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Not only do ladders add height and interest, but provides open storage like a set of funky shelves. See our best Flea Market Gardening ideas and some fun projects you can do!

Hint: If you have a white house, choose natural wood trellis and plant any color rose! The steps can be widened or made into long shelves for planters and vines.

With bright paint or decorated with a collection of birdhouses, galvanized pails or watering cans they become garden art. Kirk Willis “This is a favorite project… My wife found this old wooden extension ladder on a curb with a “free” sign.

The planter boxes can be purchased or built from 1 x 6 boards and 1 x 2 trim wood around the top edges. She says, “I love my version of a ladder planter and I plan to put a shelf at the top with some decorative bird houses but I need more brackets!”

And usually you can find them for $5 at yard sales and I like both the tall ones and the short ones in the garden.”

Spray paint a metal or wood ladder, lay it on the ground and plant in the openings He picked it up for me and my daughter helped make it so pretty that people wouldn’t ask ‘Ummm, hey? While you wait, drill holes in the ladder steps where you’d like to stagger your pots as shown.

Attach bolts so they stick up about two inches and thread the nuts above and below and cinch down tightly. Dip the eraser end of the pencil into the black paint and make dots like a strawberry has.

Laura Goines found a cute way to hang her watering cans

Laura Goines, from The Little Shop Antiques and Gardens, uses a ladder to hang up the watering cans she uses.

LouJean Bailey “I found this old wooden ladder at a local flea market while out “junking” with my daughter. Every item on the ladder came from various junk stores or yard sales with the exception of the old boot on the bottom.

Also, the old rusty shovel hanging in front was one that I “played” with while gardening with my grandmother as a child. Barb Pawlik “Here’s our Bird House Ladder, leaning against the fence. My husband screwed on birdhouses to each step.” This can be done with a wooden or old metal ladder,…painted or not.

Cheryl Van Horn’s Flea Market birdhouse ladder

. . like Jeanne Sammons said the other day it’s nice to have the yard and Flea Market art to focus on when the plants aren’t pretty anymore in summer.” Ann Elias masked off stripes on her galvanized pails to add a pop of color to her ladder.

Barb Rosen, from ‘Our Fairfield Home & Garden‘ showed us her display of three ladders in red. Paint a cottage garden step ladder like Debbi Oeltjen’s!

In the color of your choice, prime and paint a ladder and two 1 x 12 boards cut to the lengths you like.

Nail or screw small wood blocks to the back ‘legs’ opposite each of the bottom two steps. Set in the shelves and have fun arranging your flower pots and treasures.

Audra DeGulis's old ladder with roses
Audra DeGulis's old ladder with roses
Annie Downs's rustic garden ladder
Annie Downs's rustic garden ladder
Kirk Willis's tool time ladder trellis
Kirk Willis's tool time ladder trellis
Shelley Work's planter boxes anchored with brackets
Shelley Work's planter boxes anchored with brackets
Melody Manahan's ladder brightens a shady corner
Melody Manahan's ladder brightens a shady corner
Nikki Byer's sturdy ladder planter
Nikki Byer's sturdy ladder planter
Annie Downs's rustic garden ladder
Annie Downs's rustic garden ladder
Heather Randall's roadside treasure
Heather Randall's roadside treasure
Make Dorothy Francke's 'strawberry pot' ladder
Make Dorothy Francke's 'strawberry pot' ladder
Laura Goines found a cute way to hang her watering cans
Laura Goines found a cute way to hang her watering cans
LouJean Bailey's Flea Market display place
LouJean Bailey's Flea Market display place
Barb Pawlik's hubs attaches the birdhouses
Barb Pawlik's hubs attaches the birdhouses
Make Barb Pawlik's birdhouse ladder
Make Barb Pawlik's birdhouse ladder
Cheryl Van Horn's Flea Market birdhouse ladder
Cheryl Van Horn's Flea Market birdhouse ladder
Sue Langley's Fall pumpkin display
Sue Langley's Fall pumpkin display
Ann Elias's ladder planter, before and after
Ann Elias's ladder planter, before and after
Barb's ladders from 'Our Fairfield Home & Garden'
Barb's ladders from 'Our Fairfield Home & Garden'
Make Debbi Oeltjen's ladder plant stand
Make Debbi Oeltjen's ladder plant stand

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