This year I am working hard to improve our backyard, and create a playscape rich in natural opportunities for learning, discovering, playing and growing.
When we added our Dirt Kitchen to the backyard last year, you might remember that I started training a vine into a roof of sorts. Here’s an image of it in August, 2010:
It was growing so well that it began to weigh the strings down, so I started thinking about ways to prop it up. Then wandering the aisles at Bunnings (as you do…) I found this arch for under $10. I figured it was worth a try, and it turns out it was perfect for the job. I didn’t want it to be the full height, so I just left a few pieces off. Then I went back to Bunnings and bought a second one!!
Look at it now!! With all the rain we’ve had in Brisbane, most plants have seen rapid growth. Instead of just a roof, now we have a whole nature cubby growing. Every day we see new growth, and the kids and I are enjoying winding the tendrils around the arches to create our walls and roof. That “shady space” I said I was dreaming of back in August is looking like a reality – and all for the grand sum of $20. Bargain.
Stay tuned for more posts about our nature cubby, this interesting vine, and the creatures that are making this cubby house their home.