Step 9: Wanted: lots of plants!

I put extra plastic in the shelves to conserve the water from the rainfalls and held them in place using drawing pins.
So it was ready to put the first plants on. My mum did us a big favour by growing some spinach, cabbage and peas in her greenhouse and donating lots of pots that she didn't need. You can see how there is a lot of space for many plants and an open area at the bottom for bigger pots. If you don't have many plant pots, you can use plastic milk bottles or other big bottles and simply cut the tops off so the base is a pot. Make some holes in the bottom for drainage and Bob's your uncle. Those bags at the side in the photo 1 are full of bottles we'd collected over a few weeks.
It was appreciated by the women at the charity and I was happy to have designed and made it for almost no money. Now they can grow loads of things and maybe even start their own little market and sell them. :)
Great use of limited space. I'm in the US and I'm a fan of the metric measurements. Equally great to see people buiding for charity. Best of luck.
Thanks very much. :) Yes, the metric system is far more sensible and if most of the world uses it, it kind of makes sense! (None of this 3/17 of a furlong makes up a pint and is equal to 1367 ounces rubbish!)
Perfect for my little patio! Thanks for the plan/design! <br>I can't tell which plant is spinach and which is cabbage [they look like cabbage] but all the pots on the second tier seem really shallow. How deep does a container need to be to grow leafy green things like spinach, lettuce &amp; Swiss chard to normal harvest size? <br> <br>Does the size of the container affect the size of the cabbage heads? [Sorry if this is a totally retarded question.] <br> <br>Is there a rule-of-thumb for mature height of plant vs. depth of container? <br> <br>Thanks, again, Elliot. Looking forward to my son making this for me! <br>Rhe
Hi. The spinach is on top and grows very slowly. The cabbage is in the middle and need to be transferred. Of course the roots need enough space for a plant to flourish but I don't think they need to be in such big pots. I'd like to see them in pots smaller than the empty ones on the shelf below. They can make pots from 2 litre bottles that are about 15cm deep.<br>It would be great to know if you follow my design and make your own. Keep me informed!
Sorry, I didn't check the photo. I was talking about the middle empty pot so to correct that, they would do well in the smaller pots on the shelf below.
I've seen these before and this is a nice one.<br> <br> And this instructable couldn't have come at a better time as just a week ago on a temp job clearing out some old shrubs from along side of a house this idea was discused for a herb garden fo the lady of the house who is is really into herbs.<br> <br> This would be perfect for what she is looking for and looks real nice as well.<br> <br> I like the suggestion of <strong>gaiatechnician </strong>conserning the pump idea - though this being Florida and with all the rain we've been getting - it may or may not be needed for this area.<br> <br> though it&nbsp;might&nbsp;prove usefull for some type of auto fertilizer unit...<br> <br> thanx for sharing your intructable.<br> <br> - chase -
Thanks for that. Yes, it just depends on the climate as to whether you'd need to use a pump. As I'm in England, this isn't a problem. It rains every day! (It's throwing it down right now...)
You can use an aquarium air pump with t valve airlift to recirculate water to the top 3 rows. If you put it on a timer, you can do this once an hour for peanuts worth of electricity. (Less than a dollars worth per year).
It looks fantastic! Love that you staggered the shelves too. Very smart. :)
Thanks, Jessy!

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