I always love to hear the trials and triumps of others who have that same pioneering spirit of a homesteader. Many people are overcoming the limits in which they live (financial, spacial, educational,etc) to find ways to improve their lives on a deeper level than monitarialy. That is the homesteader's spirit!
Below is a partial blog/newsletter from a ministry in Isreal that I follow/support. I find this to be one of the most useful recycling ideas for styrofoam. With this plan, anyone can grow veggies on their porch or apartment balcony! Thank you to Jerry Golden for sending this out to his supporters: http://www.thegoldenreport.com/
This is Joel with two Styrofoam boxes. For example with this size box you can plant four tomato plants,
Get what is called a pond basket or one you use to hold items in under your sink as long as it fits in the box. Draw a line to cut at the height of the box.
Cut like so.
It should look like this when you are finished with the cutting.
Make a small notch in the rim to be used as an over flow whole so you can’t over water your plants.
Turn the box (number 2) the top box over and mark around the (A) pond box. And then make a second mark (B) inside that mark to be cut this will give the pond box the chance to add strength to the bottom of the upper box.
Then cut along the inner line like this.
Take a small drill ¼” or a screw driver and make holes around the hole you cut being sure not to weaken the bottom to much.
Tape the pond box in place just to hold it the weight of the dirt will hold it later on.
Make a hole the same size as the PVC or rubber pipe you are using for a water inlet. I use a 1 ½”.
Fill the top box with organic potting dirt, making sure to fill the pond gasket for that will act as your wick to draw the moisture up to your plants as they need it. The beauty of this system is you don’t waste water and you can’t over water.
A picture of our garden, the tomatoes were planted about one month ago, already there are many green tomatoes. The lettuce has grown so fast that it is hard to believe and taste very good.
I hope this helps, but once again if you don’t feel like shopping and can afford to buy ....it would be much easier for you.
What you will need.
2 boxes the same size.
Tape & pipe
Seeds or plants to plant.
Shalom, jerry golden
It seemed 'share-worthy' a topic to blog about. All credit goes to Jerry Golden and the idea/project would not be complete with out the pictures.
The homesteading mindset is everywhere! Just look outside the norm and stretch!