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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.


old design Click 2x for large view

So the original design for the floating garden has been giving me some uneasy feelings.  Our plan is to treat them a lot like the floating message containers. They would be a styrofoam shell that mimics the surface of the island, smooth and white.  (insert butt joke)  I have some problems with that, not only will that much styrofoam be expensive, it will be hard to adjust and get the water level just where we want so the plants have enough water but don’t drown. Not to mention what will we do with all that foam when the project is over?  I’m thinking of having 15 floating pots, that’s a lot of styrofoam that will be in a very specific shape.

new design

new design Click 2x for large view

So i brought my concerns to my personal super hero Jacob McCoy. We talked about new designs and he suggested building a frame around two 55 gallon plastic drums. It will be cheaper and we can use them as rain barrels after the project. There will be a wooden frame that fits on top of the barrels and there will be a nylon strap net to cradle the garden pots. Everything can be repurposed and i can adjust the water level by adjusting the tension of the straps or letting some water into the barrels. Lets do it!

3 Responses to “redesign”

  • I think this is a great post. One thing that I find the most helpful is number five. Sometimes when I write, I just let the flow of the words and information come out so much that I loose the purpose. It’s only after editing when I realize what I’ve done. There’s defiantly a lot of great tips here I’m going to try to be more aware of.

  • i still prefer to use plain old clay garden pots instead of those that are made of plastic.:,*

  • Ceramic pots or Clay Pots are still the best garden pots.`*~

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