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#61 of 74 Old 02-21-2008, 12:03 AM
 
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This looks like such a neat idea but what about the bugs and bees?? I would love to do one but am worried that my little one might get stung or something. We also have those cow killers here and I'm really afraid of them.
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Yea, I definitely think we need to plant something that won't attract a lot of stinging insects. Other bugs don't bother us.
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Bumping this thread. I think we're going to try to do this with bamboo this year, and I'm working with a knowledgeable local nursery to find the right variety that we'll be able to manage for a room-shape. Additionally, our local zoo needs bamboo for their red pandas, so DD will be able to grow food for her zoo friends while playing outdoors! I can't wait!
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I just took new pictures of ours now that it's filled out for the summer. We're still waiting for the pieces to be long enough to connect the roof but if not this year, next!

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Someone was telling me about a friend who built a tunnel of cherry tomatoes. They were planted so that the kids could crawl in underneath and sit in the tunnel eating tomatoes.
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Well, I must bump this fabulous thread. Did anyone else build anything? I didn't do it this year, but reading your inspiring posts again is making me think seriously about the willow house. Do you think something like that would survive in the brutal Texas heat?
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I did the sunflowers and they just fell every which way. Then the dogs ate them??!
I'm gonna give it a better shot this year.

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I love all these ideas and considered doing the sunflower house this summer too.. maybe next! However my DS and DD have a favorite tree house in the Pacific NW forest that we go visit as often as possible. We also found a really really cool dug-out where a giant tree had fallen that we can all fit in and hang out in with the old roots over our heads. Not close to home but definitely a cool destination!
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these are great ideas! we have a play structure with swings, slide, playhouse on top...i wanted to grow things up the sides for the girls as underneath would be a perfect hide-away/playhouse as well...this thread is giving me ideas! thanks!:

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hi, i wanted to post to this thread so i can come back to it and revisit the great ideas in early spring. i like the sunflowers idea, as those do really well in our yard. also i had a lot of luck with beans in the garden, and there's no reason those couldn't be included.

one idea i didn't see was for gourds. i tried those this year but didn't have much luck getting them to climb. thanks for the food for thought!

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Well does it count if it's for the whole family not just the children? We had to cut down a tree that was dead and the leftover stump is getting a table top. I thought, hey we should plant a nice curvy circle-esq planting around it and make a 'living' hang out space. So far I've planted a datura (angel bell large shrub/tree), two rosemarys, two artichokes, a red russian kale, and sprinkle of poppy seeds. I'm making the shape tie in the corner of one of my food gardens, a peach tree, satsuma tree and a grapevine trellis. It really looks like nothing right now, but I have a good idea of what it will look like. I just hope I get enough tall plants in and herbs/flowers to fill out the ground, and a few sneaky veggies because dh said he didn't want it to be another food garden, he wants something more ornamental.
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oh a whole family fort sounds heavenly!!!

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Snap! My old thread is still alive!!!!!
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We did a sunflower house but the beans and sunflowers were eaten by the rabbits Our whole garden sucked this year. We are putting up more fencing this winter to try and save next year. We did end up with a calendula house though, as they left that alone. DD loved it and played in it even though the walls were only 12" high I have some pics on my blog.

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