Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. - Debby Boone.
Looking around the City of Sydney website's green section I found some interesting links to planter boxes. Aside from the links to ecoVert and Earthbox, it was their link to BEST that got me really interested. Their boxes are made from recycled polystyrene and related styrenic plastics - diverting these materials from landfill. Definitely the coolest!
All three products are great if you can afford them, especially if you're time poor and unable to make your own. But if you're on a low to non-existent budget then making your own might be the way to go. With the added bonus of salvaging materials and diverting them from landfill, you end up with an original, charm-filled version. All it takes is looking at how these systems work, seeing what you have around and how they can be repurposed.
I haven't made any of my own (as yet), so here are some of the best tutorials I've found around the web:
- Vertical Vegetables - use an old hanging shoe organiser (by pippa5 on Instructables).
- Pallet Garden - by Fern from Life on the Balcony.
- Tin Can herbs - by the Hedgewitch UK.
- Mason jar planters - Readymade.com.