Upcycling vs. Recycling
For some reason I’d always assumed (ass-U-me) that anything we ‘reused’, rather than throw in the garbage, was recycling; apparently not. Upcycling is reusing an item, such as the plastic crate pictured below, and creatively using it for something else. While recycling is taking items made of plastic, metal, paper etc. to the recycling areas. The items are reprocessed and manufactured either into the same, or new product.
Upcycling is being creative by using what we have. Recycling reduces waste (otherwise dumped in landfill sites), and reprocessed.
Upcyclng Plastic Crates
We often see this type of plastic crate dumped in or beside the garbage bins. (We don’t have the luxury of house-to-house refuge collection we use communal facilites.) So using my creative spirit I collect discarded items, such as these humble crates, and put them to use in my garden.
The weather has been very cold at night with temperatures as low as 1C. We’ve also had heavy rain showers for weeks so I decided my baby vegetable plants needed protection from the elements.
With this in mind I decided to make some mini garden cloches.
1. Two plastic crates
2. Clear plastic sheets (I reused a large plastic bag which protected my new mattress when it was delivered)
3. 4 sticks. I used bamboo canes.
The plastic crates used for this project have an insert in each corner. You can of course utilize other types of crates and just be creative how you attach the supports.
Cut 4 sticks the same size and insert. This will form the base of the cloche.
Cover the top of the crate with plastic and secure with string. I allowed extra plastic on one side of the crate for extra protection if needed.
Align the sticks with corner recesses in top plastic crate and voilá! One upcycled garden cloche.
Pull down the extra plastic flap as and when needed
The yellow peppers were too tender to be planted in the vegetable garden so thank goodness for the mini greenhouse.
At night I pull down the plastic flap for extra protection.
My garden cloche may not be ‘twee’ but it works perfectly well.