I posted some garden photos a while back and the succulent log in one of the photos has now really taken off. From some small succulents planted up - they are now filling out to the point where I can pull some leaves off and make new plants. If you take the leaf off cleanly, leave it to dry for a few days, you will see little roots start to grow at the base of the leaf. Pop into some cacti potting mix (or mix some sand into your potting mix as it needs to be free draining) and you can multiply your plants. Give some away or swap with your friends and neighbours for some of their plants!
Well it was obvious when I made the filing cabinet garden planters that they would last a few years and then begin to rust. After all, with wet soil touching the insides of the cabinet and the outside being rained on - even with Killrust primer and paint, there comes a point where a little rust is inevitable. So, to keep it fresh and give it a new lease of life - this is what I did.
I bought this little garden setting on ebay for $45. It was rusty even though it was not very old. The chairs and table fold up. I think it is iron or steel - not cast aluminium. Anyhow, with a bit of TLC it is looking fresh as a daisy!
Update: These sold and are now at their new home.
A couple of weeks ago I rescued a burnt shopping trolley that had been discarded in bushland close to where I live and turned it into a planter. The intention to plant Bergamot (Bee Balm) seeds in it come Spring. I recently rescued the second abandoned trolley which was also burnt and gave that a slightly different treatment.
I picked up this red bike from a kerb side cleanup so it cost me nothing. The black mesh shopper basket on the front I got from somebody on Freecycle site. Again it cost me nothing. I already had the half planter in the garden but decided to use it for holding more plants behind the saddle of the bike. Only cost was the pots of pansies used here and a few dollars for the wicker shopper that I bought at a charity store which holds more potted pansies. Of course, you can put in any plants you like.
I reported two dumped supermarket trolleys that became apparent after a bush fire reduction burnoff. They were both dumped in the bushland around the corner to where we live. After a month, there was no contact from the supermarket concerned and they had made no attempt to collect the trolleys which were both fire damaged. Wheels had melted and the plastic edges and handle had also been badly damaged. So, I decided to take one home and turn it into a raised garden bed. We took the wheelbarrow and chucked it in and took it home. The wheels being too damaged to push the trolley home.
I saw these mini terrariums in Big W (I am sure KMart and Target probably sell similar) and thought I would buy three for my ensuite bathroom. Not wanting to make more holes in the wall to hang a shelf I decided to use what I had plenty of. Branches. Well one branch really.
I found a Smith-Corona portable typewriter for free on Freecycle. I picked it up this morning and a hour or so later it is now a decorative succulent planter in my garden.
My neighbour put out a huge pile of junk for kerb side council clean up and amongst the items were two Sunbeam food mixers. I must have driven past that pile many times racking my brain to think what I could use them for. I loved the shape of them - so fifties - and thought they were far too good to go to the council tip. One was white and heavy made of metal, the other was silver and seemed not so sturdy. Both were the same shape/fifties design though. I decided to pick them both up before the council took them away. I knew I could do something with them.