I’m so excited about what DH has done to the deck. He completely trashed the old plastic lattice and built a new privacy wall from scratch. It looks so much more modern. (Here are the before shots.) I’m showing you a photo below but please realize, we’re still not done so it still looks a wee under construction but you get the drift. And on the other side, the lattice by the door will also be gone soon we hope. We’re envisioning a bistro table on the deck for coffee/tea and relaxing in privacy while being outdoors.
DH also found several bamboo window blinds left in our garbage bin behind the house. Not sure who left them there but I doubt they thought we’d actually use them. As you can see, DH attached them to the side of the deck to hide the lawn tools underneath. I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Maybe it will look better once we get the deck planters in place.
The two squash trellises are made from weed trees we cut from the yard a few weeks ago. Just enough branches for two trellises and since DH is the knot king, very fine and sturdy knots holding them together.
This trellis will be home to three zucchini plants although one would likely have been enough. I’m growing Raven, Golden Dawn and Clarimore. The Clarimore looks a little weak but we’ll see how it goes.
The second trellis will be used for Kabocha squash as soon as I can buy more mulch. I’m doing a modified lasagna method at the base of the trellises. Boatloads of newspaper, then a potting mix with organic fertilizer topped off with partially decomposing items from the yard. Mostly peanut shells from under the deck. After 10 years of feeding peanuts to squirrels, DH has amassed quite a lot of shells. Tho not enough for the entire garden area. I’m still going to have to find some free or cheap mulch to cover the rest of the newspaper and bring around to the front of the deck.
And here are a couple of snapshots of seedlings just transplanted into some containers in an effort to keep out the rabbits. I’ve also used chicken wire to keep the squirrels from digging up the seedlings. Seems to be working so far.
The big whiskey barrel was a garbage find in the alley behind our house. I wish I could find 5 more like this. They’re high enough to keep out rabbits, deep enough for just about any plant and I can staple chicken wire to the rim to keep out squirrels.
Oh, an remember this LED fixture DH put in the deck light?
Well, here it is at night. Cool eh?
So once we’re done, we can now host the neighborhood raves!