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Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space

 
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09/06/2011 09:16 PM
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Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
I really dig this set-up and I am really thinking about how to build something like this myself and start growing my own food indoors for the winter months.
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09/06/2011 09:19 PM
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
pity it sucks power and plants are fed with chemicals
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
Anyone have any ideas on what could be used to make the wheel? I was thinking about an old washing machine drum that I could cut and weld.... might be a bit heavy though.
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
pity it sucks power and plants are fed with chemicals
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So do you equate mined minerals and chemicals as the same thing? From my understanding and research hydroponic fertilizers are minerals that come from a mine that are diluted into a solution to mimmic nutrition found in soil.

As for the lighting, well I live in Canada and I would be willing to pay a bit extra for electricity or invest in some solar panels to grow some food indoors in the winter. If I lived in Aussie land like you, then I would just rely on the sun.
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
Wow... I guess I am the only one who thinks that this would be something worth trying to build/replicate yourself.

I have been thinking a lot about how to grow your own food up in Canada during the winter as I really believe there will come a time in the not to distant future where we won't be able to grow or ship in food to stores like we do now.
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09/06/2011 09:38 PM
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
What about a 4x4 raised bed with a greenhouse top you can roll back indoors at night.

Possible problems with the survival angle. No electricity. Hard to find hydro mixes. Hard to find seeding medium (as opposed to dirt + organic compost).

If power and supplies are still available though, why not.
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
What about a 4x4 raised bed with a greenhouse top you can roll back indoors at night.

Possible problems with the survival angle. No electricity. Hard to find hydro mixes. Hard to find seeding medium (as opposed to dirt + organic compost).

If power and supplies are still available though, why not.
 Quoting: IRQ_1


Yes I hear you about the survival angle... the problem is the Canadian winters give us lots of snow with -20 to -30 winters, so even a raised greenhouse top wouldn't even help. The only thing I could do is quit a decent paying job and move south with not very much savings and a high probability of not getting a job. It is always tough when everything seems so fragile. It makes the decisions a lot harder :P
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09/06/2011 10:02 PM
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
from my limited experience...gardening...self-sufficient gardening has nothing to do with being able to grow a lettuce plant year round...its all about VOLUME. being able to produce a large enough variety of vegetables in large enough quantities to store for winters use

but wtf do I know...

try growing a winter's worth of corn...potatoes...beans or anything that will keep you [and more than one other person] alive in ONE of these...

I'm not even going to get into what others already have regarding power outages, costs or non-self-sufficiency.

technology & self-sufficiency are mutually exclusive...

This reminds me of the video posted a couple days ago about the "off-the-grid" house...sure the guy wasnt hooked up to the electric company, but it took somewhere upwards of $250,000 of gear, gubmint grants n corporate handouts...one major component failure and his garden is toast too

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09/06/2011 10:06 PM
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
i love this post. er, getting ready for dec 21, 2012? nice article.
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
from my limited experience...gardening...self-sufficient gardening has nothing to do with being able to grow a lettuce plant year round...its all about VOLUME. being able to produce a large enough variety of vegetables in large enough quantities to store for winters use

but wtf do I know...

try growing a winter's worth of corn...potatoes...beans or anything that will keep you [and more than one other person] alive in ONE of these...

I'm not even going to get into what others already have regarding power outages, costs or non-self-sufficiency.

technology & self-sufficiency are mutually exclusive...

This reminds me of the video posted a couple days ago about the "off-the-grid" house...sure the guy wasnt hooked up to the electric company, but it took somewhere upwards of $250,000 of gear, gubmint grants n corporate handouts...one major component failure and his garden is toast too

peace
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1280257


I was sort of thinking that as well. That's a lot of lettuce, which is good if your on a diet. If your surviving then not so much.

Also the seeding medium doesn't lend itself very well to rooting vegetables, potatoes, turnips, carrots, etc.

It's an excellent example for a class to show green living but not as practical as I would like.

OP your heart is there just needs a different setup. Maybe move the light and the plants stay still, or of course more lights. And never forget a fan blowing across them to encourage stem strength.

Growing food on your own, hell yeah.

This is an AZ pool reclaimed as an entire mini ecosystem. Chickens, Talapia, Eggs, Vegetables.

Food for thought.


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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
Anyone have any ideas on what could be used to make the wheel? I was thinking about an old washing machine drum that I could cut and weld.... might be a bit heavy though.
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You could make it by using plastic bottles, on a thin rail...then the size of the wheel would be no issue.??
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
from my limited experience...gardening...self-sufficient gardening has nothing to do with being able to grow a lettuce plant year round...its all about VOLUME. being able to produce a large enough variety of vegetables in large enough quantities to store for winters use

but wtf do I know...

try growing a winter's worth of corn...potatoes...beans or anything that will keep you [and more than one other person] alive in ONE of these...

I'm not even going to get into what others already have regarding power outages, costs or non-self-sufficiency.

technology & self-sufficiency are mutually exclusive...

This reminds me of the video posted a couple days ago about the "off-the-grid" house...sure the guy wasnt hooked up to the electric company, but it took somewhere upwards of $250,000 of gear, gubmint grants n corporate handouts...one major component failure and his garden is toast too

peace
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1280257


I was sort of thinking that as well. That's a lot of lettuce, which is good if your on a diet. If your surviving then not so much.

Also the seeding medium doesn't lend itself very well to rooting vegetables, potatoes, turnips, carrots, etc.

It's an excellent example for a class to show green living but not as practical as I would like.

OP your heart is there just needs a different setup. Maybe move the light and the plants stay still, or of course more lights. And never forget a fan blowing across them to encourage stem strength.

Growing food on your own, hell yeah.

This is an AZ pool reclaimed as an entire mini ecosystem. Chickens, Talapia, Eggs, Vegetables.

Food for thought.


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Thanks for the video link... now that is something to aim for :)
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Re: Cool video on growing 80 edible plants in a 4x4 space
pity it sucks power and plants are fed with chemicals
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1538021


So do you equate mined minerals and chemicals as the same thing? From my understanding and research hydroponic fertilizers are minerals that come from a mine that are diluted into a solution to mimmic nutrition found in soil.

As for the lighting, well I live in Canada and I would be willing to pay a bit extra for electricity or invest in some solar panels to grow some food indoors in the winter. If I lived in Aussie land like you, then I would just rely on the sun.
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I've gotten more into aquaponics and this would be easy enough to apply to fish. If your pond water was clean enough you could set it right in the pool, I would drill holes in the reservoir tub and use it a fish guard. Or set up the res the same way as an AP raft bed.

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