6. Old bricks – Got lots of old bricks in your yard? Many urban yards seem to, for some reason. Collect them all and turn them into a spiral garden for planting herbs and smaller veggies!
7. Mesh produce bags – You can’t recycle the mesh bags that often hold citrus or potatoes, but you can turn them into a hanging planter!
8. Old tires – You can often find old tires by the side of the road, and tire shops will sometimes give you old ones for free, since they would need to pay to dispose of them. Turn that trash into stacked potato planters!
9. Self-watering soda bottles – Two liter bottles are perfect for creating your own self-watering containers for herbs!
10. Rain boots – I love this colorful take on the shoe garden idea. You’ll definitely want to drill some drainage holes in the soles of your rain boots, so you don’t drown whatever you plant in them.
Image Credit: Creative Commons bathtub planter photo by ilovememphis; spiral herb garden photo by Becky Striepe