Casters are rolling effortlessly

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Letter C as Mickey Mouse
casters

Letter A as Mickey Mouse
are

Letter R as Mickey Mouse
rolling

Letter E like Mickey Mouse
effortlessly

(almost)

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Temporary locationThe casters moved the Garden Tower easily but–with all that weight–I maneuvered cautiously. I didn’t attempt to roll it over the rubber mats on my sidewalk and at my front door.

Coconut fiber added to planter soil, and soil added to Garden Tower

Letter C red and bold
coconut

fiber

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Letter A red with white stitching
added

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Letter R bold red
relatively

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Letter E red with white stitching
easy

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Coir is a natural fiberย extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, etc. Coirย is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut.

Coconut Coir is a 100-percent natural by-product of harvesting coconut. Coir consists of the coarse fibers extracted from the husk on the outer shell of a coconut. Because of its superior water holding capacity, excellent air space and drainage, coir is a useful soil amendment for potted plants, containers and gardens. Coir is a sustainable alternative to peat moss – it does not produce the same environmental damage caused by peat mining and grows quickly for harvest. In addition, coir is easier to hydrate and lasts longer in soil than peat moss. Coir’s neutral pH of 5.8โ€“6.8 allows it to efficiently release nutrients to plant roots and reduces the need to use dolomite lime in the garden. How to use Coir ? When used in sandy soils, coir helps to keep nutrients and moisture close to plant roots instead of washing away. When used in clay soils, coir helps to break up hard-packed earth and move nutrients and moisture through the soil. By adding one part coir to two parts soil or potting mix containing compost, you can make a perfect growing medium for potted plants or an outdoor garden or raised bed. Coir comes compressed into bricks, which makes for easy, convenient storage. Add water and soak your brick for at least 1 hour before using it. A fully-hydrated brick can hold eight to ten times its volume in water. The final volume of the expanded coir depends on the amount of water used to constitute it. By maintaining a consistent level of moisture and air and by being naturally disease and weed free, coir creates a perfect environment for starting seeds and cuttings and can be used as a seed-starting medium. Improve your soil structure and water-holding capacity with 100-percent natural Coconut Coir today.

What Are the Benefits of Coconut Coir in the Garden?

Earth-Friendly Coco Coir for Composting, Planting and More!

Readi-SoilLorraine here with a personal note: I read in Garden Training Project that the soil should be “light and fluffy.” The excellent (imho) natural planter soil from Tractor Supply is ย very heavy. So (wide awake in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) I suddenly thought of coconut fiber. (I used it in another lifetime. ๐Ÿ™‚ )Gardening-For-Dummies-palm-siz-5761159

Below is an interesting article–mainly for in-the-ground–but some helpful information “for Dummies.” Click on How to….

How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

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The web site where I ordered the coir bricks. The box arrived but the weather was miserable so unopened for several days. Today (1/12/16) was absolutely perfect by mid-day. Freezing temperatures overnight but I was working (on this project), in the sunshine, and well over seventy-five degrees.

Coir bricksPackage arrives

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Getting ready to soak coirOne brick soaking

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Peat moss and planter soil added to coirTub of mixture

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Three trays full (1)Three trays full (2)

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Covered against too much rainSeed planting potsFifty-four, two-inch biodegradable pots, one “smart grow seed starter kit” and two packs of twenty-four wooden markers.

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Freezing at seven AMSeventy-three at two-forty PM

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Postscript, Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Beautiful afternoon; finished filling the Garden Tower. FYI: The “coir” bricks were soaked in rain water. I’ve found that plants thrive on rain water so I collect… in two large rain barrels.

Filled two more traysSoaking three more bricks

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Filled three more traysAdded zip ties

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All trays are full of soilTime and temperature at three-sixteen

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Finished project (2)Full to the top and cap on compost tube

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Temperature at three-twenty-fiveTemporary location

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Rain barrels and mosquito plants

GT2 history copied from Garden Training Project Facebook page

Anyone reading this blog recognizes that this GT project is brand-new to me. I’m encouraged to read helpful suggestions on Garden Training Project Facebook page. Thomas’ explanation of past, and future, events is especially interesting to me. (I want to save the information before it gets buried under dozens of new messages.)

 

Thomas Tlusty

A belated holiday greeting to all of our supporters. This is a shout out to all the new users and especially to thank all of our stalwart contributors for making this group, the most awesome group on Facebook!

To my lovely wife, Kristiย (yes, full disclosure. Ha!) Thanks for taking up my slack. Aiyo, has rocked it as a new Admin on this page! The contributions of Charmaine, Duane Benson, Raymie, Deborah, Rich, Larry, Judi, Amala Judith, Mark, Jack, Gardening Renaissance, and OTHERS FAR TO NUMEROUS TO MENTION, all contribute to making this the awesome and friendly community that this has become in a very short time. Thank you!

This has been an amazing and trying first year production run for the new GT2 and our very small group. So far, we have narrowly avoided the “Silver Bullets” that have ended many a small business endeavor. The changeover from the handmade version, to the full production run of the first mass-produced version necessitated rebuilding the company from the ground up, within three months, on the fly. Within that time everything changed drastically (internally), from order entry, bookkeeping, production and fulfillment, presenting us a veritable steeplechase of hurdles and challenges to overcome.

At the same time, it allowed us to expand our work towards our vision of providing GT2’s in the arenas of education and community food programs on a massive scale. Special thanks to professor Cassie Quigley for her work at Clemson University, School of environmental Science, Masters of Arts in Teaching program, for her early support of our efforts and use of the GTv1.1.

Both Cassie and Alan Yoshioka of Urbaform Technologies, paved the way for our amazing friend, confidante and compadre, Rick Passo, to extend an invitation to sponsor and participate in the very first Las Vegas green School Summit, presented by the USGBC & Rick Van Diepen, hosted at West Career & Technical Academy. This led to our introduction of Steven & Lizette Ritz of the GreenBronxMachine, Kathleen Guilbault Decker of Walter bracken STEAM Academy, Duron Chavis of Virginia State University and Harding Street Community Garden in Richmond, VA.Robbie Rocky Buff, of intelligent irrigation and inventor of the Aquajet irrigation system, was pivotal in setting up our eight garden towers with Reid Marlowe of West CTA, so we had an impactful and professional set-up at the GSS.

Our good brother to the North, Frank B.A. Tecklenburg is doing amazing work developing the Flying Dust First Nation market garden. Rick passo, came through once again and brought to our attention and introduced us to Wayne Roberts one of the fathers of Urban agriculture, in Toronto.

One most recent venture is with author Tonia Allen Gould and her org, Finding Corte Magore. Tonia is building her vision of a of a state of the art, K-12, perma & agriculture gardening and university education/research facility on an island in the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Partnering with not for profits and UCSB, CA Lutheran University and other large partners, FCM is well on it’s way to becoming a groundbreaking program and GTP is honored to be Partnering with them to facilitate this work (and still in a bit of shock). We will be doing a site assessment and three of us are leaving for Nicaragua next week.

All of these individuals are all brilliant luminaries in the field of gardening & community education. We very much look forward to cultivating these budding relationships in 2016.

As with the list of contributors to the page, it is literally impossible to list all the individuals and groups that support us and we have developed relationships with in this post.

Thanks again, to each and every one joining and participating. Thank you, as always, for your patience, consideration and support. All in all, 2016 is going to be a very special year!

Multi-tasking

“Gardening” was a BIG part of my life before the Garden Tower Project. I’m quite familiar with “container gardening.” My experiences are documented in another blog titled Three Quarters And Counting. I haven’t figured out how to use the letters C-A-R-E to explain a message recently published at the other site. I referred to myself as a “bag lady” and told of collecting vitamin bottles and medicine containers to use as “pebbles” in the bottom of large planters. Flowers will adorn the large planters–although veggies would be more sensible.

“Downsizing” is another task I “work at.” Outdoors, and indoors, I haveย too much stuff. Yesterday, I donated a lot of items to the little Thrift ‘n Gift shop that we operate here at CARE–the residential community where I live. This Spring, two large planters will decorate the area near the entrance (and I need “pebbles” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

I’m just itching to get started on Spring gardening. I’d be in the yard right now if it were warm enough!! Currently, we are experiencing cold to freezing temperatures. A nasty wind makes it disagreeable to even walk to the dining room!!

Letter C with eyesI wrack my brain trying to think of CARE— words (for C–A–R–E messages) but admit that many of my messages may be conversational. ~~ Additionally, that big letter C forย cold, andย computer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Garden catalog scrutinized !!

letter C cartoon alphabet
consummate

letter-a-cartoon-animation-F
ardor

letter R cartoon alphabet
rapt

letter E cartoon alphabet clipartenthusiasm

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Smiley face with book (good one)Heritage seeds are my preference!! Curiously, I’m reading about seeds/varieties I’ve never heard of:
Watermelon radish, Bloomsdaleย (spinach),ย Aspabroc Babyย (broccolini),ย DiCiccioย (broccoli),ย ย etc. Smiley face female with a winkCurrently, I have nine items listed on the order blank. Here’s another play on C-A-R-E: Currently, Aspabroc, Radish, Endive.

Smiley Face very happy with arms outstretchedSee my enthusiasm??

Conscientious Acquaintance Ready [to] Enjoy

Letter C red with scroll (very pretty)
conscientious

Letter A Ladybug
acquaintance

Letter R red and attractive
ready

to

Letter E as red and white cube
enjoy

Garden Tower

A new resident, here at CARE, saw my unit and is eager to have his own veggie garden, too. He plans to have my friend, David, build a caster dolly. A “red-letter” day for me when someone affirms my efforts (because I’m in the minority here).

Postscript:
Oh no woman

Oh no commentHe changed him mind!! I had this message ready to publish when he took the joy out of my “red-letter” day. Letter exclamation mark and question markPerhaps he will have second thoughts when he sees my (eventual) garden.

Congratulations !!

LookI won!!

At 9:30 PM, yesterday, I opened my email and found this notification. This is awesome!!

Garden Tower Project

Garden Tower 2 Giveaway – World’s Most Advanced Container Garden

The 50-plant composting container garden by Garden Tower Project

Congratulations. Your registered entry (Lorraine, LorraineEEdwards@gmail.com) was selected to receive:
THIRD PRIZE: $100 web store discount towards a Garden Tower 2

A lot more details followed but nothing my reader would be interested in. ~~ Now I need to decide if I’m Ready–and have enough Energy–for a second Garden Tower (because the $100.00 is “store credit”). Note that I managed to get in Ha haC-A-R-Eย acronyms:ย Congratulations, Awesome, Ready, Energy.