              It’s not. Promise.


              Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

              Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

              21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

              5. Enjoy the journey

              Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

              Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

              6. Look at the big picture

              The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


              Will this matter to me…

              • Next week?
              • Next month?
              • Next year?
              • In 10 years?

              Hint: No, it won’t.

              I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

              Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

              7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

              You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

              Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


              8. Practice patience every day

              Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

              • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
              • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
              • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

              Final thoughts

              Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

              Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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