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Recycling in the Garden (ePub)

Reusing Everyday Items

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By Angela Youngman
Imprint: White Owl
File Size: 226.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001847
Published: 8th November 2022


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People are becoming more aware of the environment and their impact on it. Over the past decades we have become an increasingly consumerist based society. From a world in which recycling was common, single use became the norm. This throwaway society is unsustainable.

Sustainable gardening results in the creation of an environmentally friendly area in which natural predators thrive and soils are naturally replenished.

Discover innovative and simple ways of recycling everything from water to materials in the garden. Practical examples show recycling in action turning unwanted items into useful features such as bottle edging, footpaths made from tyres, garden forks into table lamps, broken pottery to mosaics and tree roots into lush garden stumperies.

Recycling, reusing and upcycling in the garden can make a difference helping you save money by using less water, making your own compost, choosing energy efficient equipment and by giving everyday items a totally new function.

Instead of a throwaway society, we are increasingly looking at ways of reducing our use of increasingly scarce resources, turning plastic into paths, using solar energy and conserving water. Natural recycling of plant material and sustainable gardening is increasingly popular. This book helps search for creative ideas that can conserve resources, and save you money.

Water is no longer cheap, so the book suggests many ways that you can re-use water and get free rainwater.

The book helps you with places you may not think of looking for free and cheap material, such as reclamation yards, factories, restaurants and hospitals.

Let your imagination run free without needing much skill and without breaking the bank.

As featured in

The Garden, March 2023

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Recycle and reconnect

This book was right up my street. I was bought up to make do and mend and the resurgence of this philosophy is very timely for today’s world.

Angela is honest about the fact that choosing to use recycled materials isn’t always free and sometimes not even cheap but there are so many ideas here to get you started. With a bit of imagination and thought the possibilities for reusing, recycling and upcycling are endless. For instance I would never have thought of reusing an old apple corer as a mini bulb planter for snowdrops, using an old car to make a secure chicken house or making a greenhouse from plastic bottles - and that’s just for starters.

If you have children there are some great opportunities to get them involved and feed their creativity at the same time. One little girl even started her own business during lock down creating works of art from used tin cans - hats off to her. This book would also be useful source of ideas for parents, grandparents, teachers, child minders, nursery schools, brownie and cub groups etc.

Above all her book speaks to a greater reconnection with our world and there is a wonderful feeling of ‘rightness’ about her approach. I think anyone who gardens could learn something from this book and I would thoroughly recommend it.

NetGalley, Mary Garbett

As featured in

The Landscape Library

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a whimsical and fun guide full of projects for upcycling and recycling items in (and for) the garden. The author has also included useful information about resources such as water and energy and how to divert and conserve the resources to which we already have access. There are projects and ideas from small (bamboo insect hotels readers can recreate in about 10 minutes with items already likely on hand) to very large (recycled earth-pit dug greenhouse with recycled glass and materials).

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

As featured in

How It Works

Gardeners tend to be recyclers and this book gives so much information on re-using everyday items into your garden. Recommended.

NetGalley, Polly Krize

I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed how it is written and how thoughtful it is. I enjoyed and learned from the ideas and the encouragement Angela brings to it. I think it would make an excellent gift for the gardener in your life (or yourself) who is keen to know more about recycling and gardening sustainably.

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Blackberry Garden

As featured in


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A very simple book with lots of practical and common sense ideas for reusing refuse from the garden in the form of compost, seeds, energy and water. Secondly by repurposing hard items for use in the garden, and reinventing their uses to enhance the space..
A very easy to read book, well written and straight to the point. Plenty of ideas and great recycle projects that are fun to do.

NetGalley, Leyla Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A guide that made me learn a lot more about recycling as it's easy to follow and informative.
Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

As featured in

The People's Friend (Special)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This has been a big help to my Mum & I with our back garden & now it's more glorious than ever thanks to it!

NetGalley, Sophie Crane

As a reader you can see that the author has put a lot of thought and effort into this book. There is a vast amount of information regarding all kinds of recycling in the garden from pots to wheelbarrows and waste to stubs. There seems to be no limit to what you can do in a garden, and if you feel like you are out of ideas check this book out! Repair, reuse, recycle! You can do for instance water recycling, energy recycling, and natural recycling. Remember this book in the spring!

NetGalley, Tove R

The title sums it up nicely: It's a go-to guide on how to take basic household things and grant them new utility within a garden setting.

It's splendidly and colorfully presented with plenty of pictures to help convey the idea(s)...
I was happy to know that I currently employ some of these "hacks", and I most certainly learned of a few more through this work. I like it, and it'll be handy to keep close by.

NetGalley, nathan helton

I wasn't sure what to expect and was delightfully impressed with this book.
The author sounds very knowledgeable and gave much more information than I anticipated.
There is information on environmental issues and composting and decorative items to recycle ~ something for everyone!
I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book as well as the tips, tricks and educational aspects.
This would make a great gift for any gardener.

NetGalley, Laura DogsMom-Roth

About Angela Youngman

Angela Youngman is a professional journalist and author living in Norfolk. Her other books include The Dark Side of Alice in WonderlandNorfolk: A Dog Walkers GuideKiddiwalks Norfolk, and Green Roofs. She is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance and Garden Media Guild, writing for a wide range of travel, tourism, transport, culture magazines and websites. Angela enjoys finding the unexpected and unusual stories relating to destinations such as London.

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