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!
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.