If you’re in the garden with my mom – well if I’m in the garden with my mom, I just never know what little thing that I’ve mentioned will turn up on my doorstep, er. . .I mean, at my garden gate. . .
I think we actually were in the garden when I asked after the bamboo patch that grows in her neighborhood. I was wondering if we were to cut some, if I could use it to kind of, build something? in my garden? She said that this year’s bamboo wasn’t nearly ready for cutting (this was back in April) and I forgot all about it. When the time rolled around for our birthday (I was born on my mother’s 25th birthday), in May, I was a little surprised (though I shouldn’t have been) when my mom showed up with six, eight foot, bamboo poles. The bamboo patch wasn’t ready for cutting but you can buy those babies right over at Lowe’s! How’s that for a birthday present? Does your mother buy you sticks for your birthday? It’s okay. You don’t have to be jealous.
This project could not be simpler, quicker, or easier. Seriously. The most time consuming part was lugging a step stool out to the garden . . . but I guess I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m hoping that you’ve noticed by now that the projects I show you really are very simple. I am pretty much a beginner at all of these things and so I am just figuring them out myself as I go along. I never said that I know the best way to do something. And please don’t ever think that I’m going to be saying that my way is better than your way. I’m just trying to get some things done. . .and when it works out. . .why not share?
Here is how I made my simple morning glory trellis. The materials list is kind of long. . .you will need:
Twine * Sticks * Scissors
Do you want me to wait while you get a pen? How about some visual aids?
In order to make these three ( i have six of them but i only used three for this project) bamboo poles into a tee pee, I simply crossed the ends over each other and used the garden twine to bind them together. I did this while they were lying on the ground. After I tied up the top (just wrapped them in a random pattern), I placed the tee pee into a BIG pot that has been living out in the garden growing weeds for a couple of years and it turns out that even with the step stool I lugged out there, I am not 10 feet tall.
That’s really all there was to it. I just jammed the poles as far down into the dirt as I could – being careful to keep the three of them even so it would stand straight. You can grow the flowers in a pot or right in the ground. Same goes for the tee pee – you can stick it into a pot or other container or you can drive the bamboo poles directly into the ground. The flowers? Yes. I guess I neglected to mention that you will need some morning glory seeds. Most of the morning glories that I put in this pot are “volunteers” from last year’s crop. I have read that morning glories don’t transplant very well but I had no trouble pulling up a mess of little baby plants that grew on their own and sticking them into the pot.
I did buy another packet of seeds just to have a little more variety on the color but (at least in my area, zone 5) once you start growing these guys you won’t ever have to buy seeds again. In the area of the garden that had morning glories last year there must be 50 plants growing this year. And, by the way, last year’s plants started out as a shovel full of seedlings dug up from my mother’s house. In the picture above – you can’t see that I’ve planted seeds for red morning glories in between these more established blue ones.
And just like on TV I have some much more recent pictures of the progress going on with the morning glories. Here you go:
What have you been doing in the garden? I mean besides standing around with your hose in your hand and praying that your well doesn’t run dry. I can’t be the only one doing that. Truthfully, these morning glories have suffered a bit from the drought (no measurable ran in over a month), but it rained today (FINALLY!) and so I have high hopes! What else do you think you could grow on a trellis like this one?
I also built the cages for my tomato plants this week – I’ll be back with those on Wednesday. Would you believe me if I told you I used YARDSTICKS to build tomato cages?? I did. Come and see.
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breida (with a b.)