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"Boxed in" herb garden 2012

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Project by jroot posted 841 days ago 1319 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was stimulated by MsDebbieP’s challenge as well as TiffinMn’s project and saw his lettuce coming up, and started to think of how I can have my wife’s herbs handy/close to the door, not take up too much space so I have room for my hibiscus ( like Sharad), and use the vertical space that TiffinMn has used. The deck is really quite narrow by the door, because when I built it, I didn’t want to make the room below too dark by covering the window area excessively.

I came up with this idea, and just finished cutting it out and putting it together. It is too cold to plant here yet, as we are expecting more snow tonight. I have some well worn window boxes from the front porch which will replace the red ones shown here. The red ones will end up on the front porch, and the older white ones will easily slip into this box. Then we will have our ”Boxed In” herb garden. I don’t think I’ll need a drip tray as the planter is well above the decking with a lot of air circulation below, but we’ll cross that bridge when we have to … if we have to.

On the top shelf, we’ll put larger plants like parsley, cilantro, basil etc., and on the bottom lower growing plants like thyme, chives, lemon grass, tarragon etc. We’ll see what Gail decides she wants.

I’ll add photos with plants later when the weather warms up somewhat.

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UPDATE May 29

The chard is springing up already. They seem to love the unusually hot weather for May that we have endured lately.

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



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MsDebbieP

14674 posts in 2574 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 841 days ago

oh my goodness – that is awesome!!
And we have our first challenge entry already :D

That is going to be so handy.

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

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sharad

1622 posts in 1791 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 840 days ago

Fantastic idea. You have alerted me to work for this challenge.

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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NavyCop68

262 posts in 1866 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 839 days ago

Very nice and a handy location as well!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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Enoelf

45 posts in 840 days
hardiness zone 6a

posted 834 days ago

After looking at this a few times, I think I am going to “borrow” the idea for the planters we have on the patio. We also want to get lettuce going, and time is fleeting! I think I am going to add casters to the bottom, so it can be moved around easily if needed.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- I don't know if it'll work...Let's try it and see!

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jroot

5047 posts in 2204 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 834 days ago

I’d love to see the photos of your project when you get it done. Thanks for the compliment.

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

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 830 days ago

Great idea Jroot.That looks good there.

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

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Enoelf

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hardiness zone 6a

posted 821 days ago

Just posted a blog entry with a link to my sketchup drawing for my version of this project.
Thanks!

-- I don't know if it'll work...Let's try it and see!

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1837 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 821 days ago

Nice work! What an attractive herb box, Jroot. It would be so handy to have fresh herbs growing so close to where you cook and prepare your dinners. I recently read the idea that if you go out to get herbs for your morning omelet wearing slippers and they come back damp from the morning dew, your herbs are growing too far away. Somehow, I think your slippers would stay cozy and dry. : )

-- "...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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Iris43

3799 posts in 2204 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 818 days ago

I love this idea! I wonder if I can work out something like this for my back deck.

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

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jroot

5047 posts in 2204 days
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posted 797 days ago

The weather is cooperating now, so the herb box has been planted. Between the herbs are also planted multi coloured chard seeds, so they should be popping up soon.

The advantage is that now I have the herbs in mainly one area, ... AND … I have more room for many of my tropical hibiscus plants.

I added a current photo to this posting.

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

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 797 days ago

that is lovely!!
AND …. nice bonus (the room for more tropicals) :D

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

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jroot

5047 posts in 2204 days
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posted 792 days ago

The chard is up already, so I’ve added it to the photos above. It seems to like the unusually hot weather we’ve had lately.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 792 days ago

your plants all look so lovely.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1837 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 788 days ago

Your herb garden looks so wonderful with the herbs growing in it.

-- "...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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lavender22

85 posts in 527 days
hardiness zone 8a

posted 526 days ago

I love this and might have to steal it from you. And my husband will have to make for me:) Very good idea for herbs:)

-- I love hostas:)

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