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Starting a Plastic Bottle Farm

Updated on April 7, 2017

Plastic Bottle Farming

March 26, 2017

I live in town (Nairobi, Kenya) where I have to buy anything that comes from a garden. There are many hungry people in my country and the world at large. Not that we do not have the resources but because we do not utilize them. I want to change this by trying out plastic bottle farming.

This kind of farming involves planting vegetables in used plastic bottles. I have checked various sites and YouTube videos and realized that it is a workable idea. I want to start my trials using vegetables and to be exact, I will start with spinach. I will start this project in the simplest way possible. That means the only cost I want to incur in the initial stages is buying seeds only.

Using a Water Basin as the Seed Bed

Preparing to Sow Spinach in a Used Plastic Basin
Preparing to Sow Spinach in a Used Plastic Basin

The Challenges I Am Facing

  1. I do not know if the project will succeed.
  2. I do not have access to fertile soil.
  3. I do not have time for my project as I am doing this on my spare time on Sundays.
  4. I have no manure or fertilizer for my plants.

What I Have Done So Far To Achieve My Vertical Farm

I got an old water basin and decided to use it as my seed bed. I drilled several holes at the bottom to allow water drainage. I fetched some poor quality soil from outside our house and placed it half way in the old basin. There is no fertile soil within and as I mentioned earlier, I do not want to incur costs at the beginning.

I created some lines across the basin and scattered the spinach seeds carefully. After that, I covered the seeds with soil and watered the seed bed. The seeds usually start germinating after the third day. It rained much during those three days and sometimes I was forced to cover the basin so as to keep off the rain water. I was worried if my seeds would germinate. I checked on the fourth date and wow, the seeds had started germinating. I took this photo on April 1, 2017.

Spinach Germinating

Germination has Taken Place
Germination has Taken Place | Source

The Next Step

The seedlings so far look healthy. I want to start preparing the bottles so that once they are ready, I can transfer them. This will be after about one month. I also want to see if there is a place I can get some manure to use during the transplanting time. Even without testing the soil I have, I am sure it is of low quality and it needs some nutrients boosting. Once this project succeeds, I will be making sure the soil is tested. The kind of farm I am thinking of is a vertical farm. This means that I will have to hang the bottles on available walls.

© 2017 Patrick Kamau


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      Patrick Kamau 9 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Spanish Food, keep tuned and let us walk through step by step. I will be updating my progress as time goes.

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      Patrick Kamau 9 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Larry Rankin for the visit and the reassurance.

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      Lena Durante 9 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I love this idea! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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      Larry Rankin 9 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting project.