Bottle Towers on a Pallet




About: Honorary Professor University Ghent

This video shows how one can fix bottle towers on a pallet.  Such a vertical bottle garden on pallets can be installed against the wall of a house or along a hedge or a fence.  A small number of pallets are sufficient for providing food security for a family all year long and year after year.  It is a method applicable anywhere on earth, both in rural and in urban areas, e.g. on a balcony.  It can be applied at the lowest cost to alleviate malnutrition and hunger.




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    5 years ago on Introduction

    We will develop your ideas in our Escola de Invenções Sociais to increase the biodiversity and the offer of food in the neighborhood!

    This is a wonderful video! I plan on trying this but I have a few questions. To attach the bottles to the pallet, did you drill holes in the pallet on each side of every bottle and run a wire through it? Also, I see that the perforated cap stays on the top and bottom bottles but is the cap removed on all the bottles in between?

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    We simply have tied a wire around the planks of the pallet, but one can also drill holes on both sides of 3-4 bottles to keep the tower upright. The cap of the top bottle (used for watering the cylinder) is perforated (1 mm hole) to create drip irrigation. In our first experiments we left the cap on the bottom bottle and made 2 opposite drainage holes in the tapering part of the bottle neck. Now, we hang the tower somewhat 20 cm (8 ") above the ground, take the cap off and put a small pot underneath each tower to collect the drained water, which contains the dissolved mineral elements. That solution is poured back on top now and then (recycling water and fertilizer).