Building an Arbor Style Trellis

In the vegetable garden there is always a need for more space.  You never have enough.  The garden is constantly being filled with more plants than you really have room for and you have to find ways to organize it.  That's why going vertical is a great option and the most classic way to go vertical is to use a trellis.  For my March (yep I'm late) Lowe's Creative Ideas post I put together a trellis for growing my edibles with a little bit of arbor style.  This trellis would be an excellent option as a stand alone feature or could be incorporated into a garden fence as I am doing.  Lowe's sent me gift cards to purchase the supplies and I went to work! To build this trellis I purchased 2 8ft. 4x4's, 2 deck boards, a box of 2" deck screws, a box of 1 1/4" deck screws,…

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Yet Another Arbor!

You can never have enough arbors can you?  Arbors are the perfect portals for gardens.  They define the entrance, create a vertical element of interest, and just look pretty neat!  Today I put together a very simple gateway arbor as an entrance to the shade garden I've built for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  My last arbor used gutters to create planters but this arbor's purpose is to define the entrance to the shade garden.  It will also serve as a way to string a coated wire line around the perimeter of the garden to prevent deer from eating my hostas! The arbor is very simply constructed and from start to finish could easily be done in a single day of work.  In fact you probably could build several of these in that same day. I dug the post holes yesterday.  They weren't too hard to dig back in the shady and…

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Around Our Garden Landscape

This weekend after all the garden related chores were done for the day, and just before sunset came, I took a few photographs of how our gardens look this April.  I still have mulching, pruning, weeding, and many other things to do but I thought it would be a good time to share some of our garden with you.  These pictures are mostly of the backyard but there is one of our sideyard garden where the arbor is.  The first picture is a wide shot of the backyard.  The lawn in the middle is framed by the vegetable garden to the right and the birdbath garden to the left. One of these days I'll repair the birdbath and get it back out there!  This year has been extremely busy and I've put off some projects in favor of others.  The birdbath is one of the "do later" chores.  You can…

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