Tuesday, July 05, 2011
A New Garden
It all started when the wheelbarrow died. We inherited that thing with our house from the prior owners. I never understood why they left it behind until I went to buy a new one and realized how light and easy to push they are. The one we had is an old, heavy monster. I can't even tell you how heavy that thing is. It took 2 of us to carry it to the back yard once we got the wheels off. Anyhow, I'm getting ahead of myself. I bought us a new, shiny orange wheelbarrow and the old one stayed leaning up against the barn next to it. It needed to go to the dump but no one was looking forward to taking it there. One day in late-May I was out mowing the lawn in the back by both the playhouse and the back of the barn where the wheelbarrow's were, and I got a brilliant idea. What if the wheels and metal wheel base could come off, and I put it as the centerpiece of a new garden. As I mowed, I planned and plotted and daydreamed about the new garden I was going to build.
I got The Boy™ when I was done and he agreed with my suggestion that the wheel and metal bars could come off. He didn't ask why when I offered that I had an idea for it, if it worked.. he just did it. He's awesome like that. I would've asked a million questions and huffed if he wouldn't tell me. It took him a while, and some WD40, as those bolts were really rusted on there, but eventually he got it all taken apart. We lugged that thing over by the fence, and I rested it right on top of where one of the old pine tree stumps are still rotting in the ground. I can't grow anything there anyhow, so it was perfect. He agreed with keeping it there (if it was too hokey for him, I was going to abandon my idea) and the base of the garden was born.
Two of the plants back there were already in place. I put them back there last year with the idea of planting a flower garden, but that was as far as I ever got. You can see them on the far left near the fence post, and at the very left edge of the front of the wheelbarrow frame. I also put in perennial sweetpeas on two sides of the playhouse last year, and two of them survived the drought-filled summer and harsh winter. The plan is to lattice around the bottom of that which will keep the cat from leaving dead animals there, and give the plants a base to grow up into the posts of the playhouse.
linking to: Just a Girl