Posts Tagged ‘recycled’

Discarded Strawberry Pot Adds Charm

May 7, 2010
Recycled pot added to the Labyrinth Garden.

"Good side" of the recycled pot.

These types of pots which I’ve heard called “Strawberry Pots” are so wonderful because they have multiple openings for plants.  The result is a pot surrounded by greenery even when the plants are small. 
I frequently find pots set out for the trash collector because they have a few blemishes.   This strawberry pot was discarded by a neighbor today  and is now permanently a part of the Labyrinth Garden. 
It really was not in bad shape.  See the blemished side below.  I’ll just turn that side to the tree!
Blemished side of the strawberry pot that was found today.

Blemished side of strawberry pot

The solution to blemishes is not to throw away the pot, but just turn the blemish to the wall. or install a bushy plant that mostly covers up the pot. I haven’t yet decided what I want to plant in it. 

Re-directed WeatherVane

August 2, 2009
Recycled weathervane rescued from the rubbish bin.

Recycled weathervane rescued from the rubbish bin.

I have loved weathervanes since I was a little girl and I saw one in the movie “Mary Poppins”.  Mary Poppins became my childhood hero, so these weather indicators from “days gone by” bring back fun memories.  While out walking my dogs, I found this in pieces, but still shrink-wrapped in its packaging, propped up against a rubbish bin.  I asked the lady who lived there if she was throwing it out.  She said yes, she had always intended to put it up, but now she was moving and it wouldn’t blend in with her new house.  So I saved the weathervane from ending up at the landfill!  Hurray!  Instead of the standard rooster, it has a crowned heart, held in two hands.  It is a bit easier to see in the next photo. 

Better view of weathervane design, a crowned heart supported by 2 hands

Better view of weathervane design, a crowned heart supported by 2 hands

Charming Chimnea

June 21, 2009
I believe this is a terra cotta chimnea (It's some kind of pottery)

I believe this is a terra cotta chimnea (It's some kind of pottery)

I was walking my dogs and we decided to go down a new street.  I thought I saw a large piece of broken pottery under a pile of rubbish discarded for trash pickup at the curb.  I went to investigate and look what I found!  A perfectly good chimnea! 

It will be awhile before I will need a fire in the hot heart of Texas, which gives me a lot of time to decide exactly where I want to place it.   Also, I have time to learn to set it up and use it properly.  I found a great article on the care and use of chimneas that was very informative.  Thanks to John Ansart of  Chimneas, Inc. for the extensive information on use, safety, woods to use/not use, and care that increases the longevity of a chimnea. 

. . . that’s one more garden feature SAVED from the landfill!

Curbside Shopping Yields Cast Iron Bench

June 1, 2009
This is the bench before I recycled it
This is the bench before I recycled it

The first of the month is Bulk Trash Pickup in our area of town.  My dog Alex took a detour from our normal route yesterday and found this treasure bound for the landfill.  Not anymore!  The wood will have to be replaced as well as some nuts and bolts, but both ends and the crossbar under the seat are cast iron.  What a find!  I’m not sure exactly where I will put it in the Labyrinth Garden — I’m considering the center, or on the perimeter.  I’ll post a photo once the bench is refurbished.

Dascia in Rescued Pots

May 9, 2009
The grouping of terra cotta pots leads to the outer edge of the labyrinth

The grouping of terra cotta pots leads to the outer edge of the labyrinth

This path gives me wheelbarrow access to the outer edge of the labyrinth garden.  I showed you a closeup of these diascia  in yesterday’s post.   This is a grouping of about 5 or 6 large terra cotta pots (unfortunately you can only see 2 of the pots, I’ll have to get more photos later) that were a great recycling find!

I was driving along to my neighborhood pharmacist, and I saw all these terra cotta pots, undamaged, stacked next to the curb near a lady’s driveway.  I could see her in the garage, so I stopped.  To my amazement, she said  she was throwing the pots away but was extremely upset about it.  She said she loved the pots, but didn’t have time to care for plants in them so they just sat in the yard full of dirt.  She admitted to being a bit of a packrat, and said her husband had finally put his foot down and said she had to get rid of things she didn’t use or he would get rid of them himself.  I pointed out that she didn’t have to throw things away, she could give them to charity.  I told her I would love to have the pots and would take good care of them, so she gave them to me.  She also gave me an unused dog crate with a cover (crate and cover still in the box) which I donated to a local shelter since I already have crates for Elsie (purchased) and one for Alex (acquired for free from a neighbor who was discarding it).