Rustic Gardens

Rustic Container Gardening

Vintage Funnel PlanterThere are many reasons to create a container garden.  Container gardening is a good way to dabble in gardening without throwing all your time into it.  Some common reasons why people choose to start a container garden are:

  •  Outdoor space limitations.
  • Physical limitations – can’t bend down or are wheelchair bound.
  • Your patio or deck needs that extra something.
  • You want fresh herbs in your kitchen for cooking.
  • The soil in your yard is less than desirable.
  • And the best reason … you have a pile of “treasures” you have collected at garages sales.
I made this hanging planter above from a vintage funnel I picked up at a Flea Market.

Chicken Feeder PlanterAlmost anything that can hold soil can be used for container gardening.  Just make sure you put drainage holes in the bottom to prevent soggy roots and rotting plants.  The planter above is made from an old Chicken Feeder.  It is sitting on an old sawhorse to give it more visibility in my garden. Continue reading

Rustic Garden Accents

I love going on garden tours where diligent gardeners keep their backyards orderly and neatly trimmed.  My gardens, however, tend to be more casual.  And, I must admit, a lot less order – and a few more weeds.  We all have our styles and reasons for gardening.

Wilkommen rustic garden sign imagephoto source: irenes-garten

Whatever flavor your backyard landscape resembles, every garden can use some embellishment.  Garden Art and Rustic Garden Accents give your backyard character, and make it feel welcoming when you sit back after a day of work.

I found this photo of a rustic garden accent fence on my favorite junking site – Junk Market Style.

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Tips For Designing a Rustic Garden

Rustic Flower Pots

Photo by: SuperFantastic on Flickr

So you have some old garden urns and vases hanging around and you can’t decide what to do with them. Break them up? Toss those terra cotta containers out with the weekend trash?

Or should you create a whole new garden?

Let’s face it, when it comes to deciding how to create a garden that’s a genuine visual pleasure, it can be hard to know where to start. Should you begin with the flowers themselves? Figure out some eye-catching shrubs? Add a few fruit trees? What?

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Planning Your Perfect Garden

Backyard Garden ImageIf you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you will have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are similar, then it shouldn’t be very hard to care for them all. So here are some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.

If you’re just looking for something to look nice in your yard, you’ll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flower. Perennial flowers are flowers which stay healthy year-round. They’re basically weeds because of their hardiness, only nice looking. Different areas and climates have different flowers which are considered perennials. If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life. These usually only require work in the planting stage – after that, the flower take care of themselves. The only downside to this is that you don’t have any product to show for it.

Another choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden. These usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but can be much more rewarding. No matter what time of the year it is, you can usually find one vegetable that is still prospering. That way you can have your garden be giving you produce almost every day of the year! When starting a vegetable garden, you should build it with the thought in mind that you will be adding more types of veggies in later. This will help your expandability. Once all your current crops are out of season, you won’t be stuck with almost nowhere to put the new crops. A vegetable garden is ideal for someone who wants some produce, but doesn’t want to devote every waking hour to perfecting their garden (see below.)

One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden. It’s definitely the most high-maintenance. When growing fruits, many more pests will be attracted due to the sweetness. You not only have to deal with having just the right dirt and fertilizer, you have to deal with choosing a pesticide that won’t kill whoever eats the fruits. Your fruit garden will probably not produce year-round. The soil needs to be just right for the plants to grow, and putting in another crop during its off-season could be disastrous to its growth process. If you’re willing to put lots of work into maintaining a garden, then a fruit garden could be a good choice for you.

So now that I’ve outlined some of the main garden types that people choose, I hope you can make a good decision. Basically, the garden type comes down to what kind of product you want, and how much work you want to put into it. If you’re looking for no product with no work, go with a flower garden. If you want lots of delicious product, but you are willing to spend hours in your garden each day, then go for a fruit garden. Just
make sure you don’t get into something you can’t handle!

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