The sun has headed south for the winter, so now the yard is very shady pretty much all day long. So my tomato plant wasn’t getting enough sunshine (tomato plants like to get about 8 hours of sun per day). And with the shorter days we’ve been having, the tomato plant pretty much needs all that the sun will give each day.
So I came up with an idea to make a shelf so the tomato plant is up high and gets sun all day long. I used the fence panels from the gate again (like I did with the table).
I decided to put the shelf at the top of the fence over the bougainvillea next to the patio.
I decided to use the 2×4 as part of the support for the shelf (why not make it easy on myself, right?)
First I drilled some holes in the panel so that any water from watering the plants could drain instead of forming puddles on the shelf.
Then I made some extra support with another 2×4 from the old gate because the panel is wider than the 24 that will help hold it up:
Kyle helped me screw those in:
Then I screwed the panel on top and put my tomato plant up:
I would have liked it if the shelf went all the way across the whole fence, but it doesn’t. oh well. I may add another piece of fence panel later on.
Today I took this metal carriage thingy my mom gave me that I had in our bedroom and put it up on the shelf.
I am planning on growing my own herbs and such, so I’ll be adding more little potted plants to the shelf.