Went to my parents' home last weekend. Got up there around 7 and we went out to eat. Unfortunately, my mom's food was cold and my dad's Caesar salad was more of a soup considering all the dressing that was on it. Thankfully, they were taken care of - my parents aren't big complainers, so I told the waitress about Mom's dish, and she did the same for my Dad. My salad was great, though, so I don't know who prepared their dishes.
Anyway, this isn't about #firstworldproblems at restaurants, this is about THE WEEKEND.
It was a really nice time. My sister and her family are on spring break from school so the niece, nephew, she and my brother-in-law were out of the state. It's never happened before that I remember, except when I live din Iowa - that it was just my parents and me. I had fun. Got to help them cook and mucked about outside.
The big news is that Dad and I managed to build something this weekend. From scratch. It turned out so well that Mom decided she wanted one, but the base is some random TV stand that a neighbor of theirs was going to throw away and Dad saved it, so good luck finding another base, Mom.( Pics under hereCollapse )
The shelves facing out are all the herbs I have. They're sage, thyme, basil, rosemary and a couple others, except for the top one. That's where I have three kinds of onions - white, red and yellow that I'll pull out as needed and replace with new bulbs as I use them.
The planters closer to the wall contain my vegetables since they'll grow taller than my herbs: pepper plants, tomato plants...and that's about it. I have some sweet peppers and some bell peppers and some jalapeno peppers in there, too. The tomato plants in the bottom planter will be trained to go up the side of The Complex (patent pending all rights reserved)
, while one tomato plant is in the top planter will come down the side of The Complex.
I had the green planters since last year, but bought all four of the brown ones for this express purpose in mind once Dad mentioned it to me. I knocked out the bottom holes in all the planters so there is a trickle-down effect when watered (think The Human Centipede
but not as filthy) so they'll drain properly.
It took me about an hour and a half to get everything planted and covered in a mix of potting soil and normal soil, as well as mulched to help keep moisture in. That area gets direct sunlight between 6-8 hours a day, so I think I should be good. It was movable with the soil and plants in it, but I wouldn't want to lug it across town - or even to an awaiting car - so I doubt anyone will be stealing it (who would want it? Seriously?) and the wind shouldn't be an issue.
But, since it's getting chilly at night all of a sudden, I took to covering it with an old fitted sheet I use for painting. Seemed to work fine, ready to head home for lunch soon and check on them. These plants are my pets. Given the amount of time and money I have invested, I need this to work.
There's also talk of a community garden, but the ground hasn't been tilled yet so if The Complex does get run over by too much growth, I can always split the plants up and move some to the garden for everyone else to enjoy.
What do you all think of it? I considered painting the 2x4s, but they're pre-treated lumber so the paint would have done more harm than good since the pores are all sealed up anyway. I can see this thing lasting several years, even if I have to replace the planters in a couple years.