Trash to Garden Ideas

Gardening may be the art of carefully arranging and nourishing beautiful growing things, but it is at heart a very hands on and pragmatic hobby. Many old containers, broken things and odds and ends that might otherwise wind up in a landfill can be given new life as garden tools and supplies.


Nearly any small container can be recycled and turned into a planter. Cut the tops off of used juice boxes or juice pouches to create a small flower planter or a temporary vase for flower arrangements. Use old tin cans, water bottles or even masonry jars to grow herbs, grasses and other small plants. For a humorous and offbeat planter, fill an old sneaker with soil, and plant a flower in the opening. Many kids toys, such as toy dump trucks, toy chests and and even small toy houses, can also be filled with dirt and used as planters.

Garden Hose

Just because your garden hose is old and decrepit doesn't mean it's useless around the garden. According to A Recycling Revolution, an old garden hose has plenty of uses. Poke small holes along it to use it as a soaker hose or a sprinkler for kids to play in. Or cut off sections and thread them onto the thin handles of buckets to make them easier to carry. Tie garden hose around young saplings to provide a bit of extra support or around older trees to prevent accidental girdling by the lawnmower.

Garden Pots

Old and cracked or discolored garden pots also have a number of uses in the garden. Use them to pick fruits or store fresh fruits and veggies from your garden on the counter. They also make useful garden tools. Use a flower pot to scoop soil, compost or fertilizer into your garden. You can even use larger flower pots to store your garden tools in.


Compost is one of the best uses of household trash in your garden. In fact, there are more things in your kitchen that you can recycle than things you can't. You can recycle nearly all your kitchen waste from egg shells to napkins, as well as a great deal of non-kitchen waste, such as wood chips, by placing it in a compost bin with alternating layers of dirt and allowing it to naturally decompose. Periodically stir the bin to speed the process and, within a few months, you will have rich, well-decomposed compost to add to your garden.

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