Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Garden Stakes and A Garden Gate

After taking photos in my last post about the gardens, the sky opened up and we had buckets, no barrels of rain fall from the sky! We were afraid all the plants were going to be washed away...but their little roots held their ground, so to speak, and survived the crazy weather. Now we are having a few clear and sunny days to dry things out.

A few of you asked about the garden stakes and what we used to make them. They are fun and simple to make. Here is a list of supplies we used:

* Mallet
* Anvil (or a hard surface)
* Spoons (we found large serving spoons at thrift shops....more room for your words!)
* marker (or tape) to keep a straight line while you are hammering
* Stamping letters (used to label metal/ steel tools, we found these in the tool section of the home improvement store)

After you decide what plant you want to label, flatten one of your spoons with the mallet on the anvil. (This is my son's favorite part!) Then, make a straight line across the spoon with a marker, (or a piece of tape) and space out your letters as you go.

(the steel stamping set)

I have some tarnishing liquid used to bronze and age solder that could be used to instantly darken the engraved letters, but I didn't use it on these....I'm just going to let them "age" naturally.

(the Rosemary is new this year...and didn't float away with the rain.)

(the stakes survived the torrential downpours we've had the past few days...but the dirt around the Oregano looks washed away)


Since it was a sunny day and we didn't have to duck and run for cover from the rain (you don't use umbrellas in the Northwest, ☺), we visited a 2nd hand remodeling store yesterday. We had heard about this place that builders and contractors take their "left-overs" or unneeded supplies, you never know what you might find on any given day.

(the front side of the gate)

I spotted a pile of cyclone fencing and noticed something wooden and white entwined in it. The white turned out to be a little white picket gate! Of course it didn't have a price on up to the counter I went to ask. The girl followed me back and said, "Hmmm, is $15 ok?", I tried to contain my excitement...and said, "Sure."

(back view of the gate)

I was hoping it would fit in the cyclone fence gate we have now...but it doesn't unless we rebuild the area around it. So, for now it will be a 'decorative element' in my flower and herb garden! I think we'll put some brackets at the base so it will stand on it's own, and perhaps grow a climbing rose or sweet peas on it next year.

Roscoe: "Finally, a sunny day!" (I'm sure that's what his little dog brain is thinking!) ☺


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Suzanne, your garden stake spoons are fabulous!! I love them!

bayrayschild said...

You are a genious!
Love, love love your garden stakes!


Heather said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE this idea! the spoons are such a pretty addition to the garden, I need to ponder this ;)

Julie said...

Suzanne, Thank you for sharing the garden stake idea!!! I am having my husband make some for me!!!
I love the white garden gate!!! It looks simply wonderful in your garden!!1

Jacquelynne said...

That is a great little project!
Finally a sunny day here too- but it is supposed to rain again tomorrow!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Thank you! I'm so making these when I find those stamps!! I've been trying to find some fun markers and haven't liked any until you showed these!


Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

The garden spoon markers are WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing this great idea! These would be a lovely gift for a gardener too!

Carol said...

I love your garden spoons! Hey, I have two white schnauzers too! Only a schnauzer can lay like that with their back legs! I like your blog!

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