How To Create a Junk Garden

James Sirois By James Sirois, 15th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Don't throw away that junk, be creative and make a garden out of it! It's sure to make your neighbors..well...think your crazy, but go ahead anyway. Create that Junk Garden!

Got Junk?

I have always been a creative person who looks for new and unique projects to showcase my talents. One spring, I decided to combine my love for gardening with my love for artistic freedom and so began my Junk Gardens.

What is a junk garden?

A junk garden is when you take various items that you no longer need or are going to throw out to the trash and transform them into beautiful flower or vegetable gardens.

Here are a few of my favorite junk gardens as well as some ideas for your very own junk garden.

The Spare Tire Garden

Do you have a car or truck tire that you’re tossing out? Don’t! Find a spot in your yard, patio or place of your liking and grow a tire garden.

Fill the center with a mixture of top soil and nutrient rich soil.

Plant flowers of your choice; I have found that multicolored impatiens work very well and fill in quickly.

Make sure to give them plenty of water as they are independent of the earth and cannot draw upon that water.

The Doghouse Garden

My Yorkie decided that he wanted nothing to do with his new doghouse so it will become a patio garden. It’s fun, unique and can be decorated any way you like.

Start at the door and mound up enough soil to hold as many flowers as you want to plant. Make sure you provide enough bottom room to support the roots.

Slope the soil in a downhill fashion and border the mound with mulch.

Plant your choice of flowers; a mix of impatiens and petunias are fun. I like to use a combination of wave petunias and ground cover petunias. I also like to add pansies, alyssum and snapdragons for some height.

Give them plenty of water, especially during extremely hot days.

The Sandbox Garden

Don’t throw out that plastic sandbox; make it the centerpiece of your yard!

When my granddaughter got a new sandbox, I took her old green plastic frog sandbox and turned it into a work of flower paradise.

This one is simple, extremely eye catching and can be filled with any flowers you want. Create a theme garden or use a combination of wild flowers, perennials and annuals.

Fill the sandbox with a combination of top and nutrient rich soil.

Plant away! Plant vinca or sweet potato vine all around the edge of the sandbox and let it cascade over the top and down to the ground. Give your garden some height with snap dragons, bachelor buttons and marigolds. Place ceramic, plastic or whatever kind of statues and figurines in between the flowers. Have fun with this one!

Ready, Set.......CREATE !!

Buckets, Fish tanks, A Plastic Litter box Bottom, Small Trash barrels, A Child's Toy Wagon:

Be creative! Look around your house, garage, cellar, attic and shed and put your imagination to work. Incorporate a wide variety of flowers and vines into your junk garden. Step out of the box and step into a unique way of gardening and disposing of your junk. If you have children, this is a wonderful way of helping them use their imaginations and discovering how much fun gardening can be.


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I am an avid writer and just recently published my first book.I enjoy writing about family issues, spirituality, health and the paranormal. I am a Shamballa(Reiki)MDH Practitioner level1&2

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author avatar Mariah
15th May 2013 (#)

Hi Tony
A really helpful page for garden ideas.
Love the images especially
your yorkie lol good one.
Thans for the share, enjoyed reading it.

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author avatar James Sirois
15th May 2013 (#)

Thanks Mariah, Spring is finally here and I can go outside once again and create! My yorkies full name is Chewseph A Banks Esq my daughters named him!!!

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author avatar Mariah
15th May 2013 (#)

Brilliant name!!

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author avatar Songbird B
17th May 2013 (#)

Some very creative ideas here Jim, and what a great way to recycle too..Inspirational ideas, and loved the planting suggestions. As to the photo of your gorgeous Yorkie, pure gold, absolutely pure gold! lol \0/x

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author avatar James Sirois
17th May 2013 (#)

Thanks Bev/songB!

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