Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Mother's Day Project

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 15, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Thought I'd share some photos of my Mother's Day gift this year. With two grown sons, I always come up with some manual labor project. We have a farm pond with a small island in the middle. We used to have a bridge to it but now don't. I would like to plant some grasses out there so decided a Tom Sawyer raft would fit the area well. Fun times:

Started with four 55 gallon drums. Scrapped together a frame and deck from old barn wood.
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Dragged it down to the pond and plopped it in.
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Yikes, first ride was extremely unstable, pulled back in for fine tuning.
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Decided to fill the drums with water to stabilize, finished product (missing one plank where the blue shows).
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Still a bit tippy (it's only about 4x6) but should be good for kids to play on, I can navigate it around and about, and might even be able to set a reclining lawn chair on it for hot summer days.
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
May 15, 2013 10:02 AM CST
nice tractor
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springcolor
May 15, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Looks like a fun day. I had a few project here as well but nothing like that. Hilarious!
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 15, 2013 2:31 PM CST
After watching the boys' balancing acts, not sure how stable I will feel transporting my grasses out to the island, but that is the plan for the weekend. I have 4 gallon-size Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella' that I picked up last fall on clearance ($3 each). They obviously won't get much hands-on attention, hoping they will settle in on their own and bully out the field grass. Also not sure if the island might be too damp, it is pocked with creature holes (weasels?). My tag calls for 'sandy and dry'. Hmmm.
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
May 15, 2013 3:14 PM CST
you could throw a keel on it. Anyway good luck
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 19, 2013 10:29 PM CST
Deb looks like a great project! How fun! They look like they're enjoying themselves! Thumbs up
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
May 21, 2013 8:11 PM CST
I was thinking "outriggers". Like a small catamaran. .

Al;so, some way to sling the deck a little lower, but still above water level.
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
May 22, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Very cool!
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
May 22, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Corey, the boys thought about attaching some logs to either side for some stability...we'll see how it evolves. I haven't ventured out on it yet, although I do have some grasses that need to be put into the ground and an errant alder growing on the island that needs to be chopped down. Hopefully this weekend.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 23, 2013 7:54 PM CST
I hope you get some videos before they make it all stable and boring!

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