How do you move weeds, pruned branches, rocks, and the like from your garden? No need to spend on a pricey pushcart or wheelbarrow that’s also heavy and unwieldy, especially on hills. Instead, repurpose your kids’ flying saucer sled. Attach a rope to one handle and you’ll have a sturdy sledge that pulls easily across grass and paths. If you have kids, come winter, this is one garden tool that will still find plenty of use. Check out more extraordinary uses for objects you have lying around at home.
If you have an old golf bag on wheels, use it to store and caddy long workshop or garden tools, which fit neatly in the main compartment, and hand tools, which can be clipped to the outside. The pockets hold screws and bolts, or seeds, shears, and other smaller items. And if you discover any tees inside one of those pockets, they can be put to use too. Wooden or plastic tees make great color-coded markers for newly seeded gardens.
Rescue these from the recycling; there’s plenty more you could be doing with them. Make a bag dispenser by trimming off the bottom and top end of a 2-liter bottle, then mounting it with screws upside down (put washers under the screw heads to keep them from pulling through the plastic). Fill with recycled bags (squeeze the air out of them first). Dispense twine the same way, using a 1-liter bottle and letting the cord come out the bottom.
Containers cut in half keep craft or workshop materials organized, or make a handy, durable funnel for pouring paints. You can also feed the birds by carving a large hole in a clean jug, then filling with birdseed. Or you can create a watering can by drilling about a dozen tiny holes just below the spout of a jug. Check out some more clever uses for empty plastic bottles.