Step 4: Planting and Enjoying(w/ update and new photos)
Before you start the process ensure you have a drainage system set up in your planter of choice. If not your plants won't like it and could not grow ...
So basically, one day I was driving past the dumpster for my building complex and I saw a perfectly good rusted out smoker. I immediately knew it must be mine. So I parked my car and walked over and drug it the block or so to my home. It stayed on my porch for about a month until spring sprung. Then I was inspired to make something out of it. So what better thing to make than something i can eat? I decided to make a Planter Box out of it and grow some food. I expected it to be a pain but really it was pretty easy and quick to do. Not to mention extremely rewarding.
Step 1: Searching for the Goods
This is the most exciting part of the process because it is the most open ended. I personally have always enjoyed a good dumpster dive. I get the neatest, free-est, most random stuff that I can not live without from the garbage of others. Dumpsters near apartments near the end of the month yield lots of furniture and old stuff people who are moving don't want to take with them so sometimes I will scan my city's apartment/places lots of people who rent units dumpsters at that time and sometimes the yields are epic (*cough* LA-Z-Boy leather recliner and more DVDs and CDs than I care to admit *cough*) Usually the things aren't even actually in the dumpster, and when they are it is usually right on top and easy as cake to get to. I found a semi rust covered smoker, but you could use a grill or old buckets or whatever you think dirt would go in and could have holes preexisting or easily added.
Bio:I am a senior going for a B.S. in Microbiology and I am learning so much about the world around me I also have two awesome cats and an awesome wife who help inspire me to continue pursuing knowledge...read more »