By Paula Trahan, Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association
There are many ways to add “junk” in your garden, hence, this being part one!
As an avid collector and recycler I have found an outlet for my collections. Most items in the garden were free, dumpster dives and hand me downs. Living in a 1911 Cat Spring farmhouse, new statuary and formal gates do not suit its history. The double washer had been left here by the previous family. A rusty birdcage is waiting to find its perfect location.
The signs throughout (Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden and The Potting Shed) were purchased at a garden center’s closing sale for less than $30.00 total.
There is purple potting bench made from an old horse farm fence with a small picket panel for the backing. Plants get plenty of attention at this sunny spot. The awning was from a 1949 home in Seguin, painted purple to match the bench. This gate is one of three purchased at separate times from $10-50.00.
Another corner of the picket fenced back yard holds a washtub and watering can with an unusual turned spigot. The post above has a curliecue portion of an iron bed which has been repurposed to hold hummingbird feeders.
Friendly little ceramic mice share the roses with a cypress stump which was used as the foundation for this home.
A lovely wrought iron hanging basket holds a galvanized pan perfect for a respite for birds on our sunny days. The bird’s hiding places are many within the climbing butterfly vine and confederate rose.
Terracotta cherubim toss kisses to one another beneath an unknown variety of rose collected at Shiloh Battlefield Church. A small metal tiered shelf is a nice place to add small plants or these stained glass containers with a path light on top. To the right of the “Kitchen Garden” sign is the entrance to the vegetable garden with raised beds. The beds are constructed of 2×12” boards removed from the farmhouse exterior and they will be in place for many years.
Another vintage gate, this one with an arbor above made from wood from the farmhouse. Ceramic butterflies flit over the surface and the two iron candle lights have photocell lights within.
Lighting your garden for safety is very important. At the base of the steps is a pair of inexpensive path lights with stained glass covers among the irises and morning glories.
As most of us seasoned gardeners know it can be costly to enrich your outdoor spaces. Using found items not only is great for the environment but adds so much personality. Thank you for touring “junk in the garden”.