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A practical and economic solution to build our own vertical garden inside of our houses

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You gonna need:

- Pvc tube with a 11cm diameter (or near) and 60cm (length).
- 2lts plastic bottle
- Saw
- Drilling machine
- Paper tape
- Tape-measure
- Utility knife
- 1 Bolt and screw (about 0.5cm diameter)
- Marker
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gohmos2 months ago

this is so smart idea, I like it so much :)
I made 3 of it and I put it in the balcony, it look so beautiful :)

thank you so much and good luck

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Very cool, however I'd recommend doing some research on what happens when pvc is burned or heated. Especially if you are heating it without a mask, and ESPECIALLY if you are going to eat what you grow in it afterwards!
jmarcao (author)  Freshness13211 year ago

Hello Freshness1321! I ve just seen your post, sorry for the late answer. The pvc is not burned, just heated. I did some research actually and there is no problem heating up pvc as long as you do it slowly,distant, and no fume/smoke cames out. Of course if you have a mask its better!I didnt had one at the time, but i didnt inhale non of its fumes thankfully. Thanks for your concern / comment

flucasg1 year ago

Ficou muito bom...parabéns!

jmarcao (author)  flucasg1 year ago

Obrigado flucasg!

jakelawson made it!1 year ago

My take on your design, thanks for the great idea!

jmarcao (author)  jakelawson1 year ago

hello jakelawson! i ve just seen your vertical garden! You should have seen the smile on my face :) really happy for inspiring your project, really cool!
I would like to see more photos, is it possible?

Very cool! Nice job!

Fico muito feliz por ver um Português por aqui!

Great Instructable!!!
jmarcao (author)  XenoMorphPT1 year ago
obrigado :)
I just checked your page Dicas do Jorge, and it seemed very nice!

also i loved the vertical garden..

please keep going!
jmarcao (author)  dde almeida1 year ago
jmarcao (author) 1 year ago
Hello everybody. Please check out my facebook page dedicated to the sharing of solutions useful for students who share a house :)
GScience1 year ago
nice. One question. can mint leaves just be eaten? fresh? from the plant? Anyway, where is step 15 if there is one?
jmarcao (author)  GScience1 year ago
Thanks. Think gomibakou gave you a good answer :) I updated the instructable, you can check step 15 now.
Great! And the portability is very useful!
Almost all the plants used in cooking (mint included) can be eaten directly. Only when you don't know the procedence it's advisable to wash the plant to get rid off any residue, herbicide, etc. Never try plants growing up close to roads because they have heavy metals (lead mainly). But if you grew them in the kitch, it's more than safe a must :D

Plastic containers aren't recomendable, the best is clay, but well.. i don't think the rate of plastic decomposition will be fast enough to kill me in decades xDD.
Wow! Great 'ible! Photos clear, good detail, colorful. Good instructions. Do some more! I like this project a lot...minimal parts/equipment/skill, with maximal result. We're right now hoping to do some inside container planting. This'll be perfect. TFTI (Thanks for the Instructable!)
jmarcao (author)  MiltReynolds1 year ago
Thank you so much Milt! :) Im really looking forward to put some more of my projects in the site. Never thought I would have so many people interested. Hope to see your vertical garden soon :) And thanks again for the support!
Any time someone recommends heating PVC over an open flame it causes some concern. Please be aware of the risks involved with burning PVC, heating the material so that it is pliable should not be too dangerous but burning it can release some SERIOUS toxins. Keeping it well removed from the flame and heating slowly and evenly should do the trick.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bend-PVC-Pipe/ <--useful tips.
jmarcao (author)  PhthaloBlue1 year ago
Thank you for the link, it was really helpful.
Fortunately, in the making of the pvc garden I ve never inhaled smokes and never burn the tube. The point of flexibility is quite fast to achieve.
I now recommend using a heat gun (in case you have one) in step 4, for a more controlled and safer way to bend the tube.
Thank you for the concern.
What should also be mentioned: Bisphenol A, and other Phtalates from plastic bottles.
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mpwhelan1 year ago
Well done jmarco! I am not sure how steps 4 and 5 are accomplished but it will likely be clearer when I am actually making it. I don't have a gas burner so I will have to find another way for that step.
jmarcao (author)  mpwhelan1 year ago
Thank you :) I add some tips to step 4. In case you don't have a gas burner, i recommend a heat gun if you can find one, a friend lend me his and it worked perfectly. If you can't get one try using a powerful hair drier in a really thin tube.
If you see in the comments above, richardbronotsky said that you can bend it just by using hot water or heated sand. Never tried one of these methods but i think they should work!
Muitos parabéns pelo projecto. Ficou excelente.
jmarcao (author)  tiagodomingues1 year ago
Obrigado tiago! é bom sentir o apoio :)
A hair dryer set on high should work after a couple of minutes, (If a heat gun not available) .Wear cotton gloves,Dont get burned!
jmarcao (author)  stephenfitton1 year ago
Yes, actually i made some models with a heat gun and it works perfectly. Unfortunately, it was borough from a friend so I had to give it back. And since the stove is more convenient, I thought that was the easiest way to bend the tube.
With a hair drier i have never tried, but i don't think it's powerful enough.
PVC will bend at 170 to 220. This means that boiling it in water will be enough to bend it and there is no chance of scorching it. If you have a brewer's pot or a turkey fryer, you can easily do a section of 3 or 4 inch pipe.

There is also the hot sand method. Bake sand in the oven to about 300 and pour it in the pipe. This is great for bending pipe because the sand will keep it from kinking.
jmarcao (author)  RichardBronosky1 year ago
Thanks for yours suggestions richard :) I thought of hot water but i didn't have the means to pull that of at the time, but I really wanna try that.
The sand method never crossed my mind, it sounds really nice! I think my oven isn't that powerful, but I think i'll try that in the future as well. I live in Portugal so sand is easily found :)
mpwhelan1 year ago
Thanks for finishing the instructions! I do want one of these gardens.
jmarcao (author)  mpwhelan1 year ago
Thanks for the patience :) I add some photos today, hope you like it
steinie441 year ago
If you don't want to heat it, to bend it in, I think you can cut the shape with a jig saw. Then turn it around and glue it in the opening. Might try that and make it about 6 feet long with about 10 openings.
jmarcao (author)  steinie441 year ago
Hei steinie. yes, that sounds good too. The thing is..When you heat it up and bend that part inside, that wall helps sustaining the gardening soil (it helps making the container). But I would love to see your model with the 10 openings, hope to see it here in instructables :)
M3G1 year ago
Very cool idea, it looks awesome!
jmarcao (author)  M3G1 year ago
thank you!
mpwhelan1 year ago
Is there no Step 15?
jmarcao (author)  mpwhelan1 year ago
There is now :)
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