Heart of the Home: DIY Garden Project

A reader shares how she and her husband constructed a farm barn and railroad bridge from her childhood and placed them in their flower and vegetable garden.


| Winter 2018


Garden Replica of Childhood Farm

I had always wanted a flower and vegetable garden combined with memories of the farm where I was raised. A while back, after visiting the farm, now owned by a first cousin and his wife, my husband and I decided it would be fun to build a replica of the old red barn, built in the 1900s, as well as the railroad bridge that was located nearby.

My husband constructed the barn and bridge, and then I painted and placed the doors on the barn, the tracks on the bridge, and the steam locomotive on top of the bridge. As a child, we had a windmill with a stock tank, dogs, cats, cows, chickens, sunflowers, and a Chevy pickup similar to the ones we used in our garden. My grandma, who owned the farm before my parents bought it, farmed with horses and a hay wagon, so we added those as well.

My husband also built a model of the gray bench we used to sit on when we were kids, as well as a red, white, and blue bench for the inspirational area. I searched thrift stores to find just the right things to put in the garden.

Every time I go to the garden and see the setting we’ve created, childhood memories flow through my mind as I remember the great times we had living on the farm, and all the fun we kids had playing in the barn and on the bridge.

Joan
Hays, Kansas

LoisLimes
12/30/2017 7:18:29 PM

Thank you "Capper's Farmer for publishing "Garden Replica of Childhood Farm" submitted by my sister Joan. When I look at the red and white barn, it takes me right back to our childhood and all the fun we had playing in that barn with neighbor kids, friends and cousins. When our city cousins from Denver would come to visit, the girls had on pretty little dresses. Their parents barely got in the house and we were all headed for the barn to play. --Lois






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