Repurpose (v) To give a new purpose or use to
Welcome to the Repurposed Materials blog site where we will share with you repurposing tips that you can use to solve problems, save money, and lessen your impact on the environment. It’s not reducing, it’s not reusing, it’s not recycling, it is REPURPOSING. The concept is not new but in recent years humankind has begun to think about the concept on a larger scale as another means to do more with less.
Just the other day I found a kitten wandering on the side of the road and repurposed it as my dinner…it was delicious and got me thinking about what other treasures this world holds. As they say, one man’s cat is another man’s dinner. I’m joking! Lighten up. Here’s one idea that’s pretty common so that we can all ease into this…
Repurposing Idea #1: Empty oak, wine or whiskey barrels as planters
When that barrel has been drained of its delicious, life affirming contents, you can saw it in half (length or widthwise) to make vintage looking, decorative planters. I have a small patio at my place with limited garden space and actually planted yellow plum tomatoes in a couple of these planters back in May. Now I can’t keep up with the incredible volume of fruit that is coming off of these vines. I was initially skeptical that their growth would be stunted in the barrels but couldn’t be further from the truth. Fruit bearing and good looking. These barrels are awesome for space challenged gardens or for those who just want a unique landscaping touch.
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