Recycling in the Garden

I picked up a back copy of Fine Gardening magazine from the Free Cart at my local library, because a teaser on the cover caught my eye: “Trend Watch: A new way to compost.” The article was about Bokashi composting, and it inspired me to write my latest article for

Of course, in the spirit of waste not, want not, I went on to read the rest of the magazine, and I found several delightful recycling tips for gardeners.

Saving and Sharing Seeds

A reader in Littleton, Connecticut saves envelopes from junk mail and uses them when he collects and stores seeds at the end of the growing season.

And a reader in Beach Haven, New Jersey saves the paper envelopes that some tea bags are packaged in and uses them to store seeds that she shares with friends. She tapes the envelope shut, labels it with the name of the seeds and the date she collected them, and stores them in a resealable zip-top plastic bag.

A New Use for a Toy Dinosaur

A reader in Santa Cruz, California uses a motion-triggered toy dinosaur to protect her garden from the deer that manage to squeeze through her fence. It roars, she says, like a T. Rex when triggered. At the time she wrote, the deer still hadn’t figured it out.

Forged Trowels From Railroad Spikes

A craftsman in Floyds Knob, Indiana, turns reclaimed railroad spikes into garden tools. You can see (and purchase) them at his shop.

All these came from the October 2010 issue of Fine Gardening magazine, which I found on the cart where our local Friends of the Library group offers — free for the taking — books, magazines, CD, videos, etc. that they aren’t able to sell at their quarterly book sales. What a wonderful way to recycle!


One response to “Recycling in the Garden

  1. My local council in England have introduced fortnightly collections of our general household waste, and a weekly collection of recyclable rubbish. It’s like imposing recycling on us, otherwise live with rotting trash bags in our garden. I am not against recycling, but I am pro choice. We are supposed to wash out every can and bottle, plastic container and save every paper. Great if you are single, retired or have lots of spare time – but try it with 4 kids (one in nappies), 2 dogs, 2 businesses to run. I pay so much tax, yet now they do not serve my trash needs. What can I do?


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