A few weeks ago, I was shopping in town and saw
the sweetest little bicycle.... it was all rusty & small and was created to
be placed in a garden.... it had a basket in the front and two on the back wheel.
I have a love for bikes and thought how great it would be to put something like this in my garden.
The price, however, was a deterrent, but it didn't stop me from trying to figure
out how I could make something similar.
I ended up going to the MCC in Winkler to look for a cheap, old bike.
I wanted something so old that it wouldn't be cost effective to fix it up--
basically something that was headed for the dump.
They didn't have anything, but the man who worked them let me know about
a mission in town that had lots of old bikes just sitting in their yard.
I found one that was perfect -- flat tires, rusty, with a carrier over the back tire.
I bought it for a couple of dollars and hauled it home.
Now, I have to say that this project was going to be mine.... but somehow,
my kids got involved, too.
Austin was bored the morning we brought it home,
so I told him he could take off all of the extra parts (the brakes, reflectors, etc.)
Jonah washed it for me.
And they all wanted a turn spray painting it (I chose a flat black paint so it would
look like wrought iron.)
We ran out of spray paint and Austin walked to the store to buy another can
while we were at swimming lessons.
When I got home, he'd finished a second coat.
Sage, Jonah and I hit the nurseries -- we didn't find annuals until the third one
(apparently mid-July is not the time to buy annuals.... who knew?)
I found some purple wave petunias and planted two in a container which
we duct-taped to the front of the bike.
Two more went in a container on the back rack.
Austin helped me anchor it down (we used fishing line and tent pegs)
and voilà... my new garden structure was complete.
What do you think?
Thanks for looking!