Archive for the 'Urban Farming' Category

27
Oct
08

Recycling Stuff

Started surfing the local Free Cycle group for, well, stuff.  I’d like to get some fencing and materials to construct a green house before winter hits.

There is another local group, Twin Cities Free Market, that offers up pretty much the same type of services.

I’d like to build my greenhouse out of totally recycled materials, though I’m sure I’ll probably have to buy the clear 6 mil plastic for the exterior.  I’ve also put out the call for parts for my hydroponics system:  2 liter pop bottles and 1 gallon bleach bottles.  Like I said before, it may seem odd to be planning next years garden in October, but scrambling in May is not my idea of a good time.  I’m planning on connecting with others in the area so we can co-op some of the work and resources, but that will have to wait as I am way to busy right now.

14
Oct
08

Planning for next years garden…

I know that October may seem early to start planning for next years garden, but I don’t want to find myself running around frantically come May.  I’m hoping to get a greenhouse put together yet this fall, and by seeds for next years crop while they are on sale.

One thing I’m investigating is hydroponics.  There’s a lot to be said for hydroponics:  No weeding, conserves water, higher yield, compact…  I’ve found a wealth of information on the web, particularly if you want to grow pot in an underground cavern underneath your grandma’s house.

One of the great advantages of hydroponics is vertical farming.  If you have a east or south facing wall and no yard, you can run tubes on top of each other (picture a ladder) and have 6 ‘rows’ on the side of your house growing lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, bok choy… What every you need.  You can even go organic.

I also think that hydroponics can be empowering.  You could give folks a chance to grow some of their own food on small properties, helping them save money and eat healthier.  You could place a hydroponics system on stands so seniors, people in wheel chairs or with other health problems could tend their gardens with out crawling on the ground.   I’m designing a solar powered system that could easily be installed on apartment decks, patios, garages…  I’m pretty excited about it.

For now, I’m building a test model.  I plan to put in one of our eastern windows and had some light to it and grow some herbs this winter.  I’ll get some pictures up soon.




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