One of my most favorite things to do is to repurpose something fun, whimsical, or FREE into a planter. Give me an old bathtub, some used drawers, or in this case a bird cage and in a few weeks it will be dripping with stunning verdigris.
I found this old antique bird cage on Craigslist and thought it had too much character to continue its life as a bird cage. Next I went to Buchanan’s Native Plants. Buchanan’s specializes in attracting specific varieties of butterfly and bird to certain indigenous plants. Isn’t it a wonderful metaphor for life to grow something that will attract the specimen that would normally have been captive inside? I like that idea.
Check out the video. I intend to get another larger one to accompany this one as a pairing. Wish me luck. In the meantime, make your own! The whimsy is just too much!
Here it is once again, my friends. Creeping up on one of my favorite times of the year, when the temps get warm enough to start thinking about putting plants in the earth.
Getting my hands dirty is one of the most satisfying things you can possibly do. I come from a long line of gardening gentlemen on both sides of my family. When I was a kid growing up, I never fully appreciated the gift of fresh from the garden food. It doesn’t taste the same as store bought food.
So I am challenging you, friend, to take up the task and feed yourself!
If you think you have a black thumb, stop. The Gentleman Caller is here to offer you some tips and insights to make your experience easy and efficient.
Today I offer my cucumber trellis.
The cucumber trellis is a simple lean-to structure. You can affix it to a fence, outdoor building, garage, any structure with some integrity. It will allow your cukes to grow upward rather than spread on the ground. This makes harvesting easier, and will likely give you an increase in your yield.
I used a wooden fence. Watch the YouTube video for full instructions.