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Project by justjoel posted 07-28-2013 10:14 AM 1569 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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justjoel

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hardiness zone 7a

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daltxguy

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posted 07-28-2013 12:41 PM

Awesome! Great looking and a clever use of a thriftstore find.
I like how it is flexible and you can move it or rearrange it at any time.
Will look great with the vine on it.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-29-2013 10:57 AM

What a clever idea! It looks nice and can be moved. I like the way it separates the eating/fire pit area from the rough and tumble grass play area and helps create the feel of a private little room. I think it will look lovely with the Black Eyed Susan vine growing up and around it.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 07-29-2013 12:09 PM

Great idea. You and I are “birds of a feather” in that we love recycling where possible.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-29-2013 05:31 PM

I wish you would come and visit for.. oh, I don’t know.. a month??!!! You would transform my yard!

This is wonderful. Love the flexibility. And you did that without a drill press. VERY impressive

it’s gorgeous> i’m glad we didn’t have to wait any longer :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 07-30-2013 03:10 AM

Yes, jroot, we like up-cycling, don’t we? :-) And I’m sure at least the conduit is much happier where it is, outside in the sunshine next to flowers, rather than in some dusty old wall or attic, with a bunch of wires stuffed up its…insides.

Well, Rad, the separation is exactly what I was going for, and the part my wife didn’t like when I told her about last year. I did it anyway. But, without the flowers growing on it it’s not fitting the picture in my head. I may end up moving it out front sometime, and that was indeed part of my design, DG, movability.

Deb, I’d consider it a respite to come work my tail off in your yard, trust me (but the bindweed is all yours!).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-30-2013 08:55 AM

gee. thanks, re: bindweed

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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hardiness zone 6b

posted 08-03-2013 10:45 PM

That’s rather spiffy. Whimsical even.. Do you plan on making it longer down the road, or just leaving it that length?

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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justjoel

1063 posts in 2069 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 08-23-2013 09:38 PM

Scott – I’ll likely leave it alone, unless I move it. It wasn’t hard to make, really, but somewhat time consuming, and that is the thing I have the least of. Would be difficult to add to it with the way it is wired or strung together (though not impossible).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Iris43

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posted 08-28-2013 01:05 PM

I really like the way it fits the spot you have it in now. As RFG said re. defining the areas.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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