Farm Life: Rusted, Busted, Never Dusted

P1070361In the country, nearly everything can be re-purposed.  Organic matter can go into the compost pile, if not fed to some critter in the barn.  Items that can burn, usually go into some type of incinorator (though with some fire and air polution hazard).  Recyclable items require some effort to transport to a location where they can be added to that re-use stream.  Trash can either be hauled away or driven to the dump, though that requires some expense for gas money.  More often, items end up in a pile to the side of the property, awaiting some other use.  We have found more than one re-purposing of various rusted and busted containers around the garden.  Little ends up in the dust bin.

We have used decommissioned toilets, leaking mop buckes, canning pots, watering cans, and ash cans for flower containers.

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Some items are more yard art.  On top of a wash-bucket is a pig made from a freon canister.  Along our driveway are a series of gloves-with-holes-in-the-fingers, leaking lanterns, and wine bottles.  They are suspended on the wire from past-year-election-signs.  One friend considers these more scary than artistic.  If it keeps unwelcome visitors, than it is art with a function.

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When friends mention that they want to discard this-or-that, we often find uses for the items.  On our deck are the iron works from a fireplace, now defining places for plants in pots.

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We also have projects waiting to be started.  A friend rebuilt a porch.  We hauled away the iron railings and posts to build an arbor… someday.


Sometimes, flowers themselves end up laying in a pathway.  Why pulverize them with the weed-eater, when they could be cut and displayed?



About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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11 Responses to Farm Life: Rusted, Busted, Never Dusted

  1. KerryCan says:

    Some fine ideas here! We use all kinds of things as flower pots, too, and re-commissioned a wooden screen door as a trellis.

  2. Barneysday says:

    Excellent. We’re just beginning that process, of course with the water shortage, new plants are not a good idea for now. However, we did build a “Wine Bottle” tree out of a dead Manzaneta tree and about 30 various colored wine bottles. Of course there was a sacrifice involved in obtaining the bottles, somebody had to drink the wine, but the results are interesting as the sun strikes the various colors.

    BTW, Mr Farmer, I have a question. We have one of those composting barrels that you load up and periodically turn. It collects the liquids in the bottom in a separate container. Would this be good to apply directly on plants or would it need to be diluted in some manner? your thoughts?

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Great to have a bottle tree. Keep those evil spirits in check.

      Regarding the liquid at that drips from your compost turner, this is excellent for plants. The water carries nutrients from the decaying material. If you want to accentuate this process, you can make “manure tea”. But a shovel full of manure (or compost) in a bucket of water. Let it sit until you need to water something. Drain the water into watering can, and you have liquid fertilizer. Who needs Dupont? Of course, use this sparingly on indoor plants, unless you like the smell of Toilet Water. 🙂

  3. Mother Suzanna says:

    Around here, you’d have to decorate your yard with cast off electronics. Think I will keep to my river rocks, potted bushes and newly planted succulents. Does give one the ILLUSION that you are in a quiet “dale”…until the Goggle bus passes the house on its way to deposit another 50 workers who have left their cars at home….sigh?

  4. Miss Lou says:

    The TOILET… lol I #LoveLoveLove it.. I have a blog I did called Oh Crap… and I have to tell you, that your flower filled toilet looks heaps more inviting to sit on that some of the crappers I came across during that vacation!

    Click here to see: – Some interesting potty’s right there.. lol

  5. Great post… Some really creative ideas here for a rural property but not sure house proud subdivision neighbours would appreciate some of these!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      One reason we live on 35 acres and I am on the assocation board. Those who are willing to put up with serving get to write the bylaws (or keep them simple).

  6. cindy knoke says:

    I love all of them!!! Such artistry~

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