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Garden Junk is Freaking Great

Published on NewsOK Published: August 9, 2013

As we can all agree, the more untamed a garden is, the better it is. Untamed gardens get a crummy rap from cable TV gardening shows and from HOA's, but I'll take a huge, rambling garden over a carefully trimmed slice of a yard any day. I like little animals; I like bees; I like surprises; and I just think that big, crazy, bodacious gardens are more romantic than hedge rows are. And also: funky gardens are the perfect palette for collections of garden junk.

By "garden junk", I don't actually mean garbage. I mean treasures. Found objects, stuff from the swap shed, and random vintage finds. Or, like, actual junk. My first foray into the junk garden was at an organic farm where I worked in college. When the farmer decided it was time to replace her toilet, it was my great idea to take that toilet outside and turn it into a planter. I mean, who wouldn't want to use a toilet as a planter?! Toilets make great planters! SO WHAT IF I POOPED IN IT A HUNDRED TIMES BEFORE IT BECAME A PLANTER?

I'd like to show you some fantastic examples of garden junk. These are GREAT. They are funky; they are junky; they increase my enthusiasm for insane gardens.

Now let the fun begin!

Lisa D/

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