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DIY Vertical Garden

What a great way to add a little green to your outdoor space. No matter how small your outdoor space, this vertical garden is a simple way to add some colour, or maybe even some strawberries to your patio. This DIY project is super simple and inexpensive. In fact, some twine, a few nails and your leftover 2L plastic pop bottles are all you need! Of course, it’ll be a lot nicer if you add some dirt, seed or seedlings and water.

I think this would be a great way to start a beginner herb garden – keep each one in their own bottle, label them with a permanent marker and you have fresh herbs all summer long. Enjoy.


  • 2L bottles
  • Strings or Wire
  • For those using wire, you need 2 washers per bottle
  • Scissors
  • Dirt
  • Seeds or small plants

For a step by step tutorial check out this link:

Bottle Garden


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Good-bye Summer . . . Now What?

Summer is on its way out, and with it the dreaded garage sale! Good news is you cleared out some clutter and made a little cash. The bad news is, you still have some junk sitting around taking up prime garage space or maybe tucked out of site in the backyard. It’s the dusty old kiddie pool or outgrown skis that you couldn’t sell and can’t throw into the trash. They haunt you as you try to skirt past them and squeeze into your car, they bring down your property value and mostly they are a reminder of how much time you spent trying to sell them!

There are a couple of options for people finding themselves sharing needed space with unwanted clutter:

  • Try to cram your outdated treasures into the back of, or strap to the roof of your compact car, drive to the city waste facility, wait in line, pay through the nose and drive home cursing the day you ever decided to try skiing/bought that kiddie pool etc.
  • Try to sell items online. A pretty simple solution once you get past the account creation, verification, emailing total strangers, giving out your home address, dealing with “no shows” and worrying about correct change.
  • Call Fresh Start. We show up on time, recycle, donate or trash as needed.

Let Fresh Start help you get a head start on preparing for fall.

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Campers, Avid BBQers, Outdoorsmen, Blowtorch-wielders, lend me your ears!

For all of those who have these 1lb propane tanks rolling around the garage from last years camping or some summertime weed-torching, this Fresh Tip is for you!

For this tip you will need:

A propane adapter: available from various retailers

A 20lb propane tank w/ propane

Any number of 1lb empty propane tanks

Simply fit the adapter onto the 20lb tank, turn the tank upside down and attach the 1lb tank to the open end of the adapter. (see images below)

Not only are you reducing, reusing and recycling, but you are also saving money! 1lb tanks at Canadian Tire are $5.29 tax not included. 20lb tank refills are $20 – $25. Essentially you can refill your 1 lb tank over and over – 20 times for half the cost of buying them prefilled!

The three Rs covered and cash in your pocket, another Fresh Tip brought to you by Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal Ltd! Have a blast.

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5 Fresh Tips on De-cluttering

The change of seasons often brings the chance to de-clutter as you pack up the past season’s accoutrement and start unpacking the new (all those pool toys, sand buckets, table umbrella’s etc.).

Here are our 5 Fresh Tips on De-cluttering!

  1. Take it one space at a time! Like any job if you’re scope is too big you may become overwhelmed by not knowing where to start and either make a bigger mess (we all have those half started projects) or not start at all.
  2. Get three boxes (or spots on your garage floor) and label them “Dispose” “Keep” “Donate” and any item that is not immediately in use put into one of those categories. Remember items being donated should be in good repair or they will just end up being disposed of but at the expense of your favourite charity you’re trying to help.
  3. Organize! As you’re de-cluttering take note of what you use most and how you might optimally organize all those “keep” items and even organize the in-use items to prevent a future clutter problem. This is a great article that talks about systems for keeping you organized
  4. Set a time limit for working. An hour and a half or two hours and then take a break…coffee get fresh air etc. This will help you not get too overwhelmed.
  5. Set a deadline. Pre-book Big Brothers or your other favourite charity to pick up your “donate” items and FreshStart to pick up your “recycle” and “dispose” items and then work to those deadlines.

If you know you need to de-clutter but don’t have the will or time, our colleague from A Helping Hand Organizing Service is offering a 10% discount if you mention this article when you call to book.

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