NCGW Things to do

The recycled garden

From old junk to an incredible garden display!

Here’s what you’ll need!

Shopping list for your local garden centre:

Multipurpose compost

Seeds or plants (choose flowering ones that say on the label, pot or pack that they are good for containers)

Plant food


  1. Find some old junk around the home that’s going to go to waste. It might be an old pair of wellies, some old furniture, or anything that you can put some compost into. Make sure you check with an adult that it’s OK to use first though.
  2. Make a few small holes in the bottom of the junk you want to grow your plants in. This is so that water can drain out of the bottom and your plants don’t drown. Fill up your junk with compost.
  3. Plant the seeds or plants into the compost and give it a good water. Feed them about once a week with the plant food.
  4. Arrange all your junk into a funky display on your balcony or in your garden, and watch plants grow out of it!

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