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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Little Potting Corner










I made myself a spot on the back porch where I can keep my 
gardening stuff.  I needed a place to keep potting soil, pots,
seeds and tools...and a place where I could repot plants.

Last year www.missmustardseed.com shared an idea for using
an old nesting box for shelving and I saved the idea and kept
an eye out for nesting boxes at the auctions.  Unfortunately,
I never found one and the ones for sale on Craig's List were
either more than I wanted to spend or twice as big as I needed.
I ended up finding one on ebay.  It's not vintage, but does the trick!

The table, stool, wood box, crock, drain dish, tray, planters
and pots are all from the auction trash over the years.  And some of
 my new tools were a gift for Mother's Day from Taylor and Lauren. 

Looks pretty good, doesn't it?  I worked out there this afternoon
and it was so convenient to have the bag of potting soil on wheels
and everything at my fingertips.  Now I hope we're done with the
frost at night so my little plants here can stay outside!
That maiden hair fern will come inside, though...I repotted her
and I better put her back in her normal spot or she might
throw a fit and drop her leaves.  Finicky diva...haha...

♥ 



53 comments:

  1. A little potting corner where you can go potty potting things. Right?

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  2. What a delightful place you have created.
    I really don't know how you find time to do all the wonderful things you do. Love all your do-dads and things you have found.

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    1. Well, I don't read, watch TV or sit down during the day. haha. :)

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  3. I love it! I'd be out there doing something every day! I've always wanted to have a "green thumb" but never have because of my allergies .... and they've already kicked in this year. Allegra is my friend. lol. Have a wonderful evening :)

    Marla

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    1. I have terrible allergies, too, but seem to have controlled them so much better with Flonase and Rootology this year. Incredibly better than Nasacrom or Zyrtec that I was using before.

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  4. Your potting corner is charming. So much character as well as being practical.
    You find the coolest things in the auction trash and they have obviously gone to a good home.

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    1. Hi Happy :)
      Thanks so much! You're right...those auctions are not only fun but the things
      left that people don't want is the best part! I had quite a stash of stuff perfect
      for this little corner. It was nice that I only had to buy the nesting box, too.

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  5. Oh, I love that, Betsy. You will have so much fun there this summer. I spend far too much time in my greenhouse. lol I planted some veggie sprouts in the ground today so now it has to stay warm. ;-)

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    1. I really needed this spot. I'd usually repot my plants in the kitchen sink and get dirt everywhere! haha.
      This was SO much better....just sweep it off the porch!

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  6. that's a perfect set up!! I have potting envy lol,,,I also like your assistant,,

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    1. I always have an assistant, you know. :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, you are not going to believe this or maybe you will, since we have so many other things in common. Emily gave me a watering can for Mother's Day just like the one you have sitting in the foreground. I have an enamel top table just like that, except the wood is a faded green and it still has the drawer. I'm planning to use it in my potting shed, when I get it. Is that not crazy? What a great idea to have your potting soil on wheels! You are going to have so much fun out there!

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    1. haha...well, given our history, yes, I totally believe it! I got that watering can for Mother's Day...along with matching gloves and tools. So cute! I wish my table had a drawer...but that is probably why it was left for the trash at the auction. The wheel cart is my favorite part...so easy and convenient to use today! You could put wheels on anything...a big bucket, basket, box, etc.

      Now if I only had your raised garden beds!

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    2. I watched the guys make them. It looked so easy that I'm sure I could do it. But, since Cliff won't let me use power tools, I would have to get the lumber yard to cut the boards for me, but I sure as heck could screw them together. And I know you could, too! Go for it! I'll give you dimensions, if you want.

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    3. I have a sectioned garden area with railroad ties but the ties need to go...they are past their prime. I keep thinking raised beds would be fun. The area needs a complete overhaul, too. There are mock strawberries invading every inch of everything out there. What on earth! A few years ago it was giant monster thistles. At least this isn't as bad as that was. haha.

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    4. I know....when it comes to weeds, it's always something. If you do use raised beds, line the bottom with flattened cardboard boxes or thick newspaper (8-10 sheets thick). It will help keep weeds and grass from growing up through your boxes and when they break down, will amend the soil underneath. A win, win!

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  8. Much better when you can do it with ease
    And all in one place as away you can breeze
    Hopefully none of the freeze
    Or the kitties don't give them fleas

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    1. Fleas, my cats have not.
      I know, because I buy flea control a lot.
      Spend quite a lot of pennies
      but the alternative isn't pretty.
      lol.

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    2. lol that is true
      As all get itchy in view

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  9. Beauty and function. Perfect place for you to putter... and potter!
    I adore the planter with the white etching detail that is sitting on the little table. How lovely.
    Slate looks like he may get a sprinkling!
    I love looking at all your treasures. What fun to have a dedicated spot.

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    1. It was a lot of fun to gather up little things to put out there.
      Lord knows I have an eclectic collection of stuff around here. haha....
      And Slate is such a sweet boy...never wants me to be lonely!

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  10. This looks like a perfect spot to me!

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    1. A long overdue project...happy to have it there!

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  11. Well that's neat! I like the box, a lot! You've made a perfect spot to pot!

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    1. I like the box, too....easy to carry around.

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  12. I saw the one picture on fb and so glad to see all the up close pictures of the entire project. How perfect. I love all the little details, and I have to repeat..It's magazine beautiful.
    Have fun playing in the dirt. HaHa

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    1. I did have fun playing in the dirt....it got under my nails, too. ...haha....

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  13. This is very nice. With all hats going on here, I am in to simplifying....yet I love the beauty and organization

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  14. Why am I not surprised that you would have a potting area that looks so stinkin' cute? I love it!

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    1. lol....well, I have to than Marian for the inspiration. Everything she does is cute!

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  15. A perfect spot, I can see you spending a lot of time at that little table.
    The nesting box is a brilliant idea, and you've filled your boxes with all kinds of treasures to enjoy as you pot :)
    ~Jo

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    1. Isn't that a good idea? So cute and functional at the same time.

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  16. Hi Betsy - what a perfect place ... so delightful to see and I love the chair to collapse in and rest briefly from your potting ... while you peruse your pots and the garden in its seasons .. enjoy and have a peaceful weekend - great ideas for Mother's Day presents ... cheers Hilary

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    1. The weekend has been peaceful so far!...gray, rainy and good for flopping on the couch!

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  17. Did you put the wheels on that big blue basket yourself? It looks super useful for compost. I'm now wondering where I could find a big basket like that.... Dragging bags of compost around is no fun at all.

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    1. No, it came that way. Overstock.com But I was thinking you could put castors on anything..so easy. I do love it on wheels...that was the best!

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  18. Great spot for your botanical creations ~ my you are so well organised . . . and so neat and tidy . . :)
    May you have hours and hours of fun there . . . :)

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    1. I hope to! Neat and tidy...well, I try! haha.

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    2. Yes you are rather trying . . . . ouch! . . . hahaha
      Enjoy the Nascar . .

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    1. Thanks, Carol...it's a major upgrade to how I was doing it before...haha.

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  20. Betsy, it is perfect!! Now I would have one of those if I had a green thumb. But I have managed to keep an aloe plant alive and growing. I received it at MOPs as a cutting and had little hope I could take care of it but apparently they are pretty hardy and my little shoot already has new shoots popping up!

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    1. I have never had an aloe plant before! I wonder if they are hard to keep alive. They are a succulent, right? Might have to try one!

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    2. Yes they are succulents and great to keep in the kitchen for burns I am told. And apparently they are very hardy as mine is doing great!!:)

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  21. Aw, I love this!!!! I may need to convince my hubby to make one of these also. ;)

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    1. Let me know if you do...with pictures!

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  22. This is such a great idea! Lovely spot and it must be so much fun to prepare all the things for your garden, plants ... Love it!

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    1. I did have fun out there! I'm going to try to work on that veggie garden during the next couple of weeks....much more work than potting a plant, though. haha....

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    2. Yes it is! My Mom has got a veggie garden and it is so much work!!! And I still remember how I hated as a kid to have to be helping there instead of playing with my friends ... haha. But the veggies from your own garden taste like heaven!! if I would have the time I would definitely wanted to have my own veggies ... Hope you have lots of fun with it :-)

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  23. What a happy little corner! I have the same bag of Potting Soil, but yours looks so much happier in the rolling basket.

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