I've been bitten by the gardening bug! It happens every year around the end of February - I start dreaming of handfuls of warm, earthy soil filtering through my fingers. Visions of Virginia Creeper, pole beans and yellow roses dance through my head and I begin envisioning new plantings for our summer delight. And Master Hand Grenade starts twitching.....
Over the years Master Hand Grenade has become my right hand when planning and constructing outdoor infrastructure. With Sir Knight gone at work all day, Master Hand Grenade has taken over, acting as Senior Contractor for all of my myriad projects. I tell him what I need and he, in turn, gathers materials, locates tools and begins planning. Armed with paper, a pencil and a tape measure, he lays out my design, carefully noting measurements and then begins cutting. Soon, my latest flight of fancy begins taking shape.
|Measuring and marking|
|Using a level as a straight-edge|
|Making a cut|
|Master Hand Grenade's work shop|
|A project complete|
Although rustic, our cold frame cost us nothing to build. We used salvaged wood from my parents old barn, rescued windows from our church, screws we had in the tool box, hinges that we had scrapped from another piece of furniture (long since gone), compost from our back yard and soil from another raised bed. We also managed to build a couple of other little trinkets to tuck here and there. One window we made into a decorative shelf and attached it to the chicken coop and another we built into a planter box and affixed it to the children's playhouse. This spring we will fill the planter box with dirt and load it with a bevy of floral delights.
|The chicken coop shelf|
|The play house planter box|
Spring is in the air and I intended to take full advantage! It all starts with a make-do cold frame - who knows where it will end?!