We've all been stuck indoors too long. It's February and here in TN we should be getting 50 degree temperatures for highs but instead are stuck in the lower 30's or below. In order to help alleviate the cabin fever and feed the gardening fix I put together a little project for one of our upstairs windows. I built a pair of shelves that sit in the window clinging to two show rods. It's a relatively easy project to accomplish with the right tools and the right window. All of the materials were furnished by Lowe's Creative Ideas.
After gathering the materials I measured the ends of my shower rods. The small section had a 7/8" diameter while the large section had a 1" diameter. The smallest size hole saw bit I had was 1" so the clamps became critical to hold up the shelves. Then I measured the width of the windows and determined a length of 41.5 inches per shelf. I also measured from the window to determine where I wanted the holes in each shelf to be. From the back side of the board I make a mark at 2 1/4" and from each side 4". Then I made the holes with the hole saw.
Next I slipped off the rubber ends of the show curtain rods and slid the shelves onto the smaller diameter end. Then I fit the shower rods and boards in the window. The 1" holes rest on top of the larger diameter end of the hole. Once I twisted the show rods to position them tightly in the window I added the clamps to hold each shelf tightly into place.
More shelves could be added if desired but I chose to only do two positioned toward the top of the window so that I could easily open the window up when I need to without have to move everything around.
I would have liked to stain the shelves or even paint them to look nicer but the weather outside has been too cold to do either activity. That part will just have to wait until warmer days!
I filled up the window with some colorful indoor plants. Including a really cool coral cactus that mimics structures in the coral reef, two bromeliads, a sago palm, and an aloe plant. The plant shelves will help to do some of my seed starting activities this year.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A Window Garden with Shelves
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.