Reduce, reuse and recycle in the garden

Reducing, reusing and recycling items in the garden helps to reduce landfill and can save you money. Composting is the easiest way to reduce your kitchen and garden waste.  Using grey water again in the garden reduces the amount of water flowing to the sewers or a treatment plant.

There are a number of items that can be reused in a garden:

Bath tubs and sinks Worm farm or water feature
Blinds Plant markers
Bricks Pathways and garden bed edges
Cardboard Mulch
Chopsticks Mini stakes
Drift nets Train climbing
Egg cartons Seedling pots (or worm food)
Film containers Storing seeds
Fridge Worm farm or cellar
Glass bottles Pathways and garden bed edges
Ice cream sticks Seedling markers
Ironing board Potting bench
Kid’s pools Ponds
Net curtains Protect trees from birds and bats
Newspaper Mulch
Pantyhose Tying plants
Plastic containers Plant markers
Plastic drink bottles Drip water trees
Polystyrene boxes Plant containers – ideal for lettuce and other salad greens
Toilet paper rolls Cut and fold over the bottom to make seedling pots
Yogurt containers Seedling pots
Wood pallets Compost bays, shed or tiny house

If you are feeling creative, you could do try your hand at mosaics using old tiles and broken crockery, or making a sculpture or piece of artwork out of your trash.

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle in the garden?

5 thoughts on “Reduce, reuse and recycle in the garden”

  1. What wonderful ways to recycle and reuse items. I have a ton of blinds and was about to throw them away. Now I know a use for them. Thanks for this post.

  2. Some great ideas thanks! I did some recycling in the garden myself yesterday – I grated styrofoam from a styrofoam box to use as an alternative to perlite or other lightner in my seed raising mix. Hope it works.

    1. Should do. You can also use broken up styrofoam at the bottom of pots instead of rocks or broken pottery to allow the water to drain out. Makes the potter lighter if you ever need to move it.

  3. Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell
    you I really enjoy reading through your blog posts.

    Thanks!

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