From beach stone garden edging to miniature gardens for kids, recycled pallet furniture to regrowing vegetables from scraps – I've put together 5 really great garden ideas which will give you loads of inspiration for your next project.
Most of these ideas are very simple to do and cost very little (gardens are a perfect place to use recycled items - just as long as they're safe!).
1. Recycled Garden Planters
Garden planters are a great way to create a container garden for growing vegetables, fruits and flowers. As you can see in the picture on the right - these copper gutters have been turned into hanging planters - which are perfect for growing herbs or small flowers.
The list is endless of what you can turn into recycled planters: Old wooden crates, tin boxes, old wooden pallets, wellington boots, rubber tyres..all you need is to find a loving home in your garden for your new planter, fill with soil and start planting today!
2. Recycled Pallet Furniture
Garden pallets are truly amazing and can be turned into endless styles of garden furniture - and better still - you should be able to get your hands on free wooden pallets at your local builders providers.
Normally there'll be a pile of broken or damaged pallets that can no longer be used for transportation - but are perfect for your garden.
The bench above is simply 4 pallets screwed together - and painted blue - the rope is merely decorative. For anyone with basic DIY skills this would take about 3-4 hours to build and paint.
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3. Re Growing Vegetables From Scraps
This is one of the most exciting ideas I've ever come across - regrowing new food....from old food! And if you're on a budget (who isn't?) then this surely has got to be something you have to consider.
Why not get started with some lettuce - it really is so simple -
- Simply cut the stalks to about 2.5 cm in length (1 inch) - and place them in a bowl of water - with the roots facing down.
- Make sure the roots are in water - but that the top of the stalk is not.
- Place the bowl on a sunny windowsill and spray it with water every few days to keep the top of the plant moist...
Just one caveat - make sure you only use organic vegetables - because the quality of the parent plant will dictate what all successive plants will be like.
4. Miniature Garden for Kids
Gardening with my kids is one of the most magical and healthy experiences I've had - but to be fair, sometimes the weather can be a little off putting.
So for those cold wintry months why not create a mini garden - by simply filling up a wooden crate with soil and adding herbs and succulents which will seem like "large plants" in this mini world.
A miniature garden is great for teaching children about how to grow plants - and a great way for them to learn how to nurture and look after our little green friends!
5. Beach Stone Garden Edging
Garden edging is great for creating clean lines and giving your garden that finished look. There are so many amazing things you can use as a "filler" for your edging, such as bark, corks etc..
However, in my opinion nothing looks quite as good as polished beach stones. The different shades of blues and greys offer a beautiful contrast to the deep greens of a lawn - and also ties in many of the other landscaping features in your garden such as your paving, paths and concrete planters.
And best of all - it's free to collect stones - just takes time to get the right ones!
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Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on September 21, 2013:
Thanks a mill! :)
Muttface from Portugal on September 21, 2013:
Lovely ideas! Are the photos yours too? Great hub!
FlourishAnyway from USA on August 21, 2013:
You have some really nice ideas here. I like the recycled items, the indoor garden for kids is really different and a fun way to enjoy plants during the winter months, and the beach stones are beautiful and different. What creativity!
Donna Herron from USA on July 01, 2013:
I love the recycled garden planters - and you're right - the ideas are endless. Pinning now :)
Jill Spencer from United States on June 30, 2013:
I like your ideas (although I'm not sure about the veg. scraps one) and shared your hub. Nice job! --Jill
Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on June 28, 2013:
Thanks! That's a great idea - just remember to drill a few small holes in the base for drainage...but great to see you reclaiming old materials!
Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on June 28, 2013:
Nice ideas want to plant strawberries in gutters like what you have done.