Meet George Weaver…
The first time I became aware of George and his Pennsylvania garden was when he posted some photos on Flea Market gardening of his huge sculptures, using metal and stone. That made many of us sit and take notice! Take a longer look and see what you think, too.
Out standing in his field…
“Welcome to my gardens,” George says. “They are located in a rural area of Central Pennsylvania. There are two separate properties. The first one is the one acre where my house sits. With the help of my wife Patty we maintain flower beds and a lot of potted plants. There is a small salad garden with lettuce, onions and some tomato plants. I also have a large collection of stones, some that I have added rusty treasures that I have found along the way.”
“This is also where my junk shed is located. Now that I have found Flea Market Gardening’s Facebook page and with the help of some friends on there I now lovingly refer to the shed as my “Art Supply Shed.””
“The second area, 7.7 acres, is a short walk away along the main road. This is where the main vegetable garden is located. I grow corn, strawberries, potatoes, rhubarb, squash, carrots, sunflowers, melons and what ever strikes my fancy.”
“This is where my helper Marty comes in, he holds my hose and does other helpful tasks around the garden. Marty was created over 30 years ago from a scrap pile from the farm where I grew up.” Marty took part in a raucous adventure last St Patrick’s Day, documented here on our blog. Shocking!
George explains, “When my wife and I purchased this property it was a large overgrown field bordering a stream. My father, a farmer, advised me not to buy it because it contained too many stones to be productive.”
The Great Stone Wall
“This large garden area has allowed me to be creative in growing plants and making yard art. With a large amount of stones at my disposal I started making sculptures and stacking them around the property. I have also landscaped with flea market and auction finds.”
“My interest in stones and gardening led me to search the internet for some creative ideas . I came across some interesting sites on stacking stones and growing moss. Through this search is when I came across the FMG page. I was delighted to find so many people with an interest in repurposing junkola ( another term learned from FMG.) Finding these sites has inspired my creativity as I built more stone walls and added more treasures. I have been inspired in so many ways it is hard to decide what project to start next,” says George.
Here are some more views of George’s garden and some of his projects.
“I like to experiment with plants,” George says. “I could not resist growing my own Bamboo canes for use around the garden. I know bamboo is an invasive species but I have carved a Giant Panda to keep a watchful eye on its growth.”
“The way I did this was to set the frying pan face down on a piece of firewood . I hung a jug in a tree over it . I put a pin size hole in the jug so the water would drip on the bottom and form icicles . When it was formed I set it right side up on the brass vase and put some water on it so it froze together,” says George.
“This is a how to photo of my Bell project. I drilled the stone for concrete fasteners to attach the old Iron wagon rim. The bell was on a rotten wood beam that I removed. I fabricated a steel ring to attach the bell and the eye bolt together. The rim was drilled and the eye bolt with bell was assembled.”
Thanks so much, George for letting us all in on a bit of your life there in your corner of Pennsylvania. You are a valuable, creative member of our group and always inspirational! ~~ Sue
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