A while back I posted about wanting to make a garden of tin cans and old clothes. The other day the fan in the GH crapped out and while trying to decide what to do with it I had an idea! Scary ain't it? I could take the innards out, put the grate back on and make a small wick garden of it.
It was really simple to make and took all of about 10 minutes to put together or would that be deconstruct and put together. It cost absolutely nothing to make as the bed is the fan box, liner and wick were old tarp and rags, the cans have been sitting here waiting to be recycled for years as was the bleach bottle waterer and the compost and leaves were from here. Even the seeds were from some I saved. This would make a really good project with a group of kids as it doesn't take much time yet can teach them so much.
To make it all I did was take the motor and blades out of the fan and replace one grate . I lined the bottom with an old piece of tarp and then laid the rags on top. I tossed some bent up old cans in and then drilled one hole in the bottom of the bleach bottle and placed it in one corner of the bed. I then spread a thin layer of compost and soil, mulched with leaves and planted some basil seeds. To finish it off I filled the bleach container with water. If I wanted to pretty it up I suppose I could paint it with something cute.