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3 Tabletops...now to measure the sun

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Post  jamesindetroit on 5/1/2011, 10:35 pm

So it's hard to measure the sun here in Belleville, MI, at least related to the patio barriers I'm facing. The building I live in blocks out the south sun. So I'm hoping I can estimate 3 from the morning sun, an hour from the noon sun...maybe...and 3-4 from the afternoon sun. Here is the setup thus far,

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Post  Old Hippie on 5/2/2011, 1:26 am

Your table top beds look awesome. Hopefully you will get enough sun to get some veggies. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/2/2011, 3:05 am

Good looking table tops James.

Here's hoping for a good bit of sun on those beds. They will get a little more sun being table top height than if you had them planted at ground level.
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Post  tabletopper on 5/2/2011, 6:32 am

Looks great.....you did do the drainage holes I hope.....If it were me I would put more support in the middle maybe a stack of concrete blocks....
Check out boffer's pics in the gallery....he puts hardware wire cloth in the bottom for more support....the bottoms have a tendency to sag a little....
Next boxes I make I will try it out.....
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Post  jamesindetroit on 5/2/2011, 10:10 am

@tabletopper wrote:Looks great.....you did do the drainage holes I hope.....If it were me I would put more support in the middle maybe a stack of concrete blocks....
Check out boffer's pics in the gallery....he puts hardware wire cloth in the bottom for more support....the bottoms have a tendency to sag a little....
Next boxes I make I will try it out.....
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I did use 3/4 Sheating for extra support. I was pretty extensive with the bottom nails and knee braces as well. I stood directly in the center of the tables and I'm about 200lbs easy.

I did do drainage holes!
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Post  ashort on 5/2/2011, 6:30 pm

Man, those look great - nice carpentry...
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Post  Unmutual on 5/3/2011, 3:20 am

Those TT beds do look nice, they make me want to build some more beds. Good luck with the sun.

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Post  Unmutual on 5/3/2011, 3:59 am

Since I'm no longer allowed to edit my message, that one box by the electric meters...you may want to move that, or grow well behaving plants there. That doesn't look like a lot of room left for the meter reader.

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Post  jamesindetroit on 5/6/2011, 8:31 am

@jamesindetroit wrote:So it's hard to measure the sun here in Belleville, MI, at least related to the patio barriers I'm facing. The building I live in blocks out the south sun. So I'm hoping I can estimate 3 from the morning sun, an hour from the noon sun...maybe...and 3-4 from the afternoon sun. Here is the setup thus far,


Finally finished. Still have to hang two trellis nettings thought... Sun we get is pretty decent throughout the day, and that's just this low spring sun too..

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Post  nancy on 5/6/2011, 9:17 am

Awesome! They look great!
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Post  Lurach on 5/6/2011, 8:22 pm

Your table boxes look amazing! Best of luck with your new garden. =)
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Post  Theresa on 5/7/2011, 9:24 am

They look really great! You have transformed the entire area into a great place to sit, relax and GROW! What are you planning on planting?

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Post  Jeffrey on 5/10/2011, 8:06 pm

I like your design, I would like to make something similar. I would like to know more about drainage holes. I am also wondering if I can use some kind of synthetic wood so the table will last longer, or isn't that a problem?

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Post  quiltbea on 5/10/2011, 8:27 pm

They're sure lookin' good.
Good luck with your garden this season.
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Post  NHGardener on 5/10/2011, 8:39 pm

What a great solution to gardening in a patio area! Those look fantastic. My elderly mother lives in south Florida, and looking at your table tops, they would be perfect for her tiny yard. Thanks for the visual!
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Post  jamesindetroit on 5/11/2011, 12:49 pm

@Theresa wrote:They look really great! You have transformed the entire area into a great place to sit, relax and GROW! What are you planning on planting?

Thanks for the compliments. I put in some long hours...and some past the "quiet time" of the HOA...lol.

I'm growing Watermelon, Canteloupe, Cauliflower, Carrots, Radishes, Beets, Parsnips, Collards, 3 Kinds of Lettuce, 4 tomatoe plants, Marigolds, Nurstatiums, Cucumbers, pole beans, bush peas, 3 kinds of peppers...and numerous flowers and herbs scattered about the property..
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Post  jamesindetroit on 5/11/2011, 12:51 pm

@Jeffrey wrote:I like your design, I would like to make something similar. I would like to know more about drainage holes. I am also wondering if I can use some kind of synthetic wood so the table will last longer, or isn't that a problem?

Thanks,

Jeff

Jeff, I just used 3/4 sheating from the big box store..I'm hoping to get 1-2 years out of it...No special wood. I don't expect to get too much out of it, as the entire box is untreated pine, so when they go, they go..
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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/11/2011, 1:28 pm

Jeffrey, Mel's Book regarding drainage holes and the experience of several of our gardeners is to place 1/4 inch holes in every square foot, along with one 1/4 inch hole in each of the four corners. Hope this helps
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