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18 May 2014

Container Gardening - or I have the small yard blues

When we sold our home, we got almost everything we wanted in our new home, except the yard of my dreams. Our old home had almost an acre of land and raised beds, tiered levels where I could plant almost everything I loved.

We moved in November, so the small yard was really not an issue until this spring, when I realized that no longer was I going to be spending weeks in the gardens, cutting down perennials, weeding and planning my summer garden. So after a day of despair (gardening is therapy to me), I got busy planning what I could do with the space I had, in the most efficient and captivating way.

We purchased a grow light system and used it in our basement to grow vegetables from seed. My husband set a timer for it to come on and off for several hours a day. I examined the containers that I had for planting some of my favorite plants. One (or two) had to hold a honeysuckle.

My antique wash tub has always been a favorite of mine, I easily filled it with a large hanging basket of bright colors and added an old wash board for a special touch. I began to dig holes through the rocks in the yard to plant a peony and some pansies.

An old bird bath was utilized by drilling holes in the bottom and adding a few flowers and succulents – along with a sweet bluebird and some sea shells.

Years ago I purchased a metal window box style planter at a garage sale. I lined it with coco fiber and dirt and filled it with annuals and a pineapple mint, that I love for the fragrance.

My old rusty leaky watering can I filled with million bells and hung at an angle.

For some early vegetables, I took some planters that were at the house when we purchased and planted lettuce and snow peas. After a slow start (late snows etc.) they took off and are on target for their crop in a couple weeks.

So I realized after it doesn't matter what size your yard, you can plant, you can grow, and no weed is safe from a gardener with a small yard.

Written by Tanjla of the Etsy shop rhinestonesrock

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Anonymous said...

Your garden is beautiful, love your use of vintage containers.

Anonymous said...

Looking good!
Sherry Anonymous

Jenni I.W. said...

Beautiful - great use of space and love all of those containers!

Blue Moon Attic said...

Creative and doesn't surprise me at all that your space is so welcoming.

Anonymous said...

Great article and your garden looks beautiful! Nicely done.
Michele from TimelessTreasuresbyM

NeverTooOld said...

Lovely! Makes me want to run out and find some of those beautiful vintage planters T! Wonderful pics and nice read.

Leigh Blake said...

You've done a great job T with coordinating everything......looks very inviting, and I have a couple of containers like your's.....argued with myself as to list them or not. I always say...."maybe after this season"...:) but then I don't.

Anne Arnold Pierce said...

wonderful use of your small space and incorporating all your vintage containers is brilliant. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

There are so many wonderful and clever ideas in Tanjla's blog post. What a beautiful yard which I hope you enjoy all summer long. It's obvious all the love and effort you have put into making it such a warm and welcoming place.


Anonymous said...

Another great article... love all the cute vintage garden containers. pinned to my Gardening Board on Pinterest if anyone wants to repin it


Anonymous said...

Great ideas! I love gardening!


KarensChicNShabby said...

Love your garden, so many great ideas!

Angela Spiess said...

Gorgeous! You are so talented, T! Thank you for sharing your photos.