Sunday, November 18, 2012

How does your garden grow?

Over the last couple of months I have been busy giving the courtyard at the side of our house a new look.

As this area contains my clothes-line, I wanted to make it an appealing spot and a place a really wanted to be in. So after gathering up some stuff for free, I set to work - it is still a work in progress but is now my special place for gardening, relaxing and of course hanging out the washing!!

I revamped this small garden that used to have some sad looking lavender and unruly agapanthus  in it. In their place  I planted  tomatoes, beans, rhubarb, squash and zucchini, eggplants and a passionfruit.
My lovely husband made the metal trellis out of some scrap metals. It looks lovely when the solar fairy lights come on (wound around the top rail of the trellis).

I already have a great crop of tomatoes.
An old wooden ladder (picked up from a kerbside collection) now houses a variety of herbs and lettuces.
These used oil tins are add a bit of quirkiness to the garden and fit in well with the recycle-reuse theme.

My kind neighbour gave me an old cement laundry tub so I decided to mosaic the sides to make it look better. I still have one side to complete and it still needs grouting but I am happy with the result so far. It is now the home to some cherry tomato plants and some basil - a match made in heaven!!
Still have to paint a table and some chairs.
I now look forward to hanging the laundry on the line!!
As this garden area is in addition to another large vegetable plot, I have been aware of conserving as much water as possible. I now have a plastic bucket in my shower that catches all of the water that usually runs down the drain as I wait for the water to get to the right temperature etc. This bucketful allows me to give the plants a good drink everyday!!


  1. It looks lovely! Lush and bountiful. I particularly love the mosaic laundry tub. I am in love with the idea of upcycling, but not so good with the beautifying part. But it is gorgeous :)

    (PS Hi! I just popped over from Little Eco Footprints :)

  2. Oh I love your garden. Loving most of all those gorgeous mosaics, the ladder, the oil tins. Quirky and gorgeous.

    My garden, well I'm planning to write a garden post soon, but really there are just so many weeds it can become depressing!