Natural and re-purposed decor’

One very easy way to bring in outdoors inside is to use naturally harvested materials like these inside your home or close to your living space in your garden areas. Anyone living in North Idaho is blessed with abundance and the wooded areas around us are full of beautiful brush that can be harvested and made into almost anything! We recently collected twigs and branches of all sorts and wired them into frames and made panels to hang in the cieling of the gift shoppe at Westwood Gardens. We are renovating that area with all natural and re-purposed items.  The panels were hung yesterday and they look fabulous and add an organic element to the space.

Our intention is to create an Urban/Natural look in our gift shoppe. The panels have definately done their part! As for the “urban”, we visited the Habitat for Humanity Surplus Store and found some galvanized metal pieces that were 12 feet long and are attaching them to the cieling as well to contrast with the branches. We already had a strand of outdoor lights that had circular galvanized metal tops above the bulbs. The look we wanted is really coming together and for very little money! It has been fun re-purposing and creating. It has reminded me of the abundance of resources all around us! I will certainly post photos when we are finished!

Start you own Worm Factory!

New Worm Factory 360 COMING SOON to Westwood Gardens! We just ordered these great composters and should have one on display for you to see in about a week. The unit comes with a “How to” DVD that makes it so easy that anyone can compost with worms! Think about how many kitchen scaps are thrown away daily! This can all be composted and turned into beautiful worm casting compost and compost tea to put onto your plants! They will love it!

New Item – EZ Composter


The art of composting has been around for some time.  Most people either have a compost pile or know some one who does.  But it’s not just for the savvy, green-thumbed, garden grower anymore.  As land-fills fill up, it’s becoming more and more apparent that we can’t afford to just throw away our organic scraps.  Over 20 million tons of organic trash is thrown out each year in the US alone.

The best way to cut down this number is by recycling this waste into compost for plants and vegetables.  Compost recycling does more than save the scraps from the landfills.  You save money on recycling bags, curb side services, and fertilizer/potting soil.  So the savings are lucritive for both your wallet and the planet.

Composting typically takes a long time as it needs to be aerated often, but new developments in composting technology have cut composting time down significantly.

Good Ideas has developed a line of composters that optimize composting by maximizing aeration while cutting down on compost maintenance and time spent composting.

Recycling as Art in the Garden

Bottle Fence in New Mexico. Photo By: Norbert Lazar, The Phantom Gardener, NY

I wonder what other great recycling ideas are out there using items that would normally end up in a landfill. Please post any photos you want to share. This idea really was exciting to me because our local Transfer Station Does Not Recycle Glass! I tried to turn in some bottles, and they said to put it with the regular trash going to the landfill! Ever since then I have been trying to think of something to do with all of those bottles…Here is my answer. Garden Art!