We're {ALMOST} Not the Neighborhood Hillbillies.

"Almost" is the key word in that title, people.

That's right. We're almost not the neighborhood hillbillies, because yours truly completed another project all by herself.

And on the cheap, too.

Remember a few months ago when I said I wanted to conceal the fleet of rain barrels in my backyard? You know, the rain barrels that John made me for Valentine's Day? Well, I had enough of all my neighbors givin' me the stink eye as they walked their fancy show dogs past our house each evening. I think they thought I was makin' meth or something.

I admit, it looked a little sketchy.
I decided that I had to do something about it, and I couldn't wait for John to get home with his truck and help me. I cruised over to Menards, bought two sheets of 4x8 plastic lattice, and got down to business. But not before snapping a photo of my transportation:


Hillbilly ways die hard, people.

Before I tell you about my project, I'll warn you that it still isn't 100% done. But I just couldn't hold back on this one, guys. I busted my balls to get this project nearly done, and did most of it in one day, but then those typical Iowa thunderstorms got in my way, and what turned into a day project was a week-long project. 

Alas, I am somewhat finished and super excited to share the results that I've been touting on Facebook for the last week and a half. 



I've been meaning to rig something to conceal the blue-ness of the fleet of rain barrels, and I finally did it.


All. By. Myself.

Allow me to share with you what I did with that lattice that was in the back of my car.

First, I pounded fence posts (obtained for free from my parents' farm) into the ground about 4 feet in front of the rain barrels.


These posts will support the lattice, and had to be put in the ground pretty deep.


Then, I leveled the lattice and used about 3.42556 million zip ties to attach the lattice to the fence posts.



It was pretty simple, although the process would have been much faster if I had an extra set of hands.


I left myself plenty of room to work with the rain barrels, which is essential, you know, given my hillbilly irrigation system.


It all looks pretty easy, but I skinned my knee in the process.


Then, I used old Purington Paver bricks that were repurposed from another project to edge about 2 feet of space in front of the lattice.


I plan to plant some type of climbing plant here to further conceal the rain barrels and amp of the aesthetics of the area.



The dogs were pretty lazy and just laid in the shade all day.



So this was as far as I got before a string of thunderstorms rolled in.





Fast forward to a week and a half later, and I added some mulch behind the lattice. It's not pictured in the photo above, but trust me: It's there.

I have yet to add some nice compost in front of the lattice. It's been too wet to get that portion of the project complete.

I hope to plant something in front of the lattice next spring. It might be too late to plant something now, and I want to see how the zip ties hold up before I start puttin' in shrubs and stuff.

So what do you think? Is it less hillbilly than before? Does it still look like I have a meth lab in my backyard? 



21 comments:

  1. Very well done love people who reuse what they have instead if just throwing it out!!! Mayne you could find a fruit ir vegetable plants in front of lattice to further add to a going green idea. And the written story and pictures were a great layout

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    1. Thanks, Loren! I am the queen of reusing and recycling, and haven't become a hoarder. Yet. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Kelli get morning Glory's they grow fast and come back every year and your grandma I'm sure can give you some as she mows them out of the yard or I have a lot you can have let me know or in going to pull them out and pitch them

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  3. It looks great. Something about the image of show dogs and meth making rain barrels really did me in as i was reading this, couldn't stop laughing for a while!

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    1. Welcome to my life, bloggerina. Thanks for reading!

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  4. Hahaha! What a wonderful solution! You know how one thing leads to another - first the rain barrels, then the fence to hide the rain barrels, then plants to pretty up the fence........ Can't wait to see what's next!

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    1. You seem to know exactly how it goes, Vickie! Perhaps you're speaking from experience :) Thanks for reading!

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  5. Great solution! We just have one rain barrel in our backyard and it's right up against our shed, not too noticeable. The title of this post just cracked me up!

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    1. Ah, Megan - the title of this post only scratches the surface. (Side note: I've read your blog for quite some time now, and got the 'excited squeals' when you - one of my blogging idols - commented on this post. Thanks for reading!)

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  6. Way too funny. We only have the one rain barrel but we painted ours black to reduce the "blue-ness" of it - I like it better that way as the blue stood out way too much. Love your solutions (and I'm secretly very jealous of your string of barrels) Visiting from Homestead Barn Hop - thanks for sharing!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

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    1. Yeah, that fleet of barrels is a point of pride for me. Especially now that it looks a little better. I'm off to the city lot to fill my trunk with compost tomorrow morning! Bring on the hillbilly, baby!

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  7. Oooh, a whole load of raspberries would look good there, don't you think? Assuming raspberries can grow well where you are.

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  8. If you used UV-resistant zip-ties, you should be able to get a couple of years out of them before they start breaking. We've used them to attach PVC fence panels to the pipe gate that my husband made for our back yard, and it's worked out pretty well in spite of the wind that we get.

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    1. I'm not sure if they are UV-resistant or not. All I know is they were 'free' out of John's garage, and he had about 7.5 million zip ties.

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  9. I'm just jealous of the rain barrels, lol. I can't talk my husband into it....yet!

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    1. Oh, Barbara! They are so EASY to make and are super cheap. You can do it!

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  10. Love your ideas and the garden is great. My sister has come climbing ivy on a lattice like yours and it just keeps growing and growing. Looks really nice. To: "me"
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I just planted some things in front of the lattice. I don't think any of the plants are climbing, but it will really add some greenery to the area. Thanks for hosting the blog hop! It's always a blast.

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  11. Love this! I've been telling Tim, my bf, I'll need rain barrels for my garden this spring!

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