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It does seem a bit strange to ‘decorate’ the garden when my purpose of the garden is to grow food for a healthier lifestyle. However, I figure if  I am spending endless hours weeding, watering, and harvesting, the garden better be beautiful.  Reclaiming items is one way I add much needed comfort and character to the space and still stay within budget. Here’s how I added some style:

A watering can in the flower trough (the trough was on a previous post): There is really nothing special about this. It does fill with rain and I just use that to water the flowers next to it. Function and beauty!


I found the next piece at a yard sale for a few bucks (I’ve had it for years).  It fits a citronella candle, which I use to help protect me from bugs while I’m working- especially at dusk. There is even a level and a rusty garden tool that I still sometimes use.


A thermometer:  I found this at an auction and it is great “art.” Yes, it doesn’t work, it’s rusted, and it really serves no purpose, but I love it anyway.


Old tools make great accents too! They are great for empty spaces and accessible at just about any auction for a reasonable price. Wouldn’t it make a neat trellis? Maybe next year I’ll have time for that.


Speaking of a trellis- I had to do something about my watermelon/cantaloupe bed.  You can see we (by we, I mean my husband’s handy work and my idea) cut up an old ladder, added wire, and now we have “controlled” chaotic vines. Since it is a bit vertical now, when the melons become large, I may have to add a support. I found a few things on Pinterest, like this website.  You do have to scroll down a bit to find the support using mesh bags.


I did actually buy ‘new’ things to add style to my garden. Although all the items are bought, I did buy them at garage sales, auctions, craft shows, or on clearance. The first pop of color is my orange bird bath among my Apple Mint Tea.


And my “Bloom” sign I got at the Colorfest craft show:


Finally, this garden stake I got at the Mud Sale I attended last Saturday for $5:


Slowly I have been collecting accents for my garden. It’s definitely a process to collect all of this stuff, but it makes me love being in the garden. 🙂 What garden accents have you created?


Gardening Summer Bucket List

Since it rained just about all day, I didn’t work outside today. Instead, I have created a “Gardening Summer Bucket List” in hopes that I actually accomplish more projects around the garden. Last year, I didn’t do as much as I wanted to do because I simply did not make a list. So, here goes…

  • Build blueberry boxes around my blueberry bushes so they have more soil
  • Make a ladybug house out of sticks and hope spiders don’t find it! Ladybugs are good for the garden- spiders, not so much.
  • Mulch around flower beds (hoping to cross this off this week)
  • Cover raspberries (with a cage)- out of old materials of course!
  • Build a tire retaining wall- This is really Tony’s project. Since Tony works on cars too, we have a lot of old tires sitting around. Hoping to recycle some of these instead of sending them to a landfill.
  • Keep up with the garden (that’s the picture from 2012, it looks a bit different now, but it’s still the same goal).




  • Trim trees above shed for more sunlight
  • Put lights up/ wire electric, so I can spend more time in the garden
  • Stain fence – clear coat to protect it
  • Post about glass plate flowers (yes, I’ve already made these, but haven’t posted)
  • Attend Mud Sale!  Lancaster county is the best place for Amish Mud Sales. One is coming up in two weeks. It’s the best auction for plants, crafts, and antiques.
  • Work on making more decorative planters- There are some really great ideas here, but of course I will post mine at some point. (The picture below is from 2012 also, I have different plans for the year)


  • Visit a yard sale just to find planters
  • Organize my garden shed- I found some great ideas- Better Homes and Gardens offers some GREAT tips!
  • Create door knob hooks outside
  • Make sweet tea- from apple mint plants. I know there are tons of benefits to apple mint too!
  • Repaint garden shutter boxes- the paint is beginning to chip
  • Trellis made out of old ladder for cantaloupe and watermelon
  • Visit habitat for humanity store and find a project to make
  • Create garden markers using circuit- I really like the idea of using wooden spoons. I wonder if I can find those at a yard sale.
  • Garden with my nieces and nephews- They always love it!
  • Visit mom’s garden and do a blog post- My mom has a pretty large garden and they are expanding each year.
  • Pick cherries at a local orchard- I always pick cherries at Cherry Hill Orchard. Cherry picking season is now! There is about a 2 week window, then sour cherries come in at the end of the month.
  • Make jam
  • Can peaches! I love the idea of fresh peaches all year! And I know what I’m putting in them! I found useful canning tips on Simple Bites. 
  • Canning with my aunt- we will probably make salsa, but she cans so much! I have a lot to learn from her.

My personal (non gardening) Bucket List:

Along with my “Summer Bucket List” board on Pinterest, here are a few more:

  • Cruise to the Bahamas! I am so excited for this!
  • Florida visit with Grandmother
  • Make a pillow case dress for my niece
  • Spend time on the deck making s’mores (please ignore the


  • Shaving cream water slide (I know one of my nieces or nephews would love this)
  • A milkshake from Son’s– They have a TON of milkshake flavors, but my favorite is Oreo! Yummy!
  • We also just bought a camper at a permanent place, so I am hoping to reupholster all the cushions, make the curtains, and paint the inside (it’s a little dated)

Needless to say, I have a lot on my list! I am a little ambitious.  I am super excited to blog about it too. Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, do you have anything I should add?