Urban Gardening: 100% Recycled Shaded Area Structure

Living in front of the Subsaharan desert, our weather is ruthless during the summer, and our roof terrace gets natural shade only on one side for most of the year; we have the great advantage of being able to plant seeds all through the year – but without shade, young and delicate herbs literally fry on their pots and die. That reduces our space for pots greatly, so this year we have decided to create shaded areas to help our plants survive the season.

Ingredients (all found in the trash, and collected along several months): One mattress base, wood mouldings, a wood pillar, a can of teak-coloured varnish, a funky vintage tablecloth.

First day – the mattress base was attached with strong screws to the wall, and to the roof of the toolshed. The pillar was also attached to the corner of the mattress.

Day Two - wood mouldings were applied to the border of the mattress, and to the sides of the pillar. This is just to make it prettier :).

Day Two – wood mouldings were applied to the border of the mattress, and to the sides of the pillar. This is just to make it prettier, and to make use of what we already have. Fernando made a wonderful job bending the wood to shape the round corners of the mattress base.

Day Three – the mouldings were painted with a lovely teak-coloured varnish, and the canopy was made to fit using a vintage tablecloth. It is attached very simply with cotton string ties to the matress base’s slats, so it can be easily removed and washed or changed as needed.

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Finished for now :). We intend to add a couple of hanging planters or shelves to make use of the wall space as we need it.

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4 thoughts on “Urban Gardening: 100% Recycled Shaded Area Structure

    • Thank you <3! It is one of those thick woven cotton tablecloths from the 70's – it was too big for any table we have, and as you can see in the closeups, it had some stains that we couldn't remove with washing. I'm glad I didn't throw it away!

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  1. I love your new blog. I thought you may enjoy this article below. I consider her to be one of my La Madamas! She speaks to me directly and has woken me up out of my sleep about 2 months ago while psalm 122 was playing on my phone… 2 years ago I had this exact bill on the wall but I took it down. Now it is real.

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    On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 2:43 AM, Connected With Life wrote:

    > msbrujacarolina posted: “Living in front of the Subsaharan desert, our > weather is ruthless during the summer, and our roof terrace gets natural > shade only on one side for most of the year; we have the great advantage of > being able to plant seeds all through the year – but without” >

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