The last time I posted, I hinted that we had made some new additions to the gardens. Actually, my husband made them, but I was the idea person and supervisor. I excel at both of those things!
Over the years he has built a couple of stone benches, many raised beds for the vegetables, mason bee houses and now, clay pot stacks. My sister built some several years ago in her garden and I’ve always admired them, so now I have my own!
These are really simple to make; 1 length of rebar and a bunch of clay pots you aren’t using. I think our pieces of rebar are about 7 feet long, and that gives you a good 12 inches to pound into the ground, and then 6 feet or so of clay pot action. You simply thread the pots onto the rebar through the drainage holes, and put some kind of finial on top. We are partial to stars.They are a pop of color as well as a vertical feature. I’m still not quite used to them, and at a glance it looks to me like someone skulking around in the back yard. I can also startle myself with a scarecrow, which I haven’t put in the garden in several years. There could be a reason for that!
A few years ago local master gardener Athena McElrath did a gardening talk here at the library about using recycled items in the garden. One idea that we fell in love with at my house were the small tuteurs one could create using simple wire tomato cages turned upside down with a finial on top, gathering the “legs” together. A tuteur is simply a pyramidal garden trellis. We have quite a few of those around. They’re great in a big pot supporting a vine. You can see just a bit of it in this photo to the left.
The Camas Library has many books about gardening. That collection, in fact, rivals our large array of cookbooks. If you are interested in adding interest to your garden, search the library’s catalog under the subject heading “garden ornaments and furniture.” I found quite a few, mostly shelved in the 717 area. Titles include Decorating Your Garden, Building Garden Ornaments, and Garden Accents.
As I hear the thunder reverberating around the building I’m reminded that we don’t have much of summer left, and soon we will be focusing on the inside rather than the outside. So far, though, it’s been a beautiful and abundant season. Get out there and enjoy it before it’s gone for another year!
Until next time, Judy