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Flea Market Pumpkins: Crazy Love

17 Awesomely Different Pumpkin Ideas from Flea Market gardeners Real or plastic, all white , steam punk, repurposed and upcycled, cement or even paper, we love using pumpkins and making pumpkins and decorating with pumpkins. I haven’t quite figured out how Simply Bungalow made or acquired those cement pumpkins, but I intend to find out. And, I’ll let you know, ...

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Garden Junk Hunting With The Farmer’s Daughter

On the loose,..and going junkin’ Six of us decided, since we had known each other online for a few years, it would be fun to share our vacations in August and meet in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I wanted to meet my dear Jeanne and delightful Marie who help me on our FMG page! We were all so ...

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5 Ways To Find and Use Junk In Your Garden

5 tips to get “in the know” as a Flea Market Gardener Everyone started somewhere on the quest for garden junk. You were bitten by the junkola bug at a Flea Market with a friend, spied something on trash day and unashamedly snagged it for your own, or were influenced by the old familiar belongings, too good to toss, from ...

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Sue’s Scattered Sunflowers And What She Did

A simple story of a stormy scattering of Sue’s sunflowers and her solution. One day in South Dakota, a storm blew strongly through and around the picnic shelter Sue’s family uses to keep the insects out while they eat. It blew all the sunflowers down, down, down and now they were within reach of the hungry deer. The bees still ...

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Doing More With Mason Jars

Why do we like Mason jars so much? Why are they on every Flea Market gardener’s shopping list? If you like Mason jars as much as I do,..you’ve saved everyone you’ve ever had! My favorite idea is to use the old ones as friend bouquets, perfect for giving as a hostess or visiting gift. I snag them up at thrift ...

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Easy Project: Garden Stack-A-Pots

Stack-a-pots in the garden We’ve all seen tipsy pots,…pots tipped this way and that on a pole. But Emily Louise Campanell started a trend to stack pots straight up on top of each other for an address sign in her front entry way.

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Kerckhoff, Camping and Blackberries

Testing…both camping and blackberries… I did something today that I’ve wanted to do for years! Picked blackberries at Kerckhoff Lake. So many times we’ve driven by this pretty and serene lake, actually a reservoir, on our way here and there between over the last twenty some years. The reservoir is just south of North Fork, Oakhurst and Fresno and is ...

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Why Hate The Beautiful Bull Pine?

Myths and facts about the Sierra Foothills Bull pine From the time we moved into the mountains, I heard from neighbors and local friends about the Bull pines. Bull pines, Pinus sabiniana, are seemingly hated, seen as ugly, messy trees and reputed to somehow (?) suck water from people’s wells and aquifers. You must cut down the huge trees if ...

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How to Repurpose an Old Swingset For a Swingin’ Arbor

Trash to treasure Cathy Wanderaas of Montana was looking for a new idea to landscape a part of her backyard. She was also looking for a new use for a swing set her children have outgrown. She ended up creating a fantastical ‘doorway’ that leads from one side of her garden to the other. Now, she is getting compliments from ...

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