Those two pretty days, back in January

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Those two pretty days, back in January

New garden bed, freshly plowed, rocks removed.

New garden bed, freshly plowed, rocks removed.

The last couple days of January were lovely and after the past two weeks of snow, I’m thinking back to them very fondly. So here’s what I did on my two days. I tilled up the spot that will be two new garden beds in the veggie patch. Tilling is my only alternative to having my knees replaced from the shoveling in such rocky ground. Above, the rocks have been removed already. Then you have a lot of rocks to put somewhere.

Make a wire tube, and fill them with rocks for a cool column..

Make a wire tube, and fill them with rocks for a cool column..

So I’ve started making rock columns like Ozark farmers of old, the ones you see at the corners of garden spots and fields around here. (Does anyone know what these stone filled columns are called in the Ozarks?) They are actually handy. You can build tables on top, or use them as the base for a garden planter. When you have this many rocks in your soil, you figure out variousways to use them. But one of my new year’s resolutions was to have more fun making garden ‘art.’  I’m not talking fine art, I’m talking fun art.

The concrete chicken (thanks Jane!)

The concrete chicken (thanks Jane!)

So you take a concrete chicken, and add it to your stone column. Oh, and I built the column on top of a stump, which I’d previously decorated with a broken rake, painted purple of course…

Voila! Garden Art!

Voila! Garden Art!

And there you have it. I’m going to add a few more objects, and call her “Our Lady of Larrapin.” That’s what I did with my two pretty days at the end of January.

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