Bicycle Window Box- for the Transient Gardener.

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Introduction: Bicycle Window Box- for the Transient Gardener.

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

Saw
Hammer/Axe
Drill
Set Square + pen (optional)

Step 2: Saw Wood

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

Step 3: Nail It Together

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.

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


Step 5: Plant Seeds

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.

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,

FriendOfHumanity



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

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/mobile-gardening-hot-new-trend-6-ways-bikes-bloom.html


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    oxania
    oxania

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Redstreets
    Redstreets

    10 years ago on Introduction

     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.

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    FriendOfHumanity
    FriendOfHumanity

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Kentish Maid
    Kentish Maid

    10 years ago on Step 6

     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. 

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    FriendOfHumanity
    FriendOfHumanity

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     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.

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    surgtech
    surgtech

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    wizardx
    wizardx

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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...

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    StuNutt
    StuNutt

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

    The UK BaconSalt man
    www.crazy4flavour.co.uk

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    FriendOfHumanity
    FriendOfHumanity

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

    www.journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/methane_bate.html

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

    Best of luck with your green pursuits

    FOH

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    racnyc
    racnyc

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!