I spent most of yesterday afternoon doing this. Did my nails in the morning, so I put some gloves on, lucky nails.
So if this works, and no reason not to: when i have the next container ready to use, I will put some more watering holes in the pipe, and stack another bucket on the top of these two.
I tried using some lettuice in little holes in the top bucket. I had lots given, so I just teased the roots out in water, and put them in the sides with a pencil as I was building up the earth inside the tower.
I left a few holes without anything in them, and then poked a little wartercress seed in a few of them. I just wondered if the seeds would find their way out by themselves, or if they are 'programmed' to grow vertically. It would make sense that they grow towards the light.
The dog was snaffling any Strawberries she could spot when i wasn't looking, even the green ones and eating them.
I put a stopper in the bottom of the pipe. And some grit at the bottom of each bucket. There are water escape holes at the bottom of the lower bucket. What water escapes from the top bucket will probably find it's way into the bottom bucket, so I thought it should have some holes.
It would make sense to put different types of Strawberry plants in each container so the season continues. Anyway I just wanted to move the ones I had. There are about 12 left in the plot, so I am going to move them, probably tomorrow. Then build a raised bed in that area.
The little soldering iorn gave up the ghost. Good thing i keep a spare... I have actually got Strawberries that fattened up overnight, and are pinking up already.
Here is a little slide show of what I did. I guess if this works well, it's another balcony grower, or space saver for tiny gardens and flat rooftops.
The pipe takes about a watering can full of water. I am filling up the pipe with tea bags!
Actually I might relent and put some of those silicon water bubble things in the pipe. This is to slow down the water dispensing in the bottom bucket as I think I put too many holes in the pipe. I will probably put some kind of extra water bottle on the top of the pipe to 'drip feed' if the weather is hot.
'Difficult to get close to, but sending out a clear warning signal of dangerous places to go'.
I lost Both my Father, and my beloved Jasmin dog, and was moving to a new business premises. All too much to take in back in 2004. I guess I must have read this Seven times since then.
J.R MILLER Thought for 14th June.
GOD THE HEALER
The God of the Bible is the God also of the broken-hearted. There are divine words which tell us that "the Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart," that "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."
The world cares little for broken hearts. Indeed, people often break hearts by their cruelty, their falseness, their injustice, their coldness, and then move on as heedlessly as if they had trodden only on a worm.
But God cares. The broken-hearted-ness attracts Him. The plaint of grief on Earth draws Him down from heaven.
I think this is the first time I cried when I read it today.
Rejoice in tears;
Sometimes behind the silent mask we wear,
lies the depth of unspeakable grief;
that only God can share.
The depth of grief
like exhausted well,
spares not tears.
Just cries from Hell.
An echo of dispair unvoiced
returns to ear.
with each tear
Joice was my mothers name.
This really belongs on my other website. As I wrote it here, I am going to leave this as it is and put a copy over in Poems as well.