More Garden Junk – Don’t Throw it Away – Repurpose it in the Garden!

As you are spring cleaning your home (if you still do this charming yearly ritual) look more closely at your junk and see if there is something you can recycle and reuse in the garden. Your outside space will be more meaningful to you and more interesting to your guests if you re-imagine your “stuff” as garden art.

Anything that can hold water can be a container for your plants. Old gardening/farm tools look great on a fence. Vintage chairs add charm and a sense of nostalgia. If you don’t have any junk – no worries – you can find plenty of great stuff at garage sales, salvage yards or thrift stores. Ask family and friends if you can look over their castoffs before they throw them away.

Why not try to add something whimsical or vintage this spring to your outside space as you get your garden in shape for the summer?  Here are a few pieces of garden junk to consider:

Old, rusty garden and farm tools are attached to my wooden fence.

This old bench is not for sitting but adds some interest in the shade garden

Some of the bottom of this vintage wheelbarrow has rusted through adding drainage holes for this planting of ferns.

Another wheelbarrow filled with succulents.

A bath tub becomes a whimsical planter for vegetables!

You can find old whirly-gigs at auctions and farm stores. They add movement in the garden.

A painted wooden chair becomes a planter and a focal point.

Use your imagination and create a nostalgic garden that will have people talking and smiling as they remember their past!

Bonnie Helander

I am a writer and blogger with a specialty in gardening and a proud graduate of the University Of Georgia. I live in Peachtree City with husband, Dan, and enjoy hiking, gardening, being a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs!