Cucumber Supports

Built from scrap wood and chicken wire:

Cuke Support

Cuke Support

Cuke Support


Rustic Trellis

My son and I built this trellis for our neighbor. It is made from scrap wood and left unpainted for a very rustic look. The instructions for the trellis were found in “The Garden Trellis” by Ferris Cook.

Garden Trellis

It will be supporting a honeysuckle vine.

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Foot Bridge

After many years of wanting, we have built a foot bridge over an old irrigation ditch on our land. I have always liked the look of the ditch, and wanted to preserve it as much as possible, but it was bothersome getting a wagon or wheel barrow across. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we were blessed with some lumber by a neighbor, we used part of it to build this foot bridge.

I had never built a foot bridge before, a little on line research, some effort to clean up the old lumber, an idea and drawing of what we wanted, behold, we have our bridge. There is a little landscaping to do on the approaches, tomorrow will be soon enough for that task.

Here are my son and I after the job was finished, both very, very happy with our little bridge.

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Rail Road Tie Steps

This year we helped a neighbor do a bit of cleaning around their place, in exchange for our work we were blessed with some scrap lumber. One of the pieces we brought home was an old rail road tie, I had the perfect spot for it. What would have been burnt or thrown out is now a set of steps in our landscaping scheme.

With no steps:

First step:

We brought in a new rock to fill in the gap and then put the second step in:

Looks like it has been there for ages. That’s my Jennifer in the wheel barrow, isn’t she cute!:

Our next project is a bridge and then a gate for Jennifer’s garden.

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Re-purposing a Dog House

We have been re-purposing the old dog house. It has sat empty for many years, the roof was beginning to deteriorate, it was an eyesore, and there was still lots of good wood on it. “Waste not, want not.” Instead of letting it go to nothing it became our new cold frame.

First we removed the roof, keeping all the good wood to use for repairs that needed to be done to make it into a cold frame. When the dog house was built it was well insulated, with double wall construction. To cover the entrance a piece of plywood from the old roof was cut to cover the whole front side, it was glued and secured with screws. On the inside another piece of plywood was fitted, after putting in some insulation, thus finishing the double walled construction all the way around the structure.

Some on line research showed that white is the preferred color to paint the interior and exterior of the cold frame. The box got one coat, inside and out, from an old bucket of flat white exterior paint, it will need another coat, probably in the spring.

The cold frame will have glass doors on it when completed but for now it will be covered with plastic.

It works!

At one point the temperature was up to 105.5 the outside temperature was in the mid 60’s. We pulled the plastic cover almost completely off to keep the plants inside from baking, one little plant had begun to wilt.

The total cost of this project $0.00 using only things that were laying around the place. The glass doors will cost nothing, we have glass from some old storm windows. Wood will be used from the dog house roof or out of the scrap pile, it is just a matter of designing them, cutting the glass, constructing and installing, my husband has chosen to do this part of the job.

I am looking forward to learning what can be done with this new tool to increase the amount of produce we can grow at home.

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Lined Basket

Another “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” project.

We needed another holder for our cloth dinner napkins, the one we were using was too small and breakable. I used a basket from a purchase made 20 plus years ago, a scrap of white muslin, and a scrap of yellow fabic from my fabric scrap stash. I stayed with the same embroidery motif that I have used on our table cloth and kitchen curtains.

Here are the results of my labors:

Lots of room for the napkins, and napkin rings:

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