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Make a vegetable mural, frustrate rabbits

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Originaly created to create an educational, yet subversive, living sculpure outside of a grade school cafeteria, this self buttressing  vertical salad bar creates conversations about healthy food choices and increases accesibility for those that might otherwise have limited access to traditional gardens and it frustrates rabbits.
 
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Step 1: Materials:

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What you will need:
Livestock panels- 2, they measure 16 feet long by 36 inches tall; availible from farm supply stores
Treated posts- 3 eight foot long 6x6 posts for each pair of livestock panels that you use
Barrier fabric-  16 feet by 8 feet, the fabric is used to line the space between the two steel livestock panels that provide support for the soil medium  and plants, we used woven weed barrier fabric
Soil medium- 24 cubic feet of  a lightweight soil medium such as BM-2 or a mixture of 20% vermiculite 60% coir and 20% compost
soaker hose- 16 feet
3/4' fencing staples
plants- varieties of vegetables, drought resistent plants get planted towards the top

I love this; it would make a great kitchen-herb wall as well as a salad wall. Edible flowers could even be added for extra color.

You must have short bunnies at your school - the rabbits here can easily reach lettuce in a 10-inch tall planter (I think they jump into the planter).
bmake (author)  CatTrampoline2 years ago
We are going to plant Nasturtiums, an edible flower, across the top.
As built, both sides of the structure are plantable so that with a little consideration both sun and shade loving plants can be planted on opposite sides.
That sounds outstanding! You got my vote yesterday.
caitlinsdad2 years ago
I'm from the city. In what way does this frustrate rabbits? Is it deer-proof too?
bmake (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
The tender lettuce is beyond the reach of the rabbits, but, alas, it is the perfect height for deer... Another plus... no voles
I'm guessing it's because its too tall for the buns towards the top. So be sure to plant things rabbits dont like towards the bottom, or plant things you dont mind them munching, like clover or even dandelion, which is great to eat too.