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« on: June 11, 2009 01:40:42 PM »

We live in an apartment that I like quite a bit. However, we have no porch, and thanks to our large parking area, no yard.  Last year this was a source of great consternation and led to a failed indoor tomato experiment.  This year, however, would be different.

You see, we have two parking spots.  But I don't drive.  So we decided to convert our parking spot into a yard.  Included in this yard is what I feel is the greatest container garden ever!

Made by my boyfriend, this puppy has wheels, is up at waist level (no kneeling!), has storage space, an external herb box, and is enclosed to prevent critters.

Here she is from the back:


And the front:

After a few weeks nearly everything I've planted is sprouting away and I couldn't be happier!

Feedback would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2009 01:51:00 PM »

What a great idea!  (Provided it doesn't break any rules at your apartment that you might get in trouble for!)

I hope you get lots of veggies out of it!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 01:57:17 PM »

It does not.  We have a very nice landlady who is pretty reasonable, and our neighbors seem to enjoy it so far.  Also the wheels mean it can be moved whenever we need to. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2009 12:31:05 PM »

Good for you! I'm glad your landlady and neighbors are being cool about it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2009 03:22:10 AM »

It looks great!

One thing I noticed though: I'm not an expert on plants, but I'm fairly sure that the blossoms need to be fructified by bees or other animals carrying pollen from plant to plant in order for the plant to carry fruits eventually. As your planter is completely covered, how do you plan to fructify your plants?

If I'm totally off about this pollen thing, never mind me Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2009 08:59:18 AM »

The backside and top are a mesh that insects can get through - it just keeps out the bigger critters.

But also, depending on what you're growing that may/may not be necessary. Most of our stuff is taproots and leaves - only the tomatoes and beans will be producing fruit.

Good question though!
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009 01:50:38 PM »

I'm really in awe of this! Great job, and such a neat idea. Do continue to update with pics as the plants grow!
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009 02:33:14 PM »

Sweet!  I love that you can also set it up to be a greenhouse too - you'll have tomatoes before everyone else that's for sure!

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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009 02:45:20 PM »

Clever! I saw a programme about floating gardens on the Amazon last week, built in old canoes and in wooden crates balanced on rafts of logs  - this reminds me of them.
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2009 05:59:15 PM »

Since I don't have a car and I DO have a space, maybe I'll imitate you next year!
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