Upcycled Garden Trellis

Got wood?

Better Half and I love nature and natural looking surroundings.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have the odd man-made sculptural piece or two scattered throughout our gardens, but it does mean we try our darndest to use and reuse what nature has provided.   We’ve picked up and reused more rocks than anyone on the planet, and since we have a plethora of trees, we love to use the different wood for projects.  Who can improve on Mother Nature?

This 6′ garden trellis is last week’s project.  We used cedar trees we were thinning for the three legs and support beams.  Cedar was a natural choice since it’s basically rot resistant.  Instead of burn piles, why not use honor the trees and give them a second life?  We also have tons of grape vines and honeysuckle vines; those we used to wrap around the trellis.  Basically, we cut the three legs from the cedars to a height of about 6.5′.  We “teepee’d” the three legs and made support beams out of the remaining cedar pieces which we secured with wood screws we had on hand.  Then we had fun wrapping the vines all over the trellis.  From start to finish it took less than 2 hours, and we think our free trellis looks great.  (We even made another one that’s slightly different–I’ll show you another time!)

We will be planting cardinal vine on the trellis for the hummingbirds, and we think they too will appreciate the beauty of this natural, upcycled garden trellis!  Walking around the woods and thinking outside the box was a great way to spend the afternoon with Better Half!

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Uber Tubers!

I’m a spud farmer and didn’t know it.

How can that be?  Well, apparently when one picks up a sweet potato vine at their garden center, at the end of its growing season it will produce a potato! Seriously, all these years of buying these darn things, and I never knew I had a lovely spud in the mix!  Did you know that?

I’m trying an experiment.  I had a lime and purple sweet potato vines (which produced one tater each) so I’m trying the old avocado pit/toothpick trick by growing them in water.  I’ll report on their progress . . . or failure.  They’re already rooting.  By the way, that little vase on the right is a $1 thrift find.  Love the colors.

Maybe I should just go ahead and boil ’em, mash ’em, butter ’em, and eat ’em.  Nah, I’ll be patient.

Gosh darn it, I love the spud.

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