5 ways to spruce up your garden with recycled materials



Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to get your garden ready for a new planting cycle. Gardening experts say the end of February to the first week of March is the best time to start preparations for the new gardening season. This year be creative with your garden and use recycled materials to spruce up your space. Many of our everyday household items can also serve other purposes in our gardens instead of taking up space in the landfill. Here are 5 easy ways to spruce up your garden with recycled materials:


1. Egg cartons are egg-cellent for seedlings

Start saving your egg cartons to start your seedlings. They are the perfect size to start seedlings indoors while they germinate. When they sprout, cut out the individual cups and plant them directly in your garden. (Empty toilet paper rolls can do the same job!)




2. Turn your milk jugs into bird feeder

Turn your empty milk jugs into a bird feeder. Start with an empty milk carton, some paint and your imagination, and soon you’ll have birds flocking to your yard. This DIY bird feeder is an easy craft that all ages can participate in making.


Photo Credit: I Dig Pinterest

Photo Credit: I Dig Pinterest


3. Got a run in your pantyhose? Use it in your garden!

Don’t toss torn pantyhose—they’re great garden helpers. When planting in containers, place pantyhose on the bottom of the pots so water can pass through, but not soil. Also, at the end of the gardening season, pantyhose can be used to store out-of-season flower bulbs in a pantyhose leg and hang in a cool, dry place.


4. Dryer Lint holds the moisture

Add your dryer lint to the compost bin or place a layer at the bottom of a planter or container. It will prevent soil from leaking out the bottom and will hold some moisture also.



Photo Credit: Lisa | Shine Your Light


5. Corks for plant markers

Save your corks from your empty wine bottles to use as markers in your raised beds, container gardens, and wherever you have plants growing. Just make a hole, insert small wooden dowel and write the name of the plan with a sharpie marker.


Happy Gardening!



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Prabhjit K. Banga

Prabh’s environmental journey began in 1992 when she discovered a passion for green living after watching the cartoon movie, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Since then she has been an avid environmentalist for over 20 years, cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional life. She went on to complete her Master in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. During her Master’s degree, Prabh worked on policy oriented research on sustainability reporting frameworks, community based social marketing, resource efficiency and waste management practices. Prabh is currently the Manager of Strategy Development & Corporate Sustainability at Toronto Pearson Airport. Prabh leads the development and delivery of the airport’s sustainability strategy. Prabh enjoys reading and writing about the environment and loves to share her tips and passion for living sustainably.

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