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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hit the Deck: Project 3

Hit the deck with us as we go in-depth on Project 3 this week. We're working with an approximately 8' x 12' area minus walking space needed to access the front door. There are various objects like this old rocking bench that need to be removed or recycled into structures that can grow food:


The plastic container will be filled with soil and used to grow root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and radishes. The pot can be used to grow herbs, and the wood from the bench may be useful if recycled into a grow box for tomatoes, peppers, etc.

You may have caught a little glimpse of the deck resident in the first photo. She has been dubbed "Mommy Kitty" for having multiple litters of kittens. Since she isn't compatible with the cats inside the house, and we haven't been able to catch her between litters to take her to the veterinarian to be spayed, she is pregnant again. Every time she has her kittens, it's in a secret location, so caring for them while she's at the veterinarian  for a couple days is out of the question. This time, we plan to take her inside the house right before she has her kittens, then keep her there until we can take a trip to the vet with her.

Anyways, here are some pots that will be used to grow plants on this ledge to the left of the wooden bench. Chives actually grow in the biggest pot every year without any care whatsoever. This year, we'll give them a boost! You can see the deck resident's food dish underneath the wooden ledge. Also on the ledge is a white strawberry pot that will be used to grow - you guessed it - strawberries!

To the right of the wooden bench in the first picture, here is a piece of lattice that can be used as a light support structure and an old chair that may be able to provide recyclable materials for growing plants.



Our deck resident makes a final appearance in this last photo. (See her bulging belly? Totally pregnant.) Pictured here is the walkway leading to the front door. There is still plenty of space that can be utilized for growing food in this area, especially right up against the side of the house. The lattice in the last photo used to block half of the walkway, obstructing the path to the door. It's looking much more feng shui now!

So, there it is! Now you have a good idea of what we're working with in Project 3. As we transition to growing food on the deck, we will take updated photos from the same angles so you can see the progression. We're excited to make this transformation happen! 


Any ideas on what we could make out of the pictured objects? Have you embarked on a similar project on your own deck? How about the larger font size - more readable? We'd love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by, as always.




6 comments:

  1. You have a lot of work ahead of you!! Speaking of chives, I bought some garlic chives to grow this year. Can't wait to try them.

    Poor kitty, must be awful to be pregnant all the time. I hope you catch her between pregnancys this time.

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    1. I hope we can catch her, too! Garlic chives sound amazing.

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  2. Awe poor mama kitty. I hope you can catch her this time. I look forward to see how much you can grow on your deck! I like the larger font its much easier on my eyes. Have a great week!

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    1. I can't wait to see how much we can grow, too! Thanks for visiting - you have a great week, too.

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