I have a rant, a mini one, but a rant is a rant after all. I am so tired of things falling apart all the time. I remember back in the day (oh my gosh I sound like my grandma) when things were made to last. Products were made with love. Companies wanted their customers to continue buying their products so their reputations were on the line, that’s why things were made with higher quality. Now the big corporations don’t care.They keep putting out product after product and we keep buying it, thus polluting our planet with a lot of unnecessary waste.
After a summer here in Phoenix, anything would look terrible. but this is a little too extreme. I have pots falling apart, umbrellas tearing, Gazebos rusting away, and I don’t know…just look around, things are falling apart.
There are little tricks to cause this, like plastic threads that unravel after so many washing’s in our machines. People have resorted to buying vintage things now for a reason. I still have pants and dresses that my daughter wears that were bought in the 90’s. She raided my closet one time and found clothes that were of a quality she was not familiar with.
Okay, time to wrap this rant up, this post is suppose to be about garden updates this month. This month I looked around my garden and decided I was going to try and repair the things I already have, instead of going out and replacing those items with more wasteful, falling apart products. I am trying at least. This is not an easy task. It would be so much easier to just go out and buy everything brand new again, but I decided to challenge myself a bit.
I started with my gazebo. We have a huge tree in our front yard that needed trimming so with the branches we got from trimming, we weaved them around the gazebo to create a shade canopy of sorts. This was a two day project. I had my son pile branches under the gazebo and early one morning I spent hours outside trying to weave branches through the gazebo. I had a pile of branches to strip leaves off of that I finally got a handle on. Looking at the three photos below you will see the slow process of that pile going down to reveal a chair underneath it all.
When the branches harden it will lock in place and make the gazebo sturdy.
This is my theory, we will see. I will let you all know if and when my nailed it moments happen. No shame here, even failures lead to something and that is the knowledge that something doesn’t work, so move on.
I had a lot of terra cotta pots falling apart.
So I bought some E600 glue which is water proof and wrapped ropes around the pots to help hold them together better. I used a little extra glue to coat them with.
So far everything is holding together and no longer melting away.
There are lots of ugly plastic containers around our yard, so I made them pretty by wrapping colorful twine around them. I needed some pots for transplants and decided to make what I have pretty instead of going out and buying another pot. I do find nice ones second hand though. Some of my plants I had to transplant and split them apart because they outgrew their pots. It was way to crowded for them. The first couple of days after a transplant the plants always look a little rough but eventually they perk back up. Where once you had one plant now you have two.
There is so much yarn in my house because of all the yarn crafts I do, figured why not cover pots with them. Just adding some color to my garden.
We also have bags of faux moss that I bought at the bargain bins where everything is priced by the pound. For a little over $1 I found several bags that day.
There is still some moss left over. I covered a lot of pots with all those bags I bought.
Other things I finished were the aloe garden. I added some clippings to the empty sections and bought a couple flowers to add to it. Now I just hope I can keep them alive, at least for awhile.
Then there are these scarecrows I made. We have been having perfect weather for outdoor activities, great for outdoor crafting. Now if only we could get some of our pollution problems under control.
My poor little scarecrow was looking so beat up. Most would just toss the little guy but he still has a some life left in him.
I used the old and added new. Here they are all finished and hanging out in our garden.
Oh, and look what showed up one morning after my husband went on a shopping trip with our son…baby chicks. They were much smaller then this when he brought them home but I didn’t want to stress them by taking photos then. They get pasty butt when little and I believe stress contributes to that. Look up pasty butt online, but wait until after you have eaten.
We planted some tomatoes and we are testing potatoes at the moment. We are also on the hunt for good seeds. Start collecting heirloom seeds and seeds from people who garden locally in your area. We received some fruits and veggies from our neighbors across the street so we are saving those seeds now. That was so sweet of them, we had fresh melon for breakfast that morning. We all share food and seeds with each other on this street.
A goal of mine in the garden this year is to create a little herb garden, with a mini stone house and water fixture of some sort. I have some herb seeds from our seed library here in the city that local gardeners share and donate with one another. I will see if anything comes of that. For now we have mint, basil, oregano and onions growing.
These are the flowers that popped up this month.
And this is the flower I purchased for the month. Don’t you just love flowers in the garden?.
There were enough flowers in my garden to do another little mini vase to sit on our kitchen table that night.
Remember all it takes is one little pot to grow things in. I hope some of these ideas help you in your own gardens and also your wallets, nothing wrong with saving a little money by doing things ourselves. Anyway, Gardening is good for the soul. It keeps us all happy and with the things you grow you can share those plants with others as well. Happy gardening everyone.
Join the No Buy November Challenge 2019, check out Just another day on the farm’s post about this challenge. You can buy anything used and spend money on food and house expenses but no buying of new items. So far in my garden update I was able to do this. The flowers I bought in October.