If you know any one thing about me it should be that I LOVE FLOWERS and I LOVE TO GARDEN. We have worked tirelessly on this house, yard and everything in-between since moving here. Some days it seems that we have only made a small dent. Other days I can stand back and at least be satisfied with the dent made instead of knowing more must be done to reach even a smidgen of satisfaction.
Last week my daughter and I were out in the garden area & I was showing her things I have done and explaining what more was left to do. The project I had worked on I was pretty proud of although it was not complete . Much to my surprise she said “that’s so Martha Stewart” I was almost offended until she followed with “I want one”. Whew I thought! I am doing something right.
It isn’t complete yet, but I will share with you what I’ve got so far. Here is looking at the front of the greenhouse. Barrels of potatoes there in blue and the butterfly/herb garden is in very slow process behind us.
excuse my mess. Everything is under construction here at the farm so nothing is very pretty yet … but it is pretty cool … my idea was to have a shaded entrance to the greenhouse (all over in the tall weeds back there still not put up) while providing a place to grow my green beans & cherry tomatoes.
the first part of my construction consisted of T-Posts (recycled) with hog wire (recycled) ran between them to support the bean rows I had planted until I could talk Joe’s daddy (my husband) into getting the materials needed for the entrance I had in mind. I just finished running a second piece of hog wire along the top half today as the runners were over the top of the first piece. This piece will be permanent as I was able to nail it to the actual frame of the walk way instead of T-Posts. Lena was a big help to me today getting this done. She handed me the fencing nails as I needed them 🙂 We used landscape timbers for the 4 corner posts & 14 ft 2×4’s for the top rails. I want to get 2 more for the very front & back but for now the 3 I have in place are doing the job they were intended to do. At the outer underneath edge of each 2×4 my husband drilled a pilot hole and we screwed LARGE eye hooks into each. So we screwed in 6 eye hooks. One each to support each cherry tomato plant. Didn’t know they climbed? Well they do! I used baling twine from the goats hay to run supports for my ‘maters (recycled & free!!) well free the second time anyway
pretty cool huh?
When I am all done I intend to have 5 total 2×4’s running the top with hog wire between each for support of foliage growth & shade cover. I want to put lattice up the front corner posts and along the top rail. Each black mineral tub (recycled, thanks dad) up front of the entrance has a geranium each as well as a flowering vine planted to the back. (see picture #1) The lattice & vines will add color to the entrance of the greenhouse. I also planted 4 cloves of garlic around each tomato plant and arugula around each tub. pshhh that’s so Martha? huh that’s so ME!