I wanted a cedar raised garden bed in a problem area of my backyard but all the ones I could buy were upwards of $100! Since that wasn't in my budget I scoured the internet for other
options..With a genius idea from Ana White I was able to build my own for under $15! It was a thirty minute project, no crazy construction skills required, just a drill and a circular saw! (If only the gardening itself was as easy!)
Commented on May 13, 2013
Concrete cinder blocks also make a good raised bed... with the added advantage of those little
'pockets' for planting small herbs, ground covers, moss, hen'n'chicks, etc. I've painted the cinder blocks for a more uniform look... and to add a bit of color.
This is my second fountain in my shade garden. It is made from an old millstone that has a tub underneath. The gazing ball in the background sits on an old tree stump that was retrieved from a river and left to dry a year before we drilled up the center of it for electrical so we could make the gazing ball glow at night.
Commented on Jun 15, 2012
Beautiful garden!!! I once resisted "borrowing" an old millstone at the house next door to
me. It was for sale the day I moved in and the yard had been left to go wild. I could see a medium size mill stone thrown with the debris in the back yard, but I successfully resisted removing it for three months (when the house sold...lmao!). It wasn't very large...lol.
My neighbor and I call this our "Toy Garden". We spend day after day walking the beach for sea glass and unique shells. After noticing all the beach toys, flip flops, plastic and trash
left littering our beaches, we started bringing extra bags with us and picked up as much as we could find and carry in one trip. Not knowing what to do with all the colorful toys and flip flops, we decided to build a Toy Wall and one thing led to another! We love our place so much and so does everyone who comes over to visit. It's such a happy, colorful place now that we have painted all the chairs!
Commented on Jun 09, 2012
I've started my little stash!!! Trying to stick to discarded toys... beach is a bit too far
to regularly find stuff... have thus far resisted the urge to buy brand new... but... I dunno... there are some sweet little brightly colored plastic chairs... doll size... I may have to buy a few. (I'm telling myself they'd make great small shelves to hold a flower pot on the fence. My 'self', however, keeps saying, "This is SUPPOSED to be recycling... not buying more junk!" (garage sales don't count...)
Susan S: You probably already know this, but... I think Debi is talking about some variety of
English Ivy... I just wanted to be sure you didn't think you could use regular houseplant ivy... sun, heat, and cold would likely kill it. Also... devil's ivy, although not great for a ground cover, is prolific, spreads well, comes in many varieties... beautiful mottled leaf on some... I have it growing in the space between the concrete patio floor and my house... abt a one INCH strip of soil! It is gorgeous most of the year (Houston, Texas... so quite warm most of the year).
I love yard art... so... closing with a neat hubcap teepee... not mine... just a neat bit of folk art... wouldn't this be fun as a family project!
I have a friend who just bought an older house in Northern/Central Indiana, and these are coming up all over the garden beds through the weed-protecting fabric. She's not sure if it is a weed or an intentional plant.