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Cut the top from a 2-liter bottle, leaving about 2 inches all the way around the neck. (The safest way to cut a 2-liter bottle is to use a razor knife to make a small hole, then finish cutting using scissors. Find a spot for the bottle neck on the lid. Set it in place and move it around until you get it right. (See the photos for a good idea of the location.) The hole should be as narrow as possible.
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The wastes from the fish are broken down by bacteria living in the growing medium, and converted into a form that can be used by the plants.
- the plant you want to propagate - a sharp knife - Sphagnum moss (should be available at garden centres) - a piece of (preferably transparent) plastic foil (an old plastic bag will do fine) (about 30x30 cm) - string - a piece of thin, hard plastic (I used a piece of a plant tag, a piece of a plastic bottle or yoghurt tub or something similar would work just as well. Basically, you just need something thin that will not decompose if it's damp for a couple of weeks). It should be just a bit longer than the width of the branch you want to root. - scissors for cutting string and plastic foil - water - a bowl to soak the moss in A couple of weeks later, you will also need: - a flower pot - potting mix - maybe a stake and more string.
The last time I forgot to water my outdoor potted plants and discovered them completely wilted and hanging on the cusp of near death, I decided it was time to take action. Some of the plants on my deck receive a full, searing sun all day long during the hottest mid summer days. While these plants thrive under such conditions if properly taken care of, they will die quickly if they don’t receive enough water.
The lid ring is the outer part of the original jar lid. A circle is cut out of the center of the jar lid by drilling a hole in the metal and then using a "nibbler" tool to cut the circle out of the center. The nibbler is a tool I don't use much, but for this kind of job it does a very good job. It takes baby bites of the material every time you squeeze the handles. I got my nibbler many years ago, possibly from Home Depot. The wire screen circle gets held to the top of the jar by this ring.
Ingredients: - Some sort of iron frame or garden rack, size depending on the space available - Wood: * 4 - 6 pieces of approximately 10 x 5 x 5 cm to hold the garden rack from the wall * Planks of slats to line the frame - A sheet of plastic - Jute cloth to hold the earth. This should be the size of the garden rack, plus an extra 20 cm on the long sides - Paint, or something else to protect the wood against the weather - Screws, dowels and some cramp-irons and small connection strips or corners
Materials: - 2 liter bottle.
If you’re thinking about building a greenhouse here’s an opportunity to learn from my misfortune.
What is a raised vegetable garden? Often called raised bed gardening, it is a method that includes no-dig, no-till, lasagna, straw bale, and square foot gardening. A raised vegetable garden bed can be as high as a kite, as low as your toe and as many layers as you want to stack on.