After I wrote about the hanger my husband made to hold our upside-down strawberry planters, I got a request for a picture. Here it is:
The angle of the picture makes it look like the planter on the left is resting on the ground, but it isnâ€™t. Theyâ€™re both about eight inches off the ground. We were using a tree stake as the main support (it was about 5 or 6 feet long) and we wanted to pound it into the ground as far as possible. We decided that a short but very sturdy hanger was better than one that was taller but not as stable. This one is in the ground about three feet, so itâ€™s not going anywhere.
Hereâ€™s a close up of the end, so you can see how he just welded a hook to the end of the rebar, which I thought was pretty clever:
We have some spray paint left over from another project, and weâ€™ll paint this little structure soon. It was all made from scraps that we got for free, and took my husband about 20 minutes to put together. I saw a metal stand for holding upside-down tomato planters the other day, and it was $100. It looked a bit fancier than ours, but ours was free and is getting the job done. We have it in a sunny spot next to our house that is protected from the wind, and weâ€™re hoping to get a nice crop of strawberries this summer. Fingers crossed!
Last night it got down into the 20s overnight, and I was concerned about the zucchini plants in one of our cold frames. I wasnâ€™t sure how well the cold frame would protect them, so I boiled a big pot of water and set it inside the cold frame (with a lid) just before we went to bed. When we got up this morning, there was frost on the glass of the other cold frames (they have frost-hardy plants in them, so thatâ€™s ok) but the glass over the zucchini was nice and clear. And the plants look great. Hopefully I can continue to baby them for the next few weeks until we can take the glass off, and weâ€™ll have a nice early zucchini crop this year.