According to the website, this is "San Francisco's only source for reusable, recycled and remanufactured building and landscape materials. We are a mix of old-fashioned junkyard, building materials store, remanfacturing facility and education center."
I came looking for some anti-gopher gardening ideas. I don't have gophers in my backyard garden (knock on wood), but they're pretty bad at my community garden plot.
Let's take a look around.
Old door gates make obvious candidates for trellises. You'd want to get a really nice one tho'. I think the one in front could qualify for some gardens.
And all this glass makes me want to build a greenhouse.
San Francisco still has lots of old buildings with old windows and old window frames. No surprise they would turn up here.
Do you know what these are?
These are the counterweights in old windows. They hold the window open when you lift it up.
Every old San Francisco residence has a mantle piece like this...
And this kind of plaster ceiling moulding for a light fixture.
Terra cotta sewer pipes. I've seen these used in a garden before--upright, in a line, at the back of a border and filled with succulents. I wonder if really long ones could be used to make interesting columns and focal points.
California used to have many terracotta manufacturers (now I understand there is just one) and some of downtown San Francisco's most beautiful old buildings have terracotta fronts or trimming that survived the 1906 earthquake.
All the sinks and bathtubs your garden could ever want...
They certainly do have lots of boards, and I like this washed-out white. That would give any wooden container a classic look.
What could you do with marble countertop in a garden?
Or the letter S?
I recently started watching Project Runway--love it--and I'm thinking about the first challenge in the first season, where they take everyone to a grocery store, give them a small amount of money, and tell them to make an evening gown out of whatever they can find. Austen Scarlett chose corn husks. Even if I had a fabulous idea, I am not terribly handy. I'm more of a ready-wear kind of guy.
Put some hardware cloth under these and you have cool planters for herbs and trailers.
Something like this wouldn't fly in my home garden, but in a funky San Francisco community garden...could be perfect.
I was specifically looking for remnant lumber of some kind that I could build boxes or crates with, and sink in the ground to grow potatoes in.
What about a kitchen cabinet? Just take the doors off and voila.
Glass. To tumble and make mosaics with.
Or perhaps mulch.
Little points of interest.
The ultimate in kitschy garden ready-wear.
Stick some poppies or zinnias in here and voila.