7 Tips for Creating a Rustic Garden

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Jackie Hanson

Subject: Rustic Garden

The shed is inspirational! Last year I converted a walk-in iguana cage into a potting shed, and it's sweet and such an improvement; it's an asset now. Next is a bigger shed that was over-run with rodents. Those are gone and I'm planning to share it with chickens (access to their nesting boxes) and a nursery business I am starting up. One problem: it has a window, but gets very hot when it's warm. Solutions? Otherwise it's great and those rustic touches are just what I need to reflect our funky spirit here. Thanks!

sally jeisy

Subject: Sheds, rustic gardens

What wonderful photo's, inspiring, especially in So. CA, where we are still having an extreme drought. Has given me a few more ideas to make my outdoor areas a little more exciting without using so many cactus & other prickly plants, thanks so much!

Nicole Parker

Subject: Lady Cave

I just purchased a 40' Sea can (cargo shipping container). This will be my Lady Cave. I have so many ideas. I can't wait to get started and Make it my own space. It will be used for my holiday and extra storage. A crafting area and a place for winter pots. :-) I Told the company I purchased it from it will be "See what you can do with a Sea can". The transformation is going to be awesome. More will be revealed.


Subject: Rustic Gardens

We will be moving to Florida in the next year. Doesn't appear to be any sub tropical ideas in this article. How about something for warmer climates. thanks.


Subject: Creating a Rustic Garden

I loved your ideas on a rustic garden and shed. I have a garden shed
I bought a few years ago and have bought some bricks to put around
it. My uncle passed away last year and I got a bunch of neat old rustic
tools, tubs, wagon wheels and a birdhouse my uncle made out of a
tree log, you gave me some great ideas. Thanks a bunch!!

Virginia Sargent

Subject: Rustic Garden

Lovely ideas but my garden is close to city and redone beautifully for convenience of OLD slightly crippled gardener last year by Earthology in Salt Lake. We kept funny old metal Wedding decor (small gazebo) and since it is a one person resting place, it works. It is now starting to bloom with climbing Nellie Moser and Rose. Ought to be great in about two years. Planter boxes can be reached by standing gardener with walker. No bends, Lots of Veggies. Multi levels. I love it.

wanda kirby

Subject: rustic gardens

I found these ideas fresh and charming. Whether or not I can materialize them in my own space is for future thought. It is inspirational to see these kinds of transformations.

Sharon Taylor

Subject: Rustic Garden

Your title is misleading. It gives the impression that you will provide tips on how to create a rustic garden. Instead, the tips center on building, then decorating a rustic garden shed. Not every reader has the space, funds, or inclination to build the cute, elaborate little building you illustrate.

Joan Caro

Subject: 2' space

Hanging pots with beautiful, flowering plants would be my best bet.
Not too many varieties, but one or two choices of color that blend together well. Would be gorgeous! One little awning covering a rocking chair or single glider could be your little oasis. Small plant stand to accommodate your coffee mug or teacup while reading a good book is refreshing. Good luck!

Jenny Kander

Subject: balcony gardening

My balcony faces west and is in a senior living facility so I am not allowed to add awnings etc. I grow a garden in sundry pots. Any ideas to increase livability? The area is not large--maybe 7' x 5'. I have 2 folding chairs and 2 old rockers.
Thanks for any ideas you can give me.
It was a treat, albeit nostalgia-filled, to read your ideas for a shade retreat. Wonderful.

Dolly southwell

Subject: Senior living balcomy

What about an umbrella? You could open it when it you go out there and just close it when you go in. Surely they wouldn't mind these come with table around the base if you like. Could use it for dining and some plants if there's enough space

Jane Johnson

Subject: Maintenance Provided Villa

Loved looking at your shed and wish I could incorporate more of your ideas. I live in a house where I only have 2' around the house to make my own. Any ideas?

Julia stewart

Subject: Love it!

Love the ideas here...... I want a she/shed that I can decorate with all the rustic and rusted stuff we have around!


Subject: I loveit.

My husband and I live in the Mountains. We have lots of yard decorations. We do every thing in containers. I get wonderful tomato's from 2 or 3 plants. I finally got a cheap greenhouse I hope to grow tomato's all year Anyone can have a garden. Container gardening can be put on a drip system too. User a gray water system. Using biodegradable and then the grey water can be used again in your garden., Be smart our fresh water all of it on Earth is now polluted. Monsanto is the biggest contender. Use only Organic products. You will be glad if you do.


Subject: create a rustic garden

Huh? I expected hints on what to plant for a rustic look. The shed is a great idea but not everyone has the space for one birthed means. A bit disappointed.

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