This Week's Podcast: A Rebroadcast of Home Grown Ingenuity
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Lorene Edwards Forkner is a woman after my own heart. She knows that there are no limits to self-expression in the garden. Like me, she never fails to see the opportunities in a potentially useful discarded item (read trash). Lorene has written a book that suggests dozens of ways to turn trash into treasure with step by-step DYI guidance. One person’s found steel rock sifter is another’s instant trellis, (left, photo Allan Mandell). Do not imagine that these treasures are funky or that you might have seen them all before. There are no bottle trees, but there are examples like canning jar lanterns, “gabion” coffee table – fencing filled with river rocks (right) -- gutter gardens and cowgirl paving – cast concrete blocks studded with horseshoes and cast iron stovetop grates. She even fashions decorative “wall flowers” out of old vinyl records.
Each project includes a list of materials and step-by-step recipes. Some of the designs include objects that might be hard to find, but Lorene suggests resources like scrap metal yards.
Hunt through your garage, potting shed and recycle bin – grab your gloves, listed tools and sense of humor and start adding works of art to your backyard paradise. (Author photo, Mary Grace Long) Learn more about the book.