Gardening in Apartments forum: What would you do with this small area under a deck?

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Name: Carole
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Mar 24, 2014 4:13 AM CST
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Gleni
Mar 24, 2014 4:52 AM CST
Gee, that is a good question I have something similar and I have been wondering how to exploit it.
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GordonHawk
Mar 28, 2014 6:19 AM CST
Well...with out the lattice barrier.. i bet the first foot or two feet .. underneath... around the edges would get enough light for a low planting.. or seed starter area.. and under beyond that could see plants with a bit of added light.. from plant lights.. but remember why the lattice was there in the first place.. ventilation.. and to keep the critters out..
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SongofJoy
Mar 28, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Thanks, Gordon, I have considered removing the lattice. The deck boards will have to be replaced soon so I was holding off until then and trying to decide what to do. That is the west side of the house and the summer sun can be brutal in that area. The photo was taken facing north.

There was a tree planted beside that area that was apparently cut down some time ago. But the roots are still there.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 28, 2014 8:27 AM CST
Gordon. I had not thought of plant lights. The lattice is necessary yes. Bracken can grow there. The stems get very long so the leaves can reach the light. Even shade-loving plants try to reach it to. Lights could be a good tool to stop this behaviour.
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Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Mar 28, 2014 10:05 AM CST
yes Glen... the lights if you left them on a bit into the evening would really show off the house... having the lattice glowing beneath the house.. might look quite special...
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crittergarden
Mar 29, 2014 2:48 PM CST
Honestly, I have a similar situation under my deck and I've been thinking of using it as a semi-protected space for a feral cat colony! Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm sure. But I'm interested in "trap, neuter, release" aka TNR to help cut down on the feral population. I'd put little shelters under there and it would be my food and water spot as well. And if I set the trap in the right corner, I can monitor it from my window.

I'll need the neighbors' "permission" - or at least a lack of freaking out on their part and I haven't worked up the courage yet to ask....
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