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I planted my WS peas into this container / hand made wheel barrel, and then added a little something upon which they could climb. It hides some of the hydro meters junk as well. I put in some nasturtiums as well. Maybe I’ll lput in some geraniums as well later on in the season. I certainly have enough of them – 8 flats.

The value of the wheel barrel is that I can bring it all inside if it gets really cold here. We are a way ahead of the usual temperatures here. I have tulips opening today, that normally open in early June.

As it matures, I’ll add more photos.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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tunesandtales

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posted 05-01-2010 04:43 AM

Looks like fun, John. I can hardly waid to see the mix in full bloom. I like the funky wood frame.

8 flats of geraniums! Did you start them from slips? Some of mine a pretty leggy. I should probably trim them down…maybe get some new ones that way. We are our father’s children, aren’t we?

-- Helen, Stratford, ON

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posted 05-01-2010 08:42 AM

Jroot, you have already entered the competition, best of luck. Looks like the combination is going to come out nicely. How long does it take for Nasturtium and Geraniums to blossom? Use of wheel barrel is very practical. What do you mean by flats?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-01-2010 10:47 AM

brilliant—and beautiful.
What a great idea to cover up the meter, yet movable for when needed.

that’s a lot of geraniums!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-01-2010 12:19 PM

I like your wheel barrow container garden! It looks like it was fun to make, too.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 05-01-2010 01:01 PM

Sharad, a flat is a small container which holds 10 pots. So, I have 80 pots. I also have over 100 dahlias growing in pots, not to mention 4 flats of canna lilies. Lots of plants to haul in and out each night. Last night we had a warm night, so I was fortunate to leave them out. They loved it. The geraniums have been blooming all winter long under lights. The nasturtiums will take a month or so from seed to bloom, and they climb.

Helen, many of them are from slips I made last year, and brought them inside for the winter. I cut them down to about 2 inches, trim the roots, pot them up, and they either live or die, but 95 % of them live, and grow. Some of them were slips I made from last fall. Some of them made it, others didn’t. Life is like that. I take what I can. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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daltxguy

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posted 05-01-2010 01:50 PM

What challenge?

Btw, “hydro meter” is a very Canadian term no doubt coming from the fact that electricity generation is (was) dominated by hydro electric generation and the two biggest power companies being Hydro Quebec and formerly Ontario Hydro (who I worked for one summer as a junior forester). Electric meter to the rest of the world :)

Great wheelbarrow. I pile a lot of my plants onto the back of a very old tricycle rescued from the dump (tip). When it’s too cold or too hot, it gets pulled under the cover of the porch, when raining, pushed out for some natural watering. I want to continue to expand my ‘fleet’ because this is so useful in managing a lot of small pots.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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daltxguy

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posted 05-01-2010 02:02 PM

Ah, I found the the challenge announcement. I guess I’ll enter my little tricycle!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Bon

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posted 05-01-2010 02:51 PM

Love your wheel barrow and trellis Jroot.Good luck in the competition.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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stefang

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posted 05-01-2010 07:07 PM

Good to see some woodworking with your gardening Jroot, and a good way to cover the “uglies”. Interesting that you mention the early tulips. My DIL’s mom mentioned that she had some tulips blooming early too, which is a little unusual here in Norway. I wonder if the cold winter had anything to do with it? Ours haven’t come up yet though.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Orchids77

268 posts in 1937 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 05-08-2010 01:53 PM

Jroot.. what a wonderful idea! Love the trellis. Can’t wait to see the blooms. Thanks for sharing.

Wow you have enough plants to cover an acre or so.

-- Orchids77

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jroot

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posted 05-08-2010 02:05 PM

The temperature here is going to be 1C tonight. It will definitely spend the night in the garage. Thank heavens for that iron wheel to make it easy to wheel inside.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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posted 05-08-2010 02:59 PM

Inspiring idea and it should like very nice by June/July. I have a colletion of old iron wagon wheels from big to small, light to heavy…............maybe I’ll play today

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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redassedape

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posted 05-08-2010 07:32 PM

WoW, I love the trellis! If you don’t object to me out right stealing your design, I have a raised bed against a fence I use for tomatoes and peppers, do you think with a few modifications and the addition of some removable stays in the front your design could be use for some super sweet cages? I would love to give it a go if you don’t mind.

Best of luck in the contest!

-- -Live your life so the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral!

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jroot

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posted 05-09-2010 03:31 PM

Cool ! I look forward to seeing your modifications.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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jroot

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posted 06-19-2010 06:07 PM

The peas are finished, and the nasturtium are just starting to take off. I replaced the peas with a mandevilla, just this morning.

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-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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posted 06-20-2010 03:36 PM

I really like the mandevilla in that planter.Looks good Jroot.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

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posted 06-27-2010 09:27 PM

With the heat, and rain, the planter is starting to fill in. The nasturtiums seem to enjoy the company.

Planter 2

Planter 1


-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-28-2010 01:34 PM

Your planter is filling in beautifully, Jroot. What is the name of the plant with the lovely variegated leaves? Is the plant with the dark green leaves mandevilla? I like the contrast of light and dark leaves.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 06-28-2010 02:30 PM

Yes, Robin, that is indeed Mandevilla. I pulled the Winter Sown peas out when they were finished, and found a mandevilla on sale so stuck her in. The variegated leaf plants are Abutilon. They grow quite tall as well as the mandevilla, so I thought that they might do well together. I liked the contrast between the leaves as well.

Both the mandevilla and the abutilon need to go indoors for the winter. Interestingly enough, the abutilon does well in indirect light indoors, and I have a lot of that. What I don’t have is a lot of direct sunlight. I don’t know how they take to being pruned though. I know that the mandevilla will accept pruning. I’m wondering if anyone knows how the abutilon accepts it. I imagine that will be the only way I will be able to save them.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-28-2010 02:50 PM

Thanks, Jroot. I learn so much about gardening and flowers from you! I agree with a comment Stefang made in one of his posts, you are “an intelligent man with many interests”....

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 06-28-2010 03:17 PM

Thank you. Sometimes, I wonder about the “intelligent” factor, because as I mature, the wheels seem to be going a lot slower. :-)

The members of this group are SO lucky to have YOU participating in our group, because we have all learned so much from YOU. Your quest for knowledge, and your desire to do something unique with your knowledge is an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for your all of your input and participation.

I just did some more research on abutilon, and discovered that they can indeed be trimmed to about a foot tall, and then they get bushier. The flower is very much like a hibiscus or mallow, so that seems to fit in with the latest general theme here, wouldn’t you say?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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jroot

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posted 07-25-2010 06:46 PM

July 25th, the nasturtium have really taken off, and are blooming profusely.

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-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 07-26-2010 01:15 PM

Jroot, your nasturtium plants look so beautiful, with the bright flowers and round green leaves. I like to look through your photos and see how your container has changed over the growing season. The nasturtium definitely dominates the lower planter now, you can hardly see the variegated leaves. I looked up abutilon plants and several sites stated that they will tolerate pruning if you cannot unwind it from your trellis when the cold weather comes. I noticed an interesting fact: abutilon plants like to be re-potted yearly. You choose beautiful and challenging blooms to grow.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 07-26-2010 01:36 PM

Thanks Robin. I did not know about the repotting of the abutilon. Where it is, I wil HAVE to repot it anyway, so this is good to know.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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