Noticias de la huerta / News from the garden

Continuando desde mi post anterior de nuestro proyecto de la maceta auto-riega…
(perdóname – voy a tratar de escribir en inglés y español)

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It seems that the garden is surviving and the little plants are growing!
Most of the soil in the box continues to be moist (good sign that the whole concept is working). When it rained a week ago the excess water drained out through the holes at the bottom of the box as hoped.
In the box we have basil, tomatoes lettuce, chilli and i think i put in some capsicum seeds that we’d saved from the winter (from La Vega market).
We are going to build another box but this time we are going to try to do it a lot cheaper – the bix tubs we bought from a place called Home center and therefore we’re way too pricey ($20 each!).

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Nos parece que el jardín está sobreviviendo y las plantitas están creciendo!
La mayoría de la tierra en la caja continua estando mojada. Cuando llovió hace una semana todo el exceso del agua salió por los hoyos (como se esperaba).
Y en la caja hay albahaca, tomates, lechuga, ají y creo que puse semillas de pimentón que habíamos guardado del invierno (de La Vega!).
Vamos a hacer una caja nueva (una amiga nos regaló una platita de frutilla!) pero buscamos materiales más baratos para hacerla.

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Self watering garden pot/box (maceta con autoriega)

We have quite a bit of space on the balcony which doesn’t get much use. It gets sun from sunrise until a bit after midday (balcony faces east) and so we figured it could be a good opportunity to grow some veges and fruit.

So Carina & I built our own self watering garden pot/box to see if we could get some things to grow.

Inspired by the global bucket guys.

In the end our megapot/box was more expensive for all materials and soil than I was anticipating but on the other hand we have a box that is probably 5-6 times larger than what you get with the global bucket instructions.q

I am hoping that we used the right type of soil – the instructions required that the soil be potting mix that contained dolomite (i think i read that this reduces acidity in the soil and helps with the process of “wicking” (capillary action)).

Let’s see what grows!

Some pics: