Recycle — Catch word or way of life?

This morning as I was walking with my coffee, I noticed a few things in the back yard.

First the chives are sprouting:


And the parsley wintered over and is starting to sprout as well:


And the side of the picnic table which sat on the north end of the house in the shade one summer has finally rotted to unsafe for sitting:

feb-8th-picnic-table-rottin But I was born and raised in the country, in what I now realize was a very low income level, in a time before “recycle” became a catch phrase.  So my first thought was, what can I do with the picnic table….most of it is still good.

I decided to repurpose it as a planter stand.  Taking off the rotted bench, and positioning it by the fence line in a way the dogs can’t jump the fence with it, it’s become my new garden area.  And the bonus is a garden area I don’t have to bend my back to reach!

Notice the collection of planters?  As I was digging through the sheds finding old planters and bent or leaking buckets to use for planters this year, it dawned on me,  I was “recycling” or “re-purposing” these items.   Hmmm…..really?  To me I was just doing what I was raised to do…..use what you have available.

That got me to thinking about other things I have “re-purposed over the years and I quickly snapped two pics:

feb-8th-milk-jug-repurposedThe old milk jug that is now a bird seed container.  Plastic bag to hold the bird feed inside it and keep the seed from condensation and it’s perfect to keep the squirrels away from the seeds until I put them out.  (I have another one in the house I polished and use for dog food!)

feb-8th-wheelbarrow-repurpoWheelbarrow which became a small garden for those plants with vining roots that I don’t want taking over the garden.  This year I’ll plant mint in it, and I have another one that is almost too weak to use to haul stuff that will become another garden when it’s replaced.

So, my question to you, is “recycle” a catch word in your life?   Or is it a way of life?  And how do you recycle?

Just pondering this sunny morning as I walk with my coffee………….

4 thoughts on “Recycle — Catch word or way of life?

  1. YEP, I grew up like this also….and since we live on a limited pension budget, we still make do with what we have. My brother & DH check out the town dump for leftover lumber, you never know when you might just need a piece of board for something. We save plastic containers for starting seedlings….which will be soon.

  2. Thank you for this, Judy. Love the way you re-purpose stuff. That’s exactly what the earth (and her population) needs and needs to do.

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