29 Oct REUSE AND REPURPOSE IN THE GARDEN
Are you a crafty gardener? Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily shows us some of her favorite crafty ways to reuse and repurpose things around and for your garden.
DIY Ideas for Your Garden
Drying herbs. How do you dry your herbs? A fun DIY project for drying herbs is to make your own herb drying rack using old picture frames and window screens. Buy three picture frames of different sizes and remove the glass from the frame. Cut regular window screen to size and staple it to the frame from the underside. Use small chains and eye-hooks to attach the frames to each other, leaving room in between them with the smallest frame on top. You now have a tiered drying rack that you can fold up when not in use! If you’re drying for use in the kitchen, keep the herbs separate from each other and hang the drying rack in your house. If for use in your garden, you can mix the herbs together and leave it in a shed in the backyard.
Egg carton planter. When you crack your eggs for cooking, try to only take off the top part of the eggshell to create a little planter. Make sure you pull out the membrane and gently wash the shells out. Cut the top half of the egg carton off and return the eggshell planters to the carton. Take small clippings of your herbs, tuck them into the eggshells, and water to create a small windowsill herb garden. You can also fill the eggshells with flowers from your garden and use it as a centerpiece on your table.
Birdbath and feeder. If you enjoy birds hanging out in your yard, here is a simple and affordable way to make your own bird bath and feeder! Buy or find a large cup and saucer and super glue or epoxy them together. Fill birdseed into the saucer around the cup, then fill the center with water or vice versa. You can leave this on any flat surface in your yard. Make sure you refill it to ensure they keep coming back!
Toad House. Making a toad house is a great project to do with kids. Carefully using a hammer, crack a small part off the lip of a terra cotta pot, just enough to make a little entry hole. You are going to put it upside down in the dirt, and scoop out some of the dirt around the hole using a spoon to ensure the toad has enough room to get in. You can decorate the pot however you like prior to putting it in the ground to add some color to your garden. Place under a bush with a saucer of water so the toad has a nice place to have a drink near his home. You can also make a path for your toad using flat rocks.
Serving tray. Taking an old pallet, cut three boards the same length, then two more the length of the three laid side by side. Screw two boards on each end of the three boards, so they hold the other three boards together. Screw in some old cabinet drawer pulls to the two boards on the side and make sure all the pieces are sturdy.
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About the Author:
Lisa Steele is an author, 5th generation chicken keeper and Master Gardener who tends to her flocks and gardens on a small farm in Maine. The founder of Fresh Eggs Daily (www.fresheggsdaily.com) she shares natural chicken keeping and gardening tips as well as recipes using eggs fresh from her coop and produce fresh from the garden on her website.