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Friday, March 20, 2015

Functional Metal

I recently acquired a few metal items for the garden from my aunt and uncle.  

This is a boot scraper my uncle made with an old disc blade as the base and just some scrape metal giving it the scraper edge with a little design going on.  While I don't know how much use it will get since we're not on a farm, I like it as art.


No idea what this was for in a previous life.  I thought it would be handy to sit over plants to keep rabbits from nibbling on them.


This tub looks really good still.  It already has some drainage holes in the bottom though so it is best as a planter now.



11 comments:

  1. Hi There, Neat old goodies from your Aunt and Uncle. I'm sure you will find good uses for all of them. That bucket (since it has drainage holes in it) will be a good pot for a plant... Can't wait to see what you put in there.

    When are you headed back out west. I think of you all when I think of Zion....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. I've always loved metal pieces for the garden. We just got back from a trip to Nebraska and found a couple of great pieces to use for planters. I'll have to get some pics posted of them.
    Can't wait to see how you'll use your new treasures.
    Happy Spring
    :)

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  3. I love your new garden acquisitions, especially the boot scraper.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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  4. GonSS, it is fun to use the old rustic things of the past as garden art, isn't it. I don't have much in my garden but I would like to have some at a future time when all the construction is completed. Who knows when that will be. It's really special when it comes from grandparents or distant family members.

    Temperatures here in Nebraska are still in the 60s and 70s with no rain in sight. It's looks to be a very dry March and possibly Spring here. The thawing frost has kept the ground moist but not for long without rain. That could be the challenge for us this garden year. I better get to work on my irrigation system at Terra Nova Gardens.

    Have a great garden art day.

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  5. I love vintage and quirky things in the garden. That round tub is a great find. Even if you never use the boot scraper, it's a nice feature among the flowers.

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  6. You've just helped me figure out what to do with the metal tub we've been using to water the pig, that now has holes in the bottom. Henceforth it shall be a planter!

    By the way, when I was a boy I learned to call those "wash tubs," probably a name they got from back when they were used for washing clothes and people.

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    1. Yes, wash tubs. I have a little collection of them and of galvanized buckets that are planters. I can leave them outside all winter and they just look better over time.

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  7. I really like the boot scraper. I hope you're successful at keeping rabbits from nibbling on your plants.

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  8. The middle metal piece would be great to use with a bird feeder. You could put branches around the metal frame and have your bird feeder in the middle. I like your garden art.

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    1. That is a great idea for the 'cage' I found. It is currently protecting a plant so I don't forget it is there. Life as a bird feeder surround may be in its future.

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    2. You have a great backyard to plan each spring. I like that it's open for yearly interpretation. I put in plants that are permanent but they create that highly desired shade in the desert. Every year since I began, those plants really have taken off. I add a couple each year now but not like I did when I first started. I'm into the cacti mode now:)

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