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Project by MickeyD posted 06-16-2010 09:52 PM 3179 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build some planter boxes for the garden this year. I wanted something that would be easier to maintain from year to year. Meaning I will not have to wait for Kindlingmaker to rototill the ground. It was a lot of work building the boxes and very expensive to fill. Each box is 4’ X 4’ and took about 15 cubic feet of planting mix. I used 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost mix and 1/3 vermiculite. The only recommdation is to add a small amount of compost next crop so the hard work and expense is done, unless I like them so much I want more! The garden got started late this year, but I hope to have some success anyway. We raised a new garden wind sock for the occasion.

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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posted 06-17-2010 12:05 AM

Very nicely constructed boxes and good size. Yes, the investment is a lot but the efforts are worth for enjoying gardening. What have you planted in the boxes?


-- 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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posted 06-17-2010 12:12 AM

as you know now…..............its never too late to plant a garden and what beautiful planters to start with.

The rewards of a nice garden start with what you have made and never end.

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

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posted 06-17-2010 04:11 AM

you will love your boxes.
We just built a big one – double high—yah $$$ $$$ $$$ $$$
But weeding it—oh what a pleasure. I’m going to love it in years to come.

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

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posted 06-17-2010 05:30 AM

Beautiful garden boxes! You have a long growing season if you have chosen heat-loving plants and can keep them watered. Do you use any mulch to keep them from drying out so fast in the hot desert sun?

-- "...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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posted 06-17-2010 05:46 AM

Beautiful growing boxes. I’m sure you will love them as you learn the best way to use them.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 06-17-2010 05:51 AM

They look wonderful, and you used good material. You’ll find that they weed quite easily, especially with that nice mix you have. Well done.

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

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posted 06-17-2010 05:58 AM

Very very nice.

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay 5b

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posted 06-17-2010 07:39 AM

Nice looking boxes Mickey.So what have you got planted in them for this year.

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

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posted 06-17-2010 09:06 AM

Thank you for your nice comments and encouragements. I have about 10 varieties of peppers in the boxes now. They do well in the heat. I have several variety of tomatoes waiting but I am afraid they would overwhelm the space. I have ordered some fall growing seeds so I will be ready. Fall can be a bit tricky here…..sometimes it is just summer then winter :)

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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posted 06-17-2010 10:11 PM

Great boxes. They look so nice.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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posted 03-09-2011 11:54 AM

the raised beds look good…..but…i can’t help but notice all the spent blooms in the iris bed behind them…. might there be just one photo in your collection of them in all their glory?

-- It started with stargazers and then stella's and then somewhere between colocasia and dicentra i decided to deny having an addiction.

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posted 10-29-2014 08:26 PM

How much money are we talking about? I know good soil for packing boxes like these doesn’t come cheap, but if you’ve got a good plot of garden space in your backyard, you can kinda just buy a bit of fertiliser and supplement the stuff that you have right? It’s worked well for me!

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