I have a hankering after an old fashioned type of garden. I’m not talking about picket fences and benches made from fallen branches (although they can also be lovely in the right setting), I’m talking about naturally aged wood fences, recycled apple crates, brick, and old metal.
Aldsworth potting table £240, Wooden sign £12, Colworth herb box £22, Wooden seed tray £10, Large and small seed box in clay £6 – £10
It’s the kind of look that does lend itself to a country garden admittedly, but I think it can also work in the city, in suburbia and even on a balcony. It’s more of a way of life than a style statement. It’s about cherishing those tools so that they last for years, recycling and reusing pots and taking cuttings from friends instead of running off to the garden centre every time a bare patch appears in the flower bed.
Florist vase, large £18 medium £15 and small £12
It does take time to create this kind of garden and that’s the only downside. Not just in the hours you have to dedicate to its welfare but also in the number of years it will take to mature. But in my dream of dreams I have the time to do this. I will put aside time to tend my little plot. I’ve already started off a tray or two of cuttings and time will tell if they will root and grow.
Bonfire fork, £35, hanging sign, £4.50, wooden rake, £16, tool hook rail, £24, thermometer, £20, string jar and jute string, £12, set of 6 herb garden markers in slate £9.50
I’m collecting tins to use as planters and wooden crates to use as shelves, tables and well, just crates. I’m going to banish plastic, clean up my tools and sort out a corner of the garage where everything will have its place.
I’ll be growing veggies next!
All items shown available from the Garden Trading.