I've been eager to jump into some of the projects in my garden that will require my woodworking abilities, and although I've dabbled a bit over the winter and planned, it's time to really get busy!
The first project is this climbing rose, 'Zephirine Drouhin' next to the driveway.
As you can probably see, it's getting in the way. About 12' (3.6m) wide right now...
...and really blocking the driveway! Sure it's thornless, but still an irritation. (Weird that the deer don't really eat this one, but I'm thankful.)
It's hanging into my neighbor's yard the same amount approximately, as the pole supports I added a couple of years ago...
...are no longer adequate -- this big plant just keeps pushing them over.
So I'm building a sturdy, permanent support. I don't really know what it will look like yet, but I do know the most important part:
It will use these 4x4 posts.
The required tools:
The result of some manual labor:
(Post holes are the only holes that photograph well)
Here's a pro tip if you ever use a post hole digger and need holes dug of specific depth (which is almost always the case):
Add depth markings to one of the handles (if they don't already have them). Saves so much time!
The post level is also a time saver:
And the end result after two holes and a bag of fast-setting concrete:
I'll be staining the posts a darker color, but I already like the way the plant combines with the new "structure".
Next week I'll be showing you my final design and how I arrived at it, then building the rest of this support. Fun stuff!