Recycling Everyday Objects For Your Garden

by By Tom Jeffries, on behalf of Tiger Log Cabins

Take a moment to think about how much you throw away every day. Bottles, food, plastic – it’s probably quite a lot. Rather than throwing this out, you could use it in your garden to help plants and wildlife grow and flourish. How? Read on to find out more.

Reusing a plastic bottle in the garden

A plastic bottle doesn’t just have to be for a drink – you can reuse it in a number of different ways. Plastic can take thousands of years to degrade, so by reusing it where you can you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. Next time you have a plastic bottle, why not:

  • Fill it with water, poke a hole in the lid and use it as a makeshift watering can
  • Poke holes in the side, attach sticks to the outside, fill with bird feed and hang from a tree to create a recycled bird feeder
  • Cut a 2L bottle in half, pour water in the lower half, invert the top half so the neck is at the bottom, put wicking material in the neck so it reaches the water, then put soil in the top half and plant a seed to grow
  • Poke holes in the sides of an empty bottle, plant it in the ground next to a plant with just the neck showing, then pour water into the bottle to water it effectively
  • You could even cut the top off and use it as a funnel for water, seeds or anything else you need to decant.


Reusing food

We all have leftover food every now and again, and it usually goes in the bin, doesn’t it? That’s not necessarily the best place for it though, as it could become perfectly good soil if you start a compost bin.

A compost bin takes all your food scraps, as well as other materials like grass cuttings and leaves, and uses their natural decomposition to create a usable soil – much better than putting them in the bin!

Clothing

Old clothing can also be reused in your garden to make it more eco-friendly. If you have an old jumper or pair of jeans why not fill them with soft material and sew up the holes to create a new kneeling mat?

Other materials

Of course it’s not just plastic bottles, food and clothing that can be recycled – anything can be turned into a useful garden object with enough imagination:
  • A teapot can be turned into a plant pot with character
  • A fridge can be turned on its back and used as a (very!) large planter
  • Old bike tyres can be used as trellising for plants like ivy


From a toaster to a car, anything can be recycled and used in the garden so don’t be afraid to have a go and give an old item a new life.

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