Out in the greenhouse of my first Oregon home were large raised beds of sandy soil for planting rows of baby shrubs and trees. The beds were framed by 10-foot-long pressure treated boards just begging to be fashioned into something more fun. Serendipitously, I uncovered half a dozen concrete footers out there as well. A big box of 2 1/2″ deck screws was all I needed to bring an idea to life.
When I found more wood, I added stairs and an herb garden. A pile of bricks and several buckets of sand turned into a fire pit just beyond. A neighbor down the street was having a wooden pole fence put in around their horse ranch. They were more than happy to watch a truck load of end pieces leave with me. Made a good border.
And, true to my home improvement addiction, landscaping followed, including this wide flower border along the house and a large organic garden out back.
Unable to control myself, I installed an entire variegated boxwood hedge along the edge of the property, which you can just see in the back. Thanks to the greenhouse, 99% of the plants were free because I either found them in there or started them from seed.
April 17, 2006