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Raven 
Posted: 12-Apr-2004, 10:46 AM
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I am going to be doing some long overdue landscape maintinence at my home starting this weekend. (I will post before and after pictures)

While I was in the process of evaluating what I have to do and taking some before pictures, I was struck with the idea of turning my landscape boxes into a dual purpose garden. Arminta and I both enjoy a plethora of Vegitable (we both grew up in families that put out large gardens each year) However the time constraints of being in a working band leave very little time for gardening, we are lucky to be able to keep up with basic yard maintenence.

I am going to start on a very small level this year with one box and hopefully rotate some plantings through it starting next year.

I currently have a Rose Bush some ground cover and lilys in this box. I am going to remove the ground cover, put a trellis up for the rose bush, redistribute the tulips, ad tomatoes, and a couple of small trellis (sort of like for bush beans only ornamental, and plant a few pumpkins (we don't have room for the pumkins but we like to eat the blossoms)

Does anyone have any other ideas for edibles to goe in our small space that also might enhance the visual apeal??

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Posted: 12-Apr-2004, 01:15 PM
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Herbs are *always* good! They have nice foliage, and are easy to maintain. Best of all! they reseed themselves!
You might want to try Basil, or a variety of sage. I have a pinapple sage that has the most lovely arromatic. Light and not over powering......
Lavender is also easy.... reseeds it's self.. Can be used in cooking, makes nice cut flowers and smells wonderful!

Rosemary is nice too!

There are a few ideas, Mikel! Hope that helps! cool.gif

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Great Ideas

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme tongue.gif

I'll give that a go.

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Posted: 12-Apr-2004, 05:12 PM
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Painted Lady Runner bean.. these really show-off !

http://plantsdatabase.com/t/294171

Cinderlla pumpkins can be taught to behave ..
they make a really charming border .. and will hug a landscape timber..
nice folliage..full coloured kales are pretty too, and stay semi low to the ground..
Alium.. and leeks look great together ..

http://www.colorblends.com/2003/index.php?...rblends&genus=3

I put my tomatos at the heart of my herb bed now..
Found some pretty creative ways to support them..
There are so many wire forms today, for topiarys..
and just home decor.. the price is right also..
makes for some pretty architecture , and height..
and makes maintaince easier..tomatos like air

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Thanks Paula

Good stuff. Just to show you a couple of things in advance that I plan to use. I will have a complete pictorial this weekend (I can't wait to get my new PC so I can input my photos without a bunch of genuflection)

Here is the trellis that I am going to use for my Rose bush
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=productDet...94-16418-640460

I looked at the pages you posted. Cool stuff and ideas.

Do you also eat pumpkin blossoms?

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I never have..
Infact I do not know if they are edible or not!

I love zucchinni blosoms..
I'd rather have those stuffed ..
then the zucchinni them selves..

Ok Mikel..
Now I have to KNOW...
I will post up dates as they come in..

You are more than welcome my friend smile.gif

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Posted: 18-Apr-2004, 11:22 PM
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Pumkin Blossoms are deliscious. Very similar to the Zuch blossoms. I think I will plant some of those also.

My new PC came in today so I should be posting pics of my weekend work in the next week.

I am hurting so bad today from swinging a sledge and moving timber this weekend. Thank God for Arginine and Ornathine. Really aleviates a lot of the soreness for you other old folk like me. tongue.gif

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Okay here are some before and after pictures. I will start with what I did with my weeping cherry tree. When we moved into this house 3 years ago this tree looked especially sad. I was a tree trimmer for over 2 years and have trimmed a lot of trees in the 20 years since and I have to say that this has been one of the most difficult species that I have ever dealt with. This is my 3rd trimming and I am finally starting to like the shape.

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Just to give you a general idea of the pre pruning shape of the tree

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Then I pulled out the brick and pinned down some weed control fabric. I wish I had taken pictures while I did it but you guys are probably already getting bored unsure.gif

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Finally I topped it off with some nice white marble and banked around the outside of the brick with top soil to help them seat in. I finished by seeding the top soil with Kentucky Fescue and spreading a thin layer of hardwood mulch over the top to hold the seed and keep the birds off.

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Lovley Mikel !

That little tree looks wonderful !

Very pretty.. how old is that tree??
and have you pruned it before??

The shape was far better after you were done..
and her feet were happier too I bet..

Nice job,, keep the pics coming!
we DON'T get bored !

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Okay here is the latest on my Box Garden. The Tomatoes are alive and well although one did suffer a little frost damage as I was not paying close enough attention. The Rose bush is doing fantastic even after the drastic pruning and I will post pics when it is in full bloom. In the meantime here is the blow by blow on the box garden repair. This first picture is where I started.

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The timbers had heaved as they had not been anchored properly on the original installation. Here in Indiana you need to drive rebar down at least 3' to get below the frost line to keep landscape timbers in place. They also were rotted so I had to remove the whole thing and start over.

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