Simple Recycling Ideas for Your Garden

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recycling in gardenSpring is almost knocking (Really! We promise!) and it’s time to start thinking about your garden. Whether you’re starting a brand new garden or reawakening an existing one, going organic (either fully or at least partially) is one of the best things you can do for your garden and for yourself. Check out our expert advice on organic gardening basics.

Another green thing you can do for your garden (and our planet): Recycling or reusing old or unneeded objects like plastic bottles, tires or wooden pallets gives them a new purpose.

Get inspired by these practical tips and recycling ideas:

1. Create a mini-greenhouse with cut up plastic bottles around your young plants; the clear plastic will allow sun to enter while protecting the plant from nighttime chills, wind and some types of bugs.

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2. Use large plastic bottles as individual planters: Not only will you save on soil but your planters will be mobile and you can rotate them throughout the season. Just don’t forget to make holes in the bottom to allow for proper drainage.

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Photo and idea courtesy of Me Gusta Reciclar via Facebook

3. Create a simple spring greenhouse over your existing vegetable beds with old windows:

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Photo and idea courtesy of Organic Gardening via Facebook

4. Turn an old tire into a lovely garden pond with just few simple steps:

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Photo and idea courtesy of by Idee Creative via Facebook

5. Create simple trellis from 2 x 4-inch building lumber or bamboo trunks so plants like cucumbers, squash or pumpkins have a nice place to climb:

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Photo and idea courtesy of Organic Gardening via Facebook

 6. Turn old wooden pallets into a vertical herb and flower garden:

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Photo and idea courtesy of Organic Gardening via Facebook

7. Reuse surplus plastic plumbing pipes  as decorative vertical herb, flower or cactus planters:

Photo and idea courtesy of Organic Gardening

Photo and idea courtesy of Me Gusta Reciclar via Facebook

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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