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Yard Planter Project on Castors

The Planter Project on Castors

If you have read my blog before you already know I keep and maintain a small city garden. The one thing I always have difficulty with is quick growing, early spring and short season crops due to the fact that the sun is so low in the sky my home shades most of the garden. Our temperatures are pretty mild but the vegetation still needs a lot of sun.

So, I thought maybe I could get some sort of planter that I could move around. Plus I could save space in the main garden for vegetables that I can process and freeze. I could buy gardening seeded tape strips and grow smaller harvests of things like assorted lettuce and radishes. These veggies are so good but I generally end up giving most of it away since a row in the main garden becomes ripe at the same time.

I decided to check out various ideas on YouTube channels. I came up with an idea from three of the videos I watched and immediately sent these videos to my Project Manager (my mom’s hubby). I laugh because without his expertise I wouldn’t be able to begin to figure out what my needs would be. He said we could make one pretty easily. He would be the crafter – he has the tools – and I would be the helper.

We made our trip to Home Depot for the supplies we needed. Galvanized screws, two by fours, sealer, nuts and bolts and casters. When we came back and went to work sawing the lumber into the measured pieces.

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There had to be some support for the legs on the bottom where the casters would be placed so we used some 1 x 6 inch board to make the legs stable. Most of the time I was holding or moving things around but my Project Manager did tutor me in using a drill and learning the electric screwdriver because I need practice with those tools!

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After we got all the pieces cut then we started to put the box together. The Project Manager had left over sheathing from a previous shed project so that saved on some of the cost. This is the material we used for the walls of the box.

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Then we ran into a little snag. I was a little too short for the planter. Well, I suppose I would have been close enough to eat the veggies right out of the box! Laughing to myself.

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Anyway, not to be demoralized we continued on and made the legs shorter. Project Manager, also, made the allowance for those castors that had to go on the bottom. This little delay didn’t take very long to fix. Just a few drilled holes. Oh, I forgot to mention that we drilled all the screw holes first before using the screws so we wouldn’t split any wood.

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Here is a view from the top before the bottom was put on as this last piece would have to have a drain hole. The second picture is from the side before the castors went on.

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This is where we placed a cross beam for extra support because after the dirt is put into the box and water is added it will get heavier.

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The drain hole was put into the bottom. As one of the YouTube videos pointed out, I will be able to place a bucket underneath to catch the water and reuse it to water again. Neat huh?

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Inserted into the hole is a wired drain catch that you can buy at most Dollar Stores. I will put some small pebbles into the catch before I put the dirt into the box so that I don’t loose to much soil while the water drains out.

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After we were finished putting everything together the Project Manager and I lifted the planter onto the truck bed and drove it to my home.

My next job was to paint with two coats of sealer and two coats of exterior paint. This turned out to take a little longer because the weather forecast called for rain. The sealer and paint had to have temperatures in the 50’s before it could be applied. I did get the first coat of sealer on the box and then moved it into the patio to keep it out of the weather. The humidity would take the second coat longer to dry but nothing would get wet from rain.

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The sealer I used was purchased at Home Depot and is called Henry Sealer and Damp Proofer. It will not make the soil toxic as far as I have read. Painting this puppy was a little tricker that I thought because I felt so much like a contorsionist. A few aches and pains but I will get over them for a project well done.

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Voila with two coats of sealer and two coats of exterior paint and a movable planter box is born! Tomorrow I will be able to add the dirt and plant the seeds.

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Measurements of this planter box are approximately 47 1/2 inches long, 16 inches wide, 36 inches high and the box itself is 12 inches deep.

Thank you for reading my blog.

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The Garden Died

Too sad……

I was on a roll but the heat and lack of water just killed my little garden.  Maybe the fall will be better!

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Gardening with the Claw Update Video

Just call me a crazy person, it would be OK.  I decided to turn the dirt in my little garden by hand, this year.  My Troybilt rototiller is just too large for this small space and I am trying to sell it anyway.

I did the whole garden using my Garden Claw .  At first I thought it was called a Garden Weasel but they are slightly different.  I bought my claw at Home Depot and I just love it.

Now,  granted,  I didn’t turn over the whole garden in one day, I decided to do it in stages, one row at a time.  As I was doing this I thought I would make one of my dorky videos and share it with you.

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Federal State City or County GOVERNMENT – Poser

Federal, State, City or County Government

Is there anything in our daily lives that is NOT controlled with taxes, restrictions, protections or regulations by any of the above?

I, personally, can only think that it might be Air.  Although, that might have a tax or regulation attached at anytime too! Or is it possible that Air isn’t totally free either?

 I’m really curious if anyone can think of something.  Answers and responses are appreciated!

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Garden Journal Chapter 30

The Recovery of the Yard and Garden

After all of the turmoil of hunting for water as per previous posts.  The recovery of the yard is happening and things are finally starting to grow back.

If you don’t remember here are some before pictures of the digs.  It was a mess in the garden and on the side yard leading to the house.  All those pvc pipes and something called an injector had to be removed and then recovered. What a mess! 😦

 

 

The flowers below got really shocked but they are coming back and recovering very nicely.  🙂

After all this disturbance,  the side is finally recovering a bit.  Some grass is starting to grow back and I transplanted some flowers and lariopie next to the lemon grass, which has grown by leaps and bounds. I moved the lariopie from the location where the new heat system had to be located.  They seem to be doing well, so far.

Then a little surprise!  You can always tell it is the end of Summer when the Spider Lilies show up.  They are just such a pretty hot pink in color.  The ones I have planted around the yard, in the grass, flower beds, and garden all come up at different times because of how much light they get from the sun.  With all the work going on in this yard I was glad they showed up again!  I guess they are pretty hardy.

These Lilies are just starting to bloom.

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Who Owns My House? – Poser

I wonder who owns my home? Me or the Government?

Cripe, I paid off my home and, now, I get the distinct pleasure of paying a property tax (rent to the city)  if I want to stay here the rest of my life!  Sort of like renting an apartment, just at a cheaper rate.  Well, I suppose, if you consider maintenance and repairs.  I guess I should be greatful!  lol

Although, those cheaper rent rates might not be happening if our city keeps going via the way of California.  Even if I can manage to hang on to it for the rest of my life, without getting taxed out of the house, will my kids even see any benefit from its sale?  Death taxes for them, Woopee!! 

Ain’t it wonderful?

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