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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:38 AM

Post #1535167

It seems like it took forever for summer to get here.

I've been working, working, working on this place to get it put together for a garden.

First I had to clear a bit of land.
Next came the fill dirt and bulldozer.

Lots and Lots of Peat, Vermiculite, Pearlite, top soil, compost manure and other organic soil amendments, I started building my containers, making stringers and nettings.

Here are a few of the pictures taken the other day.

This one is a combination. Your looking through some of the stringers that go down to the containers holding the tomatoes.

I bought 8" x 14' boards and cut out steps for the boxes to sit on. (Edited to add: I cut the boards in half making them 8"x7'.) There are 728 beans planted in these boxes. :)


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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:39 AM

Post #1535169

In this picture, you can see mostly the stringers that go down to the buckets and ice cream containers I used for the maters.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:41 AM

Post #1535176

This one shows the netting I made using twine. It will support the Summer Squash and Cucumbers this year.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:43 AM

Post #1535180

The peices of "triangle" shaped wood that came out of the 8'x14' boards to make the steps were used on the back of the shed and I put boxes on them. It worked like a book shelf.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:48 AM

Post #1535193

I'm waiting for the guy to come bulldoze an area where I want to plant some sweet corn.

Although in this picture it doesn't show the huge pile of top soil that's there today, it does show the area where the corn will go.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:49 AM

Post #1535197

Here is another picture of that same area, different angle

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1535209

In this picture, it shows where I want to put my vegetable stand.

I am going to attach a tarp to the roof of the shed and continue the roof outward toward the edge of the fence. One side of the tarp will be fastened to the fence and the corner will be on a post. (post isn't in yet) So, the wall of the market will be a fence on one side and the shingles will be the back wall.

It will give me a nice shaded area to sell my vegetables.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:55 AM

Post #1535213

On the other side of this fence is where the garden starts.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:56 AM

Post #1535214

Same as above, different view.

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:57 AM

Post #1535217

Hey, you are one creative fella! It all looks great.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:58 AM

Post #1535218

This is where I'm putting in a drive to the market.

I'll post another picture when it's all done.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
12:59 AM

Post #1535223

One more.

This is my buddy. He's been with me for 17 years.

His name is Sam

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
1:00 AM

Post #1535226

Thanks Darius.
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2005
2:01 AM

Post #1535378

Well done, Darrell & Sam! Very impressive! Good Luck with it. :D

Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

June 10, 2005
4:02 AM

Post #1535774

Darrell you have done a marvelous job! Ü Well executed, neat and professional looking.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2005
9:31 AM

Post #1536060

Thanks Donna and Lilypon.
Sunrize
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2005
5:44 PM

Post #1539262

Hi Sam! I hope you like to garden as it seems your Dad has put in a great deal of effort. Results are wonderful, though. Lots of research went into this project and has paid off. Well done. Makes me feel most lazy and inadequate. I can taste the corn and maters, now!. Dawn
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:09 AM

Post #1574622

Update of the progress.

Here is a picture of the driveway that will come to the front of the market stand.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:11 AM

Post #1574624

Here are a couple pictures of those "Stairs" that I planted Beans in.

As you can see, the beans on the left are much nicer than the beans on the right. I soaked the beans on the left for about 4 hours. The beans on the left, I didn't soak at all. It made a big difference.

This shows more of the nicer looking beans. (The left side)

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:11 AM

Post #1574625

Here is both sides.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:13 AM

Post #1574626

Here is a picture of where I had a Tandum load of top soil brought in, then another tandum load of manure. It's ready for sweet corn.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:15 AM

Post #1574627

Corn is planted. Shew!! My knees hurt. lol

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:16 AM

Post #1574628

Here are my tomatoes after about 2 weeks growing in buckets and empty ice cream containers from the local ice cream parlour. (and of course my buddy Sam)

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:17 AM

Post #1574630

Another picture of my Tomatoes.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:18 AM

Post #1574631

Last one for now.

Left is Green Summer Squash, Center is, Yellow Summer Squash, and Right is Cucumbers. (Straight Eight)

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:19 AM

Post #1574633

I took some pictures of the Lettuce boxes and of the boxes where the Spinach is growing, but they didn't turn out. I'll try again later.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:45 AM

Post #1574638

Ok, here's the Lettuce Boxes on the back of the shed.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
10:48 AM

Post #1574640

Here's the Spinach that finally came up. Ya gotta look reeeeaaallllll close. :o))

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Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

June 25, 2005
3:21 PM

Post #1575045

I'm in awe of what you have done there Darrell...very professional! All I can think is WOW!!! Ü (the bean stairs continue to amaze me).

I imagine you will be busy watering A LOT today...how hot is it expected to get there?
Liz
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2005
3:21 PM

Post #1575047

WOW! That is a very impressive setup. You must be very proud of it. Everything looks marvelous, not to mention orderly. Now if I could only get my plants to behave as well.
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

June 25, 2005
4:11 PM

Post #1575147

Very nice job, Darrell. I am so impressed by those "stair" planters. Amazing though what a little water soaking will do for a bean seed, eh? Also like your lettuce planters. Nicely made and certainly no bending for you; great idea. Your tomatoes are coming along nicely. I have little tiny tomatoes of a few of my plants already and lots of flowers on the rest. We could sure use some good heat now though. Sure has been a cool June for us overall.

Keep up the good work! Your market satnd is sure to be a success!

:Donna
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2005
4:11 PM

Post #1575149

I'm truely amazed! What a neat setup!
:) Donna

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
5:46 PM

Post #1575347

Looking great, Darrell! I really love the lettuce at a good picling height.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2005
6:21 PM

Post #1575417

Well, you know, I'm not as young as I use to be. So, I thought and thought, looked at different things here and there, and came up with a garden that more or less was "Up & Down" rather than down by my feet. LOL

I really wanted a garden and I really wanted a vegetable stand out here this year.

I won't be able to plant as much as I had thought though. I have sort of run out of steam. I've been hauling all that soil and manure in empty buckets and used 3.8 Peat bags. It's getting hot and the buckets and bags are getting heavier. :)

You would have laughed at me today if you had been here. I planted a row of Beets, came in the house and had a glass of ice tea, went back out and planted a row of Wax Beans, came in had some more tea, went out planted a row of Radish's, came in and "P'ed", just looked at the tea, went back out and planted a row of Green Onions, and said "That's It!" I'm done!
MG99
Victoria, BC
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2005
12:42 AM

Post #1575976

Darrell you've done a great job, great way to have the plants not all on the ground, it'll save your back too.
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2005
3:18 AM

Post #1576320

LOL, Darrell. Been there ... done that!
nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2005
6:41 AM

Post #1576618

Wow! It all looks wonderful Darrell. You've sure put a lot of time and effort into it and I'm sure it'll pay off for you. I'm looking forward to your future updates.

Sandy
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:15 PM

Post #1595527

Here are some new pictures of the garden.

Here is a picture of the garden. The corn is up. Not a lot, but it's up. :)

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:17 PM

Post #1595532

Here is a picture of the Wax Beans, Beets, Red Radish, & White Radish's. The corn is just to the right.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:17 PM

Post #1595534

Tomatoes

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:18 PM

Post #1595536

Stairs of Beans.

In the foreground are Red & Green Bell Peppers.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:19 PM

Post #1595540

Frames in front of the fence and still a lot of compost to haul.
Some of the flowers are planted and in the larger square ones, I planted Dill.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
3:21 PM

Post #1595546

Last - I've started framing the area where the vegetable stand will go.

In this one, I planted Spahgetti Squash, and in the large one I planted Dill.

I'll post more pictures next week.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Darrell

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Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

July 3, 2005
4:34 PM

Post #1595709

It's truly wonderful and I really enjoy seeing how it's progressing. You have done an amazing job Darrel. Ü
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:27 PM

Post #1620554

Todays pictures of the garden as it progresses.

This is the corn. Slow but sure.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:30 PM

Post #1620558

Lettuce. I've already picked the bottom row once, and part of the second row once. I think it's time to pick again. I picked almost two, 5 gallon buckets full the first picking. Some of it though, was from thinning some of the other boxes.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:31 PM

Post #1620561

The Spinach is finally beginning to grow a little. It sure is growing slow.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:33 PM

Post #1620563

Tomatoes are coming along with lots of flowers now and a tomato growing here and there, about the size of a nickle.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:34 PM

Post #1620564

Beans are still growing strong. I'm not sure how long it takes for beans to begin growing beans though. My, "Stairway of Beans".

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
12:38 PM

Post #1620572

Left to right...
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Yellow Summer Squash
Green Summer Squash

Edited to say, and a kitten. LOL

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
1:27 PM

Post #1620667

Oh, My! It looks so wonderful!
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2005
2:18 PM

Post #1620797

Your garden looks fabulous Darrell. Isn't it a nice time of year when you can really see the results of all the work put in. I had some problems with ants in my corn this year. I am hoping that they didn't do too much damage. Do you use pesticides and if not, what are you using for pest control?

I love the "Stairway of Beans". They make quite a lovely display actually. Good Luck the rest of the summer!

:Donna
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
2:33 PM

Post #1620821

Thanks darius.
Thanks Donna.

It does feel good to see the garden growing, Donna. There isn't much for me to do now but wait.

I don't know what to tell you about bugs and all. I don't have any. That doesn't mean I didn't have them or it doesn't mean I won't get them. I just don't have any right now. No, I don't use any pesticides. Although, someone told me I might have to break down and get something for the corn if I get an infestation of moths or some kind. "Whorles" in the leaves.

I did have some kind of mite in my Bell Peppers a while back. I used an empty Windex spray bottle, put some water in it and some, "Lemon Sented - Dollar Store Dish Soap" LOL, in it, and sprayed them for 3 consecutive days in the morning, and at night, I sprayed plain water on them.

According to things I've read about pepper plants and bugs, there is one thing they don't like, and that was soapy water and high humidity. So, by spraying them with soapy water, and keeping the little buggers wet/damp, it killed what ever was on my plants.

I was getting a bit nervous too. I had beautiful plants and then one day, out of the blue, the leaves started dropping off. At first I chaulked it up to, "well maybe that's what they do." But then it got worse and it was spreading from plant to plant. I looked them over carefully and didn't see anything. I then thought, "maybe it's to hot in here or it got too cold last night." (I had them in the seedhouse at that time).

Anyway...to make a long story short---er? lol

I don't have bugs today. I won't use pesticides. I'd rather find something that I know isn't going to make me sick if I eat the stuff I grow.

Which reminds me...I have been using Epsom Salts on my lettuce and thought afterward. Uh Oh. But, it's ok. I'm no worse for the wear. LOL
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
5:51 PM

Post #1621213

Darrell, I just saw this thread, and after reading it all, I can say I'm truly impressed with your Garden. I especially like the bean stairs; they're a great idea for those of us who find bending challenging. And in one of your posts you mentioned growing spaghetti squash - I think that's my all-time favourite squash ever. I've known people to serve it up with tomato sauce, but I like it au naturale - what a wonderful, delicate flavour it has. And the texture is like nothing else. I can't wait to see how your corn and spinach turn out. And good for you for not using pesticides - only good can come out of that. I discovered a pesticide free method of getting rid of slugs this year - coffee grounds-doesn't matter if they're used or not. Keep up the good work!
Christine

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
6:05 PM

Post #1621254

Christine, how do you apply the coffee grounds? (Not meaning to hijack Darrell's thread)
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
6:12 PM

Post #1621274

Hi Darius. I sprinkled the coffee grounds on the soil in April. Since I don't drink caffienated coffee, I bought a huge can from Walmart, and used it "full strength".

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
6:26 PM

Post #1621310

Cool. I will have to get some coffee and try it. I live 15 feet from a rushing creek and the snails and slugs are plentiful.
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
6:37 PM

Post #1621343

There's a lot of "cures" out there for slugs, but most of them involve hunting the little cretins down or trapping them. Yuck! This is nice and clean, and your garden smells wonderful after it rains!!
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1621347

Kinda like...It's Good To The Last Drop smell? LOL
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
7:05 PM

Post #1621407

Yup...lol.

Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

July 13, 2005
7:10 PM

Post #1621422

Darrel your stairway of beans continues to amaze me. :) You done REAL GOOD!!!
bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2005
10:45 PM

Post #1621935

Hey Darrell - You were on our schedule for our NB/PEI trip but now that I found your thread here we will move in!! LOL Hmmm, maybe not, you will put us to work for sure!

I am loving the stairway of beans, especially in light of certain events in our garden.
http://dg.davesgarden.com/forums/t/522566/

We are planning to be up your way towards the end of August.

-Kim
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 14, 2005
4:17 AM

Post #1622620

Darrell, your garden is coming along real great. All that work paying off. So disappointing to not get what you thought you planted though. Where did you get those Petunia seeds again? Have you contacted the supplier?
inanda
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 2b)

July 14, 2005
11:18 AM

Post #1622855

Darrell, I plant spinach/carrots and a pinch or so of lettuce just before snow flies. You get really early germination doing this. Plus, plant your garlic in the Fall, but check with others to see if you can plant elephant garlic before winter in zone 5a. Don't your bean stairs sry out quickly? Lots of watering or not? Thjey look great. Have never seen anything like them. What a TON of work to build them. they look wonderful.

Darius, do you have lily beetle in NC?
Inanda
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2005
1:45 PM

Post #1623066

Thanks again, everybody.

Inanda, I don't know much about garlic. Even though I use a lot of it, I don't know how to grow it. Wanna teach me? ;)

As for the Petunia's...Well, I'm learning. They are in the sun now. I fertilize them now. And I spray them from time to time with regular water. I never grew them from seed before. I had always bought them already in their pots. I don't think it was the seed, or the company...I think it was my failure to really understand what to do with them.

I have found that when I receive seeds from people, I have no clue as to how to propigate them. Rather than be a pest to the person that sent them, I plant them the way I think they should be planted, and not necessarily as they should be planted. I'm learning. ;)

echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 14, 2005
2:36 PM

Post #1623167

You can learn faster by looking them up in a germination guide. There have been links to a few of them this past spring, and I'm sure we can dig them up again. Most perennials grown here can be wintersown too.

The colours of your petunias won't change because of anything you did. Seed saved from cultivars of petunias eventually reverts to the wilder form, a smaller hot pinky type blossom. I like it, but that's not what you paid for.
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2005
2:48 PM

Post #1623183

Here's a link to "Starting Plants from Seeds". Hope it answers some questions for you. For me, starting plants from seeds is still a largely unnavigated puzzle...lol.

http://earthnotes.tripod.com/seeds.htm
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2005
2:48 PM

Post #1623184

Kim, your story was hilarious. I am sure it wasn't too pleasant for you at the time, but it had to be done. You are very brave, it is a feat I could not have accomplished. For certain, I would have been beanless and unhappy. Something to tell the Grandkids about. :)
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 14, 2005
2:56 PM

Post #1623204

Hey Donna, what did your Silver Wave seeds look like? and where did you get yours?
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2005
3:55 PM

Post #1623347

Hey Brenda, I got my Petunia Silver Tidal Wave seeds from Parks seeds. I remember the seeds were the tiniest seeds I had ever seen. But I was so pleased with them. I got approximately 12 seeds and had 100% germination. I got them late in the year (Mid April) and I had my first blooms in 9 weeks. Ended up getting 4 baskets from the one package. I will definitely buy from them again next year.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2005
3:58 PM

Post #1623354

They're beautiful, Donna.

Even though I didn't do as well as you, I'm still going to go to them again. Everything I've gotten from Parks has been good.

Edited to say: Wow! What a great site. Thanks, ceedub!

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echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 14, 2005
5:08 PM

Post #1623504

Darrell you never did say where you got those petunia seeds, was it a trade?
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2005
5:21 PM

Post #1623533

Darrell got his seeds from Parks seeds too, Brenda. He's the one who put me onto them.
bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2005
5:40 PM

Post #1623582

Thanks Flowergirl - didn't know I had it in me!

Darrell - Do you have a reliable amount of traffic on your road and will you put up signs for the farm stand?

-Kim
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2005
7:12 PM

Post #1623783

I've got too much traffic out here. Even though I live in the country, I'm on the main road that leads into one of the larger cities of New Brunswick. So, the 5 small towns to the south of me, have to drive by here to get to work or go to a grocery store or go to any of the Mall's, Dept. Stores, etc.

Signs? I don't know. I know I should have something out there, but I don't know what I'm going to do. I thought about getting some stencils and making a sign that says: "FESH VEGETABLES" Other than that, I'm still trying to come up with something.
cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2005
5:57 AM

Post #1627208

Hi Darrell:

Holy Cow!! What a lot of work you've put into your garden. If you have spare time next winter, I know someone who would love to have some bean boxes and a step made for their garden (EG).

I wish I had bluekat here to deal with my squirrels and racoons - they're a bane in the city, many more than in the country - and they take my tomatoes (or just one bite out of each) before they are even ripe.

I was trapping the coons and taking them down to a nearby (but not *too* nearby) beach where there are lots of big trees, long grass, garbage cans and a chip truck.
Figured that might be heaven enough for a racoon that they would not wander back here. They make me despair of ever getting a tomato for myself, since I only have room for 4 plants. Even though I'm steaming at the time, it is kind of funny to see a squirrel run off with his teeth sunk into a tomato twice as big as his head.

Maybe this winter I'll try and construct a moveable cage with lumber scraps and chicken wire. I put chicken wire down on the roof garden last fall, and the squirrels that came to dig up the garden and 'plant' their nuts got all tangled in it - one lost his tail, even - and so they avoided it for months after I took the wire up this spring, so I even got most of the wild strawberries I had planted there for myself.

I have friends who live not far from you I think, near St Martin's, and have an exotic animal farm. If you need nice fresh - um - 'compost', I'm sure you could get lots there.

Anyway, I'm rambling. It's after midnight, I'm tired and hot - the basement is 88F with 79% humidity, and that's the coolest place in the house. I'd go out and sleep on the lawn, but this *is* downtown Toronto (G) and I'd probably get rousted by the cops, or shaken awake by a drunk looking for a cigarette or spare change.

Please keep the pics coming, I really enjoy them, though they do turn me the colour of your bean plants from envy . . .

P.S. does anyone know why I can't seem to get angle brackets to show up? Is this a DG wide thing? Thanks!
~marilyn
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:40 PM

Post #1638434

Donna,

Here are some of my Petunia's
Picture 1

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:42 PM

Post #1638440

Another one.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:47 PM

Post #1638449

Another Petunia.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:48 PM

Post #1638451

Did you say, "MORE" ? j/k

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:50 PM

Post #1638458

I have a few along the front of the fence. The other side of where I have the beans planted. The other small flowers are Prim Rose. I'm not real happy with them.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:58 PM

Post #1638474

Last Petunia

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:58 PM

Post #1638478

Here are some pictures of some Poppy's. I got the seeds from someone here in DG. I'm sorry to say, I don't remember who sent them. I appologize for not remembering.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
12:59 PM

Post #1638483

Poppy 2

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:00 PM

Post #1638486

Inisde Poppy

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:00 PM

Post #1638487

Poppy 3

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echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 21, 2005
1:01 PM

Post #1638491

Darrell, these petunias are lovely, but can't think you got what you paid for. Were these seeds pelleted or just tiny hard to see specks? There is a picture on Parks website of their pelleted petunia seeds, I believe under the Purple Wave. I've ordered a couple of times from Parks and been quite satisfied, but never ordered Wave petunias.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:01 PM

Post #1638493

Smaller Poppy

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:02 PM

Post #1638494

Here's an update of the Garden.
Close up of the Oak Leaf Lettuce

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:03 PM

Post #1638495

Close up of the Baby Gem Lettuce

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:04 PM

Post #1638497

Lettuce Boxes on Shed

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:07 PM

Post #1638507

Beans with lots of flowers.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:08 PM

Post #1638509

Stairway of Beans and Bell Peppers in the foreground.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:09 PM

Post #1638511

I got to thinking, and then looked, I don't have a picture posted of my Bell Peppers. Here is one of the plants that I have in an 8" pot.

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:10 PM

Post #1638516

From left to right:
White Radishes
Red Radishes
Beets
Yellow Wax Beans
Corn

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:12 PM

Post #1638521

Corn

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:20 PM

Post #1638532

One I got was Avalanche. I think it's the right one. It was a small seed, like pepper.
I ordered Dolce Petunia's too. One was suppose to be red, another was to be yellow, and another one was suppose to be, (i don't remember) I know I ended up with all Double Pink. :)
The pelleted seeds, I don't remember what I ordered.

I've always been happy with Park Seeds. I will be buying most of my things from the next year.

And, I'm glad you posted a message. Thank you, once again, for the Poppy Seeds. :) I remembered who sent me the seeds after I saw your name. Don't they look great?

This is the first year I ever grew anything from seed. You'll have to forgive me if I'm sort of over happy about it all.

echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

July 21, 2005
1:26 PM

Post #1638542

That's OK Darrell, it's nice to have enthusiastic people among us. Who's counting? (19) Don't think we can usually post that many pics at once, but maybe you hit a slow time.

I thought I remembered you saying that you had started Silver Wave petunias along with Old Flower Girl Donna and couldn't figure out why yours were different. Maybe I'm remembering wrong, wouldn't be the first or last time I've done that.

Your journal here at Dave's is great for keeping track of what you've planted each year.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:32 PM

Post #1638548

I can't do the Journal here. I've tried.
Some people say they post things like, "what they have", "what they would like to have", and keep track of different things they are working on, plan to do, or want to do.
I can't seem to get mine to work.

DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:33 PM

Post #1638553

Here's a picture of the Squash.
Left to right:
Green Summer Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
Cucumbers
Edited to say:
Opps...From Right to Left. and you can't see the cucumbers

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:35 PM

Post #1638556

Last one for this week. :)
Tomatoes and Cucumbers. (finally the cucumbers are beginning to climb the netting.)

Edited to say: You can sort of tell that the tomatoes are getting pretty tall now. They are eye level with me and the camera.

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ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
3:31 PM

Post #1638797

Darrell your garden is coming along spledidly-you've done a really great job tendng it. But you're making me hungry!!
Christine
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
4:24 PM

Post #1638900

Thank you Christine. You know, it's a lot of work, but I love it. I go to bed thinking about it and wake up thinking about it. I'm up by 6AM and outside by 7AM almost every morning.

Sometimes I sit outside in the lawn chair, under a tree, drinking ice tea and watching the bee's going around from one flower to the next, or the occasional humming bird. Thinking to myself and smiling, "that's right, you just go from flower to flower and make my vegetables grow." "don't forget to tell all your bee freinds you've found thousands of flowers to polinate." (This is what happens to people when they get older and who don't get much company, well, at least it happens to me. :)

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OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 21, 2005
6:03 PM

Post #1639158

LOL, sounds like you have the perfect mindset to be a good Gardener, Darrell. Glad to hear you are enjoying your Garden. That is how it should be, and you have every right, too. Everything looks fantastic. Your lettuce and other veggies look so healthy. I am envious of your peppers and cukes. My Golden Peppers are just getting started after flowering recently and my cukes are sooo slow. Supposed to be 37 C here today, maybe after the past few days of high heat, they'll finally have a surge. And your Petunias are very nice. I see the Silver is coming along nicely. I knew they would. I am so pleased with mine. Every pot is florishing. I will have to take a photo of all of them again soon along with my Pink Wave. I have ruffled petunias very similar to yours as well. I realized too, that I have never taken a photo of my Vegetable Garden. I just put in my second round of Peas yesterday. should have the next flush for picking by the end of August or mid September.

Thanks for sharing Darrell.

Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

July 21, 2005
7:32 PM

Post #1639321

Your garden is growing by leaps and bounds Darrell...it looks FANTASTIC !!! Ü
nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 21, 2005
11:03 PM

Post #1639751

Yes, I agree, everything looks great Darrell. I'm really jealous of your green peppers. I'd be embarrassed to show a picture of mine. What few leaves they have are really yellow and they haven't grown much. It's probably because I only recently planted them outside. We had such a cold, wet spring that I was afraid to plant them out. Oh well.

I was wondering about how your roadside stand is doing Darrell. Do you have lots of things for sale yet? You must be having to sell the radishes and lettuce at least by now. And are you getting much business? I hope so.

I sent you some red and purple poppies. They're looking good.

Sandy

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DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
1:44 AM

Post #1640105

Sandy,

My peppers have a story behind them.

I started them from seed in the seed house. (heated) They grew and grew. Looked great. About a month before they were to go outside, they started dropping leaves. I didn't pay too much attention untill they really started to drop heavy. I looked and looked for insects and couldn't see any.

It wasn't till about 3 weeks of falling leaves, that I saw the web in the plants. I had an infestation. Big time. I sprayed them all with soapy water and put them outside. I sprayed them for about 3 or 4 days while outside. They lost almost every leaf. To be honest, I didn't think they would do anything, but I kept working with them and now they're producing for me. A lot of my peppper plants look sick, but they aren't. They just lost their leaves and have plenty of peppers growing on them. By the way...I saved the seeds for my peppers from peppers I bought from the grocery store last year and I saved the seeds of my Spahgetti Squash, and Acorn Squash from the grocery store last year. They're all doing fine. :)

As for the roadside stand...I haven't started it yet. I have sold lettuce and radishes to people I know. I ate a lot of lettuce and radishes too. lol

I just finished the second coat of paint on the boards that will be out front with, "Fresh Vegetables" printed on it. I hope I can print it well enough that people can read it. I'm not very good at that kind of thing.

I've got the tarp for my roof, hooks to hook it down with. I bought some buckets that I'll put the posts down in and then cement the posts in place. That way, if the wind comes up, which it will, I will still have a stand left. The weight of the cement will hold it down.

I'm working on it and hope to have it up and running in a week or so. I'll post a picture of it when I've got it going.

Yes, Thank you very much for those Poppy seeds. They are beautiful. I never grew things like that before. I'm partial to the that lavender one. I've got to save seeds from them. I'd like a great big area full of lavender coloured poppies. Like a field of poppies. It would have to look spectacular.
cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
2:04 AM

Post #1640164

Darrell:

I think you can get 'stick-on' letters for your sign that are waterproof. Or maybe trade a local artist some of your veggies for a really original sign.

~m
nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 22, 2005
5:23 AM

Post #1641243

Well, whatever you did to those peppers it certainly seems to have worked because they look pretty good in the pictures Darrell. I'm glad you like the poppies. I have a bunch of volunteers blooming in my vegetable garden again this year. I like them too.

I figured you'd have had to start doing something with the radishes because they come so much quicker than everything else. I think that cybercrone has a good idea for you to trade an artist some vegetables for a nice sign. The greenhouse/produce market near me has some of the most beautiful signs that they put out in front of the store next to the road. They're obviously painted by an artist. I think they're very inviting and attractive. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your stand up and running next week.

Sandy
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
10:06 AM

Post #1641379

That's a great idea cybercrone. I'm going to check around today. It would be great if someone would trade.

Sandy,
I'm a little bit nervous about opening up my stand, especially with only radishes and lettuce. I don't think anyone would stop for either one of those things. However, I "do" think they would buy some if they were here for their major reason for stopping, like buying tomatoes, or corn, or beans. Also, when I say, "nervous", I mean, I'm a little scared. Like a new job, I guess. I've lived alone for a lot of years and sometimes being around a lot of people makes me nervous and I get panic feelings or anxiety to leave or get away from them as fast as I can. I'm going to do my market though. I'll work through it. I have too.

Maybe I shouldn't put personal things in here, but I did. I'm too old to care if it's right or wrong.

Darrell
ginnylynn
Blyth, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
11:22 AM

Post #1641440

Hey Darrell. You can put anything you want to and feel comfortable with in here as far as I'm concerned. I'll be rooting for you - running the market may end up being one of the most rewarding things you've ever done. The sense of personal accomplishment alone will be tremendous. --Ginny
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
1:24 PM

Post #1641640

Thank you Ginny. You made me feel good. :) (and greatful)

Well, I called a guy that does signs. I had a list of people to call, and the first one I talked with, "Hey why not? We all gotta eat." So, I'm taking my boards over to him along with some radishes, Romain Lettuce, and other lettuce, (probably a grocery bag full).

I wouldn't have thought of asking someone to help me with this sign in a million years. Thanks again, cybercrone.

Darrell
ginnylynn
Blyth, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
5:51 PM

Post #1642159

Hey that's great about the sign Darrell. I'll look forward to seeing a picture of it when it's done. --Ginny
nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2005
5:00 AM

Post #1643450

Going into any new venture is a bit nerve wracking for everyone I think Darrell. I'm sure it'll be easier after the initial day or two after you open the stand. Hopefully you won't have everyone coming at the same time.

I agree that it's a good idea to wait until you have at least a few more things to offer. Do you have any other crops that are close to being ready? You can always sell some of your onions as bunches of green onions when they're small. Are you going to sell any of your pots of flowers? I think those are always popular.

I'm glad you found somebody to help you with the sign. You'll have to share a picture of it. One of the popular roadside stands near here has small signs with the names of different vegetables on each one. They hang out the ones with the vegetables they have available each day. I think they have those little hooks on the top and bottom edges so they can be changed easily each morning.

Sandy
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
2:04 PM

Post #1643912

Sandy,

I don't have anything right now that is ready, other than the lettuce. In a week or a week and a half, I think I'll have Green & Yellow Summer Squash.

That would make it:
Red Radish
White Radish
Lettuce (if it doesn't bolt or start going to seed)
Green Summer Squash
Yellow Summer Squash

I have a few Cherry Tomatoes that are about the size of a nickle, and the regular tomatoes are about the size of tennis ball. It won't be much longer for those.

I think I know what you mean by those signs that show the different kinds of vegetables. There is a place in Indiana that sells individual signs like that. They are on wire frames and stakes and the sign of the vegetable can be replaced on the wire frame with a different picture, or the entire thing can be pulled up and a new sign put in it's place. They're not too expensive either. They also make banner's that you can put up. They look good and if this wasn't my first year, I'd have a few. But, I'm waiting to make a little money back from the money I put into this adventure. If the stand fair's well, I'll invest a little more money. Worst case senario, I eat a lot. :)
nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2005
12:53 AM

Post #1645091

That's a good idea Darrell. You don't want to spend more than you have to until you see how it's going to work out.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2005
9:43 AM

Post #1645749

What I'd really like, is a Greenhouse.

After searching high and low for a company that sells Greenhouses, sending for catalogs, in the US and here, all over Canada, I found a place in Amherst, NS, about 2 hours from here.

I was at the Hardware Store buying a few things for the stand and while I was talking to one of the salesman, he mentioned that I might talk to a guy down the road who has 3 or 4 Greenhouses. He said, "I don't know if he sells Greenhouses or not, but he just built a new one and he might be able to tell you who to contact." Well, that's how I found out that there is a company right here in my backyard.

While talking to John, at "John's Greenhouses", he told me I would be the only one that he knows of in the area that is selling vegetables. Everyone else is selling flowers, plants, tree's, etc. That same thing applies to another Greenhouse about 20 minutes away. She calls her Greenhouses, "Farmer Browns". She sells flowers, bedding plants, etc., but no vegetables. Those two places of business are 40 minutes apart. I'm in the middle of the two.

As for me selling flowers, (I think someone asked me if I was going to sell flowers),...Yes, and no.

I especially like "Cut Flowers". If I can grow "Carnations", "Baby's Breath", "Daisy's", "Astors", and "Glads", then the answer is yes. I'd sell the Glads for so much a stem, and make individual groupings of the others. Put them in a 5 gallon bucket, and sell them that way. If I can grow "Petunias", I might sell some hanging baskets. I mean, I would have them hanging in the Garden Stand, and if someone wanted to buy one, I'd sell it. But the main reason I'd have them at the Garden Stand, would be to make it look nice. Me and Petunia's don't get a long, I guess. Although they look ok, they aren't what I ordered and I think it's because I didn't do what I was suppose to do, at one point or the other. I've got "Striped" ones now. Who knows where they came from. lol

Darrell
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2005
1:10 PM

Post #1645920

Donna aka Old Flower Girl sent me the seeds for these Sweet Pea's

Thanks again Donna, they're really nice. They smell good too. :)

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nightowl2
Campbell River, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2005
4:04 PM

Post #1646273

That's great luck regarding the greenhouse Darrell. So...are you going to get one? It sounds like your vegetable stand is going to be in a good location with no other competition too close by. Good plan to pretty much stick to the veggies with other flower plant sellers around. They probably wouldn't be selling cut flowers though.
OldFlowerGirl
Castlegar, BC
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2005
3:15 AM

Post #1647574

Hey Darrell, your Sweet Peas are lookin' mighty fine! Their siblings growing in my garden are looking good as well. Grew very tall this year 7' or so. Love the smell of them too. :Donna
brugcrazy
Vancouver Island, BC
(Zone 8b)

July 28, 2005
2:19 AM

Post #1654785

Darrell, you've done an amazing job on your gardens. Hope your sales go well in this new venture. Best of luck.
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

July 28, 2005
5:34 PM

Post #1656078

Thank you Brugcrazy. I appreciate you saying that.
Quyen
Orange, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 25, 2005
6:29 AM

Post #1718218


I loved your bean stairway and lettuce boxes. Showed the picture to my DH...hoping he'd say that he could build me something similar but on a smaller scale. Hah!

What's been happening to your vegetable garden, Darrell? Have you been able to sell your stuff?
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2005
10:03 AM

Post #1718287

Quyen,
The Vegetable market is in the Thread called:
"Market Stand is Underway"

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6005948

DCarrington,
OUTSTANDING use of limited space! Now, please tell me how a girl can learn to build the structures you have built?

I know I can go to HD/Lowe's and get the 8' x 14' or even 1' x 12' and have them cut in half. But how do I cut stair frames? How do I level the structure so it's not lopsided?

Regarding your raised bed boxes: I noticed you put some "posts?" inside the boxes and it looks like the sides are nailed to these posts, right? What size are they and how do you make the boxes perfectly level and square?

Carpentry, 101.

Thanks.

Linda

BUMP!
wendyloo66
Stevensville, MT
(Zone 4b)

January 23, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6040306

Wow...and I wish you were my neighbour!!
DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6082319

Linda,
Thank you.

The boxes are easy. For the corners, I laid out a 2x4 and cut it in one foot lengths. I bought packages of wood for the sides and ends. They were suppose to "Line a Closet". They're thin boards that are tongue and groove. You can get the packages at Home Depot or Lowes and they're not expensive. (maybe $5.00 to $6.00 per package of 6 boards that are 8 feet long.

I laid out the 2x4's on an old table, spaced 8 feet apart. Next I naild one of those boards (packaged boards), to the 2x4 with finishing nails. You can use any kind of nail that is small. If you use a large nail, it will split the board you are nailing to the 2x4. By the way, the 2x4's aren't in the ground. The box is placed on top of the ground when it's finished.

The box is 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep. Just cut a 2x4 into 4, one foot corners. Nail the sides and ends to the 2x4's.

To keep the box from spreading apart in the middle, I put a 1 foot long board, (same as the corners), 4 feet from each end of the box. The packaged boards are 8 foot lengths. I nailed the sides to the 2x4's in the center. I screwed in an eye hook to those center 2x4's, placed a wire on the eye hooks and tightened them so when the soil was dumped into the box, it wouldn't spread out.

I cut out my stair steps, but if you aren't sure how to cut them out, you can easily buy "Stringers" (another name for steps), at any place that sells lumber.

Good luck to you. Post a pic when you get one finished.

Darrell

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #6083443

THANKS, DARRELL!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 2, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6083466

Darrel, Where the heck you been ? We miss you on the market forum. Come on over and join us again.
Bernie

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #6083523

DCarrington
Riverview, NB
(Zone 5b)

The boxes are easy. For the corners, I laid out a 2x4 and cut it in one foot lengths. I bought packages of wood for the sides and ends. They were suppose to "Line a Closet". They're thin boards that are tongue and groove. You can get the packages at Home Depot or Lowes and they're not expensive. (maybe $5.00 to $6.00 per package of 6 boards that are 8 feet long.

I laid out the 2x4's on an old table, spaced 8 feet apart. Next I naild one of those boards (packaged boards), to the 2x4 with finishing nails. You can use any kind of nail that is small. If you use a large nail, it will split the board you are nailing to the 2x4. By the way, the 2x4's aren't in the ground. The box is placed on top of the ground when it's finished.

The box is 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep. Just cut a 2x4 into 4, one foot corners. Nail the sides and ends to the 2x4's.

To keep the box from spreading apart in the middle, I put a 1 foot long board, (same as the corners), 4 feet from each end of the box. The packaged boards are 8 foot lengths. I nailed the sides to the 2x4's in the center. I screwed in an eye hook to those center 2x4's, placed a wire on the eye hooks and tightened them so when the soil was dumped into the box, it wouldn't spread out.

I cut out my stair steps, but if you aren't sure how to cut them out, you can easily buy "Stringers" (another name for steps), at any place that sells lumber.

Good luck to you. Post a pic when you get one finished.

Darrell

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