Buffalo Check Your Junk Garden 4th Of July

My only 4th of July blog post for 2017 begins with this vintage blue gas can.  I pulled it out of my shed.   It was originally purchased at a rummage sale for $1.
With my success stenciling a buffalo check pattern on a vintage minnow pail planter, I decided to try stenciling on this gas can.

Buffalo Check Garden Junk Planter

I love planting annuals in metal pails.  If you are familiar with old metal minnow buckets, there is the outside like this and an inside water strainer part.  Both can be planted in.  I purchased this bucket for $5. 
 As you can see it has some dings and fragments of red paint in spots from a painted label.  I washed the outside surface with a wet rag and KRUD KUTTER Tough Task Remover. Krud Kutter removes any grease or dirt that may cause problems with paint adherence. 

Junk Garden Containers Around The Deck

Wow, it's June 25th and our northern Minnesota weather continues to be very cool and either rainy or mostly cloudy.
 This is the view from my kitchen window today. The potted annuals haven't changed much since being planted.

Dairy Farm Stanchion Junk Garden Decor

One of my latest junk garden purchases is a old dairy farm stanchion.  A stanchion held a cow in place while being milked.

YARD of FLOWERS Junky Purple Coneflowers

Sometimes garden junk falls apart.  Sometimes it's sad, but thankfully sometimes it's not because broken junk can become something even better.
Here is a old nail barrel in my sister in law Kris's garden from a few years back.  The bottom had rotted out of it.

 And here is a rustic white wooden planter that Kris had added some junky rusty metal panels on all sides.  Unfortunately, this planter fell apart as well.  The wooden parts were rotten but the rusty panels were removed and reused.


Re-Arranging the Junk Garden Planters

Junk Garden Planter Idea organizedclutter.net
As I said in a previous blog post, I don't get all new, old junk every garden season so I add a few new pieces and re-locate the old stuff.  Above is a super cool rusty junky spring wreath made for me by my sister in law, Kris, and a half barrel on my deck with coffee pot planters on stakes.  These past junk garden plantings were changed up for 2017.

My New Junk Garden Shed

Late last summer, I purchased a  Princeton 10' x 10' shed kit from Home Depot.  My husband put the kit together with a few reinforcements to the floor and door to make it stronger.  
 The shed sat all winter unpainted and un-landscaped.
Here is the shed early this spring.

Mandala Stenciled Bistro Table for the Deck

 A couple years ago, I purchased this little rustic bistro set at the neighbor's garage sale.

My 2017 Junk Garden Potting Bench

Farmhouse Barn Door Sign/Planter organizedclutter.net
This is a sign/planter that I made in May from a barn door, a rummage sale flower box and Old Sign Stencils Farmhouse stencil.  
I hung it above my potting bench/sink. 


Changing Up the Junk Garden Vignettes

Junk Garden Vignettes organizedclutter.net
How do I make different junk garden displays every year (or every other) to keep it interesting? Reuse the same pieces with different pieces and flowers.  See how  my barn door with pot lids and coffeepot planters on stakes become a new vignette.

Early June Junk Garden Changes & Progress

Planting Day in the Junk Garden organizedclutter.net
On May 28th, I planted my 2017 junk garden.

Early June Junk Garden organizedclutter.net
This is my junk garden border on June 7th.

A Comfortable, Vintage, Covered Patio

Ivy & Cretan Brake Fern Shaded on the Porch orgnanizedclutter.net
Join me on the covered patio!  Do you remember my white DIY flower urn from thrift shop parts?  It's on the covered patio with an ivy cascading over the brim.  I found a plastic liner pot that fit perfectly in the urn so I didn't have to put the dirt directly into it.  
The galvanized vase, also a thrift shop purchase, holds a Cretan Brake Fern.  
The magnetic, galvanized roses are made by Darice.  I purchased them at a local drug store but they are available online at ebay.
The fern mister is also a thrift shop purchase!
I have had the weathered buggy wheel forever, and it is one of my favorite backdrops.

A Junk Garden "Gallery" Fence

I always love garden backdrops and this section of chippy white fence is perfect for a junk garden.