A simple project, take a 2 liter bottle, make a self watering planter out of it, add soil, and plant some seeds. I did that.
Next I had to figure out how to give them light since we were in the start of winter. I knew the sun would only shine a couple days a week. What I ended up doing was going to Home Depot and buying 4 clamp lights. I also bought 4 pack of daylight florescent bulbs. Then I stopped by Staples and bought 4 foam boards.
When I got back home I made my self a box out of the foam board. I then took aluminum foil and lined the inside of the box with it. I put my 2 liter planters inside it, and clamped all the lights around the top facing down.
The 2 liter self watering planter worked extremely well. By November 9, 2008 my plants had grown. Every seed that I planted grew. I had way to many plants, I didn't want just to throw them out. So when Christmas rolled around, I had enough plants to give each of my friends a present for Christmas.
I transplanted my tomato plants from the 2 liter planters to coffee cans self watering planters. Oh yes, I figured if it worked in a 2 liter, then a coffee can and a juice bottle would work too. And it does. I then had to figure out where I was going to put them and figure out how to work the lighting for it.
I ended up putting them on the floor, with the stands that I had built. I put the between two dressers, lined all of it with aluminum foil, like I did with the box. The plants are now a little over 2 feet tall. I now have 3 tomato plants, 2 cantaloupe plants, and one flower.
I will update you again next month. Have a good day, Allen