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    Gardening with no purpose: Puttering

    by  • April 18, 2014 •  Comments

    What is puttering?  Why ask?  Just do it! When heading outside with gardening jeans on, a trowel in ne back pocket and clippers and a steak knife in the other, there’s no telling what will go on in the garden.   “I’ve noticed something about gardening. You set out to do one thing and...

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    Anis’s sweet garden vignettes

    by  • April 15, 2014 •  Comments

    How to design vignettes for a small garden Welcome to a Malaysian juntique garden!  Anis Zuraini sent in some shabby sweet pictures of her garden near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that somehow remind me of the tiny Hello Kitty ensembles my daughter loved as a child.  Anis knows how to put together a garden vignette,...

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    Fun and flowery Flea Market flower carts

    by  • April 12, 2014 •  Comments

    Flower carts.

    How to find and use quaint garden and flower carts Take a trip to the past and take a nostalgic look at vintage Flower carts in the garden.  These gardeners have captured all the the charm of a farmer’s country market with these winsome flower carts,  filled with flowers or just holding the pots!...

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    Playful painting projects for the garden

    by  • April 8, 2014 •  Comments

    Paint projects-featured

    Adding a personal touch to your garden with decorative paint! You don’t need  much painting experience to make this whimsical garden art.  Wood, terracotta, rock and cement can all be accents in the  garden when paint is applied.  Leftover house paint, paint markers, masking tape and brushes are the few materials you’ll need, so...

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    Advanced Class! Fairy gardens to the next level…

    by  • April 2, 2014 •  Comments

    Fantastical Fairy gardens

    Fantastical and miniature garden ‘worlds’ ‘Enchanted landscapes, fantastic worlds, and strange encounters’ Everyone likes cute, tiny things,…gardeners, too!  Tiny, miniature gardens are made with trees and shrubs that are extra small in scale and often have miniscule and delightful accessories you can make yourself or buy from online shops   The difference is in...

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    When Friends Meet, Flea Market Gardening Style

    by  • April 1, 2014 •  Comments

    When friends meet

     Meeting gardening friends IRL, ‘in real life’ When they became friends on Flea Market Gardening and realized that they were all within driving distance, Sandy Bridenbaugh, of Laura, Ohio, Tonya Fennig, from Indiana, Lisa Collier, of Kentucky and Jeanie Merritt, of Ohio, planned a ‘Meet-up’ last Fall to stroll around Sandy’s gardens and gift shop,...

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    Perfectly possible recycled potting benches

    by  • March 29, 2014 •  Comments

    Perfectly possible potting benches

    How to build a potting bench, perfectly! If you garden, you need a potting bench. If you’re a Flea Market Gardener, you make it yourself from recycled items! Why? We’re naturally thrifty and love putting our stamp on things we use as much as a potting bench. Here are the best and easiest of...

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    Grow a ‘Cut and Come Again’ salad garden

    by  • March 25, 2014 •  Comments

    ‘Cut and Come Again’ Salad Garden

    How to grow a Salad! Thinking about ‘Cut and Come Again’ salad gardens…you may have already started lettuce or mesclun seeds or found some healthy starts to plant. For Cut and Come again, you snip off the leaves about an inch and a half from the soil, make your salad, then two weeks later...

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    “March into Spring!” Photo Contest

    by  • March 23, 2014 •  Comments

    March into Spring 'Spring' and 'The Layered Garden' Contest prizes

    March 28th – Here are the winners! Congratulations to all Winners and Honorable Mentions! Judy Baird First Place! What the judges said,…’I really like this one. It says Spring! …This is 1st place for me … it struck me as a great Spring photo because of the violas poppin’ up …and I loved the...

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    Front porches and back doors, Flea Market style

    by  • March 22, 2014 •  Comments

    Front and back doors-featured

    Decorating a Flea market style front or back door, or garden shed door is fun and lets you express your style and personality.  If you think about it, your door and the house are the canvas and you add the ‘paint!’ Decorate doors with Flea Market finds Color!  Make a statement by giving your...

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    Interesting glass insulators indoors and in the garden

    by  • March 18, 2014 •  Comments

    Notice the one with 'Mickey Mouse ears'

    Upcycle Vintage Insulators What are insulators? Glass insulators were originally designed to keep telephone and telelgraph wires insulated from the wooden poles that held them up. They had to insulate the wire from the wood. That was the insulator’s main ‘purpose. Hemingray, Brookfield, and Whitall Tatum are some of the companies who made them. ...

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    Craft and Garden Workspaces: We clean up!

    by  • March 15, 2014 •  Comments

    Craft and Garden Workspaces

    Spring Cleaning:  We straighten up our garden craft supplies! True confession time!  Where do you keep your junk, ….I mean ‘art supplies?‘ This is a term coined by our own George Weaver, who once showed us his shed, and ‘art supplies’ is now our own term for the junkola that we cobble together to...

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    Whimsical weathervanes in the Flea Market garden

    by  • March 12, 2014 •  Comments


    Oh, the Wayward Wind,… Weather vane, wind vane, whatever the proper term, we love these charmers  in our gardens!    You may see popular ornaments like a deer, a cow, a  pig, a horse or even  nautical subjects like sailboats, fish and mermaids.   Or maybe just a decorative design with that ornamental arrow atop a...

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    Shelley’s vintage ‘China’ garden

    by  • March 8, 2014 •  Comments

    Shelley's vintage china garden

    Come to the British Isles to see Shelley’s delightful china craft for the garden Using china teapots and teacups as garden art! “I’m Shelley Hardman and I live on the Isle of Man which is a small Island in the middle of the Irish sea, between Ireland and Scotland, UK. On the Island we...

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    DIY fairy gardens: Our complete list of ideas

    by  • March 5, 2014 •  Comments

    Fairy garden list - featured

    Easy printable list of all our fairy garden ideas We are SUCH do-it-yourselfers!  Here are all our ‘tiny’ garden ideas in one place! This easy printable LIST of DIY fairy and miniature garden ideas was compiled with the help of many creative people at Flea Market Gardening.  Ideas, materials to watch for and tools...

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    Empty wheelbarrows: Transform them for the garden!

    by  • March 1, 2014 •  Comments

    Empty wheelbarrows

    Empty wheelbarrows, how I love them… Wheelbarrow Gardening! There is something I feel, about empty and rusty, crusty old wheelbarrows that’s the same as with a fresh new planting bed.  A blank slate.  I don’t know why,…I just know that the fantastical potential is there.  Scroll through these beauties and see if you’re as...

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    Real old wheelbarrows,…in the garden

    by  • February 26, 2014 •  Comments

    Wheeling your garden

    Wheeling your garden away! Using old vintage wheelbarrows in the garden…. I have a fondness for old wheelbarrows, leaky, rusty,…only suitable in which to plant flowers. An old rusty contractor wheelbarrow was my very first acquisition and started me off on my ‘career’ as a ‘junk’ or ‘Flea Market’ gardener. Many of us have...

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    How to display vintage tools in the garden

    by  • February 21, 2014 •  Comments

    12 Ways to display tools

    Timeless tools in the garden Collecting old tools is something we gardener’s do naturally and gradually.  One wears out and we can barely throw it away!  Impossible!  They are honored ‘friends’ in our gardens. Luckily, old tools are discounted by ‘normal’ people and sold for pennies at yard sales especially. Ladders, handled tools, old...

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    Wanted: More watering cans in the garden

    by  • February 18, 2014 •  Comments

    Wanted- watering cans

    Watering cans as garden ornaments Long before hoses and sprinklers became standard equipment for gardeners, watering cans were the tool of choice. Elegantly styled and often ingeniously engineered, watering cans gave gardeners an effective way to provide a little extra water.  Today, watering cans may not compete with high-tech and automatic irrigation, but they...

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    Flea Market flower frogs

    by  • February 15, 2014 •  Comments

    Vintage Flea Market Flower frogs

    Vintage flower frogs…what are they? How many ‘frogs’ do you have?  How many did your Mom or Grandma have?   Frogs were used in the bottom of vases to hold the flower stems just right. They are usually metal basket weave grid, or fine textured metal spikes or made of clear or colored glass disk with...

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    What to do in February in the Flea Market garden?

    by  • February 12, 2014 •  Comments

    February in the Flea Market garden

    Slow down gardening in February February in the Flea Market garden It’s February in the garden and the soil is usually too wet and cold for much garden digging and planting. Gardeners have found that digging and even stepping on water saturated planting beds compacts the soil and damages the good fungi, called mycorrhizae...

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