How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. But I know I promised a tutorial today, so I took photos and have kept my word to share how to make the pallet garden. I tried to be as detailed as possible. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Now for the sides.
No dig gardens - how to do no dig gardening by gardening the no dig way! recycled pallet vertical garden Summer is waning, and since I am a diehard autumnal girl, I’d usually be very excited by now. But I have to be honest — this lush and vibrant pallet vertical garden is making me want to stay in summer for another month or two. There have been many pallet projects and many vertical garden projects, but none combine the two elements as well as this tutorial developed by Fern Richardson of Life on the Balcony and recreated by Steph of the local spoon. I like this so much, I might have to squeeze it in before I focus entirely on fall projects. — Kate Have a DIY project you’d like to share? There is nothing more adorable than little baby succulents. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Note: Remember when you water to start at the top and water each subsequent section a little less, as your water will naturally seep through to the bottom-most plants. Enjoy!
Living close: strata title permaculture Lucinda's great DIY vertical gardening system The too-hard basket seems often applied to fledgling aspirations of creating bountiful gardens in rental or strata title properties. Which is really quite understandable, in some ways. To succeed in such ventures one needs to effectively communicate with (sometimes dubious) landlords and fellow residents, which is no small thing. Recently, though, we came across Lucinda’s garden, which is a beautiful example of such communications gone right. The mini food-forest up the side of the apartment Lucinda owns a low-rise apartment which is within a block of perhaps 8 dwellings. more vegies and a patio I’ve not had much experience with the ‘body corporate’ aspect of owning a strata title, but from the grumblings of multiple friends who have, i get the idea that negotiating any sort of change, especially aesthetic change to one’s apartment, can be a long-winded process. small but healthy pond with wonky mirror behind to increase sense of space
How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.
Build a Food Storage Shelf Preparation Instructions: Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Polanter Vertical Gardening System The Polanter Vertical Gardening System is a simple and practical kit and is hung onto walls or fences with the brackets provided. The brackets remain fixed to the wall and the Polanter can be lifted off the brackets to enable it to be re-planted and then easily re-hung by slotting the Polanter back onto the brackets. The planting holes for the Polanter measures approximately 4cm across and are ideal for planting plug plants. The Polanter Vertical Gardening System comes in a choice of 8 colours (see the table below). The price for this product is.. £ 21.98 (UK) – or $29.95 (US) … Below you can watch how to plant your Polanter… Did you know that the Polanter is ideally suited for growing your own produce?
Make Your Own Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation System | You Grow Girl 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. Although it has been unusually rainy this year in these parts, full sun deck plants will still get extremely hot and dry very quickly. One of the best ways to provide a steady water supply to your plants without your constant attention is the gradual watering system or drip irrigation. The materials you will need are as follows: 2 litre plastic soda bottle or water bottle that still has the lidDrill and small drill bitSharp knifeCutting surface Drill 4-8 small holes into the cap of the plastic bottle.
Digest: Vertical Farming Startups Seek Profit by Bringing Sustainable Agriculture to Cities August 12, 2011 | seedstock It’s Vertical Farming day over at Seedstock and we’re celebrating with a digest that features stories on a number of vertical urban agriculture startups that have the potential to play an outsize role in furthering the goals of sustainable agriculture. Enjoy your reads! Rooftop Farm Couples Science with Sustainability Finding fresh, high-quality produce in Montreal is a challenge. The long and winding road that produce typically travels from farm to market in this city means that it must be harvested far before it’s ripe in order to survive long shipping distances. Growing a Million Heads of Lettuce on a Pin To grow one million heads of lettuce using conventional agriculture methods in the US requires either 16 acres of land in the Northern states, 8 acres of land in the Southern states, or .9 acres in a traditional hydroponic greenhouse operation. Home Town Organic Farm Goes Vertical in the City TerraSphere Systems: Sustainable Vertical Farming is a Reality
Organic Gardening Information 5 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Living Wall Photo: ELT Vibrant living walls are a striking way to infuse a little more green in urban areas (not to mention the air quality health benefits they provide) -- and having your own is easier than you'd think. No space? No problem. 1. ELT started out making living walls for commercial spaces in Mumbai -- but now you can put their expertise to use in your home with the DIY kits. The super-simple kits come in two sizes, single and double, and mount on an interior wall so you can bring a little bloom to any room in your home. 2. Photo: Woolly PocketWoolly Pocket's Wally gardening system consists of bright pockets constructed from recycled plastic bottles, with a design that makes them durable, breathable, and soft -- plus they're modular, so you can combine as many as you need for a custom design. 3. Photo: Plants on Walls The Floraframe living wall kits from Plants on Walls combine modern aesthetics with natural blooms. 4. Photo: Bright Green USA 5.
Organic home gardening is fun and easy, especially with some good gardening advise. The benefits of organic home gardening are many, for the body, the soul and the earth. Growing your own food organically will give you better food than money can buy and keep you in shape while you are growing it. It will save you money on food costs and for some will cut out that monthly bill to the gym. By growing food organically (or even buying organic food) you will keep the earth free of poisonous fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides which are destroying our agricultural land and poisoning our earth and water. I speak from experience... I have had a permaculture homestead farm for the last 30 years and have tried many things and bought garden supplies, tools and seeds from many companies. *Garden Planning *Green Houses * Organic Seeds * Composting * Irrigation *Garden tools Start with a good garden plan and then order your organic seeds and any tools you may need. Plant a seed and watch it grow into a living legacy.
Ace of Space: Planting a DIY Vertical Garden By Tammy Strobel | Posted May 25th 2010 12:29PM Updated May 25th 2010 4:45PM If you live in a tiny apartment, chances are you don't have a porch or a huge backyard to grow a garden. Even if you live in the heart of a big city, it is possible to design a small vertical garden to meet your needs. But there are ways to create this effect at less cost.... In these tough economic times, spending extra money on gardening supplies might not be a feasible. A Frame and Backboard. The water well catch is placed at the bottom of your living wall. If you're not ready for vertical gardening or window farming, join a community garden or ask a neighbor lucky enough to have a yard to share a little soil space. Below are resources to get you started: And don't forget to water your plants! Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life. Note: Image from Woolly Pockets
How to make free self-watering containers for rooting tomato cuttings Hardening off Six days after being potted and resting in the shade on the porch, the cutting is now officially a tomato plant complete with a bloom. It's time to harden it off by placing it in direct sun for a few hours a day over the next several days. If the cutting is blooming, pinch the blossom off. Ready to transplant After a full day in the sun yesterday with no wilting, my cherry tomato cutting is hardened off and ready for the garden. I'm ready to start another cutting! Learn more The advantages to using this self-watering container method are three-fold. Go get your hands dirty!