DIY #1 - Planters and Trellises for the Back Yard

DIY #1 is complete! Even though the wedding is more than a year away, we've begun the beautification of the back yard. Starting to spruce it up now gives us time to get it right, and also will (hopefully) make the bar a nicer place to be for everyone. Here's what we made:

Before that wall looked like this:

We decided to build our own feed tank garden containers and found branch trellises. First, we gathered our supplies (which included several trips to Home Depot, Cole Hardware, Flora Grubb and even foraging for sticks). Then it was time to get to work! We flipped the tanks over and drilled holes ~3 inches apart from each other for drainage. This actually took us quite a while, because we'd forgotten our extra drill battery at home. :(

We placed the tanks where we wanted them, and filled the bottoms with rocks for more drainage, followed by soil. Then it was time for sticks! First, we added some vertical ones. The tallest ones even got feet nailed to the bottoms, which we buried under the rocks and soil. We just shoved in the smaller ones. We knew that everything would be nice and secure by the end, so we didn't worry too much. 

Then it was time to begin piecing in horizontals, and more verticals, too. Little by little, we added sticks, wrapping each joint with a piece or two of wire. This was more art than science.

Then it was time to plant. We chose jasmine for its sweet smell and two other types of vines for visual interest.

The very last step was securing the whole thing at the top with plumbing brackets. I don't have a great photo of that part, (and it's really not a noticeable difference), but it makes me feel better knowing these are secure. Now on to the next project!


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