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I used empty soda bottles for the vertical wall unit. Using an old soldering iron, I melted out the holes. Then putting the neck of the bottle through the bottom of the next bottle I then put the cap on (with drain holes in the cap
) until I had a single unit of 4 bottles. They are attached to the wall with small screws. The water is supplied via drip irrigation nozzles from home depot and is tied into the water lines from the pump. Each column cycles about 1 gallon an hour.

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Comment by Robert C Beck on July 28, 2011 at 12:35pm
Very clever and good way to recycle!
Comment by dominic leow on June 9, 2011 at 11:25am

John, Luv your creativity . Did you manage to grow anything with it yet?

dominic

 

Comment by Francois Lemmer on June 8, 2011 at 7:12am

brilliant idea 100%

Comment by John Tannius on June 8, 2011 at 12:27am
I was worried about algae at first. I remember from my old high school biology days about plants and the color green. Basically, plants are green because they absorb all the light waves except for th green which bounces back. The same can be said of the soda bottles. The only light filtering through the soda bottles is green which algae can't use. That's the theory anyhow. I have some clear bottles on the wall as well so I can compare algae growth.
Comment by Chris McMahon on June 7, 2011 at 10:08pm
Now that I think about it you may get quite a bit of algae build up in these. I will wait and see how it goes first.
Comment by Chris McMahon on June 7, 2011 at 10:04pm
I may do this as I have about twenty of the two liter bottles saved up for recycling. I went on a sierra mist binge awhile back. It was basically the only soda at the store that didn't have high fructose corn syrup in it.
Comment by Terri Mikkola on June 7, 2011 at 9:12pm
Great idea! It looks nice too. I can't wait to see what it looks like once you plants grow out.
Comment by John Tannius on June 7, 2011 at 6:34pm
It's working even better than I anticipated. I planted lettuce and spinach and it hasn't even been 24 hours and I have new sprouts!
Comment by Jon Nose on June 7, 2011 at 2:04pm
Nice ... love the concept ..

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