Don’t Throw It Out!

Don't Throw It Out!

This is not a post about recycling—at least not the type that involves saving up plastic bottles for the local recycling center. This type of recycling is quite a bit more interesting because it seriously challenges your creativity.

If you’re keeping a close eye on your spending, there is one key question that will arise over and over and over again: How do you obtain the equipment you need without blowing the budget?

One answer is to save everything. Well, maybe not literally everything. But you can certainly collect scrap metal, extra lumber, broken-down farm equipment, and a host of other materials normally designated as trash.

Once you have a stash of spare parts, the fun begins. The uses “junk” can be put to are amazing:

  • Deflated inner tubes can be trimmed into rubber patches.
  • Craft sticks and worn-out spatulas can be converted into plant markers.
  • Threadbare blue jeans can be cut into rags for use when working on trucks and tractors.
  • Scrap wire of various types can be used to repair fences.
  • A broken plastic fence post can be made into an insulated gate handle with the help of a little caulk.
  • Wire nuts can keep the rooster from accidentally cutting his hens with his spurs.
  • Leftover chicken wire can be shaped into protective cages for garden plants.
  • Dead plants can become the start of a compost pile.

This is just the beginning. The list could go on and on.

So stretch your creativity and your dollar. Start looking at the many resources you haven’t tapped into yet. Before you throw anything away, challenge yourself. What use could you put that piece of junk to? You may surprise yourself with the answer.

Helpful Resource

Bicycle Garden Plow
How to convert an old bicycle into a useful plow or cultivator.

By hsotr

Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.