ZZZzzzZZzZzzz.. That’s how I feel right now. We’ve been doing so much garden work that my arms are barely able to lift my tea cup up to my mouth. My arms are itching all the way down to my fingers due to getting some sun (even after making sure to apply a high SPF specially made for us ghostly creatures). And my mind, well my mind just wants some mashed potatoes and sleep. And ice cream.
Last Fall during the morning before Hurricane Sandy arrived, we ran up to the roof and quickly ripped out our vertical fences (along with our beautiful Sugar Snaps that were so close to start producing peas *cry cry*). We did it quickly. I was crying, both scared from wind and because of having to kill my sugar snap peas. So with the fences down, we had to re-construct them, but this year we wanted them even stronger. Instead of just putting up poles and a fence, Matthew created a rectangular structure that supports the fence in multiple spots. One day in and we can already tell it’s going to withstand wind gusts (we get high ones up on the roof) much better.
Lots of friends always talk about gardening on their roof, but they aren’t sure how to grow vertically as there’s no natural fence, wall, or tree to help assist plants that want to grow high. You need to be crafty. You need to be extra safe, the last thing you want to think about is your structure blowing off the roof. It’s not that expensive to get some PVC pipe and wire fencing.
And to get a idea of how windy it can get 6 floors up, this is before Hurricane Sandy hit.
So this year we set out to build a stronger and more secure fencing structure.
6 – 1″ PVC x 10ft
4 – 1″ PVC 90′ Elbows
4 – 1″ PVC Tees
4 – 2.5″ x 1/4″ Bolts + Lock Nuts
16 – 4″ x 5/16″ Bolts + Lock Nuts
32 5/16″ Washers
10′ x 4′ Roll of Chicken Wire
8″ Zip Ties
So let’s first by talking about Home Depot. How do men love that entire place so much? I love the garden section. I love the appliance section. I even like the hangers section. But have you ever been dragged to the piping section? Or worse, much much worse, the screws and nails aisle. It’s a bunch of guys with giddy stars in their eyes, skipping from screw bin to screw bin, hands full of nuts and bolts. Matthew has to drag me kicking and screaming down those aisles, which noone seems to notice. Sometimes I meet eyes with another female and we connect on the bond that we both are thinking of ways to escape. I’m sure there are females who love the screws and nails aisle, but I’ve yet to meet one.
We had to buy PVC elbows and tees. My term for them is usually “the white things we put together”. I’m very good with building terminology. Matthew had to strategically put them on the ground like this to plan. Then he told me to stay there with them while he went to another aisle. So for the next 10 minutes I stood in front of them, anxiously, while people walked by at the poor girl who felt out of place. I kept thinking in my head “Please noone ask me what I am guarding on the floor”. Noone did. Whew, close one.
You have to use a ratchet for this. Amount of times I’ve called this tool a hatchet? Many. Matthew loves his ratchet. Every time he uses it he shows me how to use it, forgetting we have done this exercise multiple times. I let him go through the procedure though, I know he gets a kick out of it.
Now comes the fencing! To attach this you need zip ties. Time out: They have neon rainbow zip ties at Home Depot! I know, how exciting. After spending 5 hours in the nuts aisle, Matthew let me talk him into getting colorful zip ties instead of the regular white ones. I told him I deserved it.
A few special thanks you: