Gettin’ Twiggy With It

While trimming back  some branches of the maple tree in the yard [to let more sunshine in for the tomato garden] an idea struck me.  Why not build an arbor of twigs?  It sounded easy enough and it actually was.  After the branches were relieved of their positions, we collected them together and trimmed off the leaves and smaller twigs.  Each of the branches thick end was placed at either side of the gate and wired to secure it.  I would image one could use metal fence posts too if wanted to make a free-standing arbor in the middle of a space.  With each branch put in place at the base of the fence gate, the thinner other ends were brought together in the middle from either side to form the arch.  I did incorporate a thicker chunk for the center, some thickness for the thinner twigs to weave around.  I used wire to secure all of this together.  The next afternoon I went in the wood behind the house and re-purposed some strangler vines  to wrap around the twig frame.  I didn’t need to wire these in.  Tuck one end in and wrap around and then find another spot to tuck the other end in.  Easy peasy.  The question now is leave it as is or plant a vine to wrap around the arbor.  Perhaps some lights.  Both?  I am sure we will figure something out.  Ideas are one thing we are never short on.

Here are some other idea for working with twigs via Pinterest.  A different style of arbor made of willow from Better Homes and Gardens.

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The Pallet – an extremely versatile raw material

The Pallet – an extremely versatile end product re-purposed as a raw material.  I am sure most of you have encountered the emergence of pallet uses on the social media circuits.  The ideas are numerous and range from simple to extremely creative.  There are more pallet DIY listing than you could even think about tackling.  You can start simple – the pallet garden is very popular and easy as is the pallet wine rack.  Cyndie and I just made two wine racks/shelves this afternoon from one pallet cut in half and an 6′ 2×4.

A few weeks ago I put together the pallet garden.  I went a slightly different route; I didn’t use the weed guard fabric for pockets.  I choose to, instead, use inexpensive plastic containers to hold the potting soil.  They were under $2 ea. and fastened to the pallet nicely with a short screw.  I drilled several holes in the bottom of the containers and added an a layer of pea gravel for drainage.  These containers did require some additional support once the soil was in place.  It wasn’t anything that a few more holes in the containers and some wire couldn’t remedy.  You can lean these pallet gardens against something or even lay them flat for that matter.  Most of the examples I have seen involve them mostly vertical; the idea being vertical gardening to save space.  I pounded two metal fence posts into the ground and wired the pallet to it for stability.

We planted herbs initially, but they didn’t seem to thrive for some reason or other – it was likely the location.  We removed the herbs and planted flowers instead.  We like it.  It is a welcome variant to the hanging flower basket – everyone has those :-).

A simple Google search for Pallet RePurpose Ideas will give you plenty of ideas.  Pallet RePurpose Ideas via Pinterest is another great source for ideas.  We are seriously considering getting enough pallets together to create some patio furniture.  The more I see and even do in regards to repurpose, recycle, reuse, reclaim and restored the more I want to keep going with these notions.  We consume and discard way too much on a daily basis – mostly under the guise of convenience.  That IS NOT progress by any means or measure.

Another emerging notion that we have been following and practicing [to a degree] is Grow Food, Not Lawns.  I’ve never been one to admire an expansive green weed-free lawn.  I have never understood how anyone would want to put that kind of time, energy and cash into a lawn.  A garden, now that is a different story – be it flower or vegetable – makes more sense to me.   Think about it, try it – your may enjoy it.