I love the word, repurposing. It sounds so much better than salvaging or being frugal. Repurposing a work bench into a potting table – it’s Yankee gardening at its best.
After a dear friend passed away, his wife asked if we could possibly use a work bench he had built in their basement. This was a good size workbench – nothing fancy but big and heavy. We hauled it home in our trailer which was worse for the wear after the trip.
The first summer, we put it in our hoop house and used it for potting plants. It worked great, but it was so long that it was taking up valuable growing space. We put more raised beds in the hoop house, moved the table outside and then into the barn for the winter.
We loved the table, but could we use it? How about a reciprocating saw to cut it in two? Seemed kind of radicle for my daughter and I, but it worked. We now have two potting tables in two different areas of the yard, and we use them every day when we are outside gardening.
Because the tables would sit outside all summer, I wanted to protect them so they would last for many more gardening seasons.
Instead of having to go to a local box store, we are lucky that we have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby. We went there and purchased a gallon of exterior paint for $5, painted both tables, and still have at least half a gallon left for other projects.
Our ReStore is a great place where you can find a bargain while feeling good about repurposing something, donating to a good cause, and keeping items out of the landfill.
Friends we made a trip to England with to see the sights. Along the way, we were treated to some beautiful English gardens and unbelievably beautiful window boxes.
Our fellow gardeners in England have long been known for their spectacular gardens, but I had no idea what they could do with window boxes. Spectacular! Now I’m wondering – where could I put some window boxes?
Good friends, good memories. I know they would applaud our repurposing.