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How My Silk Soymilk Garden Grows

Silk Soymilk containers used to protect plants.

Start saving those Silk Soymilk containers for your very own Silk Soymilk garden fortress. For years we’ve used our Silk cartons (and others we’ve had on hand) as protectors for our herb seedlings that we plant near the house. Our very large and hungry resident bunnies love these sweet little plants and will devour them in no time.

The Silk cartons work great because we can cut off the top (with the pour spout), cut the bottom down the middle, spread out the two resulting flaps and use them to anchor the carton in the dirt surrounding the seedling. Additionally, if you want to start compiling the cartons now, once you perform the above surgery you can fold them flat and store them out of the way until you need them.

The cartons last a long time. We’ve been known to keep them around some plants, like chives, all season long. Our bunnies are very into chives. The cartons never turn into mush, withstand direct watering, rains, sun, high winds, and even a few clumsy foot falls. When we’re done with them we just pack them up for recycling.

Yep, our little soy garden has intrigued many a person over the years and is always a conversation starter. The conversation quickly turns from plants to soy products to veganism. Of course we’re then asked how we use herb x in a vegan meal, and we’re off spreading the vegan recipe love to another willing adventurer.

Silk Soymilk containers used to protect plants.

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A Garden In Your Window

The most impressive hydroponics system I’ve ever laid eyes on was during the Living with the Land boat ride at  Epcot in Walt Disney World. The amount and variety of plants they grow is enough to not only make your mouth water, but your mind wander at the limitless possibilities of this form of agriculture. Check out these impressive photos captured by Fraochsidhe.

I’ve yet to tinker with any hydroponics project, but thanks to the great Window Farms project, I don’t seem to have a reason not to try it. I’m not exactly their target audience. I don’t live in New York, and I’m far from urban, but I do have mad love for fresh veg. 🙂

While I do have a vegetable garden and an outdoor compost heap, the winter months are long, and my home-canned supply of veggies only takes me on so many culinary journeys. I long to pick a beautiful lettuce leaf. Additionally, I think our little vermicomposters can supply some great nutrients for the plants.

I was thinking of starting a challenge next month to encourage everyone to get started on indoor seedlings, but I’d like to challenge you to starting your own Window Farm project. Grow where you are planted and share the wealth!

I’ll keep you posted on the successes or failures. Ironically, we are considering a move, so this may dampen the project a little. I’d like to start with seeds rather than plants, so that may take some tinkering. The great part is, the project is open to anyone who wants to participate.

Check out the YouTube videos from Window Farms

Here is a great introduction to the project and explanation to what exactly it means to have a Window Farm.

Thumbnail photo credit:

Britta and Rebecca with the first window farm, May 2009. Photo by Julia Makarova.