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Growing your own....

First attempt at growing a few organic greens.  So far so good.

Lettuce, Zucchini, Squash, Strawberries, Bell Peppers and Broccoli and Cucumbers.

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-SMITTY     

from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,666
    Now this might start something good on this forem. Just sayin. :D

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 14,474
    And in 3,2...
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,201
    Cool. I'm a sucker for homegrown veg.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,542
    Is it safe to assume that you are using more than one planter for the plants listed?
  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 2,542
    edited April 2014
    Is it safe to assume that you are using more than one planter for the plants listed?

    Yes, we have two tanks....probably too many just the same.  Had better success on seeds coming up than expected.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 14,474
    Really like the idea of the feeder for a planter. We have been growing our own herbs and they are so much better. Your plants are coming along nicely.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Looking good.  Planting season is VA is coming soon.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,978
    Hey Smitty, wanna go for a swim?
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    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,055
    @Little Steven‌ here in the states we call those swimming pools. Believe it or not, they aren't built for ice skating. :D
    Mark Annville, PA
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,542
    LS, how thick is the ice? I'll come throw some rubber at you.
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,895
    Does this count? 




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    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,978
    I just took that pic tonight. Eggceptionally late spring this year

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,769
    Poppy central.  Guessing Afganistan.
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    edited April 2014
    Nice. My wife had been having me make a bunch of these grow buckets which have been awesome. No weeding, and it's very efficient with watering. It has a reservoir at the bottom that the roots grow into and it's impossible to overwater. Not the prettiest things in the world but certainly practical. She's got cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, watermelon, squash, eggplant, and some other stuff. She even made use of the cinder block holes with basil and cilantro. image
    Dunedin, FL
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,769
    @travisstrick (Bridget wanted me to post this for you)


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  • yzzi said:
    Nice. My wife had been having me make a bunch of these grow buckets which have been awesome. No weeding, and it's very efficient with watering. It has a reservoir at the bottom that the roots grow into and it's impossible to overwater. Not the prettiest things in the world but certainly practical. She's got cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, watermelon, squash, eggplant, and some other stuff. She even made use of the cinder block holes with basil and cilantro. image
    What a set up.  What are the white pvc pipes for? Watering?

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Yeah the pipe is for filling up the reservoir with water. I was supposed to make some tonight but didn't. I'll snap some pictures of how it works. Pretty cheap to make too. Worked well last year's, and she went pretty heavy this year so far. My FIL got us tons of food safe buckets to use.
    Dunedin, FL
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 14,474
    Interesting. I'd like to see this. Does the PVC act as a dispenser and standoff for overfill protection?
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    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,542
    I've seen some plans that use a paper towel tube with rocks in it down through the center of the soil. Tube breaks down over time leaving the channel of rocks. Used a strawberry pot as the planter(herb garden).
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    edited April 2014
    I made some more buckets tonight so I took a few pictures to show you how it works.

    You take a plastic planter and drill holes in it to let water in. Then you cut down a bucket the same height and cut a hole in the middle to put the container in. I notch the sides of the bucket to fit it inside the other bucket easily. imageimage

    Then you stuff that inside another bucket and drill a hole to fit the pvc pipe the water reservoir. image

    Then you drill a couple weeping holes through both buckets into the reservoir. When you fill it you fill till the water comes out of the weeping holes. Also when it rains, any water extra drains out. Fill it with dirt and a plant and the water will wick up and the roots grow down towards the reservoir to get all the water It needs. image
    Dunedin, FL
  • fence0407fence0407 Posts: 1,570
    @yzzi that is a great setup you have. I plant mine in flower pots as well. I drill 4, 1in holes in the bottom and then throw in sticks with the soil on top to help with water flow. Here are my 3 pots for this year.

    Pot #1: Red and Yellow Bell pepper plants, Cilantro and Mexican Tarragon herbs:

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    Pot #2: 3 Jalapeno Pepper plants:

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    Pot #3: 3 Cowhorn Cayenne Pepper plants:

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 6,770
    edited April 2014
    I have a good amount of backyard space and I have two raised beds that I plant every year.  Would love to add another one soon. 

    The back bed includes tomatoes.  Front bed includes jalepeno peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, and Bluelake green beans. 

    Planters scattered around is for herbs. 

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    Thanks,

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  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,139
    edited April 2014
    @ SMITTYtheSMOKER  Here's part of my set up, the raised beds 4 of them are 4'x12' and 4 of them are 4'x10'. 
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
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