A few weeks ago, I received an email from the Greater Columbus Growing Coalition about a beautiful trellis which had been donated by a Bexley area homeowner who no longer wanted it and thought a community garden might put it to good use. I wasn’t sure where we could put it and so delayed in responding. I finally decided to put it near the front gate and hoped that we could grow grapes up it (because the neighborhood kids periodically ask why we are not growing grapes for them to eat). I was the third person to respond, but the first who decided we could use it. It also came with a gate which had never been used. After some debate, we decided to replace our long-time front gate with this newer one (although we remain concerned about thieves jumping our gates). Cathy brought her truck to pick up and transport the trellis back to the SACG. The problem then became, how are we going to install it (and remove our old gate) with just us little old ladies?
Some of our herb garden even was covered with a pile of dirt and rocks (which I’ll have to tidy up tomorrow). But, all that being said, Cathy and I agreed that we never could have installed this trellis by ourselves (even with the help of Stan and her husband, Jason). Removing the gate posts turned out to be equally tricky because Frank had used rebar and very long metal spikes to anchor them.
Also, after the old gate had been removed and the fence was still disconnected, I got help in digging out the weed mulberry tree that had been growing behind the rose bush and liberating a misplaced hosta so that we can possibly transplant it to a more appropriate location next Fall.