Weekly Photo Challenge: REPURPOSE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is REPURPOSE.

I do a lot of repurposing of things to use in my garden. Take something created for a specific purpose and, instead of throwing it into the refuse bin when its original usefulness is over, find a new purpose for it.

My Arranger was about to discard her bowling ball (with which she has won several trophies), but I salvaged it and repurposed it as a garden ornament. You can pay $50-$100 for the popular ceramic globes at a garden center; this one is certainly as beautiful, will probably last for centuries, and it is free!bowling-ball

What does one do with played out tennis balls? Give some to a kid to throw around, or put them in the bin at the tennis center. I found a better use. Fill the bottom of a flower pot with a number of tennis balls before putting in the soil. You save on soil and the pot is easier to lift, and the drainage is better.



About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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23 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: REPURPOSE

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  3. Love your ideas on the tennis balls. My dogs can only chase so many!


  4. Lemonpath says:

    I love the bowling ball, what a great idea!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Old bowling balls are easy to give away…it’s the finger holes. I wouldn’t have used a solid black one in the garden, but I guess one could if you like that non-color.


  5. Susi Lovell says:

    Great idea for the tennis balls. Will borrow it – thanks!


  6. Inger says:

    Creative way to repurpose! 🙂


  7. Elizabeth Olney says:

    What a clever, clever man!


  8. Tina Schell says:

    Both very clever John – I especially liked your idea for the tennis balls. Planning to steal that one for sure!


  9. Christina says:

    Great ideas John; the bowling ball is very stylish and holds good memories, much better than a garden centre purchase!


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