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ImageGymgirl
Feb 24, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Submit your design ideas for constructing a simple cover or planter seat to slip over and camouflage your 5-gallon eBuckets! Please include a detachable trellis in the submissions.

Thanks, in advance!

Linda
ImageHenryr10
Feb 24, 2010 1:27 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
I have a step by step on this one I made a few years ago.
I can modify the dimensions.

Here's a link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnranimals/sets/1216009/

I'm working a project in the Kitchen.
BBL

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Feb 25, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
When we built this we had to go beefy because it wintered indoors.
And at the time we didn't have a deck or boardwalk system.
It basically got dragged around until we got to the front porch.
Then then we could roll it into the LR.
We actually had one on each side of the TV thru the cold snaps.
We now pull the Tropicals and winter them in the GH.
The box stays outdoors.

I need to get some dimensions on the 5 Gallon Bucket but a cover shouldn't be any big deal.
An easy starter DIY project.
Does anyone need it to be wheeled?
Cause I'm thinking a true slip cover.
No bottom and you just slip it over the bucket.
Cedar or Pressure Treated Wood (Dog Earred Boards are REAL cheap and very rustic looking)

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageGymgirl
Feb 26, 2010 4:02 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Ric,
I like that slip cover idea, and the pressure treated wood, cause when you water them, the water does run out of the overflow hole onto the ground (er, concrete pad in my case).

Thanks!

I've been rethinking the hinged lid, though. The plant has to grow up through the top of the bucket lid. I cut a hole in the middle of the lid, or multiple holes, if necessary. The hinged top might not even be necessary at all. Just a decorative, 4-sided box to slip over the bucket is about all. We could just make it a tad taller than the bucket for camouflage...

Linda

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ImageHenryr10
Feb 26, 2010 8:42 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
And w/ a removeable lid to cover it when not being used as a planter.
Table or seat.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageGymgirl
Mar 1, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Yeah, that would truly be an efficient, space-saver! Push 'em together for a nice patio table, or put seat cushions on top for extra seating.

I love multi-use items!
ImageHenryr10
Mar 1, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Well the snow has just about melted off so I can get to our buckets.
I'll see what I can come up w/.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Mar 9, 2010 8:11 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
A hinged lid? How about a toilet seat? It could even stay in place when in use as a planter. It would be a conversation starter. Just don't serve too much beer or your friends might use it.

Ric, you are everywhere. And BTW, Gymgirl is now an accomplished wintersower too.

Karen
ImageHenryr10
Mar 9, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
LOL!
I actually have a toilet getting ready to become a Water Garden Container......

Outhouse Themed Bucket Planter.... PERFECT!
I'll get some measurements tomorrow.
Enough snow has melted that I can finally get to the Potting Table and the buckets.

We're starting a shed.
It will be the Workshop and Tool House.
It will go in this spot here.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Mar 9, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
OK this spot HERE...lol!

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Mar 9, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Well, when I saw the bucket planter above, it reminded me of an outside. So when I heard "hinged lid"... it was a no-brainer.

Karen
ImageGymgirl
Mar 10, 2010 10:07 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Karen is being kind! It was a great WS season for a good many of us, I think.

K,
Since you're here, need to ask about WS seeds for the fall crop starting in mid-June. I'd like to have seedlings ready for a September 1 plantout of my cole crops: cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, kohlrabi, squash, brussels sprouts. Should I be overly concerned that these cool/cold weather seedlings will be coming up in the middle of our summer scorching heat. Do I need to address keeping the jugs cool after germination, or is that just "open the lid" easy?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Image1AnjL
Mar 10, 2010 12:06 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Happy Birthday Ric! Hope you have a wonderful day! Smiling Group hug
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageGymgirl
Mar 10, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Ric, it's your Birthday? How'd I miss that???

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hurray!
ImageHenryr10
Mar 10, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
THANKS Ladies!
We spent the day at Krone Conservatory shooting plant pictures.
Nothing like a walk in the Jungle!

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Mar 10, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Happy birthday Ric. I hope you had a nice day at Krohn. (sure beats a day at work like I had...)

Gymgirl: I grow flowers in Ohio. You'd get better answers from
a. someone who actually grows vegetables or
b. someone who gardens in Texas.

I'd guess just put the jugs in shade, open after germination. A closed container in Texas sun would most likely cook any seed. I honestly have no idea how well any of those cool season crops do in really hot humid weather.

Karen
Image1AnjL
Mar 10, 2010 4:16 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Ric... you have plant photos to share? are they posted somewhere? I'd love to look at something green and growing...everything here is covered in mud :(
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageHenryr10
Mar 10, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
I'll have them up tomorrow sometime.

How about wet, green and growing?

Ric

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Image1AnjL
Mar 10, 2010 9:05 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
NICE!! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageGymgirl
Mar 11, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
K,
That's the answer I kinda was leaning toward.

I think it's why we're so dependent on the local nurseries for our cole crops. They probably have some huge refrigerated greenhouse to start all the cold weather crops in. Ot else they're shipping 'em in from the North!

I know the seeds will germinate ok -- it's the "keeping them cool" part that challenges me. They'll limp along until the weather starts changing in the fall, then they'll perk up like they're on pure caffeine! Grumbling

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