Gourds of mystery???

July 14th, 2010 in member junk     
wahoolb wahoolb, member
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gourd plant loves the new trellis-had to shrink pic so I could post, lost a lot of the mattress springs all rusty
plant #2 is now starting to climb up the springs
vines have plenty of springs to climb up just add more rebar to keep it up if needed

Five years ago we planted gourds but with a small kids, I just couldn't give them any attention & they didn't make it. This past winter we had a septic tank diaster thus digging up most of my yard to fix the problem. Imagine our surprise early this summer when a strange vine started growing in our yard near where we dug it up. We were VERY HAPPY to discover it was gourds, some 100ft from where we had planted seeds 5 years ago. The vine has now become 2 & the gourds are growing like crazy. Took apart a box springs & added some rebar for support & made a nice now rusty trellis that is working great! People cannot believe how big the gourds are getting & how good my homemade trellis is working. Took off some springs for other uses. Loving the way it looks. Vine is in a bad place, but no one is allowed to touch it! We have to drive around it! Using water from our rain barrels we made this spring & that has made all the difference. Had to share our wonderful surprise from mother nature!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, seasonal, metal, plant holder, country, garden, outdoor spaces, gourds, box springs

Comments (13)

TWOwomenANDaHOE writes: Darling!

May all your gardens grow,
Jan Posted: 2:39 pm on February 16th
TWOwomenANDaHOE writes: Darling!

May all your gardens grow,
Jan Posted: 2:39 pm on February 16th
wahoolb writes: Thanks everyone! Update, we have had really horrible thunderstorms in the last couple days with some very high winds. My bedspring trellis with rebar held up perfectly!! I am inheriting an old clawfoot tub that has been left out in the woods for 30+years to use as a planter & may have to make another trellis to I can have fun with vines. I just loved all that pretty rust. Now to build the arm strength back up to separate the springs from the frames!!! Posted: 4:40 pm on July 17th
alicemom writes: That is just so clever! I love the combination.
smiles, alice Posted: 2:28 am on July 17th
BillyJo writes: Great idea. I need to start looking for bedsprings for my garden! Thanks for sharing the story, BillyJo Posted: 10:29 pm on July 15th
shabbychick writes: Looks like your mystery gourds are happy in their rusty vining spot! What a fun surprise, and such a clever use of an old spring (I've been looking for one - love those springs!!!)

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 11:08 am on July 15th
CottageElements writes: What a great surprise for you! The bedspring is a great idea as a trellis!

Lani Posted: 11:56 pm on July 14th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Garden art is what I call this sort of thing. :) LOVE the look of the rusty metal against the fresh greens!
Posted: 3:14 pm on July 14th
chippingcharm writes: Too fun...lucky you! Laurel Posted: 2:27 pm on July 14th
RustyDiva writes: Love it when planting turns out that way! Bed springs also make a great trellis. Nice job. Posted: 1:12 pm on July 14th
MakinItHappen writes: As a gardener, I can appreciate how neat this is for you. Looks great, too! Posted: 1:04 pm on July 14th
suewhitney writes: Too cute! What a great idea and a wonderful surprise.

Thanks for sharing,
Sue Posted: 12:33 pm on July 14th
JunkArchitect writes: Your gourds love all those curly bedsprings. What a great idea.

Posted: 12:20 pm on July 14th
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