Vertical Planter DIY
Rooftop farming as an urban farming practice is trending and has become a healthy practice in urban lifestyle to obtain organic and pesticide free food at home. JUAS has brought JUAS Vertical Planter focusing on the needs of current urban lifestyle. It is a soil-less farming method which is based on the biological hydroponics technique. This system can be installed within small space and proves to be much more efficient than planting in pots. As this system utilizes Plastic Pipe to contain soilless growing medium thus making it light weighted, convenient, and portable which is exactly what is required for The Urban rooftop farming scenario in Kathmandu valley. The core components of JUAS Vertical Planter are 5 feet tall and 6 inch thick PVC Pipe with 12 planting holes, big plastic pot or ten liter paint bucket for holding the PVC Pipe, soil-less mixture (mixture of aged rice hulls and coconut coir) which is put inside the PVC pipe as plant growing media. The following steps can be followed to install JUAS Vertical planter on your own!
At first, vertical planter must be erected straight in the pot or the bucket and filled with gravels.The gravels to be used can be collected which is present in our garden or surrounding. The gravel are put in order to fix the pipe in a vertical position thus the pot should be completely filled with gravel. After this, gravels should be filled inside the pipe as well, upto the height of the pot.
Now you take the soil-less mix and start fill the vertical PVC pipe. As the media is added from the top part of the pipe we must also add water routinely to ensure no hollow air space is present. As the media is added upto the top of the pipe, we can stop adding the more for now.
The mixture must be filled in such way that no hollow air space is present. If such condition prevails, flow of water and nutrient for the plant is disturbed, therefore proper growth of plant is hindered.
For the final look, fill the soil-less mixture on top of the gravels present in your pot.
Now you have to add water in the planter until the water drains out of the hole created in the pot or bucket. Finally we can stop the addition of water after the soil-less mix occupies the planter completely and looks wet.
Now the planter is ready for use. Now you can grow your desired plants by planting seeds or saplings. You must add fertilizers which can be bioslurry or a compost tea regularly for maximum and productive growth of the plants.