5 Inspiring Examples of Zero Waste Gardening


The zero waste motion is all about sending nothing into the landfill. It depends upon five basic principles; deny, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rust (and in this order).

While zero waste could be famously known for plastic-free grocery shopping and personal care goods, it may be placed on the backyard too. Zero waste gardening means making the majority of things which may otherwise have been thrown off, and preventing waste of all types when creating and maintaining a garden.

Most sustainable anglers will have adopted a zero waste strategy to a degree. You might already help to decrease food waste and prevent organic thing rotting from the landfill by producing your own compost at home.

You can also already utilize old yogurt pots, plastic trays, toilet roll tubes, etc. . sowing and developing. You might have reduced waste by regrowing vegetables from scraps.

But there are loads of different things you can do in order to adopt zero waste . Here are a few stories that may help you think beyond the box.

Homesteaders Use Old Cabin Construction Materials To Enable Year-Round Growing

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One inspirational zero waste narrative involves a homestead at which there was a old tumbledown cottage, no more fit to be used. But the substances from the cottage might be used. The homesteaders could avoid purchasing any new stuff whatsoever to get a new undercover growing place. Instead, they used the old windows and doorswood beams, even older nails and screws to make a new greenhouse from reclaimed materials. Using old windows and doorways to construct a greenhouse for your own garden might be something to consider.

Community Upcycles Pallet Wood To Overhaul Brownfield Site

You may already be familiar with using old wooden pallets to create bed edging for new raised beds. But one community went much further. When they decided to create a new community garden on a brownfield city lot, they used pallet wood for everything. They not only used pallet wood for bed edging and fencing. They also made wood pallet vertical gardens for a south-facing wall, a pallet wood play area for local kids, pallet wood seating, an outdoor kitchen area, and a wood pallet bar for their garden. You too could create use of upcycled wood in your garden. (Just make sure that if you choose pallet wood, that you know what the pallets were used for and whether or not they were treated.)

Read more: How to Tell if a Pallet Is Safe to Re-Use

A School’s Lost-and-Found Stash Becomes a New Container Garden

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Another great story of reuse comes from a school garden. Teachers seeking to create a fresh food producing garden to the kids on a small budget raided the school’s lost and found area. There, they found a range of never-reclaimed lunch boxes, school bags, and old clothing that they used to make a new, quirky container garden for a small corner of the school grounds. School bags, plastic lunch boxes and even a pair of old rubber boots became planters. And one of the teachers used old clothes and sewed a fabric vertical garden with planting pockets that was hung on a sunny wall. Even the oddest items can be reused to grow some food in a small corner outside.

Zero Waste Craft Beer Company Uses Old Bottles To Make New Beds

A craft beer company took steps to create a new garden around their bar and brewery premises. They used spent grains to create new growing beds and built up the walls of the beds with old glass bottles. They also used glass bottles to line a pathway leading to a seating area, and in the heat-retaining base for a new pizza oven. You too could consider reusing glass bottles in a wide range of different ways in your garden.

Old Smartphone Repurposed For Wildlife Watch/ Allotment Security

Finally, it is worth mentioning one more cool zero waste idea. To reduce waste, we all need to make sure we keep our devices and electronic tech in use for as long as possible. An old smartphone may be ready to get an upgrade, but an older phone does not necessarily have to be sent away for recycling just yet. One idea is to install a webcam app on an older phone and use it to keep watch over your backyard. You might simply use it to monitor wildlife visiting your space, or, as in one example I know of, use it to set up a camera for allotment security.

There are, of course, plenty of other examples of zero waste gardening. But perhaps the ideas mentioned here might inspire you to reduce waste and use things may otherwise need been thrown off.

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