“We must start to see waste as a resource” ~ Ben Bradshaw
One of my favourite places to escape online is to Terrain.
I needed a trellis for the centre of my middle raised bed. The one I found on Terrain was rustic and perfect for my needs. At $78 dollars, it wasn’t cheap, but paying that with freight on top to get it to Australia (not to mention a higher environmental impact) the trellis was not viable.
So I was keeping my eyes peeled for another solution.
We were in Lancelin, at their annual Country Women’s Association Fete.
One of the houses nearby was having a garage sale. There on the lawn was a double bead head, made from bamboo and wicker cane.
The price? $5.oo. Bargain!
It fits my middle raised bed beautifully. The posts where the bed head rested are submerged into the soil and it hasn’t needed staking or any further support. It has had the cucumbers and kidney beans growing all over it and has held up very well. At the end of this planting season, I will probably give it a good coating of decking oil to prolong the life of the wicker and hopefully get a few more seasons out of it.
I am so pleased with it that next time I need a trellis, I’m going down to our local salvage yard to see what I can find. A wrought iron bedhead would rust up beautifully. A brass one would tarnish well too.
What household item have you repurposed to use in the garden? I would love to see examples. I have a few more repurposed items up my sleeve too, so be sure to watch this space!