YOU WILL NEED:
NOW YOU'RE READY.
Find or buy a tote or storage bin. The wider and deeper the better. Just make sure it is not translucent.
Find 4-6 plastic liter cups or yogurt containers and evenly distribute them on the Styrofoam. You can find liter cups in most food markets.
Trace the bottom of the liter cups onto the Styrofoam.
Trace the PVC pipe onto the Styrofoam.
Using a box cutter, cut out all the holes.
For drainage, drill approximately 20 holes all over the Styrofoam.
Drill a hole into the side of your bin, about 3-4 inches from the bottom, just below where your false barrier will be resting. This will ensure that the reservoir doesn't overfill on a rainy day.
Drill a hole into the base of each container and holes along the sides of the containers. The holes shouldn't be more than 5mm wide.
Fill the containers with a 2 parts soil, 1 part vermiculite and 1 part perlite. If you don't have those, simply adding soil works as well. Press down the mixture into the containers so that it is nice and condensed.
Place the containers upright and arrange them so that they line up with the holes in your Styrofoam.
Place the Styrofoam into the bin and make sure it is pressed tightly against the cups to ensure that they don't move.
Now you are ready to water the bin. Make sure to fill the reservoir to its full capacity, until the water begins to drain from your overflow hole. This will ensure that you will only have to water once a month or less.
|And that's it! Just sit back and watch your plants grow! |
Happy Urban Farming!