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Post  abbeyroad on 5/19/2012, 7:23 pm

I'm getting ready to plant my first SFG. In looking at my yard, I think that anywhere I locate it, it will be close enough to a shrub or tree that I should put a wood bottom on the container (I have a 4 X 4 container kit) and raise it a little. The books refer to moveable gardens and I'd like that in case I guess wrong about placement, or the sun exposure changes with the seasons. I guess I would need wheels if I want it to be moveable.

If I put wheels on the garden, how difficult would it be to move and what type of wheels would be good? Also, would a vertical frame still be possible?

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Post  cheyannarach on 5/19/2012, 8:35 pm

hi and welcome to the forum! I love your idea of putting wheels on a movable garden! You could still do a trelis on it! You might just what to extend it a bit and anchor it on the ground rather than in the box. Be creative and start with one and learn from that, then you will have an idea on how to work it. As far as wheels go I would just ask at the hardware store! Have fun!

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Post  organikgarden on 5/19/2012, 9:17 pm

Hi! This is my first post & my first garden of any sort. I made two 2x4 raised beds with a bottom & wanted to put them up on 4x4 legs with wheels to save my back from bending & for mobility in case I picked the wrong location.

I searched for casters at Lowes & found some that will accommodate 300 pounds (as I figured with wet soil, plants & redwood lumber everything could reach that weight.) These casters were $14 each. I didn't end up buying any, nor did I put the legs on the beds because I didn't want them to become unstable & fall should my toddler lean on one side & the bolts be too weak.

Since I haven't filled my beds with a soil mix yet, I'm still considering putting 4 casters on the bottom of the bed along the four corners. Please share what you find out & if the wheels work for you.

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Post  Goosegirl on 5/19/2012, 9:31 pm

flower Welcome Organik & Abbeyroad! flower I have no expertise in movables, but wanted to put in a !


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Post  Pepper on 5/19/2012, 10:03 pm

to the forum abbeyroad and organikgarden. Somewhere I remember seeing someone putting their bed on a freight cart to make it portable. Because of the weight it would have to be on concrete or other hard surface. Yep that is the one I remember; thanks again Kay. Good luck to the both of you.

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Post  Unmutual on 5/19/2012, 11:39 pm

I had an experimental table top bed last year that I grew cucumbers up a 4' trellis. It was attached to the box, and the weight of the MM and the box itself pretty much kept it in place..and that was through a tropical storm too.

If you're good at math, there is a way to figure out your shade issues:

Summer Solstice: Latitude - 23.5 = x. 90 - x = sun angle.

Winter Solstice: Latitude + 23.5 = x. 90 - x = sun angle.

Spring or Autumn Equinox: 90 - Latitude = sun angle.

The only 2 you really need to know are summer and winter, since those are the extremes. You might use the 3rd equation for maximizing your warm season crops or providing shade to slow down bolting cool season crops.

Here's where it gets tricky.

Figure out the height of the tree. Assuming a height of 20' and during the winter solstice. What you're trying to do is make a triangle. You have the length of one side(20') and 2 of the angles. What you're missing is the length of 2 sides(and I'm making the assumption that this is a flat area, if not, you can still calculate it, but the 90 degree line will have to be changed to whatever slope you have).

Draw the 20' vertical line on a sheet of graph paper(or use something like google sketchup), but obviously at a smaller scale(go as small as you can, because that shade can get pretty long depending on where you live). Now get a protractor and draw the 90 degree angle at the bottom(representing the flat ground) and whatever angle you have for you sun at the top. Draw those 2 lines until they intersect, then measure the horizontal line. Convert back to feet, and you have your shade length.


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Post  hruten on 5/20/2012, 7:34 am

I have a 3x4 moveable bed. I wanted it on the deck for easy access and my husband insisted that it be off the deck for mold purposes. 4 4" stell casted from the tractor supply store fixed it. I didn't have wide enough stuff to cover the bottom, so there is a strip of weed fabric stapled down the middle for extra support. I plant to get a couple of less expensive handles at the hardware store so we can carry it off the deck if needed.

BTW, I also have casters under 2 pots and and my pole bean trellis set-up.

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Post  malefacter on 5/20/2012, 7:59 am

you could just put it on a wagon, but i wold use a cheap tailor like they sell at harbor freight. If i wer to make something from scratch i wold use wheel barrel wheels, and id build it so i cold get the wheels off the ground when placed so they dont sink in the soil

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