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Repurposed Garden Style: Upcycling Ideas for the Garden

Turning Trash into Treasure: Upcycling for the Eco-Conscious Gardener

It’s no secret that gardening can be an expensive hobby. Between the never-ending list of plants, tools, and outdoor furnishings, the costs can quickly add up. But what if I told you there’s a way to transform your garden into a stylish oasis without breaking the bank? Welcome to the world of upcycling – the art of taking something old and unloved and giving it new life.

As the founder of Today’s Gardens, I’ve seen firsthand how a little creativity and elbow grease can work wonders. From repurposed ladders to revamped furniture, the possibilities for turning trash into treasure are endless. In this article, we’ll dive into a treasure trove of upcycling ideas that will have your neighbors green with envy (pun intended).

Elevating the Ordinary: Unexpected Upcycled Accents

Let’s start with something simple – mirrors. Yes, those forgotten relics from your old bedroom can find new purpose in the garden. As Harriet Pringle, the founder of Narchie, explains, “Mirrors are a great wall accessory if you want to make your garden space feel bigger. Using garden mirrors can totally transform the space, firstly by making it feel more like an extension of the indoors, but also by enhancing planting and bouncing light around to make the space feel bigger.”

And the creative uses don’t stop there. Ideal Home suggests transforming an old ladder into a trellis or plant display. “Not only does it provide support for the plants, but it also adds character at the same time,” notes Harriet.

Turning Tables: Upcycled Furniture for the Great Outdoors

Speaking of character, let’s talk about how you can breathe new life into old furniture. As Upcycling professional Max McMurdo says, “There is something quite magical about seeing ornate interior furniture out of context in an outdoor environment.”

Take, for example, this old dressing table he upcycled. With a few coats of exterior chalk paint and a touch of vintage-inspired distressing, it’s been transformed into a stunning outdoor planter. “I filled the drawers with potted plants so I can change the display through the seasons,” he explains. “You could line the drawers with heavy plastic and drill some drainage holes if you want to plant directly into them, but the weight of the soil will make them very heavy to handle.”

And let’s not forget about those old kitchen cabinets and bookshelves. As a spokesperson for Mano Mano suggests, “The natural shape of a bookshelf is ideal for lots of garden projects. Separate your herbs by transforming the shelving into a plant container or create your very own garden bar or a bar table. They are also great for storing garden items that don’t seem to have a place, plus they can give your garden a real rustic and retro feel.”

Raising the Bar: Upcycled Outdoor Furnishings

When it comes to outdoor furnishings, the upcycling possibilities are endless. Take, for example, the humble pallet. As the team at Cuprinol demonstrates, a simple wooden pallet can be transformed into a vibrant and functional garden table with the addition of some caster wheels. “This fine example shows how a wooden pallet can make a fabulous garden table thanks to a splash of vibrant colour and simple castor feet,” they note.

And if you’re in the mood for something a little more sophisticated, why not try your hand at creating a DIY home bar? As Ideal Home suggests, “Turn your own backyard into the hottest spot in town for serving sundowners with a simple DIY home bar project. When all you really need is a serving hatch, go for a space-saving solution like this drop-down bar constructed using an old pallet.”

Thinking Outside the Pot: Unexpected Upcycled Planters

Of course, no discussion of garden upcycling would be complete without talking about planters. As Harriet from Narchie says, “Just about anything can be a plant pot. Use old china and ceramics to plant herbs and flowers in your garden or even old food containers, bottles, and tins. It’s a lovely way to show off pieces that may otherwise be hidden in a cupboard.”

But the creativity doesn’t stop there. GrowVeg suggests transforming an old colander into a hanging basket or strawberry planter, while Ideal Home showcases the use of recycled whelk shells as a unique soil covering.

And let’s not forget about those trusty kitchen sinks. As Ideal Home points out, “Ceramic sinks make attractive alternative planters. Even better? Thanks to the design, the drainage is already sorted. Place a few large stones in the bottom to aid with even drainage, then fill with compost and plant an array of bedding plants to ensure the garden is awash with colour.”

Cultivating Creativity: Upcycled Garden Structures and Sculptures

When it comes to larger-scale upcycling projects, the possibilities are truly endless. Take, for example, the three-door potting shed created by Upcycling professional Max McMurdo. “This three-door shed design utilises gorgeous old glazed doors, a scaffold board, and a bit of corrugated tin to create a usable yet stunning, cute, and quirky shelter in which you can prepare and grow herbs and small plants,” he explains.

And let’s not forget about the impressive garden sculptures. As seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the team at Gardena and sustainability ambassador Lynne Lambourne used panels of patterned and colored corrugated iron to create a striking focal point in their outdoor space.

Cultivating a Sustainable Future: The Benefits of Upcycling in the Garden

As you can see, the possibilities for upcycling in the garden are limited only by your imagination. But the benefits of this eco-conscious approach go far beyond just saving money. By repurposing and reusing items, we’re reducing waste and promoting a more sustainable future.

As Harriet from Narchie eloquently puts it, “Upcycling is a great way to celebrate pieces we already own. Not only does it help prevent waste, but it’s also a cost-effective way to redecorate and nail all of those exciting garden trends.”

So why not embrace your inner DIY spirit and start transforming your garden into a stylish, one-of-a-kind oasis? Whether it’s a repurposed ladder, a revamped piece of furniture, or a unique planter, the opportunities for upcycling are endless. And who knows, you might just inspire your neighbors to follow suit, creating a more sustainable and visually stunning neighborhood in the process.

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