Creative and Inexpensive Garden

creative fall gardenGarden Deck Decor

I love to upcycle or repurpose. I’ve been wanting some containers to grow some lettuce and small carrots near the house.  I noticed when I had my gourmet lettuces growing in the garden, I would forget about them and not use them until they got too big and bitter.   I’m going to try this method closer to the house for convenience.


upcycled bench

Remember the kitchen banquette I made out of my old kitchen table?  I still had two benches left over from the original kitchen set.  The wood on the top of the bench, I believe is oak.  It is really heavy and I have plans for those soon, but I wanted to use the base of the benches for something.  I also had old cheap fence wood “pickets” that were scrap.  This project is small but turned out to be completely free.


bench to flower potI removed the tops and then created a box out of the scrap wood to sit on top.  I did fill that gap in with another strip of wood.


flower box from benchI added corners using the odd shaped top of the pickets cut in half.  Then painted.


garden box bench leg

While I liked them like this, I wanted to add a little interest on the legs so painted them another color on top of this.


garden boxes for deckFilled with a mix of peat moss and top soil and simply sowed the seeds and watered.  Now we will have a little fun fall crop to harvest.


fall carrots deck planter

About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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