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An Enchanted Garden

Within a garden you are able to construct a world all your own, making it as diverse or enchanting as you like.

Gardens can enclose your house with shrubbery, providing good habitats to surrounding creatures or they can be small adornments that perch on your windowsill.

Because plants can live in a variety of conditions, many old (and odd) items can be given a second life dedicated to housing them. While the types of plants you choose to grow will dictate the flora that surrounds them. This can cause many varied yet positive results.

We know potted plants have the virtue of being portable, but should you wish to be more literal about the portability of your garden, you may find a suitcase serves well as a planter.

Be sure that the suitcase is waterproof and made from a strong material so the roots don’t break through. Left open, of course, fill your suitcase over two-thirds the way with soil. You may want to line it with newspaper first. To prevent root rot, be sure the bottom of all containers are either covered with pebbles or have a few holes drilled into them. This allows for better drainage to ensure plants aren’t left sitting in water. Depending on the size of your suitcase you may grow root sprawling plants that overflow from the sides or ornamental plants with tamer roots.

Teacups and kettles make both whimsical and elegant places for harboring plants. They look dainty set just about anywhere and teakettles can be hung up as well. In addition kettles may be used to water the plants. For shallow rooted plants, jars can be used. While glass bottles, including milk and soda bottles, work as a vase for a single stem’s worth of a plant. This makes a great living centerpiece for the kitchen table.

Old shoes make excellent planters, too, and are well suited for small plants and herbs. Certain styles, like oxford shoes, are especially charming.

Believe it or not, old plumbing in the garden provides more than a quirky touch, it creates space for water plants, eliminating the need for a pond. You can do this using sinks, toilets, and bathtubs (preferably claw tubs, if taking aesthetics into account).

First, select a spot to put your porcelain ‘sculpture’. You’ll need to close the drains off if you wish to use water plants. After the drains are sealed you can fill the fixtures with water and add your plants. By adding these new water features you may entice frogs and toads to live in your garden. Not a bad addition, as they keep the slug population in check. Sinks and toilets can also be used as birdbaths, bringing your garden authentic playfulness.

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