I don’t apologize for liking junk, and yes, I do brake for junk on the side of the road! What makes us like certain things? I liked junk before junking was cool. Magazines with well manicured lawns, and perfectly planned gardens are thrown to the side while I grab the latest Flea Market Garden to drool over the rust, repurposed, and relegated to the junk pile pictures. So here are a few things the “in the know” junker needs for their garden. These are only a few thing I’m sharing, because as all us “dumpster diving” gardeners know, there is always more junk just around the corner and we have just the right place for it.
Anything can be a garden container, so pick up things you like and figure out what to do with them later. This little military style container has been in my craft closet since last summer. I brought it out with this little lone rooster pepper shaker (I suppose a hen was the salt?) , and filled it with violas to create a fall vignette.
Concrete figures. Tuck these little concrete figures in the garden for a visual surprise. My little dwarf was snatched up at a local flee market for $5.oo. I almost felt guilty, I thought he was worth more than that!
Wagons! You can never have too many. These can be moved from sun to shade, filled with pots, or like this one succulents. Now you have a moving masterpiece.
Metal chairs. These are another great moveable piece that can brighten up a bare spot. This one of mine is under a river birch tree, and the salmon colored impatiens add a pop of color in an other wise boring spot.
Rusty trucks, rusty buckets, rusty anything. This little rusty truck sat in my office, holding pictures I had saved of garden ideas. I decided it was time to bring it outside. It sits on my porch filled with violas. While I like rust, the little bit of green patina adds a touch of color.
So, put on a comfortable pair of shoes, grab a bunch of one dollar bills, (cause we aren’t paying much for junk), and head out to your local flea market. Your garden will be glad you did.