Upcycling in the Garden


As well as our allotment, we also sow and grow in our (albeit bijou !) garden. We love to find new uses for things and make them our own.


Mr O found these old tin containers, in which we ‘lasagne’ planted bulbs before Spring. It was lovely to see the cheerful Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth and Anemone burst into life, the first colour in the garden this year and still in bloom now, as we finally move in to summer.


We recently painted this old ladder and secured these colourful Ikea plant pots to it (with strategically placed holes for drainage !) The job was done just in time to put half of our Asparagus Peas into them (the other half intended for the allotment). Peeking behind are our potatoes, which are growing like the clappers and seem to like this spot in the garden.


This wicker basket was being thrown away by one of our fellow allotmenteers, and has now found a home in our garden as a planter for our Lavender and (appropriately named ‘Johnny Jump Up’) Viola.


Mr O built this shed from off-cuts of wood and skip finds – it’s happily withstood one winter so far, and this spring we’ve given it a new coat of paint and little shelf for some pots of Marigolds, Calendula and Nasturtiums.


Any suggestions for upcycling ideas on the allotment ?


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Louise Leng says:

    Hi there Allotmenteers!   Thanks for the handy Upcycling Tips.  I’m going to be on the hunt for wooden ladders and wicker baskets this weekend.  I’ll be scanning the local skips for anything that looks like a planter.   Keep the ‘Tips’ coming!!   From a  ’Garden veg patch enthusiast’


  2. The ladder is a super idea! That so wonderful, weathered baskets with pots tucked in is so sweet! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you ! There’s something really satisfying about creating something that looks lovely but also costs next to nothing. This is something I’ve learnt recently and it’s very habit forming !!

  3. I love upcycling, crafting, and gardening. You won my heart with this blog post. For my windowsill I am taking Maxwell House Coffee Tins and redecorating them for windowsill herbs. I will have to post a picture soon on my blog http://www.goingandgrowing.wordpress.com. The coffee tins are similar to what you did with yours. I took a hammer and a nail and made holes in the bottom of the tin, lined it with rocks, and planted my herbs. I’m lining them with scrapbook paper since they’re indoor plants but if they were outdoor I would either leave them alone or paint them with a metal paint like rust-oleum.

    1. Thank you Marissa – looking forward to seeing your pictures !

  4. EvaInNL says:

    Great ideas! I’m also always on the lookout for up cycling ideas, I have some in my Pineterest collection that can be quite useful and cost-effective:

    1. Thanks – enjoyed looking at your board, some really inspiring ideas ! πŸ™‚

  5. We love the ladder idea too – beautiful colour πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you – the colour was an experimental mix of left over pots of paint, but we love it too ! πŸ™‚

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