Upcoming projects and designs. #16: Considering design requirements for planter boxes / cages.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-05-2011 06:17 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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LOML and I are enjoying fresh grown herbs and vegetables that my FIL is growing in small batches, and we wanted to try our hand at growing some of our own. However we have a young dog, who tends to dig and romp on everything he isn’t blocked from, not to mention birds, and rabbits that come into the yard from the bayou. (No gators thank God…)

I would like to build either raised / enclosed planters, OR a floorless greenhouse / screen house for a small garden herb / vegetable garden.

We would like to grow the following… #1. Tomatoes. We are presently growing some in a “Upsy Downsy” planter. The plant is literally growing upside down, it works, but the birds get more tomatoes than we do… #2. Cucumbers. #3. Peppers. Specifically Jalapeno, Habanero, Poblano, Serrano, and Bell peppers. #4. Basil #5. Cilantro #6. Onions #7. Parsley #8. Oregano

I am thinking a screen enclosure of 12×10 size, tiered so I can plant the herbs in pots on a shelves, as well as the smaller peppers, the larger peppers and cucumbers can grow planted in the ground, and the tomatoes hung from the ridge beam of a “roof” structure. I am thinking about setting up basically a floorless shed frame, and wrapping it in some heavy duty window screening / hardware cloth type material that would be critter resistant, but allow the sun, rain, and breezes in…

Now the big question is, how do I do this, make it both functional, AND attractive. I am sure the HOA will see it, and don’t want to give them any reason to fuss…

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