Oh! Those aching joints…..

Crawling around on hands and knees weeding our vegetable garden beds is becoming a little more difficult every year.  I admit it, my joints sound distantly like a rusty gate swinging closed.  I try to limit the times I have to stand up to empty buckets of weeds to the chickens.  Oh and lets not even talk about harvest time for the green beans, ugh, lol.  Determined to keep the joints as loose as possible, I continue to do what I love…..Gardening.

While perusing Pinterest, I came across a perfect solution to my green bean picking issues.  We already have rows of above ground boxed for our vegetable garden.  Those were mainly to prohibit the gopher community from stealing half our yield.


The ugly time of year for the garden.   Slowly we will get it cleaned back up and under control. It will become a gorgeous jungle of colors and scents.


Steven created these cold frames for us, they have been fantastic during the cold season and during the transplanting throughout the year.  The cats in our neighborhood constantly dig up our seedlings, thinking it’s their own litter box.  We keep the frames on until the plants have established themselves.

Always looking to improve and make the garden more efficient, I found this on Pinterest!  Take a look…..


I showed this to Steven and I think we are going to create our own tunnel, arch, trellis sort of supports for our green beans and peas!  My joints are even sighing with relief, while my back has broke out the bottles of Guinness and is passing them around!  What a brilliant idea.  Not only does it save my poor aging body, but it also saves so much space.  I can still use the other half of the boxes for planting.

It’s a Win Win no matter how you look at it! Cyn



About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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