…and my best garden treasure…
Finding my ‘find’
Some time ago, I went to my local nursery and was stopped in my tracks by what was standing by their dumpster! This old galvanized utility sink was a bit rusted, but definitely worth asking about. This nursery was always a favorite of mine because they had had the junk gardening vibe, but sadly, it was going to close down soon.
To me, Flea Market Gardening is a bit of taking materials that would otherwise be wasted and giving them a new sense of value by turning them into something beautiful and useful.
I tentatively asked about the sink and wouldn’t you know,…they were surprised ANYONE wanted it! What? They said they’d let it go for twenty bucks! Ha! Luckily, I could take it right then and there. Score! It sat for awhile,…and eventually we moved to the mountains where we had plenty of room to stash it. One day, I finally was able to set it up to be my work area.
Galvanized sink into a functional garden potting sink
Tractor Man and I took some old wood and some iron brackets I had found at a yard sale and put up the sturdy shelves. I had a rake head and hung that for hand tools,…everyone has seen that idea, right?
I arranged all my extra clay pots on the shelf, then added two more treasures, a wrought iron twine holder and an old Boraxo dispenser.
What is it that I like about vintage dispensers? This Boraxo dispenser would remind me of my Dad, who always had Boraxo on the garage sink when I was a child. I can still feel the grittiness of it when my child sized hands were washed after a day of playing out doors.
An old crock for more hand tools, a woven cloth basket and two small pictures completed my kitchen. Next project will be to attach some faucets and hook up a hose to make it even more functional,…my play kitchen! I’m so happy with it and work there a lot.
Have you noticed a LOT of kitchen themed garden vignettes lately? What’s your best garden treasure? ~~ Sue
See the whole story of how I spiffed up my messy potting area. Yikes!