A friend of mine with a truck who makes a fair living recycling curb-side cast offs began finding older heavy plastic (fiberglass?) Car-top Luggage Carriers. These were mostly from Sears, about 5' x 5' and 20" inches deep. He has been selling them to me for cheap, for various uses. I am preparing them for coldframes now, with winter gardening coming up, then spring seedlings.
Many plants, that do not grow too tall have needs for only about 6" of root area so those can remain longer, if needed. The wonderful design of these carriers in recycling them is that most, if not already damaged in some significant way, have metal hinges that will hold in the 3/4 open position. They also have removable hinges/tops should a person have need to remove the top. If done right, moisture is preserved inside, and pests are not so easily able to get into their design. (If somehow, one should become contaminated by anything, it can be easily isolated from all other garden areas and decontaminated accordingly).
UPDATE NEWS! Several friends/neighbors are saving eggshells/shredded paper/organic grass clippings for adding to MY compost, and I will allow them to share in any surplus produce my gardens yield. I love the
community garden ideas, but was sort of concerned about the "liability" should anything happen on my
property if I offered it for such a project. This way I
have full control, know exactly what and when anything went into the compost, regulate the moisture and timing, judge the finished product, etc., and can ask for labor help should I need it
or need to leave for any short trip.
Instead of letting the rain water run into the ground, I not only caught it in a clean wheeled garbage can, but I was able to wheel it over to the larger trees that need MORE water than the rain brought them.
Also, rather than using the compost right away, I am
allowing it to really build up and break down well, in
hopes that it will be "well done" as soon as I get the extra money, perhaps from a garage sale in a few
weeks, for the soil, peat, vermiculite to mix and add
the compost to.
While waiting for the seeds to sprout in the Covered
Carriers, I hope to make a Solar dehydrator and a
Solar Oven from old wooden drawers being tossed, and see just how well I can perfect these
two, as well.
I have harvested the last of the Lemon
Balm (for soothing organic tea), which hung upside down one week to dry, sharing with others. My Society Garlic is now in gorgeous full white bloom and will next produce seed. It is perhaps the easiest, least picky, lovely and most delightful reseeding plant to eat that we've raised so far. Light, tasty and sweet garlic chives.
I'll likely have plenty to trade on the seed exchange
of Thrifty Fun. I felt all this was necessary to help
others who might be able to do the same by making compost, and watching and recycling/using Cartop Carriers. God Bless you .
UPDATE: Friends, neighbors joining in by saving egg shells, shredded paper, organic grass clippings, banana peelings for my compost, and I hope to have plenty of things to share with them when the
produce begins, in Winter and/or next Spring.
I will likely have lovely, tasty sweet Society Garlic Chive seeds to share on Thrifty Fun Seed Exchange.
If you only find ONE Cartop Carrier, grab it and begin to plan with it. If you have no compost, begin
to make one and by Spring, you should have a
great one. I even found a big 3'x3' compost bin
someone grew tired of, or likely didn't do homework
for. I've added to it daily, and it's full, awaiting a
wooded framed one I also found which must be Thompson Water Sealed (found that too at the Recycling Center, where it wasn't supposed to be dropped off), where I will attempt to redesign slightly and expand as I get the Carriers going for the Winter crop I hope to produce. Since the Summer was so sizzling and extreme, the Winter could be the other extreme OR quite mild. Won't know until it comes, but am preparing anyway.
I would love to see a picture of these...what a great idea you have!
I would love to see a picture of this also. I just moved into my own place and I am trying to think of affordable ways to dress up my little yard area. Thanks and keep reclaiming, remaking and reusing everybody! Nancy
Hi, I have been recycling car carriers to hold my garden plants, and this spring, a friend stopped by and asked me if I knew what kind of plastic they were made from. She said that certain kinds can leach chemicals into my vegetables. Has anyone thought of that, and does anyone know what kind of plastics are used. I have a black one, and two cream colored ones. The black one is fairly pliant, but the cream colored ones are fairly hard (and stuff grows better in them). I did pretty much the same thing, drilled holes in the bottoms and filled with organic soils...I hope I didn't poison myself anyway
Hi Lynda, what a great idea.
I do have one question. I have one of these carriers from Sears in which I gave to my Mother-In-Law, the problem is I have one broken latch on mine. I too reside in Texas and was wondering if it is possible that you would have an extra latch that I could purchase from you? I have asked Sears and they say you can not get parts for these carriers. Thank You for your time.
Cheryl/ aka Stormy Seas
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