Homemade Grow Boxes


Self Irrigating PlanterI Loved this YouTube Video
Frank and his Homemade Grow Boxes

Build Your Own Self Irrigating Planter (SIP)
Meet Frank Fekonia from Queensland, Australia. Living in a relatively dry climate on a south facing slope he needed to come up with a way of growing bountiful gardens on rocky soil, on steep terrain, and with little water. Similar to the SIP, why not build tall raised beds or planters that conserve water while minimizing the amount of bending over to work the beds. Certainly he could figure out a way to build them for under $200 each. He did better than that. He built over a dozen of them for almost ‘nothink’. I love the creativity of Franks idea.

425 Gallon Rain Tank

Permaculture Ideals:  – Hold water where it falls.
– Slow it down.    – Use it as much as possible.

Constructed Summer 2007
 

 

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Every time there is an inch
(1 inch) of rain, there are 1,248 gallons of water coming off the roof of our 2,000 sq/ft ranch-style home.

2/3rds of the water drains off the front of our home (now captured by our rain gardens in the front yard) and 1/3 off the back.

During the growing season, all of the water from the back of the our home flows through this tank first.

We started with a 55-gallon drum but when it filled in about the first 3 minutes of a good rain, we knew we wanted something much bigger.

 

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Our Permaculture Rain Gardens

After 10 weeks of dry weather, a great rain soaked our parched yard in early September. I ran outside with my video camera to see how our rain gardens were dealing with the large cracks that had appeared in our bone-dry soil. This short 2.5-minute video will show cracks that you can slide your hand in to, fill with rain water during a downpour. 

Just click here or on picture to view the video.