Everyone loves art. You have art in the house, so why not decorate your garden space as well. I’ve been looking through things that my parents have collected through the years and wondered what to with them. Some are too big and heavy for me to throw out, like a big old-fashioned bathtub. You know the kind I’m talking about, it has or had the claw feet. Over the years, one or two of the feet became missing. While I discovered other things that still held meaning or memories, such as the old wood stoves that we found at my aunts old farmhouse.
I began thinking what could these items be used for so I didn’t have to throw them away? Then ideas started to hit me and I had the perfect solution. Why not incorporate them into my gardening project. I didn’t need to throw out the things that were no longer useful for their original purpose. They had another mission in life. I discovered that I didn’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars for expensive statues, or water fountains. With a little imagination, my garden art won’t cost me anything but my time.
Reusing Bathroom Fixtures
Do you have an old bathtub, sink, or toilet that you removed from the house and you don’t know what to do with them? Simple. Put them where you want a flower garden and then fill them up with potting soil. You now have a flowerbed, or a place to grow some vegetable. These items even come with a built in drainage hole so the excess water can drain away.
Position a trellis or a small fence behind the bathtub so your vining plants like morning glories can climb up the side.
Inside the toilet bowl, you can grow a variety of trailing plants. They will spill over the sides, and no one will guess what their hiding. Remove the water tank from the back and use that as another planter.
You can plant flowers inside am old basin, or perhaps another idea would be to mount the sink on a platform. Cover the drainage hole with a drainage plug, and fill it up with water. Now you have an instant bird watering station or birdbath. When you need to change the water, simply pull the plug and the water drains away. To complete the bird station, hang some birdhouses in the trees. Not only is this decorating your garden area, but it is also giving the birds a reason to come and stay in your garden. The birds will help control the bug population by eating them. You can also hang some bird feeders to go with those houses and water basin.
Fashion a wind chime from glass bottles. When the wind blows, they make a wonderful sound. If you’re afraid of the glass breaking, you can use metal piping cut in various lengths. Some people use old silverware that they’ve flattened out.
Put together an old bed frame, sinking the legs into the soil or close the open space under the bed with boards. Make sure you attach the boards firmly, because you will be filling the area inside with soil. Once you are finished, you will have a fancy raised bed that didn’t cost anything. You can grow flowers, or strawberries inside.
If you or someone you know drives a semi truck, or has big machinery, make use of the filters that come out. We have a filter from my dad’s truck that measures knee high. This will make a nifty, unique plant stand. It’s sturdy and it won’t tip over easily unless you have it on uneven ground. The same can be true of an old push lawnmower. Once you remove the engine, you’ll have a handy plant stand on wheels.
If you just look at things, not at what they are like a bathtub, but what they could be, you’ll come up with hundreds of ideas. Reuse and recycle not only helps our planet earth have less trash to deal with, it also saves money.