Making Green Zone: materials and construction

July 9, 2008 at 1:57 am 2 comments

In designing Green Zone, I wanted to make sure that materials were cheap or free, that the garden was was easy to build and tend, and that it was portable.

All of the garden containers are reclaimed trash: 8 used tires, 8 shopping bags, and a pair of high-top sneakers. The soil mix consists of 1/3 compost (shout out to Earth Care Farm), 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 peat moss: light enough to drain, but meaty enough to provide some nourishment for the plants.

I experimented with the tires. Containers had to drain without losing plants or soil. I put layers of landscape fabric and 1/2″ plastic mesh at the bottom opening of the tire. I ringed the perimeter of the opening with plastic lawn edging, which allowed me to isolate a central planting bed without wasting soil that wouldn’t drain (try drilling a hole in a tire…not fun).

The plastic bags have a similar setup: a couple holes torn in the bottom of the bag and layers of landscape fabric and plastic mesh inside the bottom. Seven of the bags are standard grocery-store shopping bags (no double-bagging!), and I found one snazzy bag decorated with images of $20 bills. More on growing veg in shopping bags in a future post.

The high-tops looked like they would hold a bit more soil than ankle-high shoes. There they were, calling out from the trash on Brown Street on student-moveout weekend: “PLANT ME!”

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gardening in tires a bug surprise!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caroline  |  July 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Sarah. Thanks for introducing yourself at Earth Friendly Gardening. The green zone looks so cool–looks like you’re planting in everything you can get your hands on. Love the high tops! I’ll stop by and check it out soon in person.

    By the way, I read the article in Natural News Network today, very nice.

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  • 2. Joyce  |  July 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Hey Sarah – I love the Green Zone. It looks very warm and comfortable. All the plants look happy and healthy too. I really like all the links on your blog. They were all very informative but most of all interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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