Sticks and Stones may break my bones, and render my lawnmower useless. Not quite the child’s rhyme, but with soil that heaves up glacial rubble and trees that sneeze sticks, I’m constantly dodging the byproducts of Mother Nature’s whimsies, and as a result working on ways to dispose of or sequester them. My solution: sticks in jar with a little functional garden art on the side.
It all began when I cut down a rogue fir tree in my orchard. After lowering the stump height and removing the firewood, I was still left with some troublesome obstacles. My orchard was the North Atlantic, my riding mower the Titanic, and the stump and surface roots my not-so-hidden icebergs. I wanted to find a way to avert mower disaster.
This is what I did:
- Placed a large garden pot on the stump.
- Leveled it with shims underneath its base.
- Filled the bottom third of the pot with stones for stability.
- Added large branches and sapling sticks to the jar.
- Collected yard stones and piled them around the stump.
- Stepped back and admired my handy work.
Here’s why I did it.
- I now have a centralized supply of garden stakes.
- I also have a place to store rocks that I remove from the yard (and ready for countless other DIY projects).
- Few stones in the yard means fewer mower mishaps.
- It looks nice.
- It hides a stump.
- If visiting kids are bored, I offer them a nickel per rock. (This does not work after the age of 10.)
- It’s a good use of a cracked pot that couldn’t hold soil and plants.
- And it keeps my neighbors talking.