|Project by justjoel||posted 07-28-2013 10:14 AM||1395 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
It was my intention to wait to post this project until the Black-eyed Susan Vine was covering the fence and flowering, but I’ve lost my gardener’s patience on this one.
I started seedlings indoors, but they were all tall and spindly when I transplanted them (started them too early was part of it), and didn’t do well. So I planted more seeds a week or so later and the original transplants are now doing about as well as the new ones, but both are way behind. They’ve made quite a showing, comparatively, in the last week or so, and I’m encouraged that with the 45 days or more of warm weather left in the season that I might yet get my wish (they’re supposed to be fast growers). But we’ll see.
I sketched the plans all out with different layouts, and after fiddling with it a bit settled on this one, which was the one I liked best in my drawings too. Of course to get to the point where I’m planning the layout with the boards themselves I had to let them dry completely and then rip the fence boards and cut them to length.
Once I had the plan and everything cut twice and measured once, I made a jig to drill the holes with the long bit that I had to buy. Must say that I was a bit reluctant to do this part without a drill press, drilling a 2 3/4 inch-long hole through a 3/4 inch board, but they turned out more consistent than I was expecting.
I’ve been planning this thing for over a year now, and stumbled on the beads last fall at a thrift store, $2 for a gazillion of them on a couple of strings. Stringing the boards and beads on the copper wire I’ve had for years was harder than I thought, and by the time I had a good system going, I was done.
I made little “planters” and then I used some of my scavenged conduit as posts to pound into the ground, and spray-painted them a bit to blend in better with the wood. I added the solar lights to help keep the two-and four-legged critters from stepping on them, and the various balls and toys from landing on them. I still need to move the fire pit over, further away from this fence, then I’m hoping to find (for free or for cheap) one of those maybe 2ft diameter, all metal (cast iron?), round cocktail tables and two chairs to put between the “planters.”
-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell