One Green Thing: Thanks to friends of ‘thrifties’…

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Every now and then, those around the Rockford Park District (RPD) send helpful information that appeals to my “thrifty” nature…and this week, I received a couple of terrific ideas.

One article is about “reusing” certain things to create a trellis for your garden (great not only for blooming vines, but darn handy for growing pole beans as well). As an “accent” in the garden, an article suggests golf clubs. You just take three (drivers were pictured), and wrap copper wire around the handles near the club heads, spreading the other ends of the clubs as you do it. When complete, you stick the unit down into the ground. Maybe three mop or broom handles or old rakes could be just as cute? If you happen to have any junior clubs, instead of making a trellis out of them, we could sure use them at RPD. Volunteers make repairs and get them in shape for children who are learning the sport to use.

I liked the idea of making “quirky garden statues” from rescued trophies (although the one featured was a lot nicer than my bowling trophy…in fact, so nice looking I thought it was an old hood ornament at first).

The inspiration for a garden bench came from a short piece of barn wood laid across two metal straight-backed chairs. All these great ideas came from The Salvage Studio: Sustainable Home Comforts to Organize, Entertain, and Inspire. Do I need to point out this is just another way to say, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?”

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From the April 14-20, 2010 issue

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