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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Save money, save your landfill, and teach conservation by reusing materials in your garden. Next time you're off to buy something at the garden center first look around to see what else you have that might do the trick.

Check out these resources for creative ideas.

This bike fork tool holder is part of  Life Lab's Creative Creations photo album which shows off reuse in the garden as well as other whimsical garden features.

Yvonne Savio of the LA Common Ground Master Gardener Program lists over 50 ways to Recycle “Useless” Items into “New” Garden Tools.

The Common Ground Garden Program also has a PDF slide show of creative ways to reuse in the garden. Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools 

See more garden tips on the LA Master Gardener page.


If you really want to get serious and see some "repurposing with style" check out this new book.  The Revolutionary Yardscape: Ideas for Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting, and More By Matthew Levesque. I viewed an advance copy of this publication. The creativity and design were way beyond the scope of a school garden, but if you appreciate unique garden design you'll like this book.

Share your ideas and resources of creative reuse in the garden in the comments section below.

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