As of late, people have become more concerned about the quality of the food they eat ad many have started growing their own fruits, herbs and veggies, making sure the produce they use is organic.
However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a spacious garden and some of us who live in apartments only have a small balcony to get by with.
But luckily for us there’s a way we can take advantage of the small space and still grow a nice little garden. How? By planting vertically!
It may sound silly, but this is a revolutionary idea which only requires a bit of your imagination, creativity and some empty soda bottles. In this article we’ll show you how to create a drip-irrigating garden towers where you’ll be able to plant all your herbs, flowers, veggies and fruits.
Here’s a step by step guide:
1. Create your tower’s base
Take a soda bottle and cut out the base. You should leave some of the curve on the bottom so that the bottles connect nicely. Throw away the cut out base
Create two holes for drainage on the bottle’s opposite sides, some 3 inches from the cap. Make the holes with scissors and make sure they’re tiny.
Add the compost or potting mixture and press gently. The soil you add shouldn’t go all the way to the top, leave an inch free space.
Secure your vertical tower’s base with a wire or to a fence.
2. Build the tower
Repeat step 1 with all your other bottles and remove their caps too.
Now add the bottle to the base and secure it with a wire. Repeat the same process with the other bottles.
3. It’s time for the irrigation system
Cut one plastic bottle in half, it’s best to do it midway to the cap. It’ll be the watering funnel for your irrigation system.
Place this empty bottle on top of your tower and dig it in the soil firmly.
Cut your last bottle’s bottom and your watering bottle is ready.
Pierce a 1mm hole in the cap.
Place the watering bottle over the funnel.
4. It’s time to plant your produce!
Draw a 2-inch square on every bottle and cut the sides and top out. The bottom side that’s uncut will hold the soil in.
Now you should poke a hole and place your seeds. The watering bottle should be filled with water every couple of days.
Now you have a fully-functioning vertical planting tower.
Here’s what you can plant in your vertical garden:
- Arugula D
- Dandelion greens
If you notice that your watering bottle doesn’t drip it could be clogged, check it and unclog it. Also you may need to check the cap’s drainage hole. You can add a bit of sand to your watering bottle to slow down the dripping for a more efficient and gradual watering.
To build your vertical gardening tower you’ll need:
- a few 2lt soda bottles
- a knife or box cutter
- baling wire or a twine (3 feet long)
- a wire frame
- seeds for your plants
Article and image source: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com