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This is an example of a contemporary vegetable garden landscape in San Francisco.

Bocce Ball courtContemporary Landscape, San Francisco

This is an example of a contemporary vegetable garden landscape in San Francisco. —  Houzz
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matthewday wrote:May 10, 2013
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    Scenic Landscape and Design
    I've used this Cor-ten and other metals for herb and veggie gardens. We paint the interior with Rubberizit non toxic rubber compound. This keeps any metal from leaching into the soil. It's a great product and can be found online.
  • Lauren Steiner

    I was told that regular steel, while cheaper and will eventually rust, would be more likely than Corten to rust and disintegrate. Also, I was told to insulate them with some kind of foam core because we live in LA, and they will be exposed to full sun. Thus they could heat up the soil too much for the vegetables. Any comments from either Huetti or Scenic on this?

David Weitz wrote:Feb 23, 2013
  • David Weitz
    I have a 8 x 30 space too. Is that ok or was it too small as built?
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    Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture
    The size is working good. Short but good. We did not have any choice - there was absolutely no more room,
adriadev wrote:Mar 18, 2015
510lake wrote:Aug 28, 2013
Grants Gardens wrote:Feb 8, 2013
  • minoos
    I got some steel plater boxes made for me by sarabistudio.com and now my veggies grow twice as much and my garden looks like a piece of art
  • janandbobonpender
    I like the look of the Corten. Now that you have lived with it a while: does it brush off on your clothing when you come in contact with it?
Stefanie Galizia wrote:Oct 27, 2014
emwang wrote:Jul 11, 2014
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    Huettl Landscape Architecture
    Those are integrally colored with a very neutral color and then water washed.
  • Colleen Warren

    Can you tell me the dimensions of these planter boxes?

anaquadros wrote:May 3, 2013
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    Huettl Landscape Architecture
    Just dirt. Not much of a problem with weeds.
  • lorewren

    I have placed weed fabric under stone and maintain what weds grow with a garden torch.

tawdah wrote:Jun 2, 2012
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    garden design online
    You could give us your back yard some pics from different angles,a panoramic shot need too.you could touch 417133845@qq.com.I think your designing need some time.
  • Grace Refuerzo
    Set wood molds of the size pavers you want. For character, you can make the pavers in different sizes. But make sure they have semetry. Mix the cement in a rented cement mixer or basin, read the instructions! You can add powdered colors to the cement mixture. Using a large sponge, blot the cement pavers for a texture or use a stamp that you can rent. It's time consuming, but saves money. -Grace, Elemental Landscape and Design
twiddlestix wrote:Jun 13, 2011
snowak wrote:Apr 22, 2011
nehafowler wrote:Jul 3, 2016
minjeeah wrote:Mar 4, 2015
  • minjeeah

    We have made ours out of wood!

anntran1212 wrote:Nov 17, 2014
rldgschmidt wrote:Jun 9, 2014
desperateinmadison wrote:Jun 4, 2014
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    Modified Metals LLC
    Hello...while no affiliation with the original picture poster, if you're still interested in the rose art, please feel free to stop by www.modifiedmetals.com or drop an email to: dave@modifiedmetals.com. Would enjoy making this metal art for you ! Thanks.
farryld wrote:Dec 4, 2012
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      Ayla wrote:Jul 18, 2014
        jetblueofaustin wrote:Jun 22, 2011

          What Houzz contributors are saying:

          Annie Thornton added this to Here’s How to Get That Great Steel Planter LookJan 5, 2017

          Common Cor-Ten Concerns: Rusty runoff: Rusty runoff on concrete sidewalks or sides of buildings is a common sign that Cor-Ten steel is nearby. The material is going to rust, there is no avoiding that, but you can detail the design so that it doesn’t stain surrounding materials. Bring it away from the concrete or design drainage to carry runoff away from paving. The rust stains will be much less noticeable if the planters are installed on gravel or mulch. “Over time, the rust becomes more stable and is less likely to rub off,” Adams says. Growing edibles: It is safe to grow edibles in Cor-Ten planters without any additional treatments, although some designers will install liners or other barriers between the soil and raised bed. “We usually coat the interior of the tanks with a food-grade waterproofing coat similar to that used in rainwater tanks,” Beck says. Heat: You may want to be careful about touching your raised beds on a hot day, as steel gains heat more quickly than soil. The raised beds will slowly transfer heat to the soil, however, keeping it warmer overnight. For this reason, plants might even benefit from growing in Cor-Ten raised beds, Adams says, as long as they receive enough water and have enough soil volume. “A small planter may not allow enough soil volume to offset the heat gain from the Cor-Ten container,” he says.Climate: Cor-Ten can be used in a range of climates; you’ll see it everywhere from Seattle to Chicago. “Homeowners should keep in mind that marine environments will speed up the corrosion process,” Adams says, but it will still outlast wood. “Cor-Ten performs best when it is allowed to go through continuous wet-dry cycles. It’s when it is allowed to thoroughly dry out that its alloying metals form the best coating on its surface.” The air in coastal environments holds more moisture and keeps materials damp, preventing these cycles. Additionally, the salt in the air can cause pitting. “My personal feeling is that for things like planters, it’s fine to use it in marine environments. I would hesitate to use uncoated Cor-Ten for major architectural applications in marine environments,” Adams says.

          Natalie Myers added this to Bocce, Anyone? Toss Some Popular Games Into Your Yard PlansApr 17, 2013

          Due to its long and lean dimensions, a flat side yard is a good place for games that don't interfere with your daily outdoor living. Setting games up near the garden allows different members of the family to interact or just be near one another while engaging in activities that interest them.

          Debra Prinzing added this to 8 New Uses for Your Side YardJul 9, 2012

          Sporty space. What better use for a slim strip of land than a European-inspired boccie ball court? Get those couch potatoes away from the big-screen TV and encourage a little friendly competition with this classic game. The long, narrow dimensions of this outdoor play court line up perfectly at the side garden's outer edge. Notice the clean lines and fine details — the constructed box that holds the boccie ball court is finished with the same weathered steel used in four very modern weathered-steel planter boxes.

          Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to Vegetables and Flowers Mix in Beautiful Edible GardensJun 26, 2012

          Veggies plus play. Raised Cor-Ten beds are superstylish and play well with the steel-edged boccie court. Look for opportunities to integrate your veggie patch with other outdoor spaces to get the most use, value and joy from your garden.

          Danyelle Mathews added this to Raised Beds Lift Any GardenMar 8, 2012

          If you have a modern landscape, consider ditching the lumber and use metal instead. The rusted patina adds a nice contrast to this gray cement stone path.

          Becky Harris added this to 10 Summer EssentialsJun 21, 2011

          These Cor-Ten steel planters add to the design's play on squares as well as provide a good spot for growing veggies. See more unexpected edible gardens.

          Vanessa Brunner added this to 5 Easy Ways to Summer-ize Your HomeJun 5, 2011

          Summer is also the season of juicy, ripe fruits and vegetables. If you have the space, add a potted lemon tree or two to your balcony. You can also do container gardens or window boxes with herbs or a few berry plants, or raised beds of vegetables. (We all know how good homegrown tomatoes are in summer.)

          Vanessa Brunner added this to 4 Steps to the Perfect GardenMay 17, 2011

          A garden (particularly a smaller garden) is a great excuse to let your imagination run wild, and to experiment with different looks. This carefully planned out space has a great little walkway, raised vegetable beds, and a bocce ball court. If you lay out how each and every bit of space in your garden will be used, you'll be surprised at how many of your must-have elements you can incorporate!

          Becky Harris added this to Landscape Trends: Bocce Ball CourtsApr 18, 2011

          One can enjoy a game at this court, then pick a tomato or two for dinner from the edible garden on the way back into the house.

          Becky Harris added this to Unexpected Edible GardensApr 18, 2011

          I spied this garden the other day when I was looking for bocce ball courts. I love the way the edible plants inhabit the space between the court and the walkway.

          What Houzzers are commenting on:

          Laurie Higginbotham added this to FirepitMay 10, 2019

          Looking at the beds, not the bocce court

          David Smith added this to Old Vineyard LandscapeMay 8, 2019

          Interesting approach with stones between walls;supports balls. Perhaps less expensive to install?

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