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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cottage Life - Tiny Studio Progress and Backyard Garden Project

Dennis's tiny studio is coming along nicely. He's finished the shake shingle siding and now is working to complete the interior.





So last week I showed you the rusty cart which is part of my backyard garden project.


Now, I like old things. I really do. However, I'm not a big fan of totally rusty industrial pieces like this. (Heresy, I know.) I'd like it better if it still had at least a little paint on it. Or maybe a lot. And for this backyard garden project I'd like paint in an unexpected color. Something vibrant. Something cheerful. Something let's say. . .purple.



Now stay with me. Soon you'll get the whole picture. Let's start with the reason for my project.

This is the garden shed/greenhouse on the west side of our backyard before I started my project. It was (and still is) mostly weeds, hard clay soil, and loaded with rocks. And -- let's 'fess up -- it was also a junk magnet.




This is on the opposite side of the yard from the tiny studio, and our plan is to create a private, fenced in garden and patio that will join the garden shed and the new tiny studio. 

It'll be a major project that's not going to happen for a while, and in the meantime I wanted to do something quick, relatively easy and inexpensive to pretty up this space outside my garden shed.



The first thing I did was level the ground. You can see in the above photo there were a lot of rocks. Rocks are something that we have plenty of, and we recycle them into decorative landscape elements wherever we can. Here I used what I pulled from the leveling along with some other rocks we had stockpiled and stacked them around the garden shed's foundation.




Added my purpleized cart with some flowers.




I shopped my garden shed for more garden decor.







Put it all together, and voilà! A cute mini movable garden.



I'm not finished -- I need to pot the plants and I'd like to do something more creative with the bland plastic containers, but this is a big improvement and I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far. 

I planted my mini enclosed garden too. Flowers on the left, peppers on the right. I have room left for a cucumber and maybe something else. This is where I plant things that the deer like to eat. I have some ideas to give more charm to this space.





This was -- and still is -- a fun project. And very, very inexpensive. Except for a few plants I purchased prior to the project, I already had everything I used. What I had came from thrift stores, yard sales, or was free. This is just the kind of project budget I like.















33 comments:

  1. Oh how cute and I love the purple. Made a huge difference in the shed. And Dennis's building looks great with the new siding.

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  2. Great collection of heart rocks. Love how you pull everything together.

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    1. Thanks. This is one gardening project that was just plain fun!

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  3. The purple turned out perfectly . . .
    I liked it against the Garden House green . . .
    So were the rocks in amongst the soil . . .
    Like the look of them placed near the garden house edge . . .

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  4. Oh Nancy, SPLENDID!!!!!!! I love your pop of color, I SO DO! Lovely addition to the garden shed, and all the other lovelies you have added!!!!!!!! I love this time of year. So much fun to be had and it's only June 15th. YAHOOO!

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  5. What a fabulous makeover Nancy - you've made it look really great. I love the 'new' purple cart - it will be a useful piece - and all the other odds and ends you've added are so pretty - especially that flag (I love outdoor flags and have a collection for different occasions). Digging through rocky soil is always so hard - lovely how you've actually made use of them though.
    Something I'd add, and you may want to consider, is climbing/vining plants which will clamber up the shed and eventually around the windows perhaps. I can see jasmine or roses - think of the fragrance! You could even plant them inside the deer proof enclosure if necessary. For the summer months you could also just grow morning glories and/or moonflowers along the fence (easy/cheap from seeds planted in a large pot), mine are coming along and will soon be adding color and evening perfume to the front porch.

    Dennis is doing a great job there - is he for hire, haha?????
    Mary -

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  6. SO MUCH CHARM! I too (had) a little collection of heart shaped rocks. When our grand doggy was just a puppy, he loved to pick up my little heart shaped rocks and chew on them and then drop them wherever. Now, I only have one left. He no longer chews on things, so I hope to keep the one. Maybe I will keep my eyes open to finding a few more. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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  7. Sweet! I like your project and the studio project that Dennis is working on. I can tell you are enjoying yourself.

    Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady

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  8. That's "my" style! (And I see you have some heart-shaped rocks, too. Several years ago, my young grandson innocently took them and threw them into the rocks that cover a piece of ground about 4'x 10'. I recovered most of them, but have a hunch there are a few left to re-find :)

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  9. What an adorable shed and garden!

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  10. Love the shake shingle siding, it is so pretty. Your garden shed is lovely, too and the happy colors choices for it and your cart add that cottage whimsy that all cottage gardens need. At first I thought that you had added chickens to your list of country pleasures and then I remembered the amount of deer you have in your area. I imagine they can be a real problem in the garden. Do they ever attack your flower beds?
    Happy gardening!
    Connie :)

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  11. Love love love!!! That shed is just adorable Nancy and I love the purple cart added with flowers. So cute. I love your enclosed mini garden but right away I thought ohhhhhhh that would make a great chicken coup. I could see you with a few pet Chicks in there and nice fresh eggs for you and Dennis for breakfast. Just sayin lol! I would love to have some chickens and fresh eggs.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  12. Hi Nancy, your garden shed is amazing and just the perfect size. I know that you will be enjoying it all summer.
    xoxo Jo

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  13. You have been working hard on this! I love the idea of the privacy fence around. It will also help keep out the deer.

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    1. I'm not sure when we'll build the fence, but when we do I'll be doing a happy dance. I want to grow things deer love. . .like roses and hostas.

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  14. Adorable!! I love country gardens like yours....and mine!

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  15. Absolutely adorable, Nancy and I am a huge fan of color. Purple tops the list, right up there with green. In fact my first cottage, all 900 square feet of it, was decorated in yellow, purple and white. Hugs!

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  16. Oh, I was so sad to see all the rust go but you turned that cart into FABULOUS! I never would have thought to use purple and the unexpected color is what makes it so fun. It looks great up against the green. You turned bland to beautiful!

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  17. The purple cart is so fun.. and loved that you shopped your shed! That's what I did (shopped my backyard) when I wanted to add a few fun things to my front rock garden on a temporary basis. I've had to since move it all as they dug out our big stump from when the tree fell in April.. but I already have plans to add some more temporary things to a front are that I've raked level. I love your little area next to your garden shed.. and I'm sure you need a fenced area to keep the deer away. Everywhere I"ve lived for the past 25 years (in the country) has meant I needed high deer fences, or NO veggies or flowers. Well.. I didn't fence alot of the flowers but the deer ate most of them! Now living in town I actually get to keep flowers around for the summer (although when we moved here a year and a half ago, there were 3 deer living across the street in someone's (overgrown) backyard! they never bothered our flowers though. Love the shingles on the little art studio also.... they add such charm. Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. I love this time of year when I can be outdoors playing. xo

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  18. I love the unexpected color of the cart, it looks beautiful with the pots. I'm behind with my blog reading. I was away, got back, and am now rushing to get everything done before going on a proper summer vacation next week. But I made it! And just in time to check the progress of the shed. Your own proper small space.
    Amalia
    xo

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  19. I do like your enclosed garden and have to show it to my husband. I want one like that to keep deer out of..
    Wonderful color on the car.

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  20. OH, my goodness!! It is truly a delight to look at! You did an amazing job!!!

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  21. I LOVE what you've done with your garden space! What a big change. You always iinspire me, dear friend.
    ~Adrienne~

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  22. So lovely, Nancy! Your garden shed is adorable (I'm envious of other peoples' pretty garden sheds... ours is old, rusty and ramshackle).

    At first, before you explained your deer deterrent fence I was thinking you were going to be keeping chickens! Oh what damage deer can do.

    It will be fun to follow along with you as you transform your garden space. :)

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    1. You're not the only one who thought my enclosed garden is a chicken coop. I've thought of keeping chickens, but I don't think I could handle it if one of them died. Eventually, they do that. :(

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  23. I absolutely love, love, love this.
    I plan to work on my garden shed this summer as well. Our youngest son enjoys painting. You shared the garden shed of your friend who has the door painted inside. I have asked Atticus to something like that for me. :-)

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    1. If Atticus paints your door, I hope you'll share it on your blog, Carla. I'd love to see it. xo

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  24. Very cute. Love the Shake siding. The tie-together project sounds perfect but you have all the time in the world to put it together so don't rush it too much - although I can't wait to see.

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  25. Wow, what a lovely pop of color that purple brought to your garden area Nancy! I'm in love! Your little mini garden is delightful too! I have learned here as well that you just are wasting money to buy plants deer love without a good fence, lol! So, that is why I have my little garden-within-my-garden, because I can't have flowers outside the fenced area. Your little shed is so delightful too! All of it.. and Dennis' shingle project looks amazing, you two are an amazing team together :)

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  26. Dennis did an amazing job with the shingles and I love how you styled the cart and the front of your shed.

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