Not quite literally, but as far back as I can remember, he’s always eyed other people’s end-of-driveway trash and scouted for reusable items. Call it resourceful, frugal or ‘green’, he’s made some surprisingly good finds in his time. On a recent morning I swerved and stopped the car in front of two garbage cans, hopped out, and opened my hatchback.
A distressed, paint-splotched wooden step ladder was tiredly leaning up against one of the bins, awaiting crunch time in the garbage truck.
Thinking of the obvious potential of this find, I quickly loaded the ladder into the car, and sped away. There was this bookshelf, which isn’t one bit safe for my house with small children, and this garden planter, minus the moldy boots.
When I got home, I ‘planted’ the ladder in one of my raised beds, and decided to use it as a climbing trellis of sorts for cucumbers. For now, the old wooden ladder holds my potted herbs, safe out of the baby’s reach, and angled for maximum sunlight. You don’t have to purchase pots or planters for your kitchen herbs this spring, not as long as you have a few empty cans around to recycle.