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Growing food in plastic buckets

June 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM

A group of high school students in America has begun an innovative project to create a food-providing garden in a limited space, just using recycled buckets and other materials. The key thinking behind it is to repurpose household items for growing food. They have used old car tyres for growing potato plants in and there are a number of 25 litre plastic buckets filled with seedlings, some of which are already beginning to sprout.
The students have managed to grow potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and a wide variety of herbs in the garden, which has two raised beds and a bevy of other pots and buckets.


When the potatos begin sprouting, they plan to vertically stack additional tyres, as the roots tend to travel downwards. Alternatively, shoe bags that have been designed to hang in wardrobes can be used to grow produce vertically.
The idea behind the garden is to not only fight hunger but to promote recycling. It’s also an interesting way to tempt people away from burger joints, growing healthy food in plastic buckets.

 “One of the ways to solve this problem is to grow your own garden,” said one student. “A lot of people buy fast food because it’s cheaper, but this is an easy way to do it. You don’t have to pay as much ... a lot of these things people have lying around.”

Tags: plastic buckets, pails, plastic containers heavy duty plastic buckets
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