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Postby islandchik » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:34 pm

I love this concept and plan to buy one of these towers for myself. It would be perfect for those who have very little gardening space. In a situation where theft might be an issue, I can see placing this tower on wheels so one could move it inside at night. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/550 ... p?ref=live
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Re: Garden Tower

Postby redneck » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:10 am

I don't know if you are able to build that but it looks like a 30 or 55 gallon plastic barrel and and some pipe. I built some thing like it look in my photos to see it. I have some old 15 gallon barrels I might give it a try to see how easy it is to build.
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Re: Garden Tower

Postby pelenaka » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:52 am

There's another website out there with a guy who sells a video & ebook about building these with 55 gallon barrels. Something about using a heat gun to make the notches.

Bear in mind that soil/dirt is heavy so moving them indoors when needed is a task. Last year I put 7 five gal pails with tomatoes in a garden cart to grow because I was having sun light issues. By July it became a two person endeavor to push that cart around my urban lot. That said if you replaced some of the soil with Styrofoam peanuts that would lighten the load, then water with a really good organic fertilizer .

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Re: Garden Tower

Postby redneck » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:27 pm

I had already thought of the heat gun thanks. I was also thinking about using part of a broken concrete block to hold the bottom of the pipe. Use the old top to hold it center. I use the barrels to haul water in. They had dishing washing liquid in them when I got them. The 15 gallon was easy to move with a dolly with water in them so I think they would be just the right size to make them out of. I think I can still get them for free.
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Re: Garden Tower

Postby islandchik » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:31 pm

Now see there---this is an industrious group! Great ideas. You can also lighten up the soil by adding perlite or vermiculite.
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Re: Garden Tower

Postby redneck » Tue May 01, 2012 9:28 am

I hope I can still get the barrels for free. I think they have some great ideas. I just like making things from what I can get free or real cheap. I also try to use things that are local instead of having stuff shipped half way across the country. I don't mind the weight but will add some charcoal to help retain water. If I can find some of the shipping peanuts that biodegrade I will put some of them in it to. Still i planing phase right now so I not sure what all I can do with it yet. Put thanks for your ideas.
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Re: Garden Tower

Postby Labhrain » Tue May 01, 2012 7:54 pm

I saw one this weekend that looks like it was made out of wooden slats. It was about 2 people (standing shoulder to shoulder) wide and about 6" deep. There where slates in the back as well. There was weed fabric in between the front and back sections and it was filled with dirt. It was really interesting. It looked like a great idea for vertical planting.
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