Self-Reliance is a Virtue

Pallet Strawberry Bed

Pallet Strawberry Bed

Be crafty.  Be frugal.  Make hay while the sun shines.  The night is coming when the harvest must already be in the barns… Remember that pallet I made into a strawberry planter this Spring?  This is what it looks like now.  The plants are sending out all kinds of runners resulting in lots of happy baby plants.  We enjoy beating each other to the bed to help ourselves to the ripe berries which are beginning to come on strong.  They are ever-bearing so we will see what our eventual harvest is.  [Note:  Remember to close up the bottoms and gaps in the sides of your pallets with other pallet wood.  Lay the pallet on thick newspaper or cardboard to prevent weeds and grass from coming through the slats. Fill with loose potting soil and plant.] DON’T YOU JUST LOVE PALLETS!  Seems everyone does these days.  What’s not to like about free wood.  I asked my husband to save the 10 or so pallets on which his patio stone arrived.  Now that “save” is paying off. My daughter Kelly and I are having a COTTAGE SEPTEMBER SALE on September 19 at the Farm Grove Barn in Groveland.  Self-reliance includes using the gifts and talents we have to earn some extra income.  The time of the sale is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Y’all Come! Back to pallets:  After flexing my muscles and removing the boards on the back of 4 more pallets, my hubby took over.  He cut off the top stringer and through the top row of boards, then used a template to mark arrow points on the board ends.  Using his handy-dandy electrical saw he cut the points.  Instant picket fence span!

Pallet Picket Fence

Pallet Picket Fence

Picket fence pieces are not just for gardens or animal enclosures.  Mount these on the wall for a rustic background.  Use as a frame for a collection of photographs or add hooks to make it into a mud room coat rack.  Just propping it up against the wall adds rustic chic’ to a room.  A few angled boards and hinges turns this picket into a country gate.  I added the scrap from this project to our growing firewood stacks for the future fire pit. MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.  THE NIGHT IS COMING WHEN THE HARVEST MUST ALREADY BE IN THE BARNS.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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