Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scarecrow and Mrs. Plain

One of my favorite shows growing up was Scarecrow and Mrs. King, so naturally I had to have my very own scarecrow in my garden.  This is our local resident after undergoing a spring makeover.

Actually, it was inspired by Mr. McGregor's garden in the Beatrix Potter books featuring Peter Rabbit.  My boys have enjoyed the stories and illustrations provided by Potter.  We have almost all the books and a collection of videos that are practically worn out from a decade of use!  They are timeless and I wanted to bring the books to life for my wee beasties. 

It all began when we moved into our wonderful old house 13 years ago.  My college roommate lovingly gifted us 15 tomato plants our first summer here and every year since then we attempt to garden.  We have affectionately nicknamed it "the weed patch" and each summer strive to bring in a crop.  If that is what you can call it...

Our garden has been diligently guarded day and night, summer and winter by our trusty old scarecrow.  Each year he gets a new shirt and an updated hat.  Every garden needs a stylin' crow scarer! 

The children love this event and plan the outfits.  We have had dresses and fancy hats.  Plaid shirts and trucker hats have graced our scarecrow.  This year we adapted a simple frock from an old striped shirt I found in the garage and attached a bow I discovered in a craft box.  We are hoping to get one more season out of the hat. 

Our poor scarecrow was in a sorry state of repair.  It was on the verge of scarecrow neglect.  He had weathered two harsh winters without some TLC to his appendages.  I figured we owed him at least a sturdy pair of arms.  After all, where would Dorothy be if her scarecrow didn't have any arms to point the way?


As you can see, we have a basic scarecrow.  I used wire and twine to secure an old broom handle on a t-post for the frame.  We recycled an old milk jug and hat for the head.  I attached it with wire onto the t-post. 

When you have the frame built, dress him/her anyway you desire.  In the past I have added tin cans, old shoes, and pinwheels to enhance the fright factor.  Be creative and embrace this old pastime.  I don't plan on putting any rabbit in a pie, but I will try to keep them from my Swiss chard. 

Does your garden have a tenant scarecrow?  How does your scarecrow look?

10 comments:

Plain Graces said...

I am thinking our scarecrow needs a good name! LOL I hope when I get the garden tilled, he won't look so forlorn.

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