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Post  lilperu on 4/15/2014, 10:53 pm

I just tried to buy a top hat box for carrots, a grid, and some cow pots for a total of $33. When it got to shipping with UPS Ground, it went to $130...? Is shipping that expensive from the SFG site? Any suggestions for what I can use for a top hat box instead (I know I can build one, but I'm not that handy). Thanks!
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Re: Shipping for Top Hat Box?

Post  sanderson on 4/16/2014, 1:19 am

Lilperu, Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here  Those prices are horribly high! Maybe other members can help with suggestions, also.

Can you use a screw driver? Can you cut lumber or know someone who could do it for you? HD or Lowes may cut it to length for free or a small fee. What size top hat do you want to build? How tall? I'll see if I can show you in a pretend photo tomorrow. I do have cheap, easy grids I can photo. Tomorrow.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/16/2014, 8:42 am

Hi Lilperu.    

Glad you've joined us!

You might check with your local high school to see if they have a woodworking shop/club.  Maybe they could build it for you.
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Post  boffer on 4/16/2014, 10:35 am

Welcome to the forum.  The world of shipping is crazy these days.  Amazon can ship for free, but I need a second mortgage to ship family Christmas presents across the country!


lilperu wrote:...Any suggestions for what I can use for a top hat box instead (I know I can build one, but I'm not that handy). Thanks!
Cut the bottom off an old bucket-instant top hat.
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Post  camprn on 4/16/2014, 11:56 am

Take the bottom out of an old dresser drawer.

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Post  TxGramma on 4/16/2014, 12:22 pm

As Boffer said cut the bottom off a bucket, or...flower pot, tote, etc. or take the bottom off of a wooden crate. Or instead of worrying about making something just plant your carrots in a bucket or deep planter, you won't need a top hat then. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Post  sanderson on 4/16/2014, 1:05 pm

Camp. Dresser drawer. Clever.
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Post  boffer on 4/16/2014, 6:29 pm

And if you're feeling lazy, carrots grow just fine in a six inch box.  Sometimes they'll only grow as long as the MM is deep, but sometimes they'll make a 90° turn at the bottom and keep growing.

Determinate potatoes do just fine in 6 inches of MM.  Just cover up any exposed potatoes with mulch so they don't turn green.
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Post  Boz on 4/16/2014, 9:49 pm

In my six inch beds I grow Danvers half long carrots. They seldom exceed 6 inches for me.
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