Monday, 29 October 2012

Building your own Lettuce Tower


If you live in the city like we do and your growing space is limited, the growing tower is your ultimate solution. I do not know who was the first to think about it, but I find it ingenious. All you'll need for making your own tower is a plastic sewage pipe and a drill with a hole saw.


We decided to make holes of 4 cm in diameter, leaving horizontal space of about 10 cm between any two holes and vertical space of about 17 cm.


The main question was whether we should drill first and then fill the pipe or fill it first and then drill. Obviously, it is much easier to drill first but then the earth spills out of the pipe when you fill it. To prevent it, just cover the holes with duct tape before you start filling the pipe. 

    
The outcome - 18 plants in just one planter. 
As Ren & Stimpy used to say - "happy happy, joy joy"


10 comments:

  1. How do you water your plants, from the top or bottom? Looks interesting.

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    1. Good question Jamie. We water the tower slowly from the top (that's why we cut it to be about 1.5 meters in height). As soon as we'll plant something in the planter we'll also water it from the bottom. The problem in the beginning, before the roots start tightening the ground, is that water is leaking from the holes. As long as we are patient everything is fine :)

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  2. Great idea! I'd love to see photos when it grows in... hope you'll link it up again. I'm featuring this on the Barn Hop on Monday (11/5/12).
    Blessings,
    Amy

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    1. Thanks for featuring the post Amy, I will update when everything will grow.

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  3. Thanks for the great idea. I too would like to hear how it turns out and your ideas on watering as your lettuce grows. We have a very small backyard (for the States) and I always like ideas on gardening in small places. Thanks again! Blessings, Nancy at livininthegreen

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  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing your ideas for gardening in small places...we have a small (for the states) backyard and I love creative gardening in tight places. I'm a new follower as well...blessings! Nancy at livininthegreen

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  5. looks fun' ! we're making a few now as well with plastic pipe,and then wooden ones.

    do you have an update as to how it's looking and growing?
    has simply top-watering sufficient? i was considering running a drip-line in the center and gravity feeding.or water-globe at top.
    have you tried direct-seeding or only transplants?

    thanks :)
    Matthew,

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    1. hi matthew,
      we transplanted our lettuce plants. the drip line pipe sounds like a wonderful idea. top watering was enough but you could see that the top ones get more water. we only tried it one season and are now moving so i dont really have updates, sorry.. also it is very warm here in israel and thus this method is maybe not the best. but i will definetely try this again when we are moving to germany! why not try different versions and then see what works best in your climate? have fun!

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  6. My sister in Germany just built one. She installed one long hose (with lots of little holes drilled/punched into it) down the entire length of the salad tower/pipe wich is then surrounded by soil. Here in the U.S. we can easily purchase a piece of rubber soaker hose that would work well to distribute the water evenly. One could either fill the hose from the top via a funnel or plumb it into a water supply sytem (if you do that, you should use a backflow preventer device to avoid contaminating potable water supplies).

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