Sources of materials are op shops such as Salvos and Vinnies, free stuff picked up from friends, kerbside clean-ups and listed on websites such as Gumtree, Freecycle and Zilch. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. You can also get unique pieces for your garden at bargain prices on eBay.
Indoor furniture can be used outside, weather permitting. Statues can be crafted from driftwood, stacked stones can make shapes between plants. Large rocks and thicker tree branches make excellent garden edging.
Edmonton Freecycle can be a goldmine for additions to the garden, including plants, organic fertilizers, furniture and topsoil.
Regardless what size your space is, consider splitting it up into different zones or outdoor rooms that have different functions or seating.
Alina Clark is about as tired of her pandemic wardrobe as her comfort clothes are stretched and torn.
“I have four sets of jeans, seven shirts and five sweaters that I wear every week,” said Clark, co-founder of a software development company in Los Angeles. “They’re everything I’ve worn in the last two years. Me and my wardrobe are suffering from COVID fatigue.”
One way to cut down on this huge problem is to buy second-hand or pre-owned items. And there’s a growing list of ways to do it: many high street charity shops have also gone online, in addition to online marketplaces and local listing sites such as Freecycle.
Source any equipment you need for free through Freecycle, a community website on which people can recycle unwanted items, or the freebie section of listings sites such as Gumtree and Craigslist. Right now, for example, someone is offering a free office table in London and free catering equipment in Edgbaston
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FREECYCLE: Not purely for kids’ stuff, but worth knowing about all the same. Freecycle is a worldwide community of people who give stuff away to each other for nothing at all. You can find a group local to you and search for whatever you need next. Start looking at freecycle.org.
“Residents can help by reducing the amount of waste they produce, reusing what they can and recycling what they can’t. Use sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree to rehome your unwanted items. Remember to sort your waste and use your food, garden and dry recycling brown bin.”
To catch people unlawfully dumping garbage along roadways during the past year, the Ventura County Public Works Agency installed motion-activated, hidden cameras in strategic locations along rural roads. The cameras upload images to the Internet and send incriminating evidence of people dumping, showing their vehicle and license plates to county staff. In response, the Public Works Agency files a police report which is then investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. In most cases a citation is issued, and the responsible party is required to appear in court