5 ideas for upcycling in your garden

Furniture

Upcycled furniture has become more and more popular over recent years, with some garden centres even selling already built items.

However, for truly upcycled furniture, using pallets is one of the quickest and easiest solutions. Plus, imagine the satisfaction you’ll get from creating it yourself. Pallets can be used to create seating, tables and bars.

Just remember to sand your pallets and protect your pallets from the elements using a wood treatment.

Planters

Upcycled planters will not only save you money but will give your garden a unique feel. Some of the everyday items we use around the house and throw away make effective places for plants to grow.

Pallets are a great option. With a little bit of tweaking, these can be turned in to long planters and lined with strong bin bags to create a flower bed, of they can be used upright to hold individual plant pots.

Material shoe hangers. Fill the pockets with soil and they make a great little place to grow your herbs.

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If you’re trying to get your kids interested in gardening, why not get them to create planters out of lego!

Paint pots also make a great plant pot alternative.

Labels

Have you ever been sewing seeds and ran out of labels? Keep old ice lolly sticks in a draw to make sure you have an upcycled alternative. You can also get the kids involved by asking them to decorate pebbles or rocks.

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Propagators

Make quick and easy propagators to shield and protect young plants with a drinks bottle. You can cut it in half and use both sections.

If you’re a cake lover, you may have plastic ‘clam’ containers. Pop your newly sewn plants in, clip the lid and not only will you have some shelter but it will also help with warmth.

Food waste

Food waste is composed of organic matter which can be used for composting to make fertilizer. It is an effective and eco-friendly way of disposing food waste in your kitchen. By using leftovers and other food waste, you can convert these smelly items from the kitchen waste into a highly organic product rich in nutrients that you can use to grow vegetables or flowers with it.

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