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Portable pvc vertical garden

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A practical and economic solution to build our own vertical garden inside of our houses
 
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Step 1:

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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

Step 2:

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Mark 20 and 40 cm in your pvc tube with the paper tape.

Step 3:

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Make two cuts until the middle of the tube.

Step 4:

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Heat up the tube in your stove. Be careful, you don´t need to place the tube very close to the flame.
Concentrate the heat in the zone above the cuts.

In case you have a powerful hairdrier or a hot air gun, you can use one of these to heat the tube in a more controlled and safer way.
I've chosen the stove because it was more practical for me.

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Push the heated zone inside, making two apertures ( creating the space where you will put your plants).

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Make two holes in the back of the tube.
One in the top and the other one in line with the lowest cut (see in the next image how it should look).

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The top hole serves to hang the tube on the wall.
The one lined up with the last aperture serves to hang the plastic bottle (which will function as a earth deposit-see next step).

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Cut the 2lt plastic bottle, as shown in the picture. It should have the same height as the bottom earth container (about 20cm).

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Make a hole in the bottle (about 2cm below the cut). The hole should be big enough to fit the screw-see next image.

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The screw will unite the tube with the half bottle (that shall be filled with gardening soil).

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Unite screw and thread.

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The bottle cap should be near the end of the tube

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For a better aesthetic, paint the vertical garden with a spray can (preferably, use low pressure acrilic paint).
jakelawson made it!2 months ago

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

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jmarcao (author)  jakelawson12 days 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?
Congrats!

Very cool! Nice job!

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!
XenoMorphPT4 months ago
Fico muito feliz por ver um Português por aqui!

Great Instructable!!!
jmarcao (author)  XenoMorphPT4 months ago
obrigado :)
dde almeida4 months ago
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 almeida4 months ago
thanks!
jmarcao (author) 4 months ago
Hello everybody. Please check out my facebook page dedicated to the sharing of solutions useful for students who share a house :)
https://www.facebook.com/DicasDoJorge
GScience4 months 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)  GScience4 months ago
Thanks. Think gomibakou gave you a good answer :) I updated the instructable, you can check step 15 now.
GScience jmarcao4 months ago
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.
MiltReynolds4 months ago
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)  MiltReynolds4 months 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!
PhthaloBlue4 months ago
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)  PhthaloBlue4 months 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.
v30003v4 months ago
PORTUGAL!

;o)
jmarcao (author)  v30003v4 months ago
viva!
mpwhelan4 months 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)  mpwhelan4 months 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!
Congratulations!
Muitos parabéns pelo projecto. Ficou excelente.
jmarcao (author)  tiagodomingues4 months ago
Obrigado tiago! é bom sentir o apoio :)
stephenfitton4 months ago
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)  stephenfitton4 months 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)  RichardBronosky4 months 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 :)
mpwhelan4 months ago
Thanks for finishing the instructions! I do want one of these gardens.
jmarcao (author)  mpwhelan4 months ago
Thanks for the patience :) I add some photos today, hope you like it
steinie444 months 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)  steinie444 months 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 :)
M3G4 months ago
Very cool idea, it looks awesome!
jmarcao (author)  M3G4 months ago
thank you!
mpwhelan4 months ago
Is there no Step 15?
jmarcao (author)  mpwhelan4 months ago
There is now :)
BTrey4 months ago
Great instructable - this is really cool. In the first picture, the bottom of the tube is crimped. In step 14, it's not. Is this just an aesthetic choice or was there a reason for this difference? If you leave the bottom of the pipe uncrimped, couldn't you just put a cap on it rather than install the bottle?
jmarcao (author)  BTrey4 months ago
Thank you! And well noticed :) Actually there was a reason for that...It had the crimped bottom because i had a vase in the floor, just beneath the pvc garden. This way when I irrigate water in the top container of the pvc garden, the water goes down through all the containers, and then falls down on the vase in the floor. It sounded like a good idea but it was quite messy, don't really recommend it :/
Yeah, i think you can put a cap, but i couldn't find one that fits...And so i thought of the bottle because its a pratical way of removing excess water.
I will update the first photo to the model used in the instructable in the next few days :)
agajula4 months ago
very nice; i love it..
jmarcao (author)  agajula4 months ago
thank you :)
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