A repurposed porch post takes the place of four shepard hooks in the garden. 

A repurposed porch post takes the place of four shepard hooks in the garden. 

Garden Post Project

We recently replaced the aging wood siding on the back of our house. It is a great improvement, but I can't just pound a nail in any old place I want any more. So, plants, wind chimes and hummingbird feeders were placed around the yard on shepard hooks. I really like shepard hooks as they allow me to place bird feeders and other hanging yard objects just about anywhere I want. But, after a while, a virtual forest of them were dotting our landscape, making it appear disorganized and a little "junky." In addition, the long wall by the patio, that is also where utilities are located, needed something to visually break up the space. 

 Before: a big empty space and too many hooks!

Before: a big empty space and too many hooks!

 A post topper with an acorn finial. With all the oak trees on and surrounding the property, acorns, and squirrels, are a thing around here. 

A post topper with an acorn finial. With all the oak trees on and surrounding the property, acorns, and squirrels, are a thing around here. 

We had an old porch post here, originally destined for another project, but it was in too bad of shape for it. So, I put it up on sawhorses and spent an afternoon removing a bunch of old bent nails and other hardware. I drilled a hole in the middle of a 4x4-inch post topper and screwed in a deck/porch acorn finial. That was attached to the top of the porch post with waterproof glue, followed by a bead of painters caulk. I used caulk to fill in holes left by the nails, in addition to an assortment of gouges and cracks. I smoothed out the filler and let it cure overnight. A quick sanding preceded painting the post with gloss black spray paint. I used Rustoleum's Krylon. It took three to four good coats, using 2 cans of paint in the process. 

 Two different styles of forged iron hooks were used.

Two different styles of forged iron hooks were used.

Next I drilled holes and screwed in the hooks. I chose two different kinds of forged iron hooks, the longer ones to accommodate larger items such as hanging plants. Since the post was going in an area of the herb garden that is quite small and consists of very sandy soil, digging a deep hole and using concrete to anchor it wasn't an option. And as the post won't be holding a lot of weight, we used a special post support made for 4x4-inch posts. 

 Post support takes the place of post hole digging and concrete.

Post support takes the place of post hole digging and concrete.

The post adds height to the herb garden, breaks up a large horizontal blank space, and offers all kinds of possibilities - from holding a variety of bird feeders, wind chimes and plants to seasonal decor. I'm imagining something fallish right now! 

 Right now I'm imagining something fallish for the post!

Right now I'm imagining something fallish for the post!