This is my first post here since I joined in, so I’m just going to quickly mention what my involvement’s been so far.
My task is to create the vegetable planters that include a support for the watering system. The idea is to build modular planter structures that are relatively easy to construct with readily available materials, taking into account the types of materials people already have or are easily accessible without spending too much time or money.
I started thinking of individual units and after a week of rummaging through rubbish I found lots of interesting materials (plastic bottles, milk/juice cartons, fruit crates…) but nothing durable enough to withstand the weight of the structure, so I had to go back to the drawing board.
I needed something strong as a basis that could be moulded to individual needs, such as size/space/budget. I found that the best material for such a task is concrete. All that’s needed for making a planter unit with concrete is a mould and that can be done using a variety of materials – hardboard, plastic, card, bits of wood…even an old box will do.
Here are some preliminary ideas for the individual planter units.
There are two types, the end unit and the main unit that can be added on to form a module. There’s still work to be done to simplify the design, but this is the general idea.
Next step is to make the mould and see what works and what doesn’t. Lots of experiments to be done, so I’m off to get my hands dirty!