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What was in the box?

[one_half]Unpacked and in placeThe new veggie planter[/one_half]

[one_half_last]”Irrigation system”The new veggie planter[/one_half_last]

I didn’t make it to the nursery today – too many things going on at work – but we did manage to unpack the box and set up the new veggie planter. So what was in the box?

  • the wooden box
  • 4 plastic ‘baskets’ with drainage holes (for planting)
  • 3 irrigation stems
  • irrigation pipe
  • irrigation timer
  • some hose fittings
  • batteries
  • some very basic (read: stupid) instructions

I had someone help me unpack the big parcel, we carried the wooden box to its intended “spot” and then I tried to set up the irrigation pipes and stems. Well, clearly I am way too stupid for this because I had to get my daughter to help me. I felt a bit better when she agreed that the instructions were inadequate and we had it all set up by pushing, pulling and forcing! The baskets are in, now all that’s left to do is to connect the irrigation timer and connect it to the water. Then I need to populate it with vegetables and herbs … which I will buy tomorrow and plant over the weekend.

Oh, and anyone that knows me well will know that I’m not a huge fan of the very rustic look so this wooden box will be getting a lick of paint one of these days. I’m thinking white but maybe french blue although that would clash terribly with the green plastic baskets.  I’m wondering if I can find white baskets in the exact same size…

PS: In fairness to the “stupid instructions”, I am not the most patient of people and I expect things to slot into place quickly and easily (like Lego!). Truth be told, the whole set up took about 15 minutes, so maybe the instructions are not that bad after all.

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Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

9 replies on “What was in the box?”

Hi Chris, You are amazing. When you say you will do someting you really get it done! I might still take time to mull over it first. Well done! You tackled it and it is now all set up and ready! It looks great, but I am a big fan of rustic, so I won’t be the one to ask for colour choice! But I do so love the antique blue idea! That will suit your beautiful garden. If I may suggest you start your planter with herbs. They are hardy and easy to grow and rewarding because you can come outside and pick your fresh parsley and thyme for the supper table and it is always fresh – because you only need a small amount. Let’s go shopping soon!

Oh yes, lets go shopping, you know thats my favourite thing :). I bought a few basic things today but need help with the rest. Not entirely sure what to get. I bought a Strawberry plant!! I just couldn’t resist it.

I like the planter you’ve just got. I have been dreaming about this. ( I need something to deter the dogs from trampling all over the plants.) I guess you will be growing veggies in them?

Read your sad note on the forums, then went to your My Plot, My Blogs – and found a perfect feed direct to This post. It has 17 picks. Maybe Donna’s, wait and it’ll come right has kicked in. Come back?

Dear Christine and Barbie, Far be it for me to interfere with your ‘rustic box’ but yes, painted would be much better….only not white. Indeed, any colour other than white since I have always believed that white things in the garden look as if one has thrown Aspirin about!! However, the dilemma is which tint or tone would complement the very vibrant green. Now there, I am stumped!!

I am full of admiration that you finally assembled all this highly technological looking stuff…….I should still be trying to work out which way was UP!!

I am so pleased that you have made my weblog a Favourite as through this I found you. I look forward to our keeping in touch!

Hi Edith, thanks for stopping by and I look forward to staying in touch with you. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – you write beautifully!

Yes, paint it I must – I quite agree! I really don’t like the green of the baskets and will see if I can get white or cream ones to work with french blue. The alternative will be to grow plants that “spill over” and hide some of the green plastic (i dislike plastic, but if this is supposed to be good for my organic veggies I plan to grow, then I need to try it). At this stage its all an experiment – I have a feeling that if successful, the “veggie planter” will be sent away and a proper plot will be arranged in my garden specifically for vegetables. We shall see how this all develops 🙂

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