Recycling Tips Part 1 ‘New Ways With Old Tins’

One of the most awesome things about living in the Midland’s is the fact that there are plenty of ‘Secondhand’ and Antique shops, garages etc scattered around all over the place. I love exploring these places to get ideas and to find little treasures that can turned into something beautiful and useful.

However, what I’m really passionate about is “Recycling”. Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution from incineration and water pollution from land-filling.

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle” waste heirarchy.

In this article I have recycled ‘Old tins’, which everyone has in their home and are just waiting to be used creatively. I have created a ‘Tin Vertical Garden’ using old dog food tins, olive tins, milk powder tins and more.
Using an old fence or burglar bars (which can be found at any scrap yard or secondhand garage) I have bolted them to my outside verandah wall.

This creates a trellis that can support all your tin cans with potting soil and whatever plants / herbs you decide to grow.
Using a drill with a about a 5mm bit, drill drainage holes into the bases of your tins (about 4 holes in each tin). Then drill two holes next to each other on the side at the top of the tins. This will be for wire to hold the tins onto the trellis.

Drop some pebbles in the bottom of each tin to allow for better drainage, then cover with potting soil. Next is to decide which plants you would like to grow. Fresh herbs like basil, thyme, margoram would do well. I used a selection of succulents for mine with some pretty flowers as you can see in the pictures. Basically anything that doesn’t require to much soil for it’s roots.

The finished results are awesome and the whole vertical garden creates character on your outside wall which is also a talking point showcasing ‘Recycling’ in it’s simplest forms.

Happy Recycling!

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Greggs G