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top of wall Garden

attached to hangers on the North side, level with the top of the wall : ~2 doz individual 1# coffee cans with individual drippers and single lettuce or spinach plants.

This configuration did not work out- need more soil. Second iteration involves 2 cu ft boxes which are easier to keep watered consistently.

Pending third iteration is an aquaponic setup which is still on the drawing board.

An outdoor organic garden located in 90250, United States, halhurst's top of wall garden [archived] currently contains 0 plants.

This is a Container garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 10a. It has mainly Loam soil and receives Full Sun light.

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interesting. How are those boxes attached to the wall?

Posted on 26 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

You are looking at the North side. Just below the top of the North side of the wall I attached a redwood 2×4 with masonry screws. On the top of the South side of each box I attached a piece of angle such as is in the corners of each box, with one flange screwed at intervals to the outside of the top board of the planter box and the other flange pointing to the South flush with the top of the board. On the bottom board I screwed a 2x scrap as a spacer.
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When you lift up the box and rest the steel angle on the top of the redwood 2×4, you can drive in two 2-3 inch screws through the perforations in the steel to hold the box in place. If the screw heads are the right size and if you leave enough slop between the head and the 2×4 you can drop the angle’s hole over the screw and lower the box 1/2 inch to lock the box in place, and lift the box off any time you want, and swap it with another box without removing the screw. When in place, I think that this mounting system will hold through that big earthquake we’ve been expecting, because you have to align the screws carefully with the holes in order to get it off.
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2 cubic feet, the volume of the planter, is about the maximum amount of weight I would want to lift like this, or probably a little more. You might want to get a burly friend to help you unless you’ve been working out. Otherwise you will be holding the box with one hand while monkeying around with mounting screws with the other. In any case getting it mounted for the first time before you fill it would be a lot easier.

Posted on 26 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

I like that you put your failures right out there with your successes. Helps newer gardeners like me not to get too discouraged. :-)

Posted on 25 Feb 15 (over 4 years ago)

The third iteration is a 90-day raft lettuce system which I have discussed in another series of journals. That system is itself due for design change, as life goes on. As far as I’m concerned, life is for learning, and we learn more from failing, if we make good notes. I often tell new gardeners to try a lot of things, so that your successes can console you for your failures.

Posted on 25 Feb 15 (over 4 years ago)

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