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Project: Home Garden
Posted by Martin Korndoerfer over 11 years ago
Inspired by other bloggers, i wanted to try my luck with the much acclaimed lettuce tree. Reported challenges have been to keep the soil in the upper part from drying out.
Alright, off i go to the hardware store again. This time, spending 3.50 Euro for the polypropylene pipe (15 cm diameter) do not hurt me or my wallet. The bottom is an old, broken rubber gynastic ball - which was free.
So, i started off drilling holes of 4 cm diameter - staggered to use the space most efficiently. The distances between holes are 20 cm vertically, 15 diagonally and 25 cm horizontally. Then i filled to pipe with aged compost (note to self: next time, first fill with soil, then drill the holes). On top i left space for 5 l of water (incidentally the exact volume of my watering can). I divided the pipe in thirds by adding soil, then a plastic pot (with drainage holes) with roughly 15 cm diameter at the top. Then soil again, then another pot, then soil again. This, i hope will slow the water sufficiently to hold a significant amount of water in the top two layers to allow the lettuces to grow.
Next, i planted lollo rosso lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. crispa) in some holes and the hardy endive (Cichorium endivia) in others. In one hole I added nesturtium (Tropaeolum) for good measure. Around the pipe, into the soil filled gymnastics ball, i planted some more lollo rosso, strawberries and a wu-wei plant (Schisandra chinensis). To avoid soil falling from the holes, i stuffed some old linen into the hole, just leaving enough space for the lettuces to peak out between the sheets.
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