This blog post is written with great fondness. I updated me blog recently and then halfway through, it failed. I was not able to continue the process and lost my blog the whole day! I still can’t believe that I am writing this! I didn’t realize how much this blog meant to me. It has been a documentation of my creative process for five years. It also meant my day was pretty useless! I hate that! I did learn a lot though…. Anyway, this post is about my recent garden beds that I created using material that was headed for the dumpsters!
This shot shows Stuart’s surprised face that I actually completed it.
I first started with a covering for my 5 gallon buckets for my tomato plants.
I then came up with an idea for a larger bed. This location was great for the sunlight and also gave some covering for the garage sitting area.
The pieces that I used where small. Stuart pointed out that the reason that the construction workers were getting rid of them is that it takes a lot of time to put them together and create something useful. The time that this takes may not be worth it. For me, I had whatever time I wanted to put into it. So, I pieced them together, cut small pieces to drill and screw and glued them to create the bed. If looking for scrap wood, visit a construction sight and politely ask if they can leave their discards outside of the dumpster. All of this would have just gone to the dump.
I was really happy with how it came together. I wasn’t so happy with the back part of it though. I had one piece of white board and a bunch that just looked dirty and gross (yeah, it is a garden bed, but there is an antique shop right on the other side of our yard). I thought that I would try and give an antiqued look to the back. I wish that I took a photo before to show the difference! I started with black spray paint, then a warm brown stain color and then a wash of pinkish white. I may add a warm brown to match the front, but I think that I may just leave it as is.
I also did this to the poles that I created. These were just two by fours that I cut on the top to look like fencing. I also drilled holes every 6 inches to run wire through. This will become my trellis for peas and beans.
I also wanted to clean up the leaves from the side of the house and create a layer at the bottom of the garden bed. This took some time!
I was able to get just the right amount! This photo shows the inside and how the pieces are put together. I now need to get some manure and soil!
Today after breaking myself away from my computer, I transplanted my seedlings and am excited to put things in the garden! Here is also how I extended the tomato section. (Something must have been on my phone to create this hazy affect)
Do you garden? Do you like to use upcycled materials? In total, I used all upcycled wood, buckets, screws (some upcycled and some that were already part of my collection, glue that I had already (will need more though) and paint that I already had and needed to use. Overall probably the most expensive part of this project will be the soil. I have started most of my plants from seed and once the garden is ready I will also plant some seeds. Exciting!