Well of course it can…. with a bit of creativity and planning
We all know about using old wooden palettes to make compost bins, but how about transforming used scaffold boards into decking. Sanding them will reveal the lovely timber under the old bits of plaster etc.
The picture above shows a creative use of palettes for decking and fencing. (you have to make sure that palettes are freely available, some are owned by companies and have to be returned to them).
Below is a picture of me in the show garden I designed (and helped build) for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2004.
The decking is made from reclaimed scaffold boards, all the framework for the decking was made from reclaimed timber. At the end of the Show it was all re-built at a local primary school.
- Preserve existing shrubs by a bit of creative pruning to give them a new shape
e.g. prune the lower limbs of large Mahonia shrubs to reveal an elegant shape.
- Choose plants that are appropriate to the conditions in your garden so they don’t have to struggle in the wrong soil, and won’t need replacing.
They’ll be healthy and won’t need chemicals or time spent coaxing them along to keep them looking good.
- Use disease resistant varieties of plants, you can find out about these from the supplier or the Royal Horticultural Society http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants
- Select plants with biodiversity in mind, i.e. a selection of plants that will attract a range of insects, birds etc. These will patrol the garden for you and pick off the pests, they’ll also pollinate flowers and most, i.e. birds, bees and butterflies, will look lovely too.
Install water butts in your garden to take advantage of excess rain, it’s surprising how much can be harvested from a small shed or greenhouse.
This is the life-blood of the garden, made from stuff that’s readily available in your garden and kitchen. The resultant sweet, crumbly compost will benefit your garden. Use it as a thick blanket of mulch over the soil to suppress weeds, maintain moisture levels, as it decays down into the soil it’ll improve its structure.
This is about reusing precious resources and looking stylish.
Beehive compost bin from http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/
I hope you find this useful.