Step 14: Yard Art From Junk

You can go crazy with this one...upcycle old license plates, bike parts, ceiling fan parts, old glass bottles, stuff from your neighbors trash, yard sale finds and thrift shop treasures and turn them into garden art.
<p>I made a pineapple-in-a-can! :)</p>
<p>Thanks for the ideas! I have been wanting to repot one of my plants that has outgrown its pot, but unwilling to go out and buy a new pot. Thanks to you I was able to identify an empty icecream carton as a potential new pot. I love the resourcefullness and the unique look of these upcycles!</p>
Thanks! We have a terrace, so I grow everything in compost, which I have to buy. Your system will work really well for me. Thanks so much..
You're welcome. Good luck!
You can also use broken terra cotta pots in the bottom of your plant pots for drainage... They also help hold a bit of moisture in and provide oxygen to the roots!
I also use shards of broken dishes in the bottoms of my pots.
I love you! And I love this instructable! <br> <br>That is all. :D
Hope you have a good garden this year, 2012! I am guessing you are from Texas, the license plates on your fence are from that state! Texas has dried up so bad! Wirst year for farmers and cattle ranches. They have had to sell their herds at a big loss. The grass is all dried up! Very bad, to say the least! Good luck, wishing you the best! Triumphman
Thanks! The drought seems to have helped the weeds and the June bugs tho. We have scars of them this year!
Great idea! Maybe if you cut a &quot;door&quot; into the side of the can just above ground level and hinge it in place you could shovel out only the &quot;fully cooked&quot; bottom layers, leaving the ones on top that aren't quite ready to fall to the bottom and start again.
Excellent ideas, thank you for reusing things and not contributing to our already over-full landfills, and thank you for sharing. Happy gardening!!
If the pots are too broken for this use, I smash them with a rock and keep the broken pieces to use in the bottoms of my pots for better drainage.
No, actually it was fine. It was a hemp area rug. Tho we have used other regular area rugs and they were fine too...the Texas heat dries them in no time.
Grape tomatoes, watermelon and acorn squash have grown from my scraps.
I have used dog food bags that are multiple layers with waxy finish.
When it rains it would really stink
This is a good idea for those branches in my back yard
This is absolutely BRILLIANT! I have a whole bag of corks from a wine rep friend in my craft room. I had more than I needed for my other projects. This is fantastic! I'm off to buy a plastic hanging basket, or 4, to do this. <br>Thanks so much - I LOVE upcycling!
I am excited to try and grow a pineapple plant. I am fairly certain I won't get any fruit but the foliage is beautiful anyway! :) How fun!
you possible could use rope to hold the plastic on the out like. rap it around the plastic like you did for the &quot;ugly plastic pot&quot; . just a thought
Good idea! That would look very cool. Thanks.
what about a piece of cardboard instead? that way it will compost and still do the job you want it to.
Yeah, you could use cardboard. It would work...if you could bend it to fit a curved basket.<br><br>But the reason I used the plastic potting soil bag is because hanging baskets tend to dry out really fast. The plastic lining helps to hold in the moisture and protect the plant. The good thing about plastic is you can rinse it off and use over and over.
Thanks !! I really like this idea!! I have been looking at compost bins for a while now, but they are somewhat expensive. Thanks again for the idea.!<br>
Not all foods will successfully produce fruit from their seeds. A lot of supermarket fruits and veggies are genetically modified to not reproduce. That way you have to continue to buy more fruits and veggies.<br>They still can make beautiful plants though so if you don't mind that they won't bear fruit then that's cool too.
Maybe that's true...I'm not sure. I know that many citrus seeds or other fruit tree seeds will not reproduce the same fruit as the parent tree because they are grown on root stocks. <br><br>But the point I was making is that--with a little imagination and a little work, you can grow stuff from &quot;scraps&quot; of fruits and veggies. Some of these throwaway plantings you can eat, some of it you won't...but like you say, you will usually get a nice plant.<br><br>But anyway, thanks for the comment.<br>
Beautiful. Although, it would probably take me eighteen years to use a gallon of Kikkoman shoyu.
Thanks, but it wasn't a gallon. It was 1 quart.
Ooh. &gt;.&lt; I assumed, since it looks rather like the gallon tins of Sultan brand olive oil my mother uses. Beautiful idea, of course. Silly me.
You can have your mom save those tins for you now.
This is a great idea! where do you attach the bag to though? Do you attach it to the plant its self or like to the cage? :)
Thanks. I tied the bag to the tomato support pole...or you can tie it to the cage.
Cool- that is what i thought - I can't wait to try it out! Cheers, and thank you for such a nice instructable :)
What a great range of ideas! I especially love the fence paling idea- would look great at our place (mud brick and timber house). Thanks for the inspiration- your garden must be so interesting!
Thanks! Yes, my garden did look great but then we moved (this summer). We bought a house and I haven't had the time or energy to put in my new garden yet.
This year I grew both Basil and Thyme in a large Olive Oil tin and it worked very well! Make sure to poke holes in the bottoms though. Large harvest with both plants this year. RECYCLE YOUR WASTE, PLEASE!!!
Thanks for the comment. That's great you grew the basil and thyme in the olive oil can. Kudos. I'm not sure why you shouted the &quot;recycle your waste&quot; thing tho. That was a little weird, especially since my whole Instructable was about upcycling and recycling.
its directed at other readers not you.
really good instructable! :D<br> thanks for posting
This instructable is awesome! Great job and garden! :)
love this. i really love the idea of the crib. I'm sure my parents have my old crib shoved in the attic somewhere being useless at the moment. thanks for the ideas!
Wow, I thought I had &quot;invented&quot; the raised garden waterbed! Mine looks amazingly like yours, even down to the vertical trellis. I used old 2x4's instead of bamboo, and instead of twine I found a clear plastic netting on clearance at a hardware store that is sold as a safety net for deck rails. I get a bumper crop of pole beans using it. I used cinder blocks to separate the bed into two areas with a walkway in between, and plant carrots, parsnips, and marigolds (to keep nasty bugs away) in the cinder block holes. The walkway makes it easier to reach into the center of the garden. Good job!
Thanks. I thought maybe I could get a peek at your waterbed raised bed garden but couldn't see it anywhere on your page. Did I miss it somehow? Anyway, your garden sounds great. I have tried the cinder block thing too...I grew marigolds and parsley and coleus. I have discovered that bugs also don't seem to like basil. I always plant it among my tomatoes...and it seems to repel the squirrels too.
Here's one from early this season before it filled out. Thanks, Bob
Nice! I like the way you have constructed this. I like the idea of the cinder blocks.
THANK YOU!! I am always skeptical that someone will have an idea I haven't seen before, but you definitely did! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wine bottle idea! I better drink faster... :)

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