February 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm #256569
I bought a couple of foam boxes from the supermarket a few weeks ago for $3 each and they are sitting on my deck in the shade with strawberries in them (no strawberries yet :(). Anyway the strawberries are growing really well in this heat and I am looking for a few more foam boxes to grow things like lettuce, maybe rocket etc in, out of the sun and the hot heat we were having.
Does anyone know where you can get them for free, otherwise I will ring around a few more supermarkets and fruit and veg shops to see if any has them.
KristyFebruary 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm #519718
I picked a couple up for free at the woodcroft foodland where they throw boxs so that people can reuse them for shopping. Mine did come with lids, I thought it was a real find.February 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm #519719
Kristy I got a few foam boxes here where I live in Christe Downs. I found them while cleaning the side of the house for my orchids when they get down here from QLDFebruary 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm #519720
I had a couple which I made mini wicking boxes out of when we were in Pt Augusta, I just asked in the fruit and veg section of the foodland if they had any broccoli boxes, they gave them to me for free, with lids too I thinkFebruary 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm #519721
I want to know where you find the heat in Adelaide :ohmy:
do the rounds of your local fruit and veg places, most will give them to youFebruary 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm #519722
Yep, fruit & veg places will give them to you. I actually think your supermarket is rather cheeky charging you for them.February 8, 2012 at 11:18 am #519723
Try the Pooraka food market. Its out on Main North Road. They give them away or they used to.
They are opened early in the mornings and on Sundays with the market.February 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #519724
Thank you everyone, I am thinking I might ask the local fruit and veg shop that I buy from if they have any spare foam boxes they don’t need.
Lollie3 thank you for your kind offer, but I am too far awar from Christie Downs.
I didn’t realise so many people had found them easy to find… Might even ask the canteen here to see if they ever get foam boxes.February 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm #519725
Thats Ok Kristy if they dont get turfed out I may find a use for them myselfFebruary 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm #519726
Local Woollies said they don’t get many foam broccoli and other foam boxes, most stuff comes in crates.The guy said if they do have boxes they put them in the produce section with a note “Free” …..obviously never when I am there which isn’t that often now we have Aldi.They don’t have foam boxes either.I got some today with lids from local veg shop for $1.50, better than $3 anyway.What are your bright ideas for using the lids if using the boxes for wicking boxes?February 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm #519727
Bluewren, I’m not using the lids at the moment, but happy for any suggestions what I can do with them. I am interested in your wicking bed idea with foam boxes. How does that work?February 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm #519728
Still on the box theme I was talking to a member of our permies group and she grows water cress in foam boxes with lids.Trims the lid so it fits inside the box, makes holes in the lid ,fills box with water – she did add some hydroponic stuff-so the lid floats on top, pokes water cress plants into the holes.I looooove water cress.I have grown it successfully in a foam box with soil.
Re wicking boxes, haven’t done it yet but same principal, sand layer in bottom with a horizontal pipe in base with vertical filler pipe,or I should think just filler pipe -?inverted soft drink bottle? – would be enough in a box.overflow hole third of way up box with small piece of pipe tightly in it,tubing of some sort .Fabric of some sort, geotex, on top of sand and soil on top.I have seen pics with a larger plastic box with no sand , instead several well pierced soft drink bottles in the base, vertical filler tube ,holey bottles fill up from filler tube, and fabric layed on top and around the bottles and then soil.Don’t think that one had an overflow place.
There’s a link to that in one of the wicking threads , will see if I can find it and post it here.February 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm #519729
the backyard farmer magazine ( I think that is it) has a piece on wicking pots in itFebruary 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm #519730
I have used foam boxes as wicking beds. If you are a member of Freecycle they often turn up on there near Christmas when people get their Chrisco hampers delivered.February 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm #519731
This is a great article in the Adelaide City North Messenger about gardening with foam boxes. Turn to page 16. I was quite inspired!
Not sure how long the link will stay active for, if you have to go into the archives, it’s the Feb 8 edition.
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