Monday, September 2, 2013

recycled garden - turn trash into pleasure

Today a neighbor gifted us an old cast iron sewing machine base.  It is exactly the right sized base for a piece of granite we had been saving.  The granite was cut out of a counter top to fit a sink.  For the 100th time, my dear husband stated, "this is why I never throw anything away".  You should see our garage...stuffed with stuff just waiting to be used again.

Here is the sewing machine base...

and here's the granite...

and here's the finished plant table with my variegated oregano and a couple of orchids.

Cast offs that would otherwise end up in a landfill can enhance and add a bit of whimsy in a garden.  Bowling balls decorate a new planting bed.

A rickety seatless rocker, painted white, frames a plumbago.

More great ideas for junking up (I mean enhancing!) your garden can be found in Garden Junk by Mary Randolph Carter.  Your local library will loan you this book and many more absolutely free!  How awesome is that?

Next up...what to do when the pond is so green that you can't see a 2 foot long great white koi named Moby.


A Lacy said...

As always, I love your garden! Glad to see the Dragon Orchid Garden is still growing strong. =)

Eric Tischler said...

I love the chair. If not white, it could be painted a tone to complement a flowering plant and keep color there all year. Also, instead of "sitting in the garden" it could be called "garden in the sitting".

Mara said...

Love this sort of thing :)

Jimi K said...

I love Eric's "sitting in the garden" comment.
We have a Singer base on our front porch. You'd think that there would be a piece of granite on it since our son, Ben runs Top That!, a granite fabrication business. But,no. Ours has a piece of clear glass that my hoarder just happened to have.