April 22 was “officially” Earth Day, but here at Cluck, Cluck, Doo! we see Earth Day in every day. We’ve given you examples in past articles for recycling, reusing and repurposing. Like many of our readers, this spring and summer our family will be cleaning our garage, shed and attic. Before discarding items, we will be determining what else they might be good for. We have an old dresser that we may repurpose as a kitchen island. A number of various sized containers will be used in our chicken yard and coops – for food and grit storage and for storing other necessities for our flock. We’ve already enlisted the services of an old galvanized bucket as a planter – and reused plastic water bottles to take up space in the bottom to minimize the amount of potting soil needed for planting spring flowers. It looks great on our front walk! This prompted us to look for other unusual items to use for planters. My eyes are on an old warming tray – the type used on buffet tables, for a bed of herbs that we can use in our summer recipes.
And, then, there are the yard sale and flea market circuits. We love scouring and negotiating for items of interest. We believe in the old adage, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure”. This year, we are in the market for something to use as a gate to the chicken yard – maybe a discarded brass bed headboard or simply an old cast iron gate. Old snow skis are also on our scavenger hunt list. If we find several of matching length, we might build a coat rack for the foyer.
If you are ever in the neighborhood, come on by – up the walk and past the bucket planter, through the “gate” and in the front door; hang your hat and jacket on the ski. . .ah, coat rack and down the hall to the kitchen. Sit around the island and enjoy a beverage garnished with fresh mint and a helping of bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes, basil, parsley, and oregano from our herb garden. We’d love to chat with you about our yard sale discoveries or our latest repurposing projects.
Johnny Appleseed Inspired is written by our contributing editor, Terri Grover-Miller