Project 2 – Making a Flow-Through Vermicompost Bin

This is just an update on the flow through composting bin that I’m putting together to replace the “stationary” bin that I’ve been using for several years.  If I get the concept right, I’ve been doing it wrong as far as efficiency goes, and this new setup should produce a steady flow of compost to mix in with potting soils and use as an amendment for current planters.

We’ll see how it works.

Be well, everyone.

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Garden Tech – The Open Source Designed Garden Sphere

I found this to be an interesting take on vertical gardening.


Shared from the Huffington Post:

“Ikea Releases Open Source Designs For A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Whole Neighborhood”


If you’ve already constructed Ikea desks and chairs, then it’s time to take your skills to the next level.

This week the company released open source plans for The Growroom, a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. Hoping to help spur local growing and sourcing, Ikea made the plans available for free on Thursday.

All it takes to complete the 17-step, architect-designed DIY garden of your dreams is plywood, a visit to your local community workshop, rubber hammers, metal screws and some patience:


The Growroom is a brainchild of Space10, Ikea’s lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs. Though it’s intended mainly for use as a neighborhood garden in cities, you could also build one for your own backyard, a spokesman told HuffPost.

The Growroom doesn’t come in a flat pack like most Ikea products. Rather, users download the files needed to create perfectly-sized plywood pieces, using a local fab lab workshop for professional cutting. Then, they can assemble them using the free instructions online.


There are already plans to build Growrooms in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, according to a press release. And if you’re up to the challenge, it could bring more locally-sourced food right to your hometown, Space10 writes:

Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model. It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from. … The challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.

The Growroom …is designed to support our everyday sense of well being in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’ architecture in our high paced societal scenery, and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants. The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture.

More nature, more inspiring architecture, AND more healthy food? Sign us up.

Construction Project – Modular Box Planters (update #3)

After my start-and-stop experience of attempting to cut the wood for the planters in an off-the-cuff manner, I realized that I would have to do some planning before I began cutting.  The good thing is that increments of 8, 12 and 16 fit well on a 48″x96″ plywood sheet.

As you can see in the picture below, I’ve mapped out my cuts based on size and overall number of pieces needed.  I feel like I’ll be taking a leap of faith, hoping everything goes to plan.  I guess we’ll find out soon enough.  (Hey, I never claimed to be a good carpenter. =)  )


Construction Project – Box Planters (update #2) – Feb 5, 2017

Got the plywood.  For this project, I’m using CCX treated plywood.  As I’m planning to use an inner liner as well as stain and seal the wood using a polyurethane clear coat, I’m hoping that these will last at least 3 years (though hopefully by that point I’ve got a home base with an in-ground garden.)



(The Boy insisted on being in the photo, so who was I to argue?)


Construction Project – Box Planters (update) – Feb 2, 2017

For 2017, I’m making some modular gardening boxes that I’ll have stationed on the south-east corner of my deck, where I can take the most advantage of sunlight exposure.

These are the fastening bolts that I’m going to use to join the boxes sides together.

I think once I have all the materials together, I’ll do a more comprehensive post.  For now, the excitement of all the pieces arriving is too much to keep contained.