Welcome to week 3! The plants have really started to grow and are filling in the spaces. I got the drip irrigation all plumbed, bay leaf tree in a large pot (that I found for a steal at Sam’s Club), storage benches made and finished, and the start of the equipment wall and privacy screen in place. I’d be lying if I said I’m right where I would like to be, but honestly when I think about it, we accomplished a ton this past week.
We were also assaulted by an endless march of hungry caterpillars. But what’s a project without a little adversity? I spent a lot of time this week picking their fat, hairy bodies off of my new plants. However, the battle scars are still present – but that’s organic gardening right?
I made the storage benches out of inexpensive fencing panels and pressure treated wood. The small bench was made by cutting the fence boards in half. The come in 6′ lengths. The three longer benches were made with full length boards. I’ll post a tutorial soon.
After I built the benches and their tops I sanded them down, stained them with Minwax Wiping Stain in Kona and sealed them with Thompson’s Clear Water Seal.
This was a busy week and I feel like it’s only going to get crazier because next week we have Easter festivities and we will need to finish the equipment surround and privacy fence and once Mike is done with the rough framing he will be done helping. I’m so lucky I was able to talk him in to helping me build that equipment surround and privacy fence. I could not have done it easily (or well) with out his help. I can build the boxes and the benches and do trim work but when it comes to large framing members he really is incredibly good at it…even if it isn’t his, “cup of tea.”
So, to break it down: this week I built and finished the storage benches; finished all the drip irrigation and planted my large tree; set the post holders for all the posts in the privacy fence and the equipment surround; made many trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot and a trip to Ikea; celebrated a birthday; went to a funeral; had company for the weekend and went to a rodeo. Phew. That was a lot.
The plan for next week: get as far as possible with the equipment surround and privacy fence. Hope you plan to come back and see if we got anything done on it, feel free to check out some of other guest designers in the One Room Challenge, along with the 20 Featured Designers.
If you’d like to read more about this One Room Challenge, here’s links to the last five weeks for you to check out!
Week 1 – focuses on plans and detailed drawings of the space as well as before pictures.
Week 2 – Raised planter bed tutorial and the plants we chose for our kitchen garden
Week 4 – Diy build of the equipment surround
Week 5 – DIY GIANT Barn Door, Ikea hacks and diy solar pendant lights on a pulley
Week 6 – The Reveal
Hey Miss Joanie! How does your garden grow? Looking so good and the twins are adorbable. Please come and do my back yard. 🙂
This is coming along so well! I can’t wait for your tutorial, I want to make some benches and not think!
Thank you Megan! I promise to put one up soon!
I would love to! And thank you, I think they are pretty cute myself
Wow! It’s looking so good! I can’t believe how fast everything is growing. I love those storage benches too!
Yes! Everything is taking off, perfect Spring time project
Wow, it’s looking great! And I must ask, did you find that gorgeous pouf at Sam’s Club?
Thank you! Are you asking about the woven one? It’s from Ikea 🙂
Your garden is coming right along and I love the benches!
Glad you are following along!
This is quite the transformation!! Well done!
Those storage chests that double as benches are so handy and the perfect thing for an outdoor space. Love them!
Totally, I’ve already thrown all the pool toys in them 🙂
Your so impressive! I’ve had a little patch of dirt that I’ve wanted to plant forever! But, not knowing where to begin makes me put it off. Thanks for the inspiration!!
I hope you get one started! The boys would love to help you pull weeds and grow things to eat.
YESSS! The flowers are growing in nicely and I love your benches. This is going to be ohhh sooo awesome!
You are tooooo sweet!!!
Can I borrow your green thumb?! Your garden is looking great and I can’t wait to see everything with the privacy fence up!
If I don’t hook a drip system up to it, I will kill it. I don’t think I have that great of a green thumb lol but I do love having fresh veggies and herbs!
Those benches look so good that Kona dark brown- love them! Your plants have really taken off in such a short time.
Yes the Kona is such a great, rich color 🙂
That bench is fabulous! And the plants have really bloomed! Those caterpillars are crazy. Kudos to you for picking them all off. The space is looking incredible!
There were sooooo many. Thanks for following along!
Wow, those planters are gorgeous, how fun! Can’t wait to see the finished space!
Looking great as usual Hambel’s!! Keep up the good work.