Willow Wigwam Garden Support
Give a wigwam support that you've built at Christmastime to your favorite gardener. By the time summer comes, they can be covered in beautiful climbers.
From: DK Books - Greener
A willow wigwam covered in delicately scented climbing sweet peas always looks stunning in a mid-summer garden. Christmas is the ideal time to give a wigwam as a gift, and any gardener will appreciate this perfect timing as they make their preparations for what to plant, and where, for the following year. Buy your hazel rods and willow stems from sustainable sources.
- 1 flowerpot or bucket (the size depends on how large you want the wigwam to be; a medium-sized flowerpot is ideal).
- 5 or so straight hazel rods, a maximum of 7-8' long, each with a diagonal cut at the base
- garden twine
- 10 or so long lengths of willow, each about 1/2" thick
- garden shears
Turn the flowerpot upside down and gently push the base of each hazel rod into the grass around the pot. Space out the rods evenly in a circle. Tip: As an alternative, you can also use a large, earth-filled flowerpot or bucket and push the hazel rods in around the edge of the inside rim.
Gather the rods at the top and bind them together temporarily with twine. Trim the tops of the rods with shears to give them a uniform height.
Weave the willow around the rods pulling each stem up and round as you weave it in and out. Weave 3 or 4 willow sections up the frame.
Cut off the twine and wind some willow around the top. Secure the ends by jamming them between the joined rods.
A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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