We upcycled some reusable PVC pipes and leftover plastic shadecloth to make a shadehouse (a tropical greenhouse for hot climates) nursery for young trees and vegetable seeds.
Inside we got our worm farm going again. we made a compost pile (that black lump in the front there). And EM (inside the big black bucket),
EM (Effective Microorganism)
We made some EM (Effective Microorganism). EM is an organic concentrate of naturally occuring soil bacteria which help in the decomposition of organic matter into soil. There are different recipes. We fill a 50 litre container with water, add 40kg of fruit, a bottle of molasses and a couple capfuls of EM concentrate (we buy this at the store, but you can make your own EM from pineapple peels).
The fruit and molasses feed the bacteria from the EM concentrate and the water provides a solution in which they can reproduce. Thus from a few capfuls you will get an entire barrel full of effective micoorganisms which will enhance your soil life. The result is a Nitrogen-rich compost tea style fertilizer that is replete with naturally occurring soil bacteria. Fertility, plant and soil nutrition deficiency, as well as soil life are enhanced by this method.
Dilute with water when foliar spraying or watering. Add to your compost to speed up it’s decomposition time. Dilute in a foliar spray. Ideal to spray before fruit trees flower to give them that extra power to fruit.
Vertical Upcycled Planters
We pimped our shadehouse with some vertical planters using upcycled plastic water bottles. This is a great planting technique if you are working with limited space in a sub/urban environment.
Incredibly simple to make. It should only take about 10 minutes. Cut off the bottom of a plastic bottle. Take the top part. Cut a little hole in the lid for drainage to avoid plant root rot. Turn it around. Poke a couple holes on each side to run a string through. Repeat the process and link these upside-down bottle tops together with string. Add your soil and plant your seeds and you’re done!
What is beautiful in this set-up is that no water is wasted. Excess water drips down into the next level. At the bottom we put a bucket of wheatgrass to catch the last drops. This wheatgrass grew exceptionally well.
We made some bamboo planters and planted wheatgrass in our shadehouse.
Wheatgrass is wheat that you eat when it is very young. You can juice it, or in our case, chew on it and spit out the pulp for exceptional health benefits. It’s a wonderfully bovine way to be healthy. Wake up, chew on some grass, get some energy..
It sprouts after a few days, and is ready for eating after 5 days of growth. Don’t wait too long or else it can get bitter and a bit tough to chew.