Rats rats rats

The school age kids had a field trip coming up this summer where they were going to a garden center and learn how to make a vertical garden. Their teacher asked if I would help with the garden construction. “Sure,” I blithely said, not realizing that I had no idea how to do it.

Well, the time was getting closer, so I quick looked up how to do it. “Wrap a pallet in landscaping fabric.” Well, that seems easy as pie. So I did. But I did it wrong – there was no support underneath. Dang it!!!! I moved a board around, put some more fabric on….. and ran out of staples.

I brought the staples the next day but didn’t get around to putting more in….. and days went by……

The morning that I came in to fix it up, it turned out that the children had gone to the garden center the day before. Dang it!!!!!!

So, I took the beautiful vertical garden that the children had so lovingly planted that had a TON of dirt pushing out the landscape fabric on the back and straining the smattering of staples and re-did it. Dang it!!!!!

Dig dig dig. (Watch out for roots.)
Dump dump dump.

I took pieces of lattice and cut them – wrong the first time – then wrapped them in fabric and put them inside the pallet to support the dirt. Then I re-planted the sedums.

Here it is in photos:






A job that I thought would take half an hour took over an hour! Stupid plants. Stupid me.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Rats rats rats”

  1. Peggy Said on:

    Oh Lauren, I know this isn’t quite the compliment….but you are so more advanced in gardening compared to me!

    First, I don’t understand this whole gardening method, much less could I have particapated in it. I still don’t get it. Is the goal to have plants growing thru wood slats? And how does that benefit the plants?


  2. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    Murphy’s law. Almost every thing we start takes twice as long to complete than we think it will. Glad to know we aren’t the only ones.


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