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Old 04-25-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Garden Project

Due to the NYX being closed I had Friday off. My plan was to build my mom a gate for her garden, then meet a buddy for a 1pm tee time. Unfortunately for me golf fell through, so i had the day free to help my mom finish her garden. What was supposed to end up being a 1-2 hour job (build and mount a gate, and dig a hole for the second post and seal in cement) ended up taking about 6 hours due to a hidden tree stump right where the post needed to go. Apparently neither my brother nor mother took the time to check the spots where the fence posts were to go, but instead arbitrarily picked them based upon where the wire fence spool ran out. It ended up being a lot of fun as the young girls from across the street came over to help. I drove them around the yard with the top down and they had so much fun. They kept calling my Jeep "The Limo" and kept taking turns pretending to drive and pick each other up at school. It's amazing how much fun little kids can enjoy a Jeep even when it’s not moving. Just another reason why Jeeps are the most fun.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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Cool little story!

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Old 04-26-2011, 08:20 AM   #3
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yeah it was really fun to see them enjoy it so much, it was like a jungle gym on wheels.

I hooked up the chains to the bumper and was a little worried about bending it and or damaging it, is that something I should be concerned with or it is ok? i should prob buy some tow hooks to put on it, what do you guys think?
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Yep that was a good day and another good memory formed. Pretty cool thing you did for your mom too. Looks to me like you're one of the guys on the good-guys list.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:26 AM   #5
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Yeah, she's awesome and never fails to help me out so I try and do the same. I'm thinking that next year I will build the entire fence like i did the gate so that it is more sturdy and looks cleaner.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:04 AM   #6
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The Garden Project

Thought I would update you all on the status of the garden build. My mother has been eyeing a tumbling composter at Home Depot for a while now, but couldn’t justify the $200 price tag. So for Mothers Day my brother and I decided to build her one. Luckily my Father was able to supply us with a 55 gal barrel, which cut down on costs.

The Materials were as follows

4 - 2"x4"x5' pressure treated wood
2 - 2"x4"x4' pressure treated wood
1 - 5' Metal Plumbing Pipe
2 - Plastic Couplings
1 - 55 gal barrel

After cleaning the barrel we measured for the center and drilled out two holes and attached the couplings. We tried using a large circle bit to cut the holes but that didn’t work, so we used a small bit and drilled holes in a circle.

Then we nailed 2 5' pieces together to create a place for the pipe to rest, and then repeated the process to the same measurements.

Then we attached the 4' pieces on the base about 3-4" from the bottom to add support.

Holes were drilled in the top and the bottom to allow water to flow out.

It took less than an hour to build once we had all the materials, and Mom was really excited. We spent the rest of Mothers Day in the garden helping her get the raised beds ready for planting. I'm really looking forward to enjoying all the different vegetables the garden produces!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:38 AM   #7
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Garden Update

I was at my parent’s house yesterday and the garden has really taken off. My mom made a great arugula salad with everything fresh out of the garden. Figured I would throw up some pictures of how it looks now.

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