Introduction: Bicycle Window Box- for the Transient Gardener.

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A window box for the cyclist who is always on the move,  cycle tourist needing nutritious strawberries and beansprouts
or simply for someone without a garden . . . or maybe just a moron like me who cannot get this stupid idea out of his head.

Step 1: Tools Needed

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Set Square + pen (optional)

Step 2: Saw Wood

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Get an old pallet and saw it up something like this.
Try to avoid the very knotty parts.

Step 3: Nail It Together

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Nail it together in a box type stylee.

I drilled holes in the outer parts, for the nails, because this cheap wood can split easily.

Step 4: Attach to Bike.

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Drill holes for zipties and fix the box to your handlebars.

Step 5: Plant Seeds

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Fill with (non-peat) compost and plant seeds.

I eat a lot of hemp and flax (linseed) because of the omega oils; so I went my food cupboard and got a handful of flax.

I did not think that hemp was an option,( I made that mistake last year when I openly grew 20 hemp plants in my garden; I was told that they fall into the same legal status as cannabis)

Step 6: Wait a Few Weeks.

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Read a book, I suggest a Bukowski.

Ride around on your lovely flowery bike avoiding death threats from large men.

These have not flowered yet, (they will be blue, use your imagination.), but I couldn't wait any longer to publish.

Oh yes, keep it well watered; the plants will thrive and the soil won't get thrown out everytime you go up a kerb.

Good Luck,


UPDATE- Feb 2012-
This Instructable was recently featured in TreeHugger along with some other similar idea that made me smile.


yoyology (author)2012-12-13

What a lovely thing!

oxania (author)2008-05-23

Charmingly insouciant, green to the core. Wonderful. Sat here in Dubai sodding airport this makes me feel like there are good people out there... Lets have a shrubbery on a back rack, bamboo in the panniers, a forest on the bike. Bike forest look out! Lovely, thanks.

FriendOfHumanity (author)oxania2012-08-06

Thank you for your lovely comment.

onrust (author)2011-08-03

I'm thinking rosemary!

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-05-23

Wow, if somebody steals their bike they are going to starve.

svfox69 (author)Mr. Rig It2009-05-29

I was thinking one wipeout and all your work is down the drain.
But what a wipe out it would be.

Build a solar powered bike would be cool. Leave it in the sun and it stores the energy in a battery and off you go.

Steven - 9th best Internet marketer in the world

Redstreets (author)svfox692010-05-25

 You know, I was thinking about the wipeout problem...

If you have some scrap jute hanging around from a mulching project, or some loosely woven burlap, you could make a sort of cover for the soil block.  Cut it to the right size, use a staple gun to tack it in place.  You can either work the fibers apart by hand if you want to plant starts, and then snug them up again, or just sow your seeds through the holes.

It may not save *all* your soil, but it will save a significant portion of it, I think.

I think doing this with something like red robin tomatoes would be fantastic.

 That's a good idea... just spread a bit of soil on top of  the burlap for aesthetics.
It will reduce evaporation too.

Kentish Maid (author)2010-04-14

 What original thinking!  Your mobile idea could be used as an  educational campaign for growing your own vegetables - not many people realise that a large amount of food can be produced in a small space. 

flatfootpenguin (author)2008-05-23

what kind of bike is that and dose it have a 3 speed hub?

 It's just a conglomeration of old parts, an abandoned frame from a hedge and some handlebars of a child's bike. 
It has a friction shifter to  five speed rear mech but no front mech.

 Should read, "off a child's bike."

and what kind of light is that

masterochicken (author)2010-04-14

Absolutely fantastic!

surgtech (author)2010-04-14

this has to be one of the funniest, craziest and most inventive ideas I have ever seen. A great idea, but crazy. Good work.

wizardx (author)2008-05-26

It's a brilliant statement, natural solar energy powered bicycle. It is far from moronic intent, such ideas may spark innovations no one has yet considered. If you can grow there then where else could you potentially grow food...

StuNutt (author)wizardx2010-04-11

Would growing grass on the roof of my diesel-guzzling company-shifting SUV make it more green do you think?

The UK BaconSalt man

FriendOfHumanity (author)StuNutt2010-04-12

Of course it would....... as long as you get a couple of chickens up there to power the engine.

(Sorry but the instructables' link button isn't working).

Best of luck with your green pursuits


racnyc (author)2009-05-22

Is there an instructable for the tin light? I tried to search for it and I couldn't find it. If not, tell me how to make one!! So cool. Also, loving the handlebar garden!

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-05-23

That's wonderful!! Is that a tea tin made into a light on the front of your bike?

Thank you. It's smoked paprika tin with a 50w halogen bulb, powered by a drill battery. It is dangerously bright.

It is, I recognize it because we have on in the house... It's affixed with what appear to be two long eye bolts...

Even better, but I see Fungus as already featured it. Now someone do the tea tin light.

Hmm If I can get my brother to part with it, also how about my skylight, though not finished, I'm hoping to be able to illuminate clouds with it, also I could possibly attach it to my bike I I got really bored and built a brakcet system...

Durtyoleman (author)2009-07-22

DUDe/Dudette I cant wait to build one of these for my harley! seriously tho good job and a clever idea to interest the kids.

chirp-o-tron (author)2009-06-12

Are the zipties strong enough to hold the basket's weight?


pfred2 (author)2009-05-24

Do your plants really respond well to being moved around? I have always seen plants suffer from the lack of a stable orientation.

FriendOfHumanity (author)pfred22009-06-05

Dear Pfred, They actually seem to grow nice and straight due to the random light direction; They do, however, look a bit shaken sometimes, but watering restores them. I've got marigolds this year; the petals are edible. Best Wishes FriendOfHumanity

pfred2 (author)FriendOfHumanity2009-06-05

Try planting some and leaving them and comparing the two sets. The stationary ones should do a lot better than the mobile ones. Plants have been stationary for billions of years so they're pretty adapted to it by now.

FriendOfHumanity (author)pfred22009-06-09

Dear Pfred, I'm saving and replanting the seeds from the plants that do well; eventually creating plants that are perfectly adapted to the in-a-box-on-the move environment. This is the new stage in plant evolution, eventually every car roof will be abundant with this adapted plantlife. We will be picking strawberries in traffic jams, sucking plums in parking lots and using fresh lettuce in drive-throughs. This is the future, don't fight it. Best Wishes FriendOfHumanity

corey_caffeine (author)2008-09-28

cargo rack imo

shes_a_rainbow (author)2008-08-17

i love it!

gsurov (author)2008-06-01

great idea. works well with these handle bars, may need to adjust the design when using a different bike. love it

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-05-23

That's classic!

killerjackalope (author)2008-05-23

Great 'ible, this is a great idea... How about a a little greenhouse on the back and a water collection resevoir somewhere, just to add to it...

Patrik (author)2008-05-23

Ah - nice to see another instructable aimed at the common moron. Such an underserved segment of our community! ;-)

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