Back in The Three R’s – Reuse, Restore, Recycle The Three R’s – Reuse, Restore, Recycle I told how I took a old rusty swing set that had been passed along to my grandchildren and extended the looks and life with some metal paint. Four years later and the set has not only lost it’s looks but had become dangerous. One of my granddaughter’s fell from a swing and hurt her back when a chain broke. The swings and slide were promptly removed. Our newly expanded garden would be needing trellises for green beans, squash and cucumbers. My daughter-in-law had the wonderful idea to use the swing set frame for one of the trellises.
A neighbor who has a tire shop was happy to give us some tractor tires. The tires are a smaller tractor tire but larger than pickup tires. These will be used to grow potatoes. As the leaves grow up another tire is stacked up, dirt added and more potatoes are added. This method not only saves space (which isn’t our problem) but saves labor (which is our problem).
Another reuse project is converting a well used sand box that had lost most of it’s sand, actually small river rocks, to a kitchen garden.
Farmers, ranchers and homesteaders have always had to make do and reuse what they had on hand. Funds, time and shopping options are limited. We’re carrying on that tradition.