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Old 04-26-2008, 11:10 PM
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SmileSalad in a Wheelbarrow ~


I had a nice PM from Kitya2003 asking about this little salad garden that I grow each year,
some of you may have seen me post a photo of last year's planting in a discussion about Nasturtiums (HERE).

I tried to respond to Kitya2003's PM, and I apologize to her, but for some strange reason,
the PM system would not allow me to send my PM through to her, heck if I know what's up with that.

Anyhow, I decided to just go ahead and share this wacky project of mine right here.

The bed of this old barrow had cracked under heavy use several years ago,
and after buying my hubby a (heavier duty) replacement, I snagged this one to use as a mobile planter.

First, I drilled additional drainage holes into the bed and then
filled the barrow with commercial potting medium.
Each year, I replace about half of the previous year's soil, mixing in some fresh, new mix.



One advantage is that I can easily move the whole thing to get the most sun exposure early in spring,
then wheel it to a shadier area to prolong the lifespan of the lettuces when the weather here gets too warm for them.
I can usually get at least a couple of extra weeks of productivity that way.



This year I planted the following:
Butter Crunch Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Curly Leaf Lettuce
Red Sails Lettuce
Ruby Ruffles Lettuce
Radicchio
Italian Parsley
Curly Parsley
Garlic Chives
Bulls Blood Beets (mainly for the pretty red foliage, which we add to salads)
Nasturtium vines

I know that it's a lot of plants, but none of them ever gets a chance to grow to be very large
because we pick enough of the leaves off of the plants to make
a nice big salad every day or two.


When the weather here finally does cause the lettuces to bolt
I will take them out and replace them with herbs, like basil, dill and thyme
and some colorful little hot peppers.


** More pictures of this project in my PS album HERE
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:30 AM
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very cute and functional too


That is so cute. And it can be moved when it starts heating up. What a great idea. I've been looking for a wheel barrow to plant something in, now I know what to plant in it when I get one. I love it!! Very smart idea.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:14 PM
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Great idea!!


I'm trying a veggie garden this year in containers and in my memorial garden I have an old wheel barrel that gets covered by the forsythia every year. I was wondering what I could do with it...now it will be the center for the container garden. Thanks - what a clever idea!
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:07 PM
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I just love this Idea. I would love to try it some time. Maybe our wheel barrel will come up missing. I am sure my hubby will find it though.
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:42 PM
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I'm sorry to be so late saying "Thank you" to everyone for your nice comments,
somehow, I lost track of this post altogether ... just one of many things I have lost track of lately.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:15 PM
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Zuzu's that is a very nice ideal. And your Veggies are beautiful.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:14 PM
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That's just awesome! Mind if I 'barrow' your idea? lol
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:52 AM
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Wow - Way to go. I am really impressed. Hope you do not mind - I will be showing all my friends this post and the picture as well. I think it is a great idea when one is pressed for space as well. It is enough sometimes having to dodge the weather - but this idea makes it so easy.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:02 PM
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I had to bring back...


I was looking for something and saw this and and had to bump it up. it is so cute!!! Wonderful idea!!
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:15 PM
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This is really a great idea! Makes for a great pic also.
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Very cool salad platter!!!!!!!! I saw a post a while back from someone about the nastertums that the leaves taste peppery? I have a few growing but have yet to eat any! Maybe will try!Very pretty garden salad!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:15 PM
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very pretty garden salad Yummy


Mix with fresh tomato, and fresh carrots,, I have some chard doing pretty good too,, very nice , and i might add fresh and unique idea,, Blessings, Beth
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:27 PM
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Love this idea! And your salad looks beautiful. I just started some bibb lettuce for the first time, thanks to wintersown.org. I see I should add some variety...
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