This has been the year when gardening finally clicked for me. I’m not saying I’m great at it, but I’m trying. I’m working at it…learning, wanting to get better, turning a black thumb to green. Along with the interest in the garden and plants, I decided to spruce up our outdoor living space as well. It’s not much…just a deck off the back of the house. It isn’t covered or screened-in. It’s just faded deck boards, a simple railing. I’m working on it bit by bit to bring more of my interior style to the outside.
One piece of outdoor furniture I wanted to add was a potting bench. I already had an old workbench that was in the basement when we bought the house. It still wears some spray paint overspray, but I plan on introducing those unsightly patches of red to my belt sander. They don’t stand a chance.
Jeff brought it up from the basement for me last week and I scooted it into place over the weekend. Jeff helped me place the antique chicken nesting box, purchased for $95 at an antique store, on top. We will eventually make it into more of a “hutch top”, so I have more counter space, but you can see how it’s taking shape.
My poor lavender topiaries got a little crispy when I was away at Haven, so I’m trying to coax them back.
On the bottom shelf, I put a large wooden “assorted” box that I found at an antique shop for $30 and use it to house bags of soil, extra plastic pots, etc.
I don’t know why, but these little rusty bells caught my fancy when I was shopping a few weeks ago. They were $12. I hung them on some twine from the potting bench…sort of as a makeshift wind chime.
In the chicken nesting boxes, I put small gardening supplies. I keep my shears and twine in a lidded glass jar to prevent them from getting wet.
I also store a few pots in the cubbies, although I need to build up a bit more of a collection…
…and a cast iron cow (just for fun)…
…and an unusual ironstone pitcher to hold trowels.
There’s still more to do, but things are coming along…