Portable Produce: the Botanic Bicycle




I'm a student living in an apartment far away from home. I'd love to grow plants in my window or on my porch, but I'm in the basement level, so everything is partially subterranean. There just isn't enough sunlight. Well, I ride my bike to the university every day, and it spends a great deal of time sitting out in the sun and rain at the bike rack. What if I had a portable garden that I could wheel around too?! Despite sound advice to against it, I went ahead and constructed my very own bicycle-mounted planter box!

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

A bicycle luggage rack

A container capable of holding soil

A power drill

Fasteners of some type


Waterproofing substance such as danish oil if your box is wood


Step 2: Choose a Container

Almost any vessel will do. I chose a square wooden box, but feel free to choose whatever you think will work best with your bike and luggage rack.

Step 3: Mark Holes for the Fasteners

I chose a flat, wooden luggage rack to bolt my box to. Then, I marked where I wanted the bolts to go.

Step 4: Make a Drain

You don't want a bunch of excess water pooling in the bottom of your portable garden. Its bad for the plants, and it adds a ton of extra weight. I made a drain by drilling a hole with two different-sized drill bits, and then super-gluing a small piece of screen over it.

Step 5: Drill the Bolt Holes

Next, I drilled holes that corresponded to my luggage rack, and inserted the bolts.

Step 6: Attach to Luggage Rack

I don't think I really need to explain this one...

Step 7: Attach to Bike and Fill

Now all that's left to do is attach the luggage rack to your bike following the manufacturer's instructions. Once you've accomplished that, it's time to use it in a manner not consistent with the labeling! Fill your box with your potting mix of choice and plant it up with your favorite garden staples!



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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Does it actually work, now that you've put it into practice?


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm - interesting...

    Might get a bit unstable, depending how much you water it and what you grow. I'd suggest V2 be pannier-like...;)

    1 reply

    Oh definitely. I was looking for panniers, but I found the seatpost rack dirt cheap. That said, it's not too bad really. Just a bit heavier when lugging up stairs.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Ha! I enjoy this idea quite a bit, whether it's serious or not.

    I just hope for you that nobody tips your bike over while it's parked somewhere! ;)

    1 reply

    I'm at an agricultural school, so I thought people would get a laugh out of it. Classes are ending soon, so campus will be much calmer for a few months. I don't anticipate any vandals!