Spring 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.
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.
3. Create a simple spring greenhouse over your existing vegetable beds with old windows:
4. Turn an old tire into a lovely garden pond with just few simple steps:
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:
6. Turn old wooden pallets into a vertical herb and flower garden:
7. Reuse surplus plastic plumbing pipes as decorative vertical herb, flower or cactus planters: