Southwest Gardening forum: My Redneck Cardboard Box Garden

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Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
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rtl850nomore
Feb 3, 2010 11:07 PM CST
Sometimes you just gotta start somewhere.

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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Feb 4, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Jayne, is this your school project? Are the bottoms cut out of the boxes? I'm curious that the depth of the box is not sufficient for the roots. What are you growing in them? I really like the recycle-ability of the boxes!
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
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rtl850nomore
Feb 4, 2010 8:24 AM CST
It is the school project. They had no budget and no soil...only dirt sooooooo. I cut about a 9" square out of the bottom of the box then lasagna'd the box using free Starbucks grounds and kitchen scraps for the nitrogen and shredded newspaper and brown grocery bags for the carbon. I added a little homebrewed microbes to get the process started. The boxes are topped off with about 4" of potting mix. Everything is short rooted and fast growing because I have 7th and 8th graders who have the attention span of a gnat on some days. And, we needed something to offer instant gratification while we hole compost the ground for future planting. We have carrots, lettuce, onions, bok choy, radishes, spinach and peas. I am going to put tomatoes in boxes...got the idea from you really. You sent me something about growing toms in compost so I am going to hole compost then place the box, put in more compost, add some soil, then mulch. Right now we have ripe tomatoes in ebuckets. BTW the boxes held up real well in the recent rain. We just had a visit from three other schools who want to garden but have no budget either and they could not believe we were gardening in cardboard boxes so they had to see for themselves. We may have more Redneck Cardboard Box Gardens around our town.
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Feb 4, 2010 6:52 PM CST
Very nice! Excellent use of cardboard boxes!
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Feb 4, 2010 10:29 PM CST
Great work, Jayne.
I'm posting your comment to the GreenCubitLink in Sustainability.
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 4, 2010 10:50 PM CST
Some body had to munch a lot of chips to empty those boxes. Can't think of anything better than a bunch of 7th and 8th graders to accomplish that task!
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Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Feb 4, 2010 10:52 PM CST
VERY cool project!
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 4, 2010 11:40 PM CST
There was somebody on the tomato forum at DG that t bought bags of garden soil, cut a hole in the top and a couple of small ones in the bottom for drainage and had nice looking tomato plants growing in them. They were just sitting on the ground all lined up nice and pretty. Just a thought if a couple of your parents want to donate something.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting β€˜...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
Feb 5, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Sounds like a good idea for me, Dan.. Love the boxes too.
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
Charter ATP Member Permaculture Vegetable Grower
rtl850nomore
Feb 5, 2010 9:19 PM CST
I have a friend that used to garden directly in the bags. It does work really well. I want to bring in a load of compost from Singh Farms and was pondering how to contain it and lo and behold Rayman posts something on DG about wattles. So now we will have cardboard boxes, ebuckets and wattles.
The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Feb 5, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Ummm... I may regret asking this, especially if Ray is in any way involved, but...

What's a wattle?
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
Feb 5, 2010 9:29 PM CST
Be brave, Jill...I'm right behind you. Jo
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Feb 5, 2010 9:31 PM CST
Gee, thanks, Jo! As long as you promise to resuscitate me with chocolate, it's all good! :)
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
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rtl850nomore
Feb 5, 2010 11:34 PM CST
http://www.greenzona.com/

Wattles...you've seen them haven't you...just not in this application.
The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Feb 6, 2010 8:07 AM CST
Jayne, I'm willing to bet you are not paying $275 for a wattle kit. How will you make them? We have built up berms using quarter-minus gravel around my garden beds and I'm hoping that will work. The quarter-minus compacts well over time.
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
Charter ATP Member Permaculture Vegetable Grower
rtl850nomore
Feb 6, 2010 8:26 AM CST
You are right...that is way too much. There is a place in town over by 19th Av and North of Deer Valley that sells these for $18.75. They are a 9" diameter and 25' long. The school wants to hire me to teach gardening for two months while the teacher I partner with moves to sports. I thought I would use the money they pay me to get the compost and wattles.
The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 6, 2010 8:47 AM CST
I like the versatility of being able to free form the waddles. This adds an interesting deminsion to planning the layout of the garden spaces.

Cool... I haven't see this before!
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting β€˜...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
Feb 6, 2010 9:16 AM CST
OH! I thought you were talking about the "wattle" under my chin....LOL

Name: Susie
North West Mesa
Birdlady_Susie
Feb 6, 2010 10:24 AM CST
Oh I like these too! I may have a place or two I can put some of these for more veggies, thanks for the info. (especially the much cheaper $$)

Susie
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Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
Charter ATP Member Permaculture Vegetable Grower
rtl850nomore
Feb 6, 2010 11:36 AM CST
They have another store in Phoenix at 3880 E. Broadway for all you Eastsiders. I am not affiliated with them at all; just a googler that wants wattles for my school project.
The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.

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