I've been waiting to post pics until Mr. Husband finished our current project--a lattice-covered pergola to go over the concrete slab that was left behind when we tore down the old greenhouse that was attached to the garage.
In a previous blog post, I wrote about how we built a little fence/plant support grid at the end of it.
We do have one large old pecan tree there, but during the late morning, it was too sunny and hot to sit out there. Rudy loves to sit out there playing his guitar, and I needed a place to rest in the shade while gardening, so we wanted something simple that would help shade that spot.
After some head scratchin' and sketchin', he came up with this. Here's the first "in progress" photo, with the four posts.
But not for long! I just added another of my "So Simple it's Stupid" garden beds underneath the pecan tree on the other side, right by the new pergola. This one will have greens and other things that love the dappled shade. It's made of simple inexpensive cedar fence pickets (that I recycled from the former house), and large metal spikes I find at the hardware stores. I'm slowly building up the soil in this one, and another new one on the other side. I'm digging kitchen scraps directly into the beds. In this heat, they break down quickly. Then I'll top them up with compost that we've made here. Since there is native soil under there, although hard-packed, I won't have to add any soil brought in from other places.
And there's Mister Husband, admiring his handiwork!
Happy trails, and stay cool, y'all! It's H.O.T. out there!
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