Recycle and Repurposing in the Vegetable Garden

Recycle and Repurposing in the Vegetable Garden

In these times of environmental sensitivity and focus on being earth-friendly, being green is everywhere is news and television programming.  While I’m no green fanatic, I have found that being green friendly and organic sort of goes with being a gardener.  Additionally, most of us, rarely, have tons of money to throw at our gardens and recycling and repurposing seems a logical derive some extra value from our garden and our purchases. Gardening is very amenable to getting a little extra value from those things that might otherwise be thrown away.

Perhaps the most obvious method of recycling is compost.  Compost, if handled properly, can allow you to use kitchen scraps and yard waste (e.g. grass clippings) to improve and maintain the garden soil.

Things that can be recycled in compost:

  • Ashes from a wood stove
  • Shredded office paper
  • Vegetable Kitchen scraps
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Fall leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Fine wood chips and sawdust
  • Newspaper
  • Paper Egg Cartons


Things that can be Recycled as Mulch

  • Shredded office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Coarse wood chips or shavings
  • Grass cutting (if not treated with herbicide)
  • Old straw or hay

Things that can be Recycled as Lines for Raised Beds

  • Scrap office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes

Things that can be Recycled as Seed Starters

  • Reused cups from restaurants ( large drink containers)
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper milk boxes
  • Egg Shells
  • Plastic muffin or cupcake packages

Things that can be Repurposed as Cloches

  • Clear covers from rotisserie chicken containers.
  • Clear plastic ice cream containers
  • large glass or plastic jars bottles

Things that can be Repurposed Slug and Snail Traps

  • disposable aluminum or plastic trays from pies and cakes make ideal beer slug traps containers.

I’m sure there are many more opportunities to get more value in our garden for our household purposes or other community resources.

10 thoughts on “Recycle and Repurposing in the Vegetable Garden

  1. livinglightinnkeeper – Cory is the Inn Supervisor for Living Light Culinary Institute, a raw and vegan culinary school where we've been "Making Healthy Living Delicious!" since 1998. For Eco-friendly comfort on the Mendocino coast, visit
    livinglightinnkeeper says:

    Great tips

  2. atkokosplace – I am the unplanned child to a woman so strong. A sister to brothers. A dreamer. A writer. Ninja in the dark. Star shaped in a very square world. Teacher to eager ears. My learning desire is quenchless. On the outside looking in. Not interested in the fake. Wizard when I can find my wand. Fascinated by fireflies. Fighter of underdogs. Small, but mighty. Believer in superheros. Ecstatic to be different. Provider of nourishing meals, sassy when needed, quirky at best. Epic concoction maker. Boredom doesn't exist.
    atkokosplace says:

    I love the wooden compost bins! I have a lot of space so I could make quite a few of these to put about the yard. Looks nice too! A little off the subject….Do you know of a homemade spray for pest on cabbage. I am planning on covering everything. Learning the hard way with bugs here in the south. 🙂

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