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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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Gardening In Virtual World

Well, I can’t plant much in the ground with all the snow, cold and rainy days.  Plants are at least started indoors  and growing in their little peat pots.

As an alternative to boredom I’ve been growing a virtual garden in Farmville.  Crazy, I know, but I’m waiting for the ground to dry out in the real world.

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New Spring Season

Wow, I am getting excited!  Gardening season is just around the corner.

With such a long harsh winter the temperatures are  finally starting to ease up and I’m starting to think about the vegetables and flowers again.  I even found two blooming Jonquils, picked them, and set them by the kitchen sink so I can admire them up close.

I went to Lowe’s the other day and got some weed and feed, a little lime, more seeds and a little Jiffy Greenhouse.  (Lots of other stuff but I won’t go into that!)  Came home and planted the little greenhouse in anticipation of my ground drying out a bit so I can get in there and turn the ground.  I did find a spot that was dry enough to plant two rows of radishes.  Little steps work too.  More as things progress.

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Garden Journal – Chapter 28 – Videos

Distruction of my Little City Garden!

But, I guess heat and air conditioning takes a priority. 🙂

Here is my very bad rendering of some video footage I took while the well drilling was going on!  My itsy bitsy, already little, garden is now a wreck!  When I get better at this YouTube thing, I will post some better footage.  Meanwhile, here are two short clips.

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Garden Journal – Chapter 27

Half a Garden!?!

Nearly two months ago our heating and air conditioning system quit running.  Much to our chagrin, we found out that our unit was ok but the problem was with the well.  That had gone dry! Yikes. You see, we have a water to air heat pump. Now you know the background.
When the well diggers came they told us we would have to put the new well in the only spot available to the well digging rig.  In our Garden! Not only that but we would have to take down our gate to allow the truck access to the backyard. This has been a two month nightmare.  Waiting, waiting for permission to sink the well, getting a contractor to come and take down the Gate and part of the fence. Of course, that same contractor had to come back and put the gate and fence back up.  That meant that our new driveway needed to be torn up. Oh, then there is the Dogwood tree, the branches needed to be trimmed back because the well rig was so large.
If you follow this journal you have seen pictures of the garden before but here are a few recent ones. We have harvested plums, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce and the list goes on and on, even though we have to fight with the critters we have been very lucky with the crops from our small garden.
While we were preparing for this event I took a few snaps. I just had to take a snap of the Morning Glory. My little bench corner.

But this is what the corner looks like now. This is where we had to store all the things we had to remove from the other side of the yard.

Here is a picture of where the fence and gate had to come down. You can see where we had to make our Dogwood look like a toothpick!

Then, here comes the truck.  My goodness!  I thought there was a whole house coming up our street.  The driver had a really interesting time getting into our small space. Backing into drive.

Finally backed in and parked.  See what I mean about a tight squeeze?

They were finally set up and ready to start drilling. The generator was positioned on the street.

This is where they let out the excess water.

  We have to dig in the silt they left us. Hopefully, we will be able to till it in with a little neutra green which should fortify the soil (a product we can get locally).
So there ya go, now you know why we only have half a garden.  It is gonna take some doing to get it straightened out but the job is still not done.  They have to come back and put an injector down in the ground.
I will get a picture of the dirt pile, once called a garden, with the next post. and if I get really creative, I will try to get some video capture on line and place it here.

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