Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garden Sticks

I loved this idea for painting sticks to put in your garden. We are having a great year at Plot 55 in the community gardens, but at home...well, our hard clay, pre-planted (we live in a rental) "garden" leaves a lot to be desired...So, we're working on it, replacing clay one little pot at a time with decent soil and organic matter from our new-ish compost pile, but it doesn't all grow very well or quickly. There are holes, there are wilting plants, there are sad failures.  How wonderful to find a way (through this post at Sweet Thing(s), mentioned here at Clean) to satisfy my need to beautify our home while waiting for nature to help me...
cheer up, sad hollyhocks...
This is definitely an on-going project.  Sweet Thing(s) posted a tutorial on this, but basically...we picked out pieces of bamboo or sticks we had collected, painted them with acrylic paints and let them dry in the sun!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

These really are "sweet things".What hollyhock wouldn't want to shine next to these beauties!

Reba said...

ooo! we might have to try these for our Sunflower house! Thanks for the bright idea!

Tokarz said...

My internet is taking a long time to load these pictures, but I saw these in your yard and they are sooooo beautiful!!!

debbiedas said...

I love this idea. Our soil is hard clay as well and it's so expensive to do everything all at once. We've been in our house almost 5 years and our gardens are no where near where I want them. These beautiful sticks will help... -Debbie

Cheryl said...

My children would love to do this. I'm going to have to show them. Thank you for sharing.

Umatji said...

very great - and also lovely to read a post about not so successful garden moments - not so many of those out in blog land but plenty in everyone's gardens and mine!

jenny said...

These look gorgeous - our kids at preschool are currently loving painting things from nature - stones, shells, logs...we will have to give this a go as well.

softearthart said...

What a cool idea, cheers Marie