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Aug 8, 2015 11:02 PM CST
Name: Lin Jarvis
Peterborough, ON, CANADA (Zone 5a)
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We took the sandbox my husband had put in our back gardens for our grandson about 6 years ago and converted it to a veggie garden. We dug out pails and pails of sand and added bags and bags of garden soil. My husband then put some edging up around the edges to discourage some of the small critters we find in the yard from time to time. We planted a large tomato plant, 2 cucumber plants (the first of the fruit measured 18" in length!). Spanish Onions, carrots, radishes and parsley. The carrots are growing about the length of large mini carrots and then are all knotted and curled. The radishes grew about 3' tall with a tiny red mark where the bulb should have been. We've only had 2 other cucumbers to date but another is almost ready and more flowers are coming. We have several peppers on the go and several tomatoes although we've only had one that was ready to pick and that was weeks ago. I pulled an onion the other day because the leaves were folded over on the ground but it was only about 1" around.
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Dec 16, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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The sand box here is going to be used to grow pond Iris next season.
I received seeds for Pond Iris in a swap---but I do not have a pond.
So I am thinking of placing large containers of soil in the sand box and sowing the Pond Iris seeds onto them. Or might start indoors first.
The sand box does not leak so I can run water into it around the pots.
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Dec 16, 2015 7:52 PM CST
Name: Lin Jarvis
Peterborough, ON, CANADA (Zone 5a)
Birds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sedums Irises Hostas
Heucheras Greenhouse Garden Art Foliage Fan Echinacea Dog Lover
Sounds like a plan - be sure to take pictures as it progresses.
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Dec 27, 2015 12:56 AM CST
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Nice that the kids met the sandbox, it's a fading fad with Ipod, Wii, and various "smart phones" and gaming systems. At the rate technology is going I might have to construct a big ol' sandbox for my 50 year old self. Just to remain in touch with what was once common.
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Jan 15, 2016 11:48 PM CST
Name: Lin Jarvis
Peterborough, ON, CANADA (Zone 5a)
Birds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sedums Irises Hostas
Heucheras Greenhouse Garden Art Foliage Fan Echinacea Dog Lover
Wes said:Nice that the kids met the sandbox, it's a fading fad with Ipod, Wii, and various "smart phones" and gaming systems. At the rate technology is going I might have to construct a big ol' sandbox for my 50 year old self. Just to remain in touch with what was once common.


tell me about it. We are trying hard to get our grandson off his Ipad and what have you to do anything. He doesn't even watch regular tv - only Netflicks! He can carry on very involved conversations about gaming but little else! If he could only apply himself to school work the same. It sure has helped with his reading however! Mom and dad do have him in swim lessons once a week all year round at the Y as well as weekly skating in the winter. He also goes to outdoor day camp in the summer at the Y and has taken gym classes, science classes, and Karate. Hopefully he will develop a love of something. He's not even interested in his bike - we were on them every minute of daylight in our day.
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Feb 28, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I use our sandbox as a holding area for new plants. Easy to dig the pots in until they get planted out, and when we have a family event, easy enough to clear it out for the kiddos. Also nice to have a ready supply of clean sand.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Feb 28, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
Wet Tropical AHS Zone 12
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Terrific idea, Deb! Thumbs up
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