Upcycling to the Garden: Clothespins

I can’t tell you how many ways I’ve used clothespins in the garden this year.

Oh, wait.

Maybe I can…

1. Wrote a plant name on the side using a Sharpie. Attached it to a stick and *voila* instant row marker on the cheap.
2. Grabbed a bird net from the garage—and using sticks and pins, created an easy pest barrier over the top of the raised bed. (If you try this at home, just don’t forget to allow the pollinators (bees!) access to your tomato flowers or they won’t yield fruit.)
3. GENTLY attached a Lemon Boy tomato transplant to a stick while I ran into the house to grab the twine that I forgot.

Clothespins, of course, come in wood or plastic. I’m partial to the wooden ones, because it reminds me of my mother hanging clothes out on the line when I was a kid.

I’m sure that there are other handy ways to use clothespins–and other stuff found in the ol’ junk drawer. And am pretty certain that RW&G readers have some great ideas on this topic!

Care to share your upcycling genius?

Leave a note here or, if you’re like most RW&G fans, chat up the topic on Facebook or Twitter. We might share a couple of the best ideas here, if you put up a photo on FB.

Happy Monday!

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  1. Pamela, love this post. Like you I prefer wooden pegs. Memories of Grandma hanging out the washing and my sisters and I pinching a few pegs to colour them in and make wooden peg dolls.

    We still have them at our farm and my daughter and I have used them to peg shiny bits of foil or little bells around the veggie patch to keep the birds at bay.


    • Thanks, Caro. I’ve used foil pie liners to ward off pests, and someone else recently suggested shiny Christmas orbs… hmmm, maybe that’s the subject of another upcycling post!?!

  2. I just discovered your blog and LOVE IT! Great post, clothes pins, nice!

    My boyfriend and I just started our balcony/container garden I think these may come in handy for us too 🙂

    Thanks for the great post!

  3. Thanks, Sarah. I’ve been changing things up this year with the blog and FB page, so it’s nice to get positive feedback.

    Be sure to come back on Friday, where we’re going to have our first-ever RW&G Friends Friday “roll call”—readers can introduce themselves and their blogs.

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