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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 7:06 PM CST
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Boopaints has asked me to post a few photos of some of the things I’ve done with recycled glass mulch. This is a pathway behind my pond. Our yard slopes dramatically at that corner, so it has become the Secret Garden. This is the glass dry, and again wet.

Recycled glass can be had for free in Austin, Texas at the FM812 Resource Recovery Center....which used to be called the dump. If you shovel it yourself, it’s free. If they load it for you, it’s $9.64 a ton. Either way, that’s a bargain.

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/residential_fm812_center.htm

I’ve been using glass mulch since 2006, as near as I can remember. I used to take husband’s truck to the dump in Creedmor, TX and buy rose soil, pecan compost, whatever, and then I saw the sparkly stuff one day and decided I need some on my path. I think it was $20. for a cubic yard back then. You can still buy it at the dump, but it’s more expensive now.




Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 7:10 PM CST
When the glass is crushed and tumbled, it is mixed with sand. I wash the sand off of it before I use it on pots, but not on the path. This is what it looks like after being washed.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 7:15 PM CST
A 40" copper firepit we never use anymore. I covered the soil with glass mulch to set off the succulents. It's supposed to make you think of a pond.
You do see the pond,.... don't you????? 'And the water lilies???

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 7:21 PM CST
A clam shell with mulch on the soil.


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And a "fountain" with mulch as the water.


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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 7:39 PM CST

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Thanks so much, Sandi, for sharing your glass mulch. Hurray!

I'm living in an apartment home right now with a balcony. First time in 13 years since I wasn't the overseer of my gardens. I really miss having a spacious garden area and now this makes me miss it even more so.

I started a Dream Garden journal for when I buy my own home again. Glass mulch is going to be a priority even if I have to drive to Austin for it!

And yes, as a matter of fact, I do see that pond! Big Grin
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Glad you like it..and only people with extremely high intelligence can see the pond, you know... Come to Austin anytime!
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 8:11 PM CST

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Thanks for the invite. I need to find out if Phoenix has any of this...we should since we're so huge and we recycle. But you know what? I love this so much I'm buying a used glass tumbler and a truck of sane when I get my next home. hahaha.

Well, maybe not. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 8:37 PM CST
Yeassss...but it might be cheaper for you to rent a truck and come get it...would be a lot more fun!
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Jul 16, 2011 9:08 PM CST

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hmmmmmmmmmmmm you are so right!!!! And I can practice my y'all talkin' and get some fried Okra!
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vic
Jul 17, 2011 2:51 AM CST

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I really like the glass too. I need to see if it's available here too. When we go to the convenience center (dump) the recycle bins have us divide the glass. There are 3 bins. One each for clear, brown, green. I wonder why?
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goldfinch4
Jul 17, 2011 4:20 AM CST
I really like your projects Bubbles. That path especially is great. I'm sure they don't do anything like that around here at our recycling centers. Sad
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Onewish1
Jul 17, 2011 4:28 AM CST
looks great.. just love it!!!
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nap
Jul 17, 2011 8:01 AM CST
I see it!! I see the pond, and the water lilies, and the mermaid! What a beauty she is! Hilarious!

Seriously, that glass mulch REALLY looks fabulous in your garden! In fact, your garden would look fabulous without it too. Excellent idea, Sandi!!
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 8:28 AM CST
Even my Yankee husband says "Ya'll" after all these yrs. I wish our recycling ctr would separated the glass. I would love to have just the blue. Thanks for such nice comments too. And nap...there's no mermaid, I'm sorry, she only lives in the minds of those who want to see her.... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jul 17, 2011 9:14 AM CST
Crying Sad I've been noticing my eyes sometimes play tricks on me, Sandi. I thought sure......
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 9:15 AM CST
you are a HOOT!
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Jul 17, 2011 11:54 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Nancy, I agree , your are a hoot!

Sandi, I think I'd like shades of blue glass...that sounds soothing.
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denimangle
Jul 17, 2011 12:07 PM CST
WOW I Lovey dubby this I didn't know you could get it already tunbled ... wonder if there is somewhere closer Austin is 5 hours from me .
I have been wondering if our new creat mixer would do the job Rolling on the floor laughing I might need to wait till my counters are poured Whistling
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Boopaints
Jul 17, 2011 12:13 PM CST

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Susie (Aguane) posted this over at Southwest gardening after I shared the link here:

http://www.thegardenofglass.com/pages.asp?pageid=42665
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 2:21 PM CST
That's beautiful glass! See, it's right in your own backyard.... I didn't think the prices were too bad either. Didn't look at the shipping, tho.

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