I had pretty much given up hope on pulling ivy in part of our back garden and resigned myself to just making it look halfway decent with garden accents. Then, last year a neighbor gave me ten shutters and I made two raised garden beds from them. It really worked, a way to garden even in a fifty-year-old ivy bed! I was hooked! So, last fall the whole area was weed whacked and smothered in mulched fall leaves from the mower. This spring, the ivy was mostly at bay and I started to dream of another garden. Serendipity! Another neighbor offered me their thirty-two old wooden shutters and The 32 Shutter Challenge began.
Three shutters now function as the garden arbor entrance. Click on the arbor to get more information on its construction!
Fourteen of the shutters became The Shutter Garden’s fence. To see how it was put together, just click on the picture below!
The finishing touch was putting together a potting bench using four of the shutters. Click on the picture to get more details and see how it was made!
Here’s the “Before” picture, a huge patch of English ivy and the first two raised beds repurposed from shutters.
And, the “After” picture! Here’s The Shutter Garden with all the pieces put together! From a huge bed of ivy to a vegetable garden!