Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simply Re-Purposing Materials

I hope everyone is having a great week!  Today, I am going to tell you about some re-purposed materials we used for gardens.  The materials came from a friend's property that was going up for sale.  They used to have an asphalt tennis court, but had decided many years ago that it was no longer needed.  Instead of just destroying and dumping the court, they broke up the pieces and used them as the border for a raised garden.  We loved the idea so much, that we agreed to take the asphalt pieces for our own raised beds.  Why spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars at the local box store for brick or stone, when you have a durable material at your disposal?

Tennis Court Asphalt Pieces for Raised Bed

Our friend also had several cedar posts that they were not using, so we took those to use as border fencing as well.  We simply cut the posts the same length and stacked them on top of each other two pieces deep. Then, we drilled holes at the ends and hammered Rebars (each 2 feet in length) into the ground to hold them in place. It was incredibly easy to do, and the borders match the overall feel of our log home.

Cedar Post Border

I love having friends that share their creative ideas, along with their extra materials which would have otherwise gone to the dump!  It just goes to show that the more you give, the more you receive.  For this reason, I always encourage people to share their abundance with those around you.  It can be food, clothing, shelter or any number of things.  You don't have to necessarily find someone in need, since a gift of kindness is just as important. Have a great rest of the week, and we will see you on Friday with our Recipe of the Week!

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