Garden Cart

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Project by Tomw posted 05-12-2012 06:36 PM 1868 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cart a couple of years ago, to give “Earthbox” gardening a try. I was too cheap to buy actual Earthboxes, so I made mine out of some PVC pipe and a couple of 37 gallon Rubbermaid bins I had, using the lids as the soil/water partition (more or less following the instructions at this link: http:// )The idea of the cart was so we could garden standing up. Also wanted the ability to move the bins into the garage in freezing weather, but the cart turns out to be pretty heavy when full of soil and water, so I siphon out the water to move it (also had to go with bigger tires—see last pic.) The method seems to work pretty well; no weeding, I fill up the water reservoir every 5 days or so, and fertilizer is only applied when you do the initial planting. Got good results the first year, didn’t plant last year, and got a late start this year. The frame is PT pine 1×6s and 2×4s, the slats are cut up 3/8” x 4” cypress fence pickets.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 08:59 PM

Coll cart!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 04:01 PM

That has a great look to it, nice job

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 04:33 PM

Unique design. well done.

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 07:14 PM

I may have to try that, great look and still produces food. Can’t beat that!

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 07:35 PM

great cart :-)

you shuold post it on the sistersite Gardentenders too
they wuold love you for it

thanks for sharing


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#6 posted 05-13-2012 10:44 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I did cross post to GardenTenders, with a little additional info about setting up the bins. I also made a SketchUp file, which illustrates the conversion of the bins as well as the cart construction. If anybody’s interested, let me know.

-- Tom

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 01:19 PM

nice. :)

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