rusty garden finds

rusty smile
rusty horseshoe rusty handle
rusty rake rusty hook

I have been finding all sorts of things buried in my garden. In addition to happiness and potatoes, these are photos of long ago tools. Some are abandoned tools from fairly recent gardeners, I think others are old items from the farm here 100 years ago. The space our Victory Garden plots are on was used for livestock and crops prior to 1950.

I have hung these items on my fence or displayed them on rocks. Kind of like garden art or old family photos. My favorite is the enormous and very rusted horse shoe. Maybe worn by an old draft horse? I feel its bringing my garden good luck this year!

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  • Great little collection. Wonder what that first thing is? And the hook looks really, really scary! I can feel the tetnus shot just looking at it!

  • So cool. I love finding “old things” in the ground while gardening. When I first started gardening in my yard and was digging up new flower beds, we kept finding shoes, never a match, but in one day, I think I found four shoes. My neighbor said to me, you better watch when you pull that up to make sure there is nothing attached! Strange, huh? Maybe there was some old secret about burying shoes in your garden.

    Anyway, love your blog and Skippy is GORGEOUS! I have not yet started a gardening blog, although gardening is a great passion of mine. Maybe soon.

  • Cool horse shoe! It’s amazing what can be found in land that’s been used for crops for so long. I dug a new bed in my allotment garden recently and found a 4p coin from 1838!


  • I love old rusty stuff. It looks so pretty when you place it decoratively in the garden. I’d be very careful where you put the hook though…that thing looks like it could seriously hurt someone!

  • I found a rusty door lock and key on my plot last week which was quite curious. I also have to be careful because the local fox buries little gifts for me that can be a little gruesome if you stick your fork through them! 🙂

  • Your garden decorations are not as scary as what one of our allotment neighbors has on hers – some sort of animal teeth! Please, someone, tell me what the reason for that would be!

    Karen in DE

  • MarianLondon(UK)
    May 19, 2009 7:42 PM

    Interesting the first object ‘Rusty Smile’ (great!) Looks like it is designed to move as it seems locked at one end and hinged to slide/move at the other, could it have been used in conjunction with leather harnesses for horses or even for a large ground plough/tool pushed or pulled by a person? Fascinating, the history of the land and decades of work, cultivation and community.


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