Totally portable Illustration by +ISM There’s nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don’t have a backyard? Or you’re suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can’t get anyone to watch your plants? Just whip up a portable container garden. Sure, it’s not the same thing as a plot of land, but it’s easy to build and you can move it on demand. In this design, created by researchers at the University of Maryland Extension, a water reservoir helps keep the plants healthy and hydrated—even if you forget to water them while you’re traveling. Drill with ½-inch hole saw and 1/16-inch bit Sandpaper Cloth or nylon strips (B) PVC pipe, ¾-to 1-inch wide, 18 inches long (C) Saw 16 quarts of soil (D) Seedlings or plants (E) Trace the mouth of the pipe on the bottom of one bucket, less than an inch from the edge. Drill and sand out that circle. Drill five additional 1/2-inch holes: one in the center and four evenly spaced around the edge. For drainage, add eight smaller holes spread around the bottom. Tie a knot at one end of each […]



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