Hi – Brenda Tripp here in good ole southern Illinois! It’s a bit cold today and not one of my favorite times to be outside, so I thought I would sit in the warmth of my computer room and garden via computer with you.
This snow-covered scene is in a section of my veggie garden that I call my Vertical Garden. I’m retired, so you can guess my age, and I built this area of trellis for the garden after I retired.
It was a tussle, as there are twelve cattle panels that I folded over and wedged in between four steel fence posts. I stood on a 5-gallon bucket to hammer the steel posts into the ground.
I did this in about six days, seven years ago. I paced myself by doing two or three of the arches each day.
The Vertical Garden is a wonderful place to hang out.
It has been a great area to grow gourds and also a wonderful place for pole beans (all kinds), blackberries, and clematis, and now I’m trying to get kiwi to grow and produce—though I am having trouble getting both the male and female plants to grow.
A harvest of gourds from the Vertical Garden.
Tromboncino squash growing in the Vertical Garden. This unusual squash can be harvest immature and eaten like a summer squash, or you can let it mature and enjoy it like a butternut squash.
Hubby and I live in the country, and sometimes it works well to make do with what you have. We just have to get a little creative. I purchased a couple of Japanese red maples, and the hostas and yellow moss I had elsewhere and dug up chunks for here. There was an old crabapple stump that I left and covered with the white upside down planter, which I topped off with an old satellite dish that I spray-painted blue. Then I put all the dirt the dish would hold, patted in some yellow moss, and added the blue gazing ball. The hosta took off, and the yellow moss has done great too. This was a fun project, as all of my garden projects are.
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