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« on: July 03, 2012 10:27:34 AM »

I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and decided to make myself a little herb garden. I was planning to fix up a couple of pots of herbs on my back porch, but went overboard picking up plants at Calloway's when I found a bunch of $2 clearance plants there.

I then decided to build a raised bed and before I new it I had built this.



Features include an elevated bed, screened enclosure and a solar powered watering system.





I also wrote a hopefully funny story about making this thing here. Warning, there is a six-foot inflatable snake in the story.  Smiley

So far everything seems to be working fine.The solar powered watering system was the only thing I was really worried about.
It is hooked up to a 5 gallon bucket and the solar pump pumps water every 3 hours to 12 drip heads in my 16" by 4' bed. You can set the pump for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. Currently I am using the 10 minute setting and it seems to be pumping 2.5 gallons a day and the herbs seem to be doing great.

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012 10:36:33 AM »

That is awesome. Showing this to hubs in hopes he will build me one.

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012 10:37:12 AM »

wow, this is stunning and I WANT one!!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012 10:40:30 AM »

I wanted to read your 6 foot snake story, but your link is broken Sad It's just http. which isn't particularily useful.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012 10:47:35 AM »

You can't see me, but I am currently as green as your plantings. Serious herb-bed envy! Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012 10:52:36 AM »

I wanted to read your 6 foot snake story, but your link is broken Sad It's just http. which isn't particularily useful.

Sorry, fixed the link.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012 10:58:02 AM »

It's terrific!  Does the water in the bucket get very hot? 
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2012 11:10:23 AM »

It's terrific!  Does the water in the bucket get very hot? 

I don't think so, I refill it each morning. It is under the raised bed so it is not in direct sunlight. Of course it has been 100+ here in Fort Worth.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2012 11:20:12 AM »

LOVE! The solar powered watering system is so intriguing. Enjoy your masterpiece!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012 05:44:00 PM »

Wow, this is awesome! Enjoy the fruits of your labour! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2012 05:52:58 PM »

Ooooh this is lovely!
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2012 06:48:21 PM »

Ooooo! Neat! We've been trying to find ways off the grid, and this was one project I've been trying to Google some examples of. Your story is inspiring, because it seemed like such a daunting thing to make. Everything looks so nice and healthy!
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2012 01:19:59 AM »

What a beautiful herb garden! 
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2012 02:18:26 AM »

This is so awesome!

I didn't have any problems with birds with my garden since I had a net up, but unfortunately afids came to attack so the only thing left is my dill plant.

I think the solar powered watering system is pretty neat as well. What would happen if you forgot to put water in your bucket though?
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2012 04:03:17 AM »

I shared this on facebook so my niece in NY can see how cool this is. She loves to garden and loves herbs.
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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2012 09:54:58 AM »

Amazing!
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2012 12:40:43 PM »

This is so awesome!

I didn't have any problems with birds with my garden since I had a net up, but unfortunately afids came to attack so the only thing left is my dill plant.

I think the solar powered watering system is pretty neat as well. What would happen if you forgot to put water in your bucket though?

The instructions that came with the pump said to not run it with no water, so I guess it would not be good for the pump (or plants) if I forgot to fill the bucket up. I have been filling it every morning before I go in to work, but I think the 5 gallon bucket would last 2 days if I did not fill it up at its current setting. I could probably double that if I turn the setting down a notch.

I guess if I plan to go out of town longer than that I will need to get a larger water container.
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2012 07:16:42 PM »

This is amazing!! I'm truly in love, I've been nailing holes into clothing storage buckets to make my container garden. The screened home for them is a great idea, I think something like this would solve the problem of my sage getting eaten by bugs before me! Also, your plants look great!
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2012 05:57:41 AM »

this is tremendous!  Can you give us a ball park figure on cost to make this setup?  Where did you find the solar pump contraption?  Well done!
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2012 07:13:24 AM »

this is tremendous!  Can you give us a ball park figure on cost to make this setup?  Where did you find the solar pump contraption?  Well done!

There is a link to the pump in the story link in the first post of this thread. It is from amazon and was under $50 bucks.

This whole project ended up costing a lot more than planed. The screened enclosure part really was not that bad, maybe $60. Which I think is the part everybody likes. Adding the stand I built it on, the box itself and the pump and your looking over $200.

I did spread the cost over three weekends, the first weekend making the box, the second screening it in and the third putting in the solar watering.

But I originally was not planning to spend this much. But hey, I got a great deal on the plants themselfs!
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2012 07:14:36 AM »

This is AWESOME! I've been yearning to make a little herb garden, and this may be a solution for me.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2012 04:19:38 PM »

How wonderful!! I want one at my house! It would be perfect for our pet friendly yard Smiley. Thank you for the marvelous idea.
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2012 11:22:15 AM »

Great job Steve! I really like this project and you could also use recycled items like old screens and wood from other projects to cut down on the cost.
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« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2012 03:52:48 AM »

This is just perfect! Enjoy your herb garden ^_^
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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2012 09:59:03 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing this!

I showed it to my boyfriend - he's been scheming for the better part of a year as to how to keep the squirrels out of his garden, and I think an adaptation on this system would be perfect (and a whole lot easier/affordable than his original idea of building a chain link enclosure).
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« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2012 11:50:29 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing this!

I showed it to my boyfriend - he's been scheming for the better part of a year as to how to keep the squirrels out of his garden, and I think an adaptation on this system would be perfect (and a whole lot easier/affordable than his original idea of building a chain link enclosure).

I think this could work against squirrels, but if the squirrel really wants in might you might have to add some hardware cloth to keep him from gnawing through the screen.
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« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2012 04:30:16 PM »

This is awesome! We've been having bad luck with critters eating our swiss chard no matter how much we fight them off. I think this would be a perfect solution for our chard next year. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!
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« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2012 11:13:08 AM »

(ROCKED!) I emailed this to myself so I may complete my drooling session this evening. This is seriously drool-worthy. I Loooooooooove what you built here. If I wasn't busy building bunny hutches (4ft by 8ft x 6+ feet LARGE bunny hutches) I might just get on building one of these babies for myself!
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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2012 06:49:43 AM »

(ROCKED!) I emailed this to myself so I may complete my drooling session this evening. This is seriously drool-worthy. I Loooooooooove what you built here. If I wasn't busy building bunny hutches (4ft by 8ft x 6+ feet LARGE bunny hutches) I might just get on building one of these babies for myself!

Wow, sounds like you have some Texas sized bunnies! Looks like your equipped to mass produce some of these. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2012 03:19:39 PM »

Herb garden update, I found some adjustable drip heads at Lowe's that I replaced the original drip heads that came with the solar watering system. Now I can vary which plants gets more or less water. Smiley It was something like $3 for 5 heads, so not much of a price increase... Although I am also thinking about getting a rain barrel, I saw some at Tuesday Morning for around $60. If I get it that will be another big price increase for those $2 plants!
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« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2012 04:41:16 PM »

Did you get a kit for your solar water pump? I have no idea where I would find something like that, is that a pond kit?
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« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2012 04:56:40 PM »

Did you get a kit for your solar water pump? I have no idea where I would find something like that, is that a pond kit?

If you go to the story I have linked on building this in the first post, there will be a link to the kit I bought on Amazon in the story. The kit is actully designed for watering plants.
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« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2012 05:26:10 PM »

Was out of town for a week for work and left my better half in charge of the herb garden.
It has been running 108 around here in Fort Worth, but the herb garden still looks great with just filling the bucket with water every other day. Grin
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« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2012 09:27:51 AM »

wow. too cool. sooo when are you making me mine! lol. ill pay in hugs!..way cool, awesome job!
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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2012 09:27:59 AM »

OK, I am start thinking about getting some plastic to staple over the screens to make this into a winter greenhouse.
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« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2013 04:17:13 PM »

Wow, thanks! I am already planning my updates for next spring!
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« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2013 11:35:27 AM »



Updated picture from this year. Basil is growing like weeds...
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« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2013 01:44:22 PM »

This is such a wonderful idea and I had to pin it. I always have problems with things getting to my plants and I really like your set-up.
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This is great! I want one!
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« Reply #40 on: June 17, 2014 09:27:11 AM »

Another bumper crop of basil this year in the herb garden  Grin

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« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2014 12:50:02 PM »

so cool , I love the solar watering system idea
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« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2015 02:54:08 AM »

Such an amazing project! Ingenious to hook the watering system up to it too. I'm rubbish at remembering to water my herb bed when it's dry  Roll Eyes
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