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Creative succulent ideas from upcycled treasures

Succulents are unique and eye-catching plants that deserve a vessel that matches their interesting charm. Transform second hand and pre-loved finds like thermoses, tea cups, and broken typewriters into upcycled garden ideas to house succulents.

Vintage radio planter 

Once a countertop essential, a turn-dial radio makes the perfect home for a succulent garden. How to: Using a tiny screwdriver, remove the radio’s back panel. With the help of wire cutters, pull out as much of the inner workings of the radio as possible. To make room for a planting vessel—a loaf pan works well—cut a rectangle opening out of the plastic top of the radio using a stencil cutter. Slip the container inside, replace the back panel, and plant. Image credit: Jason Donnelly

Tea Cup Succulent garden

For a one-of-a-kind gift that’s as pretty as a bouquet (but less expected), pot up succulents in a sweet little vessel. Use a white cup for a modern look or an ornate one for a vintage feel. Use 2-inch succulents (or newly propagated plants) for this project such as Hylotelephium pluricaule, echeveria, Jovibarba, or string-of-pearls (Senecio rowleyanus). The plants are shallow-rooted so they will live happily in a teacup. Image credit: Ed Gholic

Meat grinder planter

This proves that even the most unexpected items can become succulent gardens! Echeveria subsessilis, its dusty blue leaves rimmed with pink, sprouts whimsically from a vintage hand-crank meat grinder clamped to a table. Image credit: Ryann Ford

Metal cart Succulent garden

Filled to the brim with bristly and sculptural plants, a rusty metal cart contains a variety of succulents. Old carts and wheelbarrows can be unique upcycled planters for outdoor succulent displays, creating levels of interest in your garden. Image credit: Ryann Ford

Metal desk Caddy planter

The cubbies and drawers of old metal filing bins hold succulents instead of office supplies. Moss and wood add texture to the Zen-style arrangement in this upcycled planter. Image credit: Ryann Ford

Typewriter garden

Celebrate a portable typewriter’s years of service by bringing it to life with succulents. How to: Using pliers, wire cutters, and a small screwdriver, remove all the typewriter’s interior mechanisms for this upcycling idea. After the cavity is clean, nestle a small planting container—such as a disposable food storage bin—inside the typewriter. Fill the bin with cactus potting mix, and plant with a variety of succulents boasting unique textures, shapes, and colors. Image credit: Jason Donnelly

Thermos succulent garden

Cylindrical and sleek, retro thermoses with metallic sheens offer a fun contrast to the various fleshy, spiky, and curvy leaves of succulents. Fill each thermos and its lid with cactus potting mix. Add plants, firming the potting mix around the root zones. Water plants when the soil is dry to the touch. Image credit: Jason Donnelly

Upcycled Sign Letter Planter

Turn a salvaged metal sign letter into a gorgeous, green monogram for your front porch by filling with succulents and mosses. You can pick up letters of all shapes, sizes and colours at thrift shops. To take this project to the next level, spell out a full word for a stunning piece of living art.

Vintage Plastic Toy Garden Accents

A tiny menagerie of plastic animals traipses through a trio of potted succulent cuttings. Colourful gravel adds a fun accent. Image credit: Ryann Ford

Original article; https://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/unique-planters-succulents/


The Oasis with a heart of love

Used goods across the world are seen as trendy and now. The Oasis Association for Intellectual Disability has a little “village” of four shops at the corner of Lee and Imam Haron Road, Claremont. The planet benefits, as do shoppers and the Oasis Association, when people with a conscience visit our shops. The social enterprises, as well as bakery and recycling projects, provide Oasis with the means to provide developmental opportunities to more than 600 adults and children with moderate to profound disability. Opportunities include specialised daycare for children, housing through group home living, employment and occupation for adults. Eight services are stretched across the city from Claremont to Delft.

Public participation

The general public have always played a pivotal role in the work of Oasis with gifts of time, expertise, donated stock for shops and recycling materials.

“We are deeply grateful to all who play such a generous role in changing lives. The support is really humbling. Just one book donated can feed a child for a week,” says Gail Bester, Executive Director of the Oasis Association.


Oasis shops in Claremont

The Oasis shops stock furniture, clothing, household goods, books, games and toys, art, CDs/DVDs, electronic/electrical goods and so much more. All of these items are dropped off as donations. Among all sorts of basic household items, lovely décor items, treasures, costume jewellery, vintage clothing and original artworks can be found.


Recycling with Oasis

The recycling drop-off point accepts all paper, cardboard, glass jars, bottles, and aluminium beverage cans. The association appeals to recyclers to keep materials clean and separated, if possible. Oasis does not accept any plastic of any type, and also sells cardboard boxes, glass jars, shredded egg boxes for animal bedding, composting and packaging and various re-usable items.


Confidential document shredding

Oasis’s reputation has grown and they are fast becoming the go-to service for reliable document shredding. There is no fee, but a donation is requested which qualifies for an 18A tax exemption receipt.


Moving house

Inevitably, when packing up and relocating, boxes of unwanted goodies and pieces of furniture become a nuisance factor. “We will be happy to arrange collection, at no fee, for good quality donated, furniture and goods,” says Beraldine Jagers, recycling manager.

For more information on recycling, shredding or collections, email Beraldine at recycling@oasis.org.za