I have always wanted to make a garden feature out of a rusty old bed and after seeing this X mattress awhile back on the kerbside I couldn’t just leave it there now could I?? So while I waited for the inspiration to strike with what I was going to do with this newly acquired X mattress, I just left it under our back deck to get all nice and rusty until that day came! Well inspiration has struck, all while planting my sweet pea seeds can you believe? Here is the story about my Rusty Spring Sweet Pea Garden!
Rusty Spring Sweet Pea Garden
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- Tin Cans
- Wire – I had some left over wire from when we made our Veggie Patch Amazon have the same one we used.
- Rusty Old Spring Mattress
- Sweet Pea Seeds or seedlings
- Potting Mix
- Gardening Gloves
We have a spot that is right near our pond in the front garden which gets the perfect amount of sun. So hubby being the gentleman that he is helped me carry the mattress up to it’s new home! Luckily most of the foam and material had been removed when we picked the mattress up, so not much prep work was needed. Yayee! 🙂
To start this fun project I hammered some nail holes into the bottom of the tins for drainage. Then ensuring that your gardening gloves are on (as potting mix can be soooo bad for you, especially when pregnant) popped in some potting mix and then sprinkle in your sweet pea seeds or if you have seedlings plant away!
If you remember my Tin Can Tinker from last year, these are the same tins that I used using the super fun Vintage Seed Labels from one of my favorite blogs Knick of Time. Angie has some wonderful fun Vintage Printables to use when your crafting away! Of coarse since I made them they have gone a little rusty and worst for wear but I don’t mind as they fit in with the rusty springs! 😉
I also had some newer tins that I had been saving as well!
Once your seeds have sprouted or you’ve planted your seedlings, use the wire to attached to the top of the cans an then loop into the to the rusty springs and fasten. I left my planting a little late this year so not many have sprouted yet. I still have more cans to add and also a trough at the bottom of the mattress once they have sprouted.
Handy Hint: Make sure you tighten the wire as much as possible so that the tins don’t slip through. I used my pliers to tighten.
I had a Rusty Candle holder that I hadn’t hung up yet on our back deck so I decided that this might make a nice addition to hang as well. This is where your imagination can go wild and use whatever you like to make it your own Rusty Spring Sweet pea Garden!
To give you an idea I used old sifter and popped a viola plant in it.
Or a rusty bird cage with some more Viola’s!
I made my garden angel a long long time ago again using bits of left over timber.
I also made a sign from a piece of pallet wood that I had left over from my Pallet Farmhouse Pantry Sign. I used exactly the same technique with this Sweet Pea Garden Sign.
Whilst it looks a little bear now, I am really looking forward to seeing the sweet peas twist and grow through the rusty springs and then show their happy little flower faces to create a beautiful Rusty Spring Sweet Pea Garden wall for us to enjoy 🙂 I’ll be sure to pop back here once they have grown and flowering to show you how it all turned out.
Happy Sweet Pea Planting!
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