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B3B3 Posts: 25,281
Apparently, old frying pans can't go in the black bins, you have to take them to the depot.
I've found a great use for mine. They make excellent saucers for large containers. I was going to remove the handle but I think it will be really handy for moving the containers about. I've turned mine to the back so it's out of sight.
Now to think of something to do with a couple of woks🤔
Anyone else found a use for old household things?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,869
    I have a plastic flowerpot saucer with stones and water for insects and birds.  Gets filled up twice a day - no time for mosquitoes to lay their eggs there.  An old frying pan would be ideal!

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,208
    We use an old clothes dryer for the cucumbers to climb up.
    A very old plastic dustbin is used for those really nasty weeds to break down in.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,281
    I was imagining an old tumble dryer but then I realised you must be talking about a clothes horse😅
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,281
    edited May 2022
    I use broken broomhandles or mop handles to stake roses, artichokes or whatever. The trouble is, some of them are red.
    Don't buy mops anymore - even if it's the latest amazing innovation. They never work.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    My old bbq tools and plastering trowel are used to deal with weeds. I have an old baking tray used as a plant pot saucer. I know someone who made a washing machine drum into a log burner.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,909
    I have a rusty old clothes horse with the white plastic stripped off that's been acting as a plant support for my tall phlox for probably 15 years, virtually invisible by flowering time. Several old curtain poles as giant plant stakes, an old mop bucket that I tip compost out into for potting up, an old tall kitchen bin in the shed holding canes and metal plant supports when they're not in use, a surplus-kitchen compost caddy holding plant clips and ties, and miscellaneous buckets and washing-up bowls holding all kinds of other odds and ends. Sounds like Steptoe's yard but it isn't really all that bad.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,281
    My favourite weeding and edging tool is a wallpaper scraper.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,162
    @B3 - mops don't work on their own.  You have to "drive" them.

    I have old kitchen cupboards in my garden shed for storing all sorts of goodies in drawers and on shelves.   I have two old enamelled colanders and a steamer that I use as bulb planters and an old stainless steel salad dish I use for the birds' drinking water.  I use an old, tall kitchen bin to make comfrey or nettle tea depending on the time of year.

    We are, once again, collecting straight sided wine bottles to build a wall seat somewhere tho I haven't decided where yet.   Maybe on one side of a new seating/dining area/dance floor with pergolas I mentioned to OH the other day without him fainting.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,293
    I use old fashioned mop heads, the ones got up to look like Hungarian puli, as plant ties.
    Rutland, England
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