Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to start your garden! Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, melons, strawberries, and herbs… there are so many plants to choose from. Whether you’ve been a constant gardener for years, or are just starting out for the first time, there are always new ways you can find to be greener in your gardening. Here are a few ideas on how to recycle things you may have around your house to make a successful and beautiful green garden.
Start your seedlings out in toilet paper tubes cut in half, or cardboard egg cartons. The wet soil will soften the biodegradable cardboard, allowing you to drop the entire seedling right into the ground.
Use empty 2-liter bottles to create mini-greenhouses. These are the perfect size to set on a windowsill, and are a great way to teach kids about growing things, as they can plant and watch their little veggies grow!
Take old dresser drawers to use as planters. Drawers come in all shapes and sizes, and are great for the backyard garden to keep crops separate, or for small container gardens for apartment dwellers. Have a little artistic flair? Paint the sides to give your garden more color!
Recycle old pallets into vertical planters. These are a great way to have fresh herbs and flowers on an apartment balcony, or on a deck close to the kitchen for easy cooking access.
Use old bedsprings, bicycle tires, or ladders for trellises. Vegetables like sweet peas, cucumbers, zucchini, and other squash can take over a large portion of a garden. Weaving your plants through the framework of old furniture can leave you more room for other delicious food!
Use an old drain-spout laundry bottle as a watering can. (The old Boulder Laundry bottles are perfect for this!) Clean out your bottle and drill tiny holes in the cap. Easy to fill and pour, perfect for window boxes and flowers on your porch.
Five-gallon buckets can be a gardener’s best friend. They make perfect planters for squash and other large vegetables in a container garden. Drill a hole in the bottom and hang for an upside-down tomato planter. Or cover the lid with a soft vinyl pad, and use for a garden stool that doubles as storage for all your trowels, scissors, and gardening gloves.
Don’t have the space for a garden, or the time? Try a little garden on your desk at work. Check out these mini-gardens you can grown in old Altoid tins, or have a little oasis in a light bulb with this how-to on Light bulb terrariums! There’s no reason not to see green and be greener this summer!