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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Arbor Materials

We did our shopping trip at The Home Depot recently in preparation for the construction of our new arbor for the 48 Hour Blog Challenge. Today I thought I'd tell you a few of the materials that are being used.

Pressure treated pine lumber of varying dimensions, natural cedar stain, screws, two solar lights, 16" retaining wall stone, retaining wall cap stones, black chain, and eye hooks. Those are just the building materials. The plant list will be coming soon! 

We are using 4"x4"s for the main posts, 2"x8"s for the front and back cross beams, and a mixture of 2"x4"s, 2"x2"s, 1"x2"s for a variety of other uses. The retaining wall stone will help create some borders and will blend the various gardens together (front garden, self sowing garden, corner shade garden) to create the side corridor garden. We will be using the cap stones as stepping stones to draw the eyes down the pathway and into the corridor. I also have some nifty ideas regarding the eye hooks and chains I think you'll enjoy.

Once the project is complete I'll give you a few sneak peaks at our work before the official post goes up on Friday April 24th. I won't reveal the overall project until that post goes live, just some tasty tidbits to whet your appetite.  Then you will get to vote for your favorite garden guy in the 48 Hour Blog Challenge. Oh wait! I think I'm the only one.  Now it's time to get busy, really busy!

8 comments :

  1. I didn't know about the B&G 48-Hour Challenge until clickin on the ad banner on your site yesterday. I've been busy lately with writing and not had time to visit all my usual blogs. Plus, it's warmin up here now and I suspect I'll not be online as much as I was during the cold months. (I'm sure that's the same for a lot of us.) I think the challenge is neat and and I also think you know who'll I'll be rooting for (no pun intended). Who's helpin with all the labor?

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  2. It looks so exciting, I can't wait to see the in progress photos. Not to mention the finished product!

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  3. It will be perfect no matter what you build! (Is that over doing the cheer leading too much? Tennessee blogging friends have to stick together!) gail

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  4. You got my curiosity up. Can't wait to see what's going on.

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  5. I can't wait to see all these materials come together in the finished product!

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  6. I read this on your BHG challenge and really like how it is going on there with the 'competition'. A neat thing.

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  7. Hi Dave, it sounds so exciting. I can't wait to see it, and you will always get my vote, even if you are the only garden guy! :-)
    Frances

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  8. TC,

    Understood! I tend to get online less during the growing season. Too much to do outside to get behind a keyboard!

    Heather,

    The finished product will be visible very soon. Too bad it's raining right now or I would have it 100% complete! I may have to build an ark for my next project.

    Thanks Gail,

    Everybody needs a little cheering sometimes!

    Lola,

    It's coming very soon, check out the BHG site on Friday!

    Thanks Racquel!

    Tina,

    I'm enjoying it so far. Although I think many of my neighbors may wonder "what in the world is that guy doing?" sometimes.

    Thanks Frances!

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