Garden arbors are set up as shaded places in home gardens or public parks where one can relax and rest. These open frameworks are typically made of latticework or rustic work, functioning also as a trellis for climbing or creeping plants. Arbors can also be constructed for decks or patios. Today’s garden arbors were not the first attempt to enhance the beauty of gardens. In the 400s B.C. and A.D. 400’s, elaborate courtyards were a hallmark of many Roman homes.
Landscape architecture was also given a premium in Japanese gardens (A.D. 500’s) and Persian gardens (A.D.200’s-600’s). Beauty was also a priority for civic plazas and hillside estates for Italians in the 1400’s-1500’s. City gardens and majestic palaces were the highlight of France during the 1600’s and 1700’s, while country estates with a natural look were the main theme followed by English designers in the 1800’s.
For a good number of these early country estates and gardens, designers were known as landscape gardeners. An American – Frederick Law Olmsted – was the first to use ‘landscape architect’. He indicated this title when he approved design plans for Manhattan’s Central Park in New York City with Calvert Vaux as his partner in the 1850’s. Landsape architecture is not limited to major projects. Some homeowners tap the services of professionals to add beauty to their gardens. However, others now feel confident in do-it-yourself projects as a cost-effective alternative to make their gardens beautiful.
Creating a small garden arbor is an easy task, with costs becoming significantly less if the homeowner is patient enough to shop around and compare prices, particularly for pressure-treated lumber. Other items that may vary slightly across discount stores in price terms are deck screws, scrap lumber, crushed stone or gravel, washers, bolts and nuts. The same principles apply to building larger arbors, although some ideas and items would tend to increase in scale. As an example, using two posts for a small arbor may mean using four posts for a large one, as a bigger arbor would need greater support for strength and stability, and also to enhance alignment.
Start a compost pile on a bed of branched sticks that will allow air to rise from below. Add a perforated pipe in the center, building layers of old leaves, grass clippings, and other garden leftovers around it. The air will flow through the pipe into the pile.
Here are a couple of great organic gardening tips that not only help keep your garden free of weeds but also keep the soil from drying out too quickly. Grass clippings and pine needles mixed or old newspapers make very good mulch, which keeps your garden weed free and the soil moist. Organic gardening tips help you grow healthy organic fruits and vegetable that you, your family and friends will love.
All sorts of green beans, from string beans to whole beans are ideal for home gardens. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from, and snapping beans to harvest them is kind of entertaining. I’ve had better luck with the vine type compared to the self-support bush types of snap peas, but the bush types require less space. Both types grow easily from seeds. Most beans prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Look for varieties bred to grow in confined spaces, such as Patio tomatoes, Topcrop green beans, and Bibb lettuce. As for what size container you need, Michael Guerra, permaculture expert and author of “The Edible Container Garden,” suggests using large ones (think whiskey barrel), which allow for companion planting (more on that in a moment) and greater reserves of food and water. Small pots dry out quickly and don’t allow space for roots to grow. Whatever size you choose, make sure the container has holes at its base to allow for drainage.
It’s a good idea to mix a few old favourites in with experimental plantings. There are numerous heirloom varieties that can add interest to the vegetable garden. So when you think of planting lettuce and you think of supermarket iceberg, you could also be planting nutty and leafy Great Oaks or red and spicy Flame. Instead of green beans you can plant purple or yellow ones.
– To stabilize the arbor, the homeowner should have the main posts of the structure sunk into concrete poured into holes below the garden’s ground level.
– The carpenter’s level is used to determine if the posts stand at equal heights. The tool is also used to establish plumbness, or if the posts are vertically ‘level.’
– Wooden crosspieces in varying measurements can be attached perpendicular to the posts for further support.
– Since some rejects still make their way to lumber stores, one should be patient enough to sort through many boards until a good quality board is found.
– Buyers should remember that conventional measurements are not exact: a 4 by 4 may actually measure 3.5 by 3.5, while 2 by 4 may measure 1.5 by 3.5.
– The same consideration for post height must also be given, as part of the arbor posts will be underground. Galvanized post anchors is one option homeowners have if they intends to make use of the post’s full height – or have all posts above ground level – for their garden.
4. Tools For Do-It-Yourself Projects
These will actually cost a lot more if one does not have the necessary tools at home for building garden arbors.
– Circular saw or handsaw
– Spade bit
– Garden hose
– Carpenter’s level
– Wood chisel
5. Building Tips
– Arbor boards can already be pre-drilled and pre-cut as a time-saving step.
– The wooden crosspieces can be designed at the ends. Patterns can be drawn using a pencil and later cut using a jigsaw.